AURORA, Colo. and DENVER - Students, faculty and staff at both CU Denver and the Anschutz Medical Campus put their feet to the pedals yesterday for Bike to Work 2013. The national effort encourages commuters to leave their cars at home for one day.
This year's participation on the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora was one of the best ever with more than 450 cyclists stopping to sign in at the breakfast station in front of Building 500 yesterday.
Once again, to the delight of participants, the 'wooly mammoth' from the Aurora Fox theatre made an appearance at the breakfast station. Burritos, bagels, bananas were on the menu.
Nearly two dozen local vendors participated, including representatives from two bike shops who assisted with flat tires. Also on hand from the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center were trainers demonstrating stretching and yoga positions.
Riders were able to register their bikes with the national bike registry and the Colorado bike registry as well.
A volunteer committee headed by Michelle Kerklo planned and facilitated the successful Anschutz event.
On the Denver Campus with Auraria, the effort was coordinated by a tri-institutional team headed by Tony Price from the Campus Recreation Center.
While nearly 75 riders registered, the crowd downtown at the Auraria breakfast station at the Tivoli Commons was a bit smaller this year, slightly obscured by construction on campus along Larimer.
However, one popular attraction at the Auraria station was a prize wheel offering a chance at gift certificates and other items.
All-in-all, noted Auraria committe participant Susanne Lederer-Graham, "this activity always is a lot of fun and it really brings together people who otherwise might not interact on campus."