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Denver's Bike to Work may continue to be second largest in country

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Metro Denver ranks second in the nation for its Bike to Work participation, as it gears up for the annual event Wednesday, June 25, 2014. Only the San Francisco Bay area sees a higher percentage of bicyclists.

“We’re rather proud of that,” said Steve Erickson, director of communications and marketing for the Denver Regional Council of Governments on Monday, June 23. DRCOG helps facilitate the multi-county event along the Front Range in Colorado. “Our goal is to make Bike to Work 2014 as fun and to be as supportive as we can,” Erickson said.

The agency anticipates that 30,000 riders will participate in the Wednesday event. To serve the growing number of participants, it has added more specialized water and bike-to-home stations. A total of 212 stations will serve the cyclists, up from 170 last year.

Morning stations will be open between 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. for cyclists riding to work. The bike to home stations will be available from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Participants are encouraged to register online, even on the day of the event. Data from the registration helps support bike-friendly planning by DRCOG and government entities along the Front Range.

Way to Go, a DRCOG program, sponsors the Metro Denver event. Cyclists may find a group event participating under Way to Go’s event page. The groups are divided by city: Boulder, Broomfield, Conifer, Denver, Lakewood, Millikin, Parker and Wheat Ridge.

Boulder has hosted a Walk and Bike Month throughout the month of June. It is coordinated by the nonprofit Boulder-based Community Cycles.

Metro Denver cyclists began preparations for Bike to Work 2014 on May 21 with Bike to Work Wednesdays. Interested riders registered their trips in anticipation of the Bike Denver After Hours Party Wednesday, in culmination of Bike to Work. The event will be held at Skyline Park, 15th and Arapahoe streets.

This year, the League of American Bicyclists named Colorado in the top 10 of the most bike friendly states in the nation. By ranking, it follows Washington, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Delaware and Oregon.