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Community Participation Makes Bike To Work Day A Success


Bike-To-Work_townBy: Kate Rusch Public Information Officer

Approximately 110 attendees and 18 local businesses and organizations participated in Estes Park’s first Bike to Work Day the morning of June 26 at the Estes Park Visitor Center. Estes Park joined communities across the state to encourage residents to try bicycle commuting as a healthy and safe alternative to driving. Cyclists were treated to a free breakfast and coffee, giveaways from sponsoring organizations, bike check-ups and registration, and a chance to win prizes. Town Administrator and avid cyclist Frank Lancaster noted, “It is because of the generosity and support of numerous businesses and organizations that Estes Park’s Bike to Work Day was such a big success in its first year.”

Bike to Work Day was sponsored by the Town of Estes Park, the Estes Park Medical Center and Estes Valley Recreation and Park District. The list of supporting businesses and organizations included Kind Coffee, El Mex- Kal Family Mexican Restaurant, the Estes Park Mountain Shop, Green Guru, VFuel, Estes Park Running Club, Gerald Mayo and Prudential Team Realty, MedX, Christian Collinet and First Colorado Realty, Estes Park Light & Power, the Estes Park Police Department, Estes Park Western Heritage, the Estes Park News, the Estes Park Trail Gazette, Rocky Mountain Health Club, Pepper’s Mexican Grill and yoga instructor Diana Laughlin. The event was staffed by the Bike to Work steering committee, business sponsors, and Town of Estes Park employees and volunteers from Parks and Special Events Divisions and the Police Department.

Lancaster and the Bike to Work steering committee congratulated all local organizations whose employees and volunteers cycled in for the event. Organizations with the most employee participation were the Town of Estes Park (21), the Estes Park Medical Center (6), Salud (5), and YMCA of the Rockies (5). Kids and retirees also joined the festivities.

Cyclist Debbie Christopher was the big prize winner of the day, taking home the $200 Visa Gift Card. Dylan Sallee won the August 24 Pro Challenge VIP pass. Michelle Chew and Don Sellers each won a Town of Estes Park utility bill coupon. Local businesses donated many other prizes for participants including Rooftop Rodeo tickets, restaurant gift certificates, health club memberships, rental certificates for paddle boats, Stanley Park shelter rentals, free yoga classes and more.

The Bike to Work team is currently planning for the 2014 event. Lancaster commented, “This year was a great success and we hope to add more prizes, sponsors, and participants next year.” For more information or to get involved in 2014, please contact the Town’s Public Information Office at

970-577-3701 or krusch@estes.org. For more bicycle-related events, visit www.estes.org/events/ Events /Pro Challenge.

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