BCycle Station

B-Cycle Your Way Around Town

I am an avid bicyclist. Every since I started learning how to ride a bike when I was four, I’ve always enjoyed seeing life from two wheels. Colorado has a great competitive bike racing culture and a strong bike riding culture in general.

If you decide to visit Denver (or Boulder) during the warmer months  and enjoy riding your bike, you can take advantage of the B-Cycle bike sharing (rental) program. Throughout those two cities you will find a series of stations where you can pick up or return a bike that you rent and ride around town.

I would say that if you don’t know how to ride a bike have a friend work with you for awhile before unleashing yourself on our streets!

Here’s a B-Cycle Station

BCycle Station

There are a couple of things to keep in mind when riding your bike around town.

Denver specifically, seems to have a very high rate of hit and run accidents. It seems like every week there is a report of someone being hit crossing the street and subsequently killed by a driver that we can’t find.

Be Cautious!

Just exercise extreme caution when riding your bikes especially if you’re riding in the streets-even in the designated bike lanes.

Bring water, it is very, very dry in Colorado you risk dehydrating pretty quickly especially during summer. Keep a bottle of water with you and there is a cute little basket on your bike so you don’t have to worry about holding it while riding.

There are designated bike lanes on the roads, while my understanding is that other cities are a bit more bike friendly, I think that the biking culture is improving in Denver.

Tour De B-Cycle

I just learned about this when researching B-cycle for this post. You basically ride to all of the B-Cycle stations throughout the City and check into each one. You do win  a prize if you complete it and basically are pretty hardcore if you manage this. There are a ton of stations, so I’m pretty impressed by anyone who manages to do this. If you do, email and let me know!!

Biking your way around town is a fantastic way to see a city from a totally different angle. Whenever I’m riding my bike I discover: new coffee shops, new book stores, markets, and once I saw an eagle eating  a squirrel-really!

It just changes the pace of your trip and slows it down so that you can take in more than just the typical touristy things that you would normally seek out.

Seeing a city by bike allows you discover the hidden gems known about by residents, and not covered in tourist guides.

I hope you check out B-Cycle and spend a couple of days riding around town discovering what we have to offer.

Random Denver Art-Graffiti (not tagging!)

For some reason I can’t explain, I love seeking out amazing graffiti in the different towns that I visit. And, no, I’m not talking about tagging, those annoying random squiggles that show up on people’s businesses and homes over night.

I’m talking about counter culture art that might be becoming a little mainstream…but still, I have this image of skater boarder dudes with hats turned backwards and saggy paints squinting with concentration trying to create something beautiful on a space that they have gotten permission to use.

These works of art come in various colors, usually huge in scope, and a surprise to the casual wanderer along a quiet street.

Close to the RINO (River North)are there is one such place that I found after a day of mindlessly riding my bike around town. I was with a friend who was about to leave town for a year and we couldn’t believe what we found. It was-amazing!

Music played from a nearby spin studio and the typical alley smells drifted up to greet us.

It Didn’t Matter

This shit was cool. What did it MEAN? Who knows I just thought about the time, the vision and the level of patience it took to create this type of art in an open space, free for all to see and judge.

Denver Art Is All Over The Place!

There are also portraits painted on garage doors, surprising pep talk on the sides of buildings, and just a thriving culture of random Denver street art to be found all around town.

Art, is suppose to create a conversation and to a certain degree, tap into an emotion: loathing, love, hate, or sadness. I find that I’m a little bit jealous of the talent that it takes to create some of these works of art.

There’s other art around Denver that I can’t wait to share.

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Visit, Love it, Miss it

Welcome to Colorado Luv Hub

Every time I travel outside of Colorado people are always surprised that I’m from here. Let’s just get the elephant out of the room-yes, there are black people in Colorado!

After that bit of surprise then I get the whole what do you do there? Does everyone smoke pot? No (I won’t be writing about pot-sorry peeps!) In fact, I remember during my growing up years that we always were a bit frustrated with the Cowtown identity that was so hard to shake off

The thing is we are a cowtown (state), and a tech state, green energy, Republican, Democrat, vegans, meat eaters, and adventurers.

It’s Not Just About The Mountains!

We have a diverse population that is growing all the time and an amazing spirit of innovation and a can-do attitude. There are a ton of amazing products that can trace their beginnings to Colorado-ever heard of the Denver Boot?
We are competitive but enjoy our lives. In regular conversations, you will hear about what races people are training for, the places they’ve traveled to, or the friendly bickering that happens during every sports season.

We have tons of adult’s leagues for: volleyball, bowling, kickball, and more. Coloradans really like to have fun.

If there is a reason to throw a party or have fun: We.Are.On.It! Zombies crawls, St. Patrick’s Day, the Rodeo, or even the Pueblo chile. We even like to have yoga festivals.

We Could Do Better

Colorado does have problems, though, and I will talk about them in this blog, these are issues that I feel we could be dealing with better.

Issues such as a chronic homeless problem that has become worse due to lack of affordable housing, we aren’t funding our children’s schools at rates that I’m comfortable with, we have people who feel outside of the growth and wealth that is sweeping across the state, and there are still areas that don’t have access to grocery stores.

The traffic on the highways is terrible right now as we are in a long-term expansion project.

If you don’t have a car it’s hell to get to the mountains and skiing/snowboarding is expensive to participate in if you don’t have the equipment.

I hope to be fair about how I view Colorado and encourage us to do better. I’ve had the amazing opportunity to travel all over the world, and to more than 40 of the United States. So, it’s fair to say that I’ve seen a lot of this wonderful country and for me, Colorado is the best!

My goal is to show a less slick version of the state that I live in, support small local businesses and non-profits, and get people to use, know, and love products made in Colorado, and beeline towards small local businesses.

As much as we love Colorado I’ve noticed that we have a serious lack of blogs with a general Colorado focus. There are a lot of food-focused blogs, fitness, but not general lifestyle so I hope I can help shed some light on what we are all about.

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