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Bicycle Colorado

Bicycle Colorado members and donors envision a Colorado where riding a bicycle is always safe and convenient for everyone. Gifts of any amount from donors like you to help people learn to ride, love to ride, be safe riding and share the ride. Together, we're making CO a better place to live & ride.

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Learn to Ride Lessons

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Adults
Children (4-12 years)
Families
Parents

Description

Bicycle Colorado believes that everyone should have the opportunity to become safe and confident bicyclists and enjoy the many benefits of riding a bike. That's why we developed our Bike School.

Bicycle Colorado's Bike School teaches children and adults to ride using the gliding technique. With this simple and effective technique, most students are pedaling within two hours.

It doesn't matter if you are 8 or 80, Bicycle Colorado's Bike School is the place to learn to ride a bike!

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Evidence of Program's Success

Bike School Successes
+ 92,000 served
+ 225 partner schools
+ 300 new kid and adult riders!

Bicycle-Friendly Drivers

Class

Community Development 

Beneficiaries

Adults
General population

Description

We want to make Colorado's urban, rural and mountain roads safer and more courteous. That's why we offer Bicycle-Friendly Driver certification for groups big and small through the Bike School.

The course covers common crashes, legal and illegal behavior of both motorists and bicyclists, how to navigate street infrastructure and why sharing the road is the safest and best option for all road users.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Testimonials from Bicycle Colorado's certified motorists:
"All drivers need to take this class! This should be mandatory."

"As a driver, motorcyclist and bicyclist, there was a lot of new information that everyone should know."

"Very informative, addressed all topics and provided information that I didn't know about traffic laws."

"I have decades of bicycling experience both work related and personal riding… I took the test before the class and did not ace it."

Communities where we have already certified motorists and bicyclists:

Arapahoe County
Adams County
Arvada
Aurora
Boulder
Brighton
Broomfield
Centennial
Colorado Springs
Crested Butte
Denver
Englewood
Evergreen
Glenwood Springs
​Golden​
Grand Junction
Greenwood Village
Jefferson County
Lafayette
Lakewood
Lamar
Littleton
Lone Tree
Longmont
Louisville
Northglenn
Sheridan
Silverthorne
Steamboat Springs
Sterling
Superior
Thornton
Westminster
Wheat Ridge
We are partnering with communities across Colorado, so this list is always growing!

Share the Road

Class

Public Safety, Disaster Services 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Children ages 5 to 21
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years)
Families

Description

Share the Road License Plates

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Evidence of Program's Success

- Thousands of bicyclists have attended rules of the road and safe riding trainings
- Thousands of motorists have attended trainings on how to safely share the road
- A professional association of bicycle event directors in Colorado has been created and has implemented best practices, meeting regularly during the year
- Bicyclists involved in crashes have received support and guidance from Bicycle Colorado
- A successful law enforcement liaison program with Colorado State Patrol is in place and continues to grow

Complete Streets

Class

Environment 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens
Children ages 5 to 21
Families
Outdoor Recreationists

Description

To meet the needs of all Colorado residents and visitors, road design and construction needs to safely accommodate everyone whether they choose to drive, walk, bicycle or use public transit.

To achieve this goal, Bicycle Colorado has worked extensively with the department of transportation and the state legislature to ensure that new road construction design will provide safe travel for everyone regardless of their mode of transportation.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Adoption of a statewide policy to accommodate bicycles on all state new construction projects. This policy was subsequently written into state law.

A comprehensive chapter in the state's "Design Guide" manual has been completed, providing the first-ever documentation on how to design road projects that accommodate bicycles and pedestrians in addition to motor vehicles. Until recently, there was absolutely no documentation in the Design Guide on bicycle facilities.

The miles of bicycle lanes, shoulders, paths and trails continues to grow at an increasing rate.

Bicycle Colorado is a key contributor to the development of the first-ever statewide bicycle master plan. This plan will provide tools for measuring the current inventory of bicycle facilities and their utilization while providing a process for tracking future improvements and their overall impact on communities, including issues such as health benefits, pollution mitigation and reduction in the growth of traffic congestion.

