The sun is out, temps are warming up, roads and trails are (mostly) free from snow, and spring is in full flower, with summer not far behind. While some of our locals pedal for transportation and recreation year-round, now is the season when our bike shops are busy getting the rest of the city's bikes tuned up for serious use.
And the city is ready, too. This spring, city officials hired a senior bike planner — a position that has been missing from our city government for about three years — and she has her work cut out for her. While funding has been approved for some local trail-connectivity projects, and while there's further evidence of a "sharing the road" mentality as more green bike lanes pop up, there's a lot more we can and need to do to continue to make Colorado Springs the bicycle-friendly and bicycle-safe community where non-motorized use can thrive.
This guide is our first foray into what's happening locally on two (and sometimes three) wheels. We've chosen a few features to show you the breadth of what is happening around here and to shine a light on some of the unique personalities involved. We've also included a list of bike-related companies, organizations and nonprofits; solicited bike events from local organizations; and — along with several organizations that embrace the benefits of cycling — have put together the first ever Colorado Springs Bike Summit from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, June 3, at UCCS (find the program inside this week's issue of the Independent).
The summit is FREE and open to the public, but space is limited, so be sure to register. If you can't make the full-day summit, join us for a happy hour and expo after the summit from 5 to 7 p.m. to network with others in the cycling community. You can (and must!) register for both at bikesummit2016.eventbrite.com.
Thanks to this crew, the 2016 Bike Summit Planning Committee, for all its work to make the inaugural Colorado Springs Bike Summit a reality!
Allen Beauchamp, Bike COS
Kate Brady, senior bicycle planner, City of Colorado Springs
Susan Davies, Trails and Open Space Coalition
Aubrey Day, YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region
Jill Gaebler, City Councilwoman/President Pro Tem
Eileen Healy, Trails and Open Space Coalition
Ted Heyd, Bicycle Colorado
Carrie Simison, Colorado Springs Independent
Cory Sutela, Bike COS, Medicine Wheel Trail Advocates
Sarah Walter, SRAM
Facility sponsor: Linda Kogan, UCCS
Now get on your bike!