Friday is Winter Bike to Work Day and despite the cold, more than 3,000 people in Colorado have signed up to bike to work.
"Last year, the Denver region had the second highest participation in the world," said Douglas Rex, executive director for DRCOG. "This year, we’re going for first place. If you’re used to bike commuting in warmer weather, it takes just a few small adjustments to make winter bike commuting more comfortable."
"Layers are really the key," explained Winna MacLaren, the public relations specialist for DRCOG's Way to Go program.
MacLaren also recommends gloves to protect your hands from the extra wind chill on your bike and a hat under your helmet.
"I love Bike to Work day in the winter, just because you really get the enthusiastic cyclists that come out," MacLaren said.
There are several breakfast stations open from 6:30 a.m. 9:30 a.m. There are also some stations open in the afternoon.
Way to Go & The City and County of Denver
Address: Cleveland & 15th, Webb Bldg.
Details: Burritos, coffee, hot cocoa, free swag and free bike tune-ups from Elevation Cycles
City of Lakewood
Address: Addenbrooke Park @ Garrison & Center
Details: City of Lakewood, Alameda Connects, and Lakewood Bicycle Advisory Team offers burritos, pastries, hot coffee and giveaways
University of Denver
Address: Carnegie Green @ University & Evans
Details: Breakfast items including eggs, biscuits and chai to fuel your ride
Address: Two locations - 5807 W 38th Ave., Wheat Ridge, 80212 & 145 Nickel St Broomfield, CO 80020
Details: Free breakfast pizza, coffee and bike tune-ups from Wheat Ridge Cyclery
Address: 2501 Dallas St, Aurora, CO 80010
Details: Logan House Coffee offering 10% off all coffee beverages. Bike Shop Girl Family Cyclery will be on hand for free basic bike adjustments. Cheluna Pit Stop offering drink specials from 4 – 6 p.m. Aurora, Colorado city volunteers will be on hand to celebrate with you.
City of Aurora
Address: Aurora Metro Center Station @ 14555 E Centrepoint Dr.
Details: Warm beverages, breakfast burrito (sponsored by Bicycle Aurora) and a cozy red scarf from DRCOG.
Peak to Peak Brewery (afternoon station)
Address: Two locations, Colfax/Iliff
Details: Riders who mention Winter Bike to Work Day get 20% off their tabs. They can leave their business cards to win a free happy hour for 10 people.
Address: 11801 Community Center Dr.
Details: Gather some swag, have some refreshments and warm up a bit.
Odell Brewing (afternoon station)
Address: 2951 Larimer St, Denver, 80205
Details: Enjoy a free pint of any RiNo Exclusive beer from 4-6pm. Live Music by Marshy Roots from 6-8pm.
You can learn more about how to dress and how to register to help Denver win the top spot this year on WinterToBikeToWorkDay.org.