Frequently asked questions

What is Bike to Work Day?

Bike to Work Day is a free, fun annual event focused on encouraging people to give bike commuting a try. On the day of the event, which takes place the fourth Wednesday of every June, you can visit volunteer stations throughout the region offering breakfast and prizes in the morning, and join bike parties in the afternoon. In recent years, Bike to Work Day has attracted around 30,000 participants in our region alone. Through their participation, riders help communicate the desire and need for expanded and improved bike infrastructure in the Denver region.

Why does Colorado celebrate Bike to Work Day in June?

Most of the nation celebrates Bike Month and Bike to Work Day in May, but because of the unpredictable springtime weather in Colorado’s mountain communities, the state legislature declared June as Colorado Bike Month, and the fourth Wednesday in June as Bike to Work Day.

Who organizes Bike to Work Day?

Each year, the Denver Regional of Council of Governments’ Way to Go program organizes the Bike to Work Day event with help from member governments and organizational partners in the metro region. However, Bike to Work Day represents a grassroots effort by people in the region who care about educating residents and businesses on the benefits of using two wheels to get to work.

Why should I bike to work?

  • It’s fun (!)
  • It helps you improve your health and stay fit.
  • It’s a simple way to reduce your carbon footprint.
  • It saves you money.
  • It reduces road congestion and keeps you out of frustrating traffic.
  • It lets you kick off your workday feeling energized, de-stressed and refreshed.

Need more reasons to get started? Check out this complete list.

Why should I register?

Registering for Bike to Work Day helps us show the impact of taking 30,000 or more cars off the road that day, helping ensure the event can continue and communicating the importance to expanding bike infrastructure to the region’s policy makers. (Plus, you can win cool prizes!)

I’m going to be busy or out of town on Bike to Work Day. Can I bike another day?

Absolutely! We understand the date won’t work for everyone’s schedules. While we’re sad you’ll miss out on the festivities, participants can bike any day.

Can I participate by walking to work or commuting some other way than driving alone?

The primary goal of Bike to Work Day is to promote bicycle commuting, even if it’s for one leg of the commute (e.g. bus to bike), but the Way to Go program offers lots of other opportunities for you to get involved in sustainable commuting.

What is the best route?

Here are some resources you can use to map out your ride:

I don’t see any stations in my area. Will there be any?

Station registration often happens right before the event, so check back for new additions. Is your business or organization interested I hosting a station? Sign up.

Why aren’t the stations open for commuters working outside 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. hours?

Traffic congestion and air pollution are the worst during peak commute times, so this is where we focus on our efforts to make the greatest impact. Morning stations are generally open from 6:30 a.m. until 9 a.m. But if you’re interested in trying out bike commuting, we encourage you to register for Bike to Work Day whatever hours you work.

Can I help promote Bike to Work Day?

We encourage you to spread the word about this one-of-a-kind event. You can download all promotional materials for the event here. And remember to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn to learn what’s new.