Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The day in pictures: Denver bikes to work

Mayor Michael Hancock (on red Denver B-cycle) at the start of the morning ride.

Denver Police Officers escorting the group along the Platte River Trail.

People on bikes crossing the Platte River at Confluence Park.

Riding along the Cherry Creek Trail toward central downtown.

Morning traffic on the Cherry Creek Trail near the CU Denver Building

Beaming a smile, she was two miles into her first bike ride in ten years. 

Bike lane traffic near the intersection of 14th and California Streets.

The Mayor's group of riders approaching the Webb Building on 14th Street.

Mayor Hancock addresses the crowd at Civic Center Park, as some of the most active women in the local bicycling community look on.

(L-R) Piep van Heuven of BikeDenver, Mayor Hancock, Darryl West of the Major Taylor Cycling Club of Denver.

Emily gets acquainted with Pugsley.

Nick gets a fat tire fix.

Denver City Council President Chris Nevitt suddenly envisions a city populated with fatbikes.

An enormous 24" Surly Ogre, custom powder coated in a stunning purple hue. A nice bike.

The Bike From Work Bash featured great beer and entertainment.

A budding fixie hipster communes with the exalted grand yogi of fixie hipsters.

The day ends with low-angle sun and my two most faithful riding companions.

To close out bike to work day is a shot of the most perfect kind of car: one that is used sparingly for special occasions only. This gullwing 1959 Chevrolet Impala 4-door hardtop is a rolling piece of space-age art.


  1. Great shots, and way to to with the Pugs commute. Especially fun to see the dignitaries giving it a spin.

    I happened to fly through Denver on my way home tonight just as the sun was fading. What an eerie sight, with all the smoke. Terrible stuff that people are going through in CO; can't even imagine what it's like to lose your home to fire. Must be awful.

  2. It's amazing the big-eyed expressions of wonderment when people encounter the Pugsley, dignitaries no less so. The big question is "Why?" which inevitably leads to a string of explanatory conversations.

    I'm sure you had a better view from the air of what's going on than we do on the ground. The smell of wildfire smoke has been in the air for the past month here. It is surreal that so much devastation is ongoing 30 to 60 miles from where I live. Ten years ago, the Hayman Fire was much closer to Denver and I recall smoke as thick as fog on our street. In '88, the Yellowstone fire made for overcast days and dramatic sunsets even on the other side of the state in Laramie, where I was at the time.

    Big fires underscore the fact that, regardless of our impressions otherwise, Mother Nature is in charge. Having a family has helped me realize that as long as they are safe, things can be replaced. I hope that the current fires are resolved soon, and that the people affected are safe.