Summit County celebrates Bike to Work Day with catered rest stops
If you’ve got two wheels, Summit County wants you on the move.
This Wednesday, June 22, residents of Summit County are invited to stretch their legs and celebrate Bike to Work Day, an event that will be full of festivities and food from start to finish.
The day will kick off with breakfast at a handful of locations around the county, which will be offering coffee, juice, muffins and bagels to passing cyclists. The stations will be located at the recpath near Lodgepole Lane in Dillon; the recpath near Red Buffalo Café (358 Blue River Parkway) in Silverthorne; the Summit County Commons (Main Branch Library entrance, 0037 Peak One Drive) in Frisco; the Frisco Historic Park on Main Street and Second Avenue; Whole Foods Market (261 Lusher Court) in Frisco; and the north end of the recpath near Natural Grocers (970 N. Tenmile Drive) in Frisco. There will be a special pancake breakfast served at the Blue River Plaza in Breckenridge; Whole Foods and Natural Grocers are both contributing to the spreads.
“Each of the breakfast stations will be a little bit different. People can kind of look at what they’re looking for and see what best fits their interests,” said Katie Kent of the Summit County Open Space and Trails Department.
Mark Madsen from the Family Intercultural Resource Center (FIRC) explained that the breakfast stations help participants to meet safely at their destinations.
The fun will continue after the work day ends, with happy hours and other celebrations across the county. The town of Silverthorne and Curb to Compost is hosting Bikes, Burgers and Beers at the Silverthorne Pavilion from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. At the same time, the Frisco Chapter of the Summit Chamber will host a happy hour at the Island Grill in Frisco.
The number of happy hours being hosted, as well as the number of breakfasts, has increased this year, Kent explained.
The Breckenridge Tourism Office is also getting in on the evening festivities, screening a bike-in showing of the movie “American Flyers” at 8 p.m. in the Breckenridge Art District.
Summit County Open Space and Trails is collaborating for the third time with the Physical Activity and Nutrition Team of the Summit (PANTS) to organize this year’s Bike to Work Day, with the former providing the manpower and the latter doing the organizing.
“As Open Space and Trails, we’re providing funding and staff time and preparation. (PANTS) have taken the lead on it,” said Kent.
She explained that the collaboration between the county, PANTS and the towns is what makes Summit County’s Bike to Work Day unique, with all the agencies working together to make the day an exciting event instead of competing to provide breakfast stations. The county’s amazing views and developed bike infrastructure help make the day worthwhile, Madsen added.
“Summit County Open Space & Trails’ partnership with PANTS has led to a fabulous expansion of Bike to Work Day,” County Commissioner Karn Stiegelmeier said in a written statement. “This is a great chance for everyone in the community to try biking to work for a day. Often, people realize how much they like it, and they continue to commute by bicycle multiple times throughout the summer. With free food, coffee and prizes, why not?”
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