Bike to Work                                 

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Wednesday, June 22, 2022  -  6:15 to 7:30 a.m.

Join us at the Book Statue off Union and Church (below Rawlings library-pictured above)

PACE volunteers will provide a free breakfast stop for cyclists to stop, have light snacks & meet other bicycle commuters. At 7:15 am, the group will ride down Union through downtown dropping others off to work. All cyclists are responsible for their own safety.    

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When is Bike Month and Bike to Work Day?
  • National Bike Month is MAY with a designated "Bike Week" and that Friday as "Bike to Work" day. 

  • Colorado Bike Month is JUNE with the 4th Wednesday designated as a "Bike to Work" day.

Why Promote Bike to Work Events?
  • One out of five people that try biking to work on a sponsored bike to work day, becomes a regular bike commuter. 

  • Promoting bike to work events encourages people to reconsider their transportation choices and shows them how feasible bike commuting can be and they really can leave the car at home more often.

  • There really is a benefit to "safety in numbers."  Studies show that increased ridership leads to fewer crashes between cars and bicycles.  When motorists are used to seeing cyclists, they start looking out for them more.

  • But you don't have to wait until spring each year to bike to work. Try it anytime of the year! Use the resources available here and give it a try.

Pueblo's Bicycle Commuter Cup Challenge

From 2010-2015, Pueblo used both May and June for Bike/Walk to Work events including a Commuter Cup Challenge. We modeled it after the YMCA Corporate Cup with businesses in three different divisions based on number of employees.  This increased the level of ridership in Pueblo remarkably.  We tallied information in a spreadsheet, then joined the National Bike Challenge which moved over to Strava and we just couldn't keep the data clean and fair for the Pueblo Commuter Cup.  But those six years kick started Pueblo on more bicycling for transportation.  

                  Transportation and Health are Connected                       

Two major challenges face many communities across the nation:
  • A health crisis – we have skyrocketing health care costs with an ever increasing demand for health care to treat illnesses associated with the obesity epidemic that spans all age groups.

  • Growing transportation problems – for 40-50 years we have designed our roads just for motor vehicles. This resulted in busy intersections and roads carrying high speed traffic that make it unpleasant and sometime unsafe for many of us to walk or bicycle.

 
The typical American travels mostly by automobile:
  • 25% of all trips are made within 1 mile of home

  • 40% of all trips are within 2 miles of home

  • 50% of the working population commutes 5 miles for less to work

 
These are all easily traveled distances by bike. 
Yet 82% of trips 5 miles or less are made by personal motor vehicle.
  • Bicycling provides a simple solution to local transportation and health care challenges!

  • Bicycling is not only good for the body; it is also good for the mind. The feelings of accomplishment and relaxation that follow a bike ride, combined with the physical benefits lead to reduced stress levels, heightened self-esteem and self-confidence.

  • People in communities across America want to improve their quality of life. They want a less-stressful lifestyle, a cleaner environment, affordable transportation and better health. 

 
Improvements in walking and biking in a community leads to:
  • Reduced traffic

  • Better air quality

  • Improved safety for pedestrians and cyclists

  • Improved public health

  • Higher property values

  • Increased business growth and increased tourism. 

What difference can you make by riding your bike to work instead of driving?

Assuming you live 2 miles from your job.

  • Each mile you ride, you reduces stress, body weight, blood pressure and improves blood chemistry for overall health. You don’t have to carve time out of your day to work out for health or fitness purposes –that would be part of your commute!

  • You would burn around 50 calories for every mile ridden (roughly 12 mph) vs. driven. The average bike commuter can lose 13 pounds in a year if eating habits remain the same.

    • Higher number calories burned if you weight more than 154 lbs, you are going up hill, into the wind or riding in the cold

    • Lower number calories burned if you weigh less than 154 lbs, riding downhill or with wind at your back

  • You would leave a parking space for someone traveling farther or is sick or injured:

    • Consider the high cost of free parking - The capital costs of a parking space range from $2,000 to $5,000 for a surface lot, and $10,000 to $20,000 a space in a two- or three-story parking structure.

    • A parking space takes up 340 square feet for both the space and the aisle. If you divert five parking spaces from a building project (freeing $10,000 to $25,000 of capital) and use two spaces to build a 680 square foot shower/changing room, and one space for lockers for a dozen bicycles, you still have 680 square feet to plant trees. (www.ibike.org/environment)

  • You would have one less car causing wear and tear on the road and taking up more than 80 square feet along the road as you travel.

  • You would eliminate air, water and noise pollution created by driving your motor vehicle. Some people worry they would have to inhale too much pollution riding along a road with traffic. But studies show people inside cars in the travel lanes inhale more pollution than cyclists along the edges of the road. So inhale less and create less pollution!

  • You would decrease your carbon footprint with each mile bicycled compared to driving:

    • Your car emits 0.98 pounds of CO2 (carbon dioxide) each mile you drive (assuming one person driving in a vehicle getting 20 mpg under city commuting conditions).

  • You take in the full scene around you - you are more connected with people and the environment.

  • Bicycling is not only good for the body; it is also good for the mind. The feelings of accomplishment and relaxation that follow a bike ride, combined with the physical benefits, also lead to reduced stress levels, heightened self-esteem and self-confidence.