Bike to Work Day highlights new underpass

Do you enjoy Colorado’s being active in winter weather? If you also like to ride your bike, here’s your chance to combine the to work day logo

Colorado State University’s station for the city-wide winter Bike to Work day on Wednesday, Dec. 14, will be hosted at a new location to highlight the recent opening of the Prospect underpass, at Center and Lake Street near Aggie Village North. The station will be open from 7-9:30 a.m. Hot food and coffee from many local restaurants and vendors will greet commuters at the university’s station, including donuts, breakfast burritos, cinnamon rolls, hot tea and coffee. Colorado State University police will be giving away bike lights and crew from The Spoke will be on hand for bike repairs and advice.

The Prospect underpass opened in November and offers pedestrians and bicyclists a safe way to cross Prospect Road to enter campus. On the west side of Center Avenue, the extra wide corridor connects closely to city trails, free of traffic and stop lights.

“We are expecting 300-400 riders on Wednesday, even with a little snow or rain in the forecast, which would make CSU the most attended station,” said Aaron Fodge, alternative transportation manager at Colorado State University. “Anyone who hasn’t practiced commuting to campus in winter weather may want to pick a route that is based on bike trails; it may be a longer ride, but should be easier. The city does plow bike and pedestrian trails during snow storms.”

Fodge also suggested that those who bike to work on Wednesday keep in mind some basic winter biking tips:

  • Give yourself more time to commute in the winter than you do in the summer; you won’t be able to ride as fast in winter weather
  • Wear layers; you’ll warm up as you ride and your warmest winter coat may become uncomfortably warm during your commute
  • Remember to bring your bike light. Commuting in the winter means a darker commute

Fodge added that biking in the winter takes more energy than summer rides, so commuters should stop by the station for breakfast or a snack before heading to their campus destination.

More information about city routes and Bike to Work day station locations.