June 26 is Bike to Work Day. Here’s what you need to know for the day and tips for your commute.
All Four: Bike to Work
Join fellow CU cyclists for All Four: Bike to Work, a university-wide effort to increase the number of riders to CU campuses on Bike to Work Day. Our shared goal is to surpass last year's 1,294 CU cyclists registered from the Boulder, Denver, Colorado Springs and Anschutz campuses. This year, our goal is to get 300 registered participants from CU Boulder.
There will be more than 50 breakfast stations across Boulder offering free food and beverages for bike commuters. As a registrant, you will also be eligible for prize giveaways such as concert tickets, cycling apparel and more!
Tips for your commute
- Plan your route. Review bike maps for the Boulder area and find stations along your route for free food, beverages and more! Need route tips? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Plan for the weather. Colorado temperatures can change quickly, so wear layers and be ready for anything from hot sun to thunderstorms.
- Dress for safety—wear a helmet! If you can, wear reflective or brightly colored clothing to be seen. Secure loose pants and shoelaces so they don’t catch in your chain.
- Make sure your bike is commute-ready by visiting the UMC bike station for free maintenance assistance (9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday–Friday). Bike station mechanics can help you put air in your tires, repair a flat tire, adjust your brakes or derailleur and more.
- Lights on the front and back of your bike are required at night, and useful during the day. Pick up a free pair at various locations in the area through the Lighten Up Boulder safety program.
- Know the rules. As a cyclist, you have similar responsibilities to motorists on the road. Stay to the right on bike paths and bike lanes. Pass on the left with care, announcing that you’re passing by saying “on your left” or using a bell.
- Always signal your turns. A left arm straight out signals a left turn, and a left arm bent up signals a right turn. A right arm straight out can also signal a right turn.
Protect your bike
The majority of bikes stolen on campus were using a cable lock or no lock at all. Here are a couple things you can do to help you protect your bike:
- Use a high-quality U-lock to keep your bike safe. If you don’t have a U-lock, pick up one for free when you trade in your cable lock at the UMC Bike Station during business hours.
- Register your bike with CU if you haven’t already—this may help police track it down if stolen.