Down by the river

Antonio Rodriguez of Montrose on Friday rides his bicycle along the Uncompahgre River trail south of Oak Grove Road. 

As a Fort Collins transplant, Bevin Barber-Campbell thinks Montrose can equal the biking enthusiasm of her previous community.

“I, personally, think Montrose has tremendous potential to be a really stellar bike-friendly community,” said Barber-Campbell, the Montrose Area Bicycle Alliance education program manager. “... Montrose already has some great bike infrastructure already.”

The biking advocacy group and the City of Montrose want Montrose residents to try bicycling to their place of employment on Bike to Work Day on Wednesday, June 26.

By riding a bike, locals can also enjoy a free breakfast at either the Montrose Community Recreation Center, 16350 Woodgate Road, or Centennial Plaza, off of S. First Street and Uncompahgre Avenue.

Breakfast and coffee will be served from 6:30-9 a.m. This event is hosted by the Montrose Area Bicycle Alliance, the City of Montrose, the Montrose Recreation District, Backstreet Bagel and Lone Cone Coffee.

Barber-Campbell hopes Bike to Work Day will translate into more locals regularly riding their bicycles to work.

“It gives them a day to try it,” she said.

The Montrose Area Bicycle Alliance is an advocacy group for bicycle-related issues and gives out information on bike education and safety. Its goal is to also be involved in a bicycle path/trail development and provide a social network for area bicyclists.

For those who live too far away from work, there’s the option of using the Park n’ Pedal spots. The two locations will be at the MCRC or Montrose Memorial Hospital (gravel lot on S. Second Street and Lot Avenue).

“It gives people that chance to ride part of the way to work,” said Barber-Campbell, adding when she lived in Fort Collins, she would regularly park and bike the rest of the way to wherever she was going.

The event is also a way for more seasoned bike commuters and newer ones the chance to network and get tips on how to make riding a more regular habit, added Barber-Campbell.

There will also be a Bike from Work Happy Hour for those who couldn’t do the ride in the morning. This event will be held from 4:30-7 p.m. at Ginger & Gin, 647 E. Main St.

Barber-Campbell reiterated that she hopes this event can entice residents to bike more often, saying the activity is a “tool” for a healthier lifestyle.

“We really believe bikes make our lives better,” said Barber-Campbell. “It makes cities more visible. We want to demonstrate that to people and encourage people to experiment with active transportation. I’m a believer that it’s an easy way to improve your health.”

Andrew Kiser is the Montrose Daily Press’ sports/business writer. Follow him on Twitter @andrew_kpress.

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