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Boulder County announces second annual Winter Bike Week

Winter Bike to Work Day Jan. 25; register and track trips today

bocologopms341_rgbBOULDER COUNTY
Winter Bike Week (Jan. 23-27, 2017) is an annual celebration of year-round cycling that encourages residents, students and employees to get on their bikes for commuting, errands or just for fun.  For riders unaccustomed to riding in the cold or snow, free Winter Cycling 101 classes will be offered around the county in the upcoming weeks. Winter Bike to Work Day, held on Wednesday, Jan. 25 features over 20 FREE breakfast stations around the county. Learn more about Winter Bike to Work Day and see breakfast station locations on the county’s event website.

Riders are encouraged to register and track bike trips taken during Winter Bike Week to earn recognition and prizes. The week-long event is open to all residents and commuters in Boulder County and is a partnership between Boulder County, the cities of Boulder, Longmont, Louisville, Lafayette and the Town of Superior.

Winter Bike Week activities include:

  • Winter Biking Skills ClassThursday, Jan. 12, 6:30 p.m. at Community Cycles, 2805 Wilderness Pl. #1000, Boulder
  • Winter Biking Skills ClassFriday, Jan. 13, 5:30 p.m. at  Shoes & Brews, 63 South Pratt Parkway Unit B, Longmont
  • Winter Biking Skills ClassThursday, Jan. 19, noon at  the Boulder County Courthouse, 2025 14th St. in Boulder
  • Winter Biking Skills ClassThursday, Jan. 19, 6:30 p.m. at Community Cycles, 2805 Wilderness Pl. #1000, Boulder
  • Fatbike Demonstration with Boulder Mountainbike Alliance (BMA)Saturday, Jan. 21, morning demos, at the Brainard Lake recreation area
  • WINTER BIKE TO WORK DAY! – Wednesday, Jan 25 – FREE breakfast stations open from 7 to 9 a.m.
  • Happy Hour to Celebrate with Those Who Rode – Wednesday, Jan. 25, 5 p.m. at Twisted Pine Brewing, 3201 Walnut St, Boulder

For more information, to register or to view a map of the breakfast stations, visit www.winterbikeweek.us.

“This year we are excited to offer more Winter Cycling Skills classes than ever before,” said Alex Hyde-Wright, Bicycle Planner, Boulder County.  “These informal classes are designed to prepare fair-weather cyclists for some of the unique challenges of riding in cold or snowy weather, and include discussions on clothing, lights, bike handling and planning.”

While the weather on January 25 is usually sunny with a high of 52, if it does snow, Boulder County generally plows arterial roads first, followed by collectors and select local roads.  For Boulder County snow removal policies, visit: http://www.bouldercounty.org/roads/driveways/pages/snowremoval.aspx.

For snow removal policies within area cities and towns, please contact them directly.

If you live too far from work or school to bike the whole way, consider keeping a bike in one of Boulder County’s Bus-then-Bike shelters.  These are secure bicycle parking facilities that extend the range of transit, like the Flatiron Flyer service on US 36, by allowing you to ride the bus and then bike the last couple miles.  For a free access card, sign up at www.BusThenBike.com.

FREE B-Cycle offer

If you’d like to try out B-Cycle, sign up during Winter Bike Week with the promo code “wbw16” for one free month of riding!

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