Walk and Bike Month Turns 40

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Some may say there’s no free ride in life, but during Boulder’s Walk and Bike Month, there is. This quintessentially Boulder event celebrates its 40th year this year, has something for everyone, and the best part is that it doesn’t cost a thing. Below are some of the month’s highlights:

SUNDAY JUNE 5 — The month-long celebration kicks off with the noncompetitive, family-friendly “Circle Boulder by Bicycle” ride. The ride features two loops, the 26-mile B-360 and the 16-mile B-180, both of which take riders on a leisurely discovery tour of Boulder’s extraordinary network of off-street multi- use paths, including some little-known sections. Sorry, there won’t be “participation trophies” for all, but there will be free Ben and Jerry’s ice cream at the finish line!

The routes are clearly marked with painted ground blazes, so both loops can be enjoyed year-round. And that’s exactly the goal.

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According to Marni Ratzel, City of Boulder senior transportation planner, “We celebrate Walk and Bike Month to encourage people to integrate walking and biking into their daily routines, to be more active. We hope that people continue to embrace the social and health benefits of getting out and walking and biking every day.”

JUNE 5-11 — The Love to Ride Challenge is an online competition open to workplaces and individuals, which debuted during Winter Bike Week. Track your miles and calories, and maybe even win some prizes. Ratzel said she’s excited about introducing the workplace challenge for more than just a day.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22 — The 40th birthday celebration of Bike to Work Day. Hosted by 50 local, sustainability-aligned businesses, such as the Dushanbe teahouse, this event is a true darling of Walk and Bike Month. Carrie Simon, a daily bicycle commuter and student advisor at CU, says, “Bike to Work Day is an awesome community event. There is a heightened awareness that is appreciated, even among drivers and pedestrians.”

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SATURDAY, JUNE 18 — The grand opening of the U.S. 36 Bikeway. With celebrations at the beginning and end, the celebration bike ride leaves from Avista Hospital at 10 am, bound for the Table Mesa RTD station. Finally,  on July 8.

FRIDAY, JULY 8 — The “month” wraps-up with New Belgium Brewery’s free annual outdoor Clips Beer and Film Tour. Mix some bike-centric films with craft brews for a one-of-a-kind event, with proceeds supporting local nonprofits.

For the latest on events, times, locations and the Commuter Challenge, visit walkandbikemonth.org