Bike to Work day will include free breakfast

The city of Grand Junction is teaming up with local businesses and organizations to sponsor Bike to Work day, an annual event aimed at encouraging residents to leave their car keys at home and commute by bike.

On Wednesday, cycling guides will meet groups around the city to lead riders along urban trails and to a free breakfast outside City Hall, 250 N. Fifth St., or at Pantuso’s, 755 Horizon Drive.

“We would like for folks to make biking a part of their commuting choice,” said Kathy Portner, neighborhood services manager for the city. “It’s a healthy alternative, and we hope people will see how doable it is.”

Breakfast will be offered to all Grand Junction bike commuters from 6:30–9:30 a.m. in front of City Hall and from 6:00–9:30 a.m. in front of Pantuso’s.

Colorado Mesa University is co-sponsoring the event for the first time with a low-cost lunch buffet and commuting tips, for those who confirmed attendance, at the University Center South Ballroom, as well as volunteer members of the cycling team.

“Between the CMU wellness team and our cycling team, (getting involved) seemed like a natural fit,” CMU spokeswoman Dana Nunn said.

After work, commuters can pick up door-prize winnings and enjoy happy hour at the Rockslide Restaurant and Brewery, 401 Main St., featuring special prices on food and drinks from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

“We hope the excitement will encourage folks to try it out, especially those that haven’t done it before,” Portner said.

People interested in a guided ride can meet at 7 a.m. at the Canyon View Park tennis courts, the trail head at Eagle Rim Park, The Egg and I parking lot, Central High School, the 32 ½ and D Road trail head, Riggs Hill or the Redlands Safeway.

Groups will stop to pick up other riders at 7:15 a.m. at the south shelter of Sherwood Park, The Bike Shop, the Lunch Loops trail head and the Audubon trail head in South Rim.


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