No Barriers Supports Fort Collins’ Bike to Work Day
The Colorado-based No Barriers team members were thrilled to support Fort Collins’ Bike to Work Day on December 11, 2019. Even the snow on the ground and freezing temperatures couldn’t keep our most enthusiastic team members from collaborating with awesome community partners and giving cheerful greetings to any cyclist within shouting-distance of our stop at the Exchange.
What is Bike to Work Day?
“Leading up to Bike to Work Day, national, regional, and local bicycle advocacy groups encourage people to try bicycle commuting as a healthy and safe alternative to driving by providing route information and tips for new bicycle commuters… The event is supported by many organizations, from local bike shops and restaurants to municipalities and transit authorities.”
It’s Winter Bike to Work Day, the second best day of the year! What’s the first? Summer Bike to Work Day!
In Fort Collins, the event is held biannually (once in the summer, once in the winter), and dozens of restaurants, organizations, bike shops, and cafes participate. The event exists to “encourage people to bicycle for transportation, experience the benefits of riding a bike, highlight Fort Collins’ extensive bike routes, and demonstrate that bicycling is an easy, fun and healthy means of traveling around the city,” according to the Fort Collins City Government.
No Barriers joins forces with FoCo DoCo & Jackie’s Java
No Barriers rockstar Nate Gilette rallied a group to set their alarm clocks for 5a to have ample time to get all set up. It helped that donuts were promised, since No Barriers and The Fort Collins Donut Company (FoCo DoCo) teamed up to tackle the early morning. FoCo DoCo is a local favorite, serving up hot, fresh, and appropriately-sized donuts that fuel our city.
Rachel Martel, also from the No Barriers Warriors team, blew a little dust off her ol’ bicycle coffee cart, the Bump n’ Grind, to caffeinate those who stopped by our stand. Special thanks to local coffee roaster Jackie’s Java for supplying our coffee beans!
Nick Pellitteri, our Camp Guru, was the welcoming face and No Barriers swag // donut dealer for all that stepped through. To round out the team, No Barriers’ Summer Clowers and Megan Lee, with the help of a megaphone, kept the overall vibes high.
If participants weren’t already enjoying the Griswold Egg Nog donuts, warm fireplace, and delicious coffee, we had one last trick up our sleeves: a far-reaching obstacle course to complete while maneuvering a GRIT Freedom Chair.
Bike to Work Day Moments
David Hayes from local nonprofit Code for FoCo is the first to take the GRIT Freedom Chair for a spin.
Local Annie Bierbower achieves an impressive sub-1:30 time for the obstacle course.
A huge thank you
Special shout out to Nate for bringing this to life and for Jackie’s Java and the wonderful ladies behind FoCo DoCo for their support.
We were thrilled to meet more members of our local community and get out the good word of No Barriers. We made 100 new friends in the span of two hours (not including a dog wearing goggles) and are already counting down the days til Summer Bike to Work Day!December 19, 2019