Cycle culture: It’s thriving at NCAR & UCAR

June 25, 2012 | As the weather heats up in June, so do the derailleurs and spinning wheels of Boulder’s avid cycling community. NCAR & UCAR are firmly in the local bike groove, which is especially obvious on Bike to Work Day (see below). It's also evident at 11:45 a.m. each Tuesday, when anywhere from 15 to 40 local cyclists gather in front of FL2 for an informal lunchtime ride. Now a 14-year tradition, these rides cover a wide range of routes across Boulder County, typically lasting a little over an hour each. More than 300 people are on the email notification list. To sign up, contact Alan Hills (NESL/ACD).

Cyclists zip around Mitchell Lane curve on Tuesday lunchtime ride
Mitchell Lane becomes Bike Boulevard over the lunch hour each Tuesday, thanks to a longtime weekly ride that includes staff and other local cyclists. (Photos by Carlye Calvin, UCAR.)

Wednesday is Bike to Work Day. This week will see even more cyclists around town than usual, as more than 100 NCAR & UCAR staff are expected to take part in the city’s Bike to Work Day on Wednesday, June 27.

Register online and you’ll be eligible for prizes, a free meal at breakfast stations around town, and a $2 discount toward a meal or snack at any UCAR cafeteria.  You can also order an individual T-shirt online.

Community Cycles mechanic works on Don Lenschow's bike
To help staff get ready for bike season, the Sustainability team hosted its fourth annual bike maintenance clinic at Foothills Lab on June 8. Experienced mechanics from Community Cycles provided hands-on training. At left, Andrew Kary assists Don Lenschow (right), with Sustainability’s Kay Gazaway looking on.

B-cycle helps you to B-flexible. Even if you don’t get to work on two wheels, you can cycle between campuses or take care of errands anytime through the growing Boulder B-cycle program. Some 400 staff have enrolled in the service, which allows them to use the bright red B-cycle bikes parked at kiosks across Boulder and Denver, including stations just east of FLA and east of CG2.

UCAR covers B-cycle memberships for staff. To join or to renew your membership for 2012, head to our B-cycle website.

In the winner's circle. When it comes to fostering a bicycle-supportive workplace, UCAR is no slouch, according to sustainability program manager Kimberly Kosmenko. She says we’ve been ranked as a silver-level Bike Friendly Business by the League of American Bicyclists and a platinum-level Bike Friendly Business by GO Boulder and Community Cycles. “It’s all thanks to our bike programs, facilities, and bike-oriented culture,” says Kimberly.

Cyclists gathered in a row at Foothills Lab for Tuesday lunch ride.
The lineup of cyclists for the June 19 ride at Foothills Lab included, at right front, longtime organizer Alan Hills (NESL/ACD).