Bicyclists enjoy rewards on Bike to Work Day

Billy Beyhan, his wife, Lainey, and their two children, Bridger, 3, and Heidi, 1, enjoy the free food after riding their bikes to Grand Junction City Hall as part of Bike to Work Day.

Three-year-old Bridger Beyhan was too busy shoving the cream-cheesed bagel in his mouth to dwell on the effort it took for him to find his treat.

The youngster, along with his one-year-old sister, Heidi, and parents Billy and Lainey, had just pedaled his way from his house downtown up to the fountain in front of Grand Junction City Hall as part of Bike to Work Day. Bikers who rode bikes to work today could stop off at the downtown location to be rewarded for their effort with bagels, donuts and coffee.

“It’s good bikes are being represented in a good way in Grand Junction,” Billy said.

“We ride our bikes to the grocery store, the post office and the park,” Heidi added.

Jason Wedemeyer and his team from Grand Valley Bikes, along with many other volunteers, worked for almost three months to make Bike to Work Day enjoyable for bicyclists like the Beyhan family.

The volunteers began setting up for the event at 6 a.m. They had served over 70 people by the time 9 a.m. rolled around.

This is the second year the stop-off point was in front of city hall, and the crowd was larger than the previous year’s showing.

“There’s a lot of new faces stopping by and saying hi,” Wedemeyer said.

Wedemeyer said he and his team hope to continue serving bicyclists on upcoming Bike to Work days, adding the stop-off location likely will not move from in front of City Hall.


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