Community Cycles is Saving the World!

Via on May 19, 2010

Another reason to love June: it’s Walk & Bike Month in Colorado.

I’m a big fan of Community Cycles here in my hometown of Boulder, Colorado.

A few years back I had the pleasure of working with fellow bike advocate Rich Points, when we co-served as Bicycle Ambassadors for the city. Our job was to promote cycling to Boulderites and conduct safety seminars with kiddie groups. It was a cool job: we got paid to inspire people to ride!

Rich has since taken his ambassadorial duties to a new level as Executive Director of Community Cycles, a non-profit that he co-founded four years ago. Their mission is

“to educate and advocate for the safe use of bicycles as an affordable, viable and sustainable means of transportation”

Among the organization’s most impressive initiatives is the Earn-A-Bike program.  For 15 hours of service, anyone can get a shiny new, used bike. Pretty cool!

I’ve had the pleasure of teaching a few of the kids’ bike classes through the Family Learning Center. We teach the kiddos bike safety, simple mechanics and ride like screamin’ demons on the bike paths throughout Boulder.  The last day of the six week class is a dream come true as they all get a new bike!

(See smiley faces in video below!)

The good news is that Community Cycles is not only a Boulder thing—there’s a wave of bike co-ops popping up all over our country.  It seems that we’ve finally realized how important the bicycle is not only to our own health but for the environment. Check out this list to find one near you!

And don’t forget, June is Walk and Bike Month in Colorado and there are tons of activities all month long.  My personal favorite is Bike to Work day on the 23rd with 45 free breakfast stations scattered all over town…Ideal Market is usually the best!

Video time…Check out Community Cycles in action!

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And here’s the kids’ program.

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About Ryan van Duzer

Ryan Van Duzer is a born and bred Boulder boy who loves sunny days, riding bikes and eating burritos. He doesn't know how to drive a car, doesn't eat meat and is a big time momma's boy. Ryan is a freelance travel journalist and TV host, working mainly for Travel Channel and National Geographic. His dream is to host his own eco-adventure travel show and someday become the Mr. Rogers of the adventure world. To see more of what Duzer Duz, check out duzertv.com.

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2 Responses to “Community Cycles is Saving the World!”

  1. viahttp://www.facebook.com/elephantjournal
    Janet Auty-Carlisle
    My daughter's partner is doing the same thing in a similar program in Toronto. Way to go!

    Emily Summersett
    I can't imagine my life without my bicycles. Thanks, dad, for sharing your love of bicycles with me! And a BIG THANKS to Community Cycles for your service to our community!

    Janet Auty-Carlisle
    I want to ride my bicycle I want to ride my bike! Go Queen go..

    Lisa Mickley Modica
    Yea, Duzer! Ain't nothin slowing you – or your 2 wheels – down, buddy! Yea, Elephant! So glad you're publishing works by this cherished Boulder rockstar

  2. Nathan Smith smithnd says:

    LOVE Community Bicycles.

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