Riders Swap 4 Wheels for 2
July 22, 2008
Riders swap 4 wheels for 2
By Kieran Nicholson
The Denver Post
Article Last Updated: 06/25/2008 12:52:18 PM MDT
DENVER - A cyclist cruises along the Cherry Creek bike path during Bike to Work Day Wednesday morning. (The Denver Post | Steve Nehf)Related
Bike to Work Day: A wheel differenceDenver Mayor John Hickenlooper, dressed in shorts and a T-shirt, climbed on to his bicycle and asked Bobby Montoya if he rode his bike to work.
"Your honor, I did indeed ride my bike to work," said Montoya, a Denver Police Department motorcycle officer, patting the seat of his Harley Davidson.
Montoya's Harley was surrounded by a sea of bicycles Wednesday morning in Civic Center, where riders celebrated Bike to Work Day.
Mary Beth Susman, 60, a project manager with Rocky Mountain PBS, rode her bike, along with a team of co-workers, from her Hilltop neighborhood home to downtown Denver.
"It's nice because it's all down hill," Susman joked.
Susman who rides for recreation about three times a week, weather permitting, has been bicycling for about 12 years. She's ridden to work in the past and this was her third Bike to Work Day.
Susman described Denver as a "friendly" bike city because of it's trail system.
Eighty-one-year-old Monique Vredeveld, a Catholic Nun who retired from St. Joseph's Hospital as a chaplain, frequently rides the Platte River bike trail, and on a good day can pedal up to 30 miles.
"To be outside enjoying nature, I love it," Vredeveld said. "You ride, stop when you are tired, rest, and ride some more."
Riders on Wednesday were treated to a free breakfast in Civic Center and other venues around the area. Many noshed on juice, bagels and energy bars, and some, with enough time, took advantage of a free massage.
David DiGiacomo, 29, pedaled a Schwinn fixed-speed bicycle about 2 miles from his home north of City Park to grab a free breakfast downtown before circling back to his neighborhood where he also works.
DiGiacomo, who rides "almost everyday," said Bike to Work Day "is a good way to talk co-workers into biking to work as well."
Organizers said 23,500 people registered to ride statewide, but as many as 30,000 could have turned out today.
Gov. Bill Ritter, dressed in bicycling gear, rode from the Governor's Mansion out to Cherry Creek State Park and then on to Civic Center.
Over a public address system Ritter thanked the crowd for "all you do to encourage this type of activity."
Ritter commented on the health benefits of bicycle riding and said: "It is great to be a part of this."
"Is this not a beautiful day to ride a bike to work?" Hickenlopper asked the crowd under a blue, sunny sky. "You are not going to find a better day or a better place to ride a bike than Colorado."
The crowd cheered with approval.
Kieran Nicholson: 303-954-1822 or email@example.com.