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W hen the warm breezes of spring blow through Boulder ofces its time for bike-commuting pep talks. The month of June offers a whole roster of eventsmore than 75 of emaimed at raising awareness of bike routes and the viability of commuting by bike or on foot. The biggest on June 24 is Bike to Work Day. Thats what brings out the competitive streak in mild- mannered transportation coordinators. CELEBRATE WALK AND BIKE MONTH THIS JUNE 30 days 75 events endless fun and a little competition The key says Ellen Orleans who preps Boulder city employees for the big day is planning ahead. You dont want to get up on the morning of June 24 and realize oops I need air in my tires she says. The city is conducting at least 60 bike readiness workshops in the lead-up this spring and Orleans encourages a buddy system in which employees post their routes and offer to ride with newbies. At NOAA Chuck Brock and his Bike to Work Day committee dangle swag and prizes and pit their people against the next-door neighbors at NIST. We hammer our people with emails to the point where some complain says Brock. But its all in fun. Look for NOAA and NIST folks outside their buildings on June 24 for a lunchtime picnic with snacks drinks games and vendors. But the team to out-do is Plexus Engineering Solutions of Louisville. Their 100 employees boasted 100 percent participation last year and this year theyve already signed up about three-quarters of their staff more than a month ahead of time. How do they do it Were a global company says Mary Buss and all locations compete. Darmstadt Germany always gets 100 percent. Its a good way for the company to link together. Of course the point is not just a big two-wheeled turnout on June 24. Bike to Work Day is fun says Orleans but the point is a long-term commitment to bikingwhether that is every day or once a week. The city aims to shrink its carbon footprint in part by reducing single- occupancy car travel within the next 20 years by 20 percent. Sue Prant director of Walk and Bike Month has heard plenty of stories about the effects of Bike to Work Day and this may be her favorite quote I want to get rid of a car now that I ride to work. Free breakfast will be offered all over town on Bike to Work Day June 24. IN 2014 5368 PEOPLE REGISTERED FOR BIKE TO WORK DAY IN BOULDER. The place to go for the latest list of Walk and Bike Month events more than 75 this year REGISTER FOR BIKE TO WORK DAY Select Register button on the front page. WHY REGISTER You help businesses plan ahead for breakfast stations help the city measure the impact riding can make on the environment and help determine how future city planning can better accommodate cyclists. Plus youll be eligible to win GREAT PRIZES WALKANDBIKEMONTH.ORG By Margaret Knox 10 BIKELIFE BOULDER COUNTY FUN STUFF