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Wanting to talk with more bike-loving locals, we hung around downtown on a beautiful Saturday afternoon and found a few.

click to enlarge Jay McCurdy

Jay McCurdy of the North End is a doctor.

What's the last long bike ride you took? A two-hour ride about an hour ago.

How bike-friendly is Colorado Springs? On a scale of 10, I give it a 7, maybe 8, because some of the large thoroughfares lack bike lanes.

Who's the most bike-crazy person you know? I know quite a few, but I'd go with my friend, Jon Rowell. It could be zero degrees, it could be a hundred degrees, it could be the middle of the night — rain or shine, he bikes to work.

Do you ever bike to work? Quite a bit in the summer, not so much in the winter.

How important is it for a city to welcome bike transportation? It's good for mental and physical health. It attracts the kind of demographic that makes this a better place to live.

click to enlarge Steve Elber

Steve Elber of Peregrine is a nonprofit consultant.

When was your last long bike ride? Two hours ago — a two-hour ride at Pueblo Reservoir.

What's your longest-ever ride? A 100K race, about 62 miles, at one of those citizen Olympics things they do at the Air Force Academy.

What's your most memorable ride? I've had quite a few, but I'd say the Firecracker 50 at Breckenridge.

How bike-friendly is Colorado Springs? I'd give it a B because they didn't put in a bike lane when they widened Woodmen Road, one of the most heavily used bike routes in the city. There's a pretty good network of bike trails, though.

Do you ever commute to work by bike? I commute from Peregrine to my office downtown fairly regularly.

Who's the most bike-crazy person you know? Mike Merrifield, the local politician and former teacher. He's in his late 60s and still does the Leadville 100. He's written mountain biking guides.

click to enlarge Ron Leasure

Ron Leasure of the Cheyenne Cañon area is a retail manager.

When was your last long bike ride? I did several hundred-milers last year.

What's your most memorable ride? In Colorado, it was on a mountain bike from Colorado Springs to Salida. We started in the mountains, wound down to open ranch land, and wound it up with some more hill work.

Who's the most bike-crazy person you know? Besides, me, Jim Cooper. We both commute year-round: winter, spring, summer, fall, no matter what weather.

How bike-friendly is Colorado Springs? I grew up here, and it's improved in the past 10 years. More people than ever are advocating for biking.

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