Thursday, June 9, 2011

Bike to work with City Council

Posted By on Thu, Jun 9, 2011 at 4:06 PM

Scott Hente
  • Scott Hente
If Colorado Springs is trying to build up its image as an "active city," putting City Councilors on bikes is surely a good way to start.

In case you haven't heard, Bike to Work Day is just around the corner, on June 15. You can register here, but since you're late, you'll have to pay $5 for the breakfast and entertainment. One group you can count on to participate in the festivities is City Council. Led by Council President Scott Hente, the Councilors are riding from University Village Colorado to the Pioneers Museum. You can join them, if you manage to get ready and meet them at 6-freakin'-a.m.

New Mayor Steve Bach also plans to participate in the event.

I think that's worthy of a big "bravo" for our city leaders, don't you?

Metro Rides Bike to Work day City Council Cruiser

Colorado Springs will be putting its own spin on the national Bike to Work Day. On June 15 at 6 a.m., the 1st Annual Colorado Springs City Council Cruiser ride will begin at University Village Colorado. University Village is located on Nevada Avenue just north of Garden of the Gods Road. Led by Council President Scott Hente, the group will leave the north parking area at 6 a.m. and connect to the Pikes Peak Greenway Trail and ride south to America the Beautiful Park, where they will exit the trail and make their way to the Pioneers Museum arriving at approximately 6:45 a.m. At the Museum they will join Mayor Bach and more than 800 riders who will be arriving between 6:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. to enjoy a delicious breakfast, entertainment, and drawings for prizes.

All City Councilmembers, who do not have schedule conflicts, will be on the ride. Additionally, Chief Myers (CSPD) and Chief Cox (CSFD), as well as Generals and senior staff members from many of the military installations in our community, will accompany the councilmembers on the ride to the Pioneers Museum. Mayor Steve Bach is scheduled to briefly address the crowd at Pioneers Museum. We are not aware of any other city in the country with this much participation from this many elected officials and community dignitaries.

It's not too late for citizens to sign up to ride and enjoy a community breakfast on Bike to Work Day. Visit www.springsbikemonth.com to sign up.

Metro Rides, a division of Mountain Metropolitan Transit, organizes Bike to Work Day each June to encourage bicycling for personal and community health, alternative transportation, recreation and sustainability. Bike to Work Day is one of several activities scheduled in June as part of Bike Month. For more information visit www.springsbikemonth.com or contact Debra Spinato at dspinato@springsgov.com.

Mountain Metropolitan Transit provides fixed-route bus service and Metro Mobility service for Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region, as well as other services such as ridesharing, Front Range Express and the Ute Pass Express commuter services. For added convenience, Mountain Metropolitan Transit offers bike racks on all buses through its bike-n-bus program.

For additional information regarding Mountain Metropolitan Transit please visit www.SpringsGov.com/transit, or call (719) 385-RIDE (7433).

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