Hundreds take part in Bike to Work Day

By Staff

Bike to Work Day 2010 was a huge success at the Anschutz Medical Campus, the University of Colorado Denver downtown campus and across the metropolitan area. Thousands of people stashed their car keys for the day and pedaled to work, including about 400 participants on the Anschutz Medical Campus (AMC) and several dozen at the Auraria Campus.

While AMC was bustling with participants, vendors and supporters, cyclists on the Auraria Campus enjoyed the culture and history of the campus from a new angle as they pedaled their way to the breakfast center at the PE Event Center.

The annual Bike to Work Day, organized by the Denver Regional Council of Governments, hosted more than 100 breakfast stops and aid stations, including those at AMC and Auraria.

Some 400 riders were registered before 9 a.m. June 23 at AMC, with about 20 vendors on site to welcome riders. Food from Einstein Bros. and Big City Burrito were on the menu for breakfast as was DazBog coffee. The University of Colorado Hospital supplied fruit and granola bars to riders.

Campus police registered bikes for anyone wanting the service.

Noodles and City Bark Doggie Daycare passed out coupons and information, while the Aurora Fox Arts Center showed up with their woolly mammoth and characters from their production of "Alice in Wonderland." The theater offered riders pieces of cake.

Curves, Integrative Medicine, Bicycle Colorado, Denver Bicycle, Public Service Credit Union and Collegiate Peaks Bank also took part in greeting cyclists. Fitzsimons 21, the apartment complex behind the AMC campus, handed out information and juice, and Sand Creek passed out maps and info on the trail.