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Denver - Cyclist Heading to a Commuter BridgeCyclist heading to a commuter bridge in Denver, CO.
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Fresh Denver B-cyclesFresh Denver B-cycles.
By Sara Young
My time in Denver has been quite wonderful. I have had the opportunity to use the public bike share system, Denver B-cycle, and in so doing, have been able to do and see many more things in the city than I would have without this opportunity.
As I mentioned in one of my first Denver posts, the bikes are great for short trips, and since I have been here, I have seen all types of people, from business men to skate punks to yoga geeks to tourists using them all over the streets of Denver.
Denver is one of the most bike-friendly cities I have been to thus far. Why?
• You don’t hear many horns or tirades yelled at cyclists from people in cars. People here are a bit more polite to each other than in more developed urban environments.
• The wide variety of people who use bikes in Denver indicates a wide-spread acceptance of their use.
• The creation of bike paths along rivers and around parks suggests a desire for leisurely bike riding, which suggests that bicycles are seen as a multi-functional vehicle.
• All buses have bike racks. They are very often being used.
• The growth from 2010 to 2011 of the number of people who use Denver Bcycle year over year is almost 50 p.
• The numbers of clearly marked bike routes, bike lanes, bike corrals, and independent bike shops are growing in Denver.
• The number of resources for cyclists and cyclist wannabes to ride in Denver.
2. Bike Denver
3. Bike Paths
4. 303 Cycling
The other thing that makes Denver ideal for bike commuting is the weather. It is sunny most of the time, and the times the sky threatened rain, it did barely more than spit. Denver is small enough so that the placement of biking infrastructure in the city is not seen as a huge imposition as it is in cities where there is more of a premium on space.
In short, the climate, the accessibility to bikes and the infrastructure to support them makes Denver an incredibly bike friendly city. If you happen to visit, I highly suggest seeing the city by bicycle. You will not be sorry.
Sara Young is a writer, artist, cyclist, amateur yogi and avid poetry appreciator. Originally from Chicago, IL, and most recently from Portland, OR, Sara is presently traveling the US, working on her project, 25 Days, in which she travels to 15 cities around the US, talking to people about their favorite places and bicycle commuting. She hopes to create a more bike-friendly society through advocacy, and a more peaceful world through listening.