Safe Routes to School

Class

Youth Development 

Beneficiaries

Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Families
Female Children (5 - 14 years)
Male Children (5 - 14 years)

Description

Bicycle education for K-8 school children and their families across Colorado. Bicycling and walking to school has significant health and education benefits for children.

Bicycle Colorado has worked in more than 100 schools across the state, teaching 55,000+ children and their families about safety and skills when bicycling or walking.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Bicycling and walking rates have measurably increased at schools where Bicycle Colorado has delivered its Safe Routes to School programming.

We Bike Colorado

Class

Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy 

Beneficiaries

Females

Description

We Bike Colorado is a Facebook community of women, femme, transgender and gender nonbinary (WFTNB) people who ride bikes. We believe that riding bikes can be a healthy, fun, sustainable, affordable and community-building form of transportation and recreation, but we recognize the barriers WFTNB individuals face in bicycling. This group is here to help overcome those challenges so that everyone can enjoy the benefits of bicycling by:

- Supporting WFTNB folks who ride bikes!
- Bringing people together to build a more inclusive bicycling movement and because riding can be more fun with friends!
- Being a forum for women, femme, transgender and nonbinary (WFTNB) bicyclists to share information, advice, support and opportunities to ride.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Over 3,000 members in the Facebook group!

Denver Initiative

Class

Community Development 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Families
Females
General population
Males

Description

We believe that Denver must innovate and lead the way in order for Colorado to achieve its goal of becoming the #1 bicycle-friendly state. Here you will find programs, resources and partnerships related to our work in the Denver metro area. Your support and voice are critical to making Denver a great place to live, work and ride.
We advocated successfully for more bike funding throughout the project selection process in the GO Bond, and we're happy to report that Denver will take big steps forward to increase mobility opportunities and safety-with $25 million for protected bike lanes, and $115 million in total to advance safe walking and biking.
It's important that Denver continues to prioritize investments in people-friendly streets. Our transportation system is stressed, and we need better options to get from point A to point B.
The Denver bond that will go to public vote in November will be a big win for Denver communities with investments in our culture, recreation, public safety, health and mobility. The bonds will help more people chose to walk bike or access transit-and that's good for everyone.

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Evidence of Program's Success

In addition to creating the Denver Streets Partnership and Better Broadway Coalition, we've worked tirelessly on the Denver Vision Zero Coalition. Mayor Michael Hancock just released his Vision Zero Action Plan to end traffic-related deaths by 2030.

We've also seen a number of new bike lanes built all around Denver, including Denver's only curb-protected bike lane on 14th Street.

Bicycle Parking Services

Class

Community, Business & Industry 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Children (4-12 years)
General population

Description

Everyday bicycling is on the rise throughout the Denver metro area, and so is the demand for adequate places to park bikes at businesses, schools, parks, grocery store, bars, libraries, etc. Accessible bicycle parking is a key component to encouraging ridership and making Colorado more bike-friendly.

Unfortunately, bike parking is often extremely limited, forcing riders to lock their bikes to fences, signs posts, patio railings and trees that might be far from the intended destination.

To address this need, Bicycle Colorado formed a partnership with Streetscapes, Inc. to offer bicycle parking services throughout the Denver metro area. With Streetscapes' expertise, we can now provide custom bike parking solutions (made in the USA) for your employees, customers, students and residents.

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Evidence of Program's Success

New bike racks put in around the Denver metro area at locations like First Bank, Alamo Draft House and more!

Mountain Bike Trail Pros

Class

Recreation & Sports 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Children ages 5 to 21
Families
Outdoor Recreationists

Description

Bicycle Colorado works with local communities, government agencies and local mountain bike organizations to design, construct and maintain sustainable mountain bike trails and parks.

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Evidence of Program's Success

- Development of trails on BLM (Bureau of Land Management) public lands in Colorado, including the "Lunch Loops" trails and "Sidewinder" trails.

- The Lunch Loop trails are the first "freeride" trails ever developed on federal public lands any where in the United States.

- Collaboration with local and national mountain bike organizations to advance the activity of mountain biking.

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