Yes, bikes can save the world! Imagine if everyone in America road
a bike whenever possible instead of hopping in the car. Not only would
our energy consumption drop significantly, we'd be a much healthier
(and happier) nation.
Two projects the Colorado Rough Riders are looking into are the Safe
Routes to School Program for Maple Grove Elementary School in Golden
and the South Table Mountain bike trail system being developed by Jefferson
County Open Space. Another project we are interested in is a bike lane
for West 32nd Avenue from Golden to Wheatridge.
The Colorado Rough Riders believe everyone who rides should get involved
with spreading the word about the benefits of bicycles. Not sure where
you can get started? Below is a list of ways to get involved.
Healthy Active Kids
Bicycle Colorado's Safe
Routes to School program or the National
Center for Safe Routes is a good place to get involved if you have
kids and want to promote riding to school. With America's current obesity
epidemic, programs like these are becoming more important.
Fight for Bike Friendly & Safe Communities
Here in the Colorado Front Range many communities have become bike friendly.
Boulder and Golden stand out as examples of bike friendly towns.
However, there still remains a clash of cultures between automobiles
and bikes. Even these communities need more advocates for bike paths
and safe routes. For those interested in getting involved contacting
your local government is a good place to start. There are also national
organizations to the right under "Web Resources" worth visiting.
Help Build and Maintain Bike Trails
There are many opportunities to get involved with trail building and
maintenance. In the Golden area visit the Jefferson
County Open Space website. In Boulder it's the Boulder
County Open Space website. Or check you local county or city goverment
websites. On occasion there are state and federal opportunities, so
don't forget to check those governments also.
Promote Earth Friendly Transportation
You can help save the earth by promoting bicycle travel to the general
community. Consider getting involved with one of the many programs offered
through the organizations whose links are at the right bar.
Help Others Obtain & Maintain Bikes
Cooperatives and collectives have sprung up in most communities that
provide inexpensive shops and maintenance help to locals. Organizations
like the Derailluer
Bicycle Collective in Denver, Bike
Against Collective or the Fort
Collins Bicycle Co-op in Fort Collins, Community
Cycles in Boulder all need support.
Several organizations specialize in recycling old bikes. Recycle
Bicycles, The Bike Depot, The
Golden Optimists, Bicycle
Longmont, are Colorado organizations that repairs and redistributes
bikes to inner city shelters, housing projects and schools. Theye always
need new bikes and people able to fix these bikes.
Science & Technology
For those of us in technical and scientific professions, why not work
towards integrating your work life with your bicycle hobby. Why not
dive deeper into the mysteries of the bicycle. Who knows, you may discover
a way to make bike travel even more efficient, safe or versatile. At
a minimum you will likely make your own bike and life a little better.
Use Your Bike as Ambasador & Catalyst
As a bike enthusiast always be thinking of ways to use your bike
as an ambasador and catalyst for change. That includes being a good
citizen and riding responsibly. But it also includes doing what you
can to help others get started with biking.