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Breckenridge bikes to work

Caddie Nath
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Throughout Colorado and the country, Bike to Work Day is a time-honored tradition when commuters trade their car keys in for helmets and make the trek to work on two wheels instead of four.

But in Breckenridge, just one day encouraging employees to commute by bike just wasn’t enough.

So this year the Breckenridge Resort Chamber (BRC) is launching a summer-long competition challenging the employees of member businesses to get out of the car and onto bikes, buses or their own two feet to get to work. Carpooling counts too.

“It’s about reducing your carbon footprint for summer,” BRC membership director Jennifer Goldstein said.

And about promoting multi-modal transportation. The League of American Bicyclists has given Breck a silver rating, but the town hopes to upgrade to the gold standard – the second highest rating – with this summer’s competition.

“Hopefully, with the popularity (of the competition) it encourages people to bike,” Goldstein said.

The competition will kick off June 22, Colorado’s official Bike to Work Day. Employees of participating businesses are encouraged to find alternate modes of transportation throughout the summer. Later in the year, possibly at Oktoberfest, prizes will be awarded for the longest commute, most days biked (or traveled in some way other than by car) and other accomplishments.

Organizers also encourage participants to figure out a system that works for them and stick to it. Employees with a short commute might aim to ride to work three or four days a week, while commuters from outside the county might try to take the bus or catch a ride with a coworker at least a few days a month.

“It’s really about people setting goals for themselves,” Goldstein said.

The competition will work on the honor system, with businesses divided into teams.

Nearly 10 Breckenridge businesses have signed up to participate so far.

The idea for the competition was borrowed from the Town of Breckenridge, which encourages employees to find alternate modes of transportation, particularly in the summer.


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