GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.-
Folks across all of Colorado lost their car keys and dusted mothballs of their 2-wheeled friends Wednesday, to commute to and from work using only their bicycles.
It’s called Bike to Work Day, and the event is part of a statewide initiative to not only promote a healthy lifestyle, but relieve traffic congestion as well. "Our hope is that maybe if people haven't biked to work in the past, they will take advantage of this kind of festive atmosphere," said Kathy Portner of the city of Grand Junction.
Folks from all over the Grand Valley departed from several different locations and met at Grand Junction City Hall Wednesday for a community ride. The Colorado Department of Transportation and Colorado Mesa University, as well as organizations and businesses from all over the state are in support of the event.
"The bike is an important part of our culture," said Rick Crawford, director of cycling at CMU. "I'm excited just to encourage people to get on their bikes for their first time or whether they're doing it every day, it's just kind of a day to celebrate the bike and make it a practical thing."
Horizon Drive district officials are also enthusiastic about the event because they have been working on new street improvements that cater to bicyclists.
"Our street improvement plan is to improve the safety and traffic flow of all users on Horizon Drive,” said Victoria Patsantaras, executive director of the Horizon Drive District. “It includes bike lanes and pedestrian crosswalks across Horizon Drive."
Even though the event takes place for one day, local officials hope this form of transportation sticks. "We hope the event will continue to grow, and encourage more people to bike to work," said Portner.
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