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Sunny skies keep Bike to Work Day commuters smiling, pedaling

34th summer celebration on June 26 draws 19,000 cyclists

Three cyclists wearing helmets smile while posing with their bikes at the 14th and Bannock Bike to Work Day station in downtown Denver.

Photo by JR Goodwin/DRCOG.

Colorado sunshine and warm weather welcomed the nearly 19,000 first-time and seasoned cyclists for the 34th Bike to Work Day on Wednesday, June 26. This year’s theme was “Pedal, Smile, Repeat,” and weather and festivities helped commuters to do just that. The premier summer event is hosted by the Way to Go program of the Denver Regional Council of Governments and highlights the health benefits of biking, including reducing air pollution by giving commuters another option instead of driving. 

“Each Bike to Work Day gets better and better!” said Way to Go manager Nisha Mokshagundam. “We couldn't have asked for a more perfect day to complement our 2024 theme. We saw so many smiles at our station in Civic Center Park, so I hope people do keep pedaling and repeating! What I'm most proud of is the number of companies who joined our Business Challenge this year, which is nearly double from last year. It just goes to show the commitment our region has in championing eco-friendly commuting.”

Highlights from the 2024 Bike to Work Day include:

  • More than 11,000 registered online and an estimated 19,000 people took part in the event in total
  • About 24 percent of cyclists who registered online were first-time riders
  • There were 256 stations throughout the Front Range and Colorado
  • Employees at 532 Colorado companies competed in the 2024 Business Challenge

Winners of the Business Challenge:

  • XL (200-plus employees): University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
  • Large (101-200 employees): AMD
  • Medium (51-100 employees): La Sportiva
  • Small (26-50 employees): Revelstoke
  • XS (1-25 employees): Dig Studio

For the second year, Way to Go partnered with The Empourium Brewing Company in Denver to celebrate the return of the official Bike to Work Day beer, "No Handlebars.” More guided group rides were added to the 2024 activities, including one to The Empourium Brewery to get a free taster of “No Handlebars.” Every Bike to Work Day, the Way to Go team also awards a grand prize to one random winner who registered online at BikeToWorkDay.co. This year's grand prize was once again a free Tern e-bike.

Bike to Work Day is celebrated internationally every year. It is free to participate, and the event encourages all cyclists to bike to their destinations, whether it is to work, school or to run errands. More information about the 2024 Bike to Work Day can be found online at BikeToWorkDay.co

About Way to Go: Way to Go is a program of the Denver Regional Council of Governments. A free service for residents of the Denver region, Way to Go has promoted better commuting options for businesses and commuters for more than 30 years, working closely with employers to reduce traffic congestion, improve air quality and make life better for all residents. For more information, email WayToGo@drcog.org.

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