On July 11, I volunteered at the New Belgium Clips Beer and Film Tour fundraiser for Community Cycles at Twenty Ninth Street Mall. I hadn’t been before and being in the thick of the event I saw a lot. The experience confirmed our commitment to a bike culture and got me thinking about the City’s goal to become even more bike-friendly.
Boulder bikers really vary. All kinds of people arrived at the event by bike. There were down-and-dirty riders on funky bikes in shorts and tees; girls in summer dresses pedaling fancy bikes with color-coordinated wheels; families pulling trailers of kids; college kids laughing and hollering as they rode together. There were all shapes, sizes and ages. It was the place to be by all measures.
I enjoyed working with the volunteers. I saw members of the Community Cycles’ board and staff (and friends of staff), earn-a-bike graduates, business leaders even parents from where my kids went to school. The volunteers were a good representation of our community in general. It reminded me that in Boulder, bikes aren’t just for kids, lycra-clad athletes, or trick-riding high schoolers with pants hitched below their butts. We can, and do, all ride.
The event also made me think about why people–all kinds of people–ride bikes. I like arriving by bike. There is something about “the ride” that just feels right, fresh. The act of using a bike to get around feels very multipurpose (I love that). I wonder how much biking will continue to gain popularity, not just here but around the country.
The City of Boulder certainly does its part to support biking, and we should be thankful they do.
Finally, a word about New Belgium’s Beer and Clips tour: IMPRESSIVE. The New Belgium staff has been perfecting its process for five years. They are becoming a well-oiled machine – it looked like a carnival crew at set up and teardown. Best of all, not only is it well orchestrated, it’s a win-win for New Belgium and the nonprofits they support. In this case, proceeds benefited Community Cycles to help them do what they do: Advocate, educate and help strengthen our cycling culture. Good stuff, nice job, everyone.
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