DENVER, CO — What would make you ride your bike to work in the middle of winter? How about free breakfast stations with eggs, chai, breakfast burritos, coffee, hot cocoa, beer, giveaways and more?
Friday, Feb. 8 is international "Winter Bike to Work Day." The Denver Regional Council of Governments’ (DRCOG) Way to Go program wants to encourage commuters to "keep riding on two wheels all year round."
You can help Colorado keep its dominance in world-wide participation by registering here: https://winterbiketoworkday.org
If you’re new to winter bike commuting or just need a little encouragement to keep it up when the mercury drops, this is the day to make it happen," said a statement from DRCOG.
But it’s cold…
The National Weather Service is predicting better weather Friday with sunny skies and a high near 38. Southwest winds will be around around 5 mph — which may bring the wind chill "feel like" temperature to -5 degrees. Yikes. That’s going to end in the late morning, and winds will be calm in the afternoon.
A warm pair of gloves, a light wool hat and layering should cover the basics. If there’s snow or ice on the ground, avoid mishaps by using slower speeds and maintaining an upright position at all times, especially when turning. Check out DRCOG’s videos on How to Dress for Winter Biking and Tips for Winter Riding for more info.
Where can you find the breakfast goodies?
Way to Go & The City and County of Denver
Address: Cleveland & 15th, Webb Bldg.
Details: Burritos, coffee, hot cocoa, free swag and free bike tune-ups from Elevation Cycles
University of Denver
Address: Carnegie Green @ University & Evans
Details: Breakfast items including eggs, biscuits and chai to fuel your ride
Address: 2501 Dallas St, Aurora, CO 80010
Details: Logan House Coffee offering 10% off all coffee beverages. Bike Shop Girl Family Cyclery will be on hand for free basic bike adjustments. Cheluna Pit Stop offering drink specials from 4 – 6 p.m. Aurora, Colorado city volunteers will be on hand to celebrate with you.
City of Aurora
Address: Aurora Metro Center Station @ 14555 E Centrepoint Dr.
Details: Warm beverages, breakfast burrito (sponsored by Bicycle Aurora) and a cozy red scarf from DRCOG.
Peak to Peak Brewery (afternoon station)
Address: Two locations, Colfax/Iliff
Details: Riders who mention Winter Bike to Work Day get 20% off their tabs. They can leave their business cards to win a free happy hour for 10 people.
Address: 11801 Community Center Dr.
Details: Gather some swag, have some refreshments and warm up a bit.
Odell Brewing (afternoon station)
Address: 2951 Larimer St, Denver, 80205
Details: Enjoy a free pint of any RiNo Exclusive beer from 4-6pm. Live Music by Marshy Roots from 6-8pm.
"Much like our summer Bike to Work Day, Winter Bike to Work Day is about raising awareness of the benefits of bike commuting," said Steve Erickson, director of communications and marketing for DRCOG in a statement. "During the winter months, you’ll find that it takes just a few small adjustments to your normal bike commute to help save money, time and stress all year long."
Ready to give it a try? Commit to ride at winterbiketoworkday.org. The Denver region joins thousands around the globe taking part in International Winter Bike to Work Day, celebrating the money-saving, calorie-torching, stress-busting adventure that is winter bike commuting.
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