Summit County Government

Posted on: June 14, 2016

Summit County Celebrates Bike to Work Day June 22

Photo of nine cyclists in front of a building, where they have ridden to work.

Bicycle commuters can take advantage of free breakfast, prize drawings and after-work festivities

Contact:
Katie Kent, Open Space & Trails
970-668-4092, Katie.Kent@SummitCountyCO.gov

SUMMIT COUNTY – Summit County and the Physical Activity and Nutrition Team of the Summit (PANTS) invite the community to participate in 2016 Bike to Work Day on Wednesday, June 22. Bicycle commuters can receive free breakfast, get simple bike tune-ups by local bike mechanics and be entered into prize drawings.

“Bike to Work Day is a chance for Summit residents to come together in celebration of Summit County’s fantastic Recpath system, our new silver-level Bicycle-Friendly Community status and a recreational activity that’s such a big part of the fabric of our community,” County Commissioner Karn Stiegelmeier said. “This event can also serve as the perfect opportunity to jumpstart a bike-commuting habit, which has great environmental benefits, reduces stress and boosts physical fitness.”

Summit County has celebrated Bike to Work Day since 2010, and dozens of commuters participate annually. PANTS began partnering with the County in 2014, helping to grow the event’s participation and activity offerings. This year, Summit County Bike to Work Day is bigger than ever, with an expanded number of breakfast stations, evening activities and prize drawings throughout the community.

All cyclists are welcome to stop by any (or all) of the seven breakfast stations between 7 and 10 a.m. for free coffee, juice, muffins and bagels. The Breckenridge Tourism Office will be hosting a pancake breakfast at the Blue River Plaza. The breakfast stations will be at the following locations:

  • Dillon: Recpath near Lodgepole Lane
  • Silverthorne: Recpath near Red Buffalo Café, 358 Blue River Pkwy.
  • Frisco: Summit County Commons, Main Branch Library entrance, 0037 Peak One Dr.
  • Frisco: Historic Park, Main Street and Second Avenue
  • Frisco: Whole Foods Market, 261 Lusher Ct.
  • Frisco: North end of Recpath near Natural Grocers, 970 N. Tenmile Dr.
  • Breckenridge: Blue River Plaza (pancake breakfast).

The community is invited to continue the celebration of Bike to Work Day at three locations in the evening. The Town of Silverthorne is hosting Bikes, Burgers and Beers at the Silverthorne Pavilion from 5-7 p.m. The Frisco Chapter of the Summit Chamber will host a happy hour from 5-7 p.m. at the Island Grille in Frisco. The Breckenridge Tourism Office is organizing a bike-in showing of the movie American Flyers, a cycling classic, at 8 p.m. at the Breckenridge Arts District.

“Summit County Open Space & Trails’ partnership with PANTS has led to a fabulous expansion of Bike to Work Day,” Stiegelmeier said. “This is a great chance for everyone in the community to try biking to work for a day. Often, people realize how much they like it, and they continue to commute by bicycle multiple times throughout the summer. With free food, coffee and prizes, why not?”

In addition to celebrating Bike to Work Day, community members are encouraged to participate in other bicycling activities this month, including Cycle Silverthorne during the entire month of June, and Breck Bike Week, June 22-26.

To make bike commuting easy and safe, Summit County Open Space & Trails offers the following tips:

  • Pack your bag of work clothes and other items you’ll need the night before. This minimizes prep time and logistical details on the morning of your commute.
  • Ensure your bicycle is safe to ride (air in the tires, brakes working, chain lubed, etc.)
  • Contact the Summit County Open Space & Trails Department ahead of time if you need assistance planning a bicycle route to your workplace.
  • Check the weather forecast the night before so you can make the right clothing and gear choices; early morning bike rides at high elevations may require a warm outer layer and gloves. Be prepared for afternoon showers on the way home.
  • Don’t forget your helmet!

For more information, contact Katie Kent at the Summit County Open Space & Trails Department at 970-668-4092 or katie.kent@SummitCountyCO.gov.

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