Benefits of Biking to (and From) Work

Check out this awesome infographic about the benefits of riding your bike to (and from) work.

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You can see the full graphic here.

And if that isn’t enough motivation for you to ride on over to the 5th Annual Cactus Bike From Work Bash presented by Primal on June 26th, we’ve got free beer from Boulder Beer!

 

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5th Annual Cactus Bike From Work Bash Presented by Primal

 

 

At Cactus, we like bikes. We also like parties. Which is why we are thrilled to host the Fifth Annual Cactus Bike From Work Bash Presented by Primal on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 in celebration of Bike to Work Day. 2013BFWB_Poster_v4

The Cactus Bike From Work Bash brings together bike lovers from across the metro area to celebrate bike culture and raise money for BikeDenver.  Building on the success of the past 4 years, Bike From Work Bash will once again be an evening of two-wheeled delight at the Cactus offices at 15th & Little Raven—a perfect stop for commuters, located next to Confluence Park, the Platte River and Cherry Creek trails, and just minutes from Union Station. The event will feature food trucks, door prizes, free beer from Boulder Beer, entertainment and a chance to party with Denver’s diverse bike community while supporting the work of BikeDenver.

The Cactus Bike From Work Bash is a unique community event with a simple philosophy: have fun, promote a healthy lifestyle, support the environment, and build relationships within the community. While the event is free, partygoers are encouraged to show a little love by donating a few bucks to BikeDenver.

While Boulder Beer is kicking down free brews again this year, anyone who has been to the bash knows the beer line can get long and the free kegs aren’t bottomless. So for this year, we are also introducing the limited edition Bike From Work Bash Beer Mug. With the mug, you can skip the lines and get access to a wider selection of liquid joy from Boulder Beer.  What better way to celebrate bikes year round than with a sturdy, bike inspired beer mug. Mugs will be available for purchase at the event. All proceeds go to BikeDenver.

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Check Out and Score the Specialized Source 11 at Bike From Work Bash

In addition to the free beer from Boulder Beer, 6 food trucks, live music on the Specialized stage, and tons of bike focused vendors at the 4th Annual Bike From Work Bash presented by Primal, you can also get in on door prize tickets to score some pretty awesome gear- the awesomest of which has to be a Specialized Source 11 with Gates Carbon Drive.

Take a Specialized belt-driven bike for a test spin with the folks form BikeSource and get a free door prize entry. Additional door prize tickets are $5 and all proceeds go to BikeDenver.

 

A  true multi-tasker for anything from commuting to a weekend camping excursion through Summit County with loaded panniers, the Source Eleven does it all anytime, anywhere with disc brakes and integrated lights, rack, and fenders; plus 11-speed Shimano Alfine internal gearing with belt drive for the ultimate in low-maintenance efficiency.

  • All-new, super light E5 fully-manipulated alloy frame is built for high speed, low-fuss, and great versatility, with tapered head tube, internal routing, rack/fender mounts, and wide tire clearance; Plus open rear triangle for belt drive.
  • Sturdy alloy fork with Cr-Mo steerer and fender/rack mounts and internal light cable routing for the ultimate multi-purpose bike
  • Shimano Alfine 11-speed internal hub is the epitome of quality, versatility, and simplicity
  • Body Geometry Targa gel grips lock on and help alleviate hand pain and tingling fingers. Integrated bar ends for changing hand position included.
  • Strong, reliable Shimano dual-piston hydraulic disc brakes for sure stopping and control in any weather with any load
  • New Gates Centerline 24t sprocket for Shimano Alfine 11-speed belt drive with 55T chainring
  • Integrated Supernova E3 Pure headlight and taillight keep you safe on the road for anytime riding
  • Supernova Infinity hub-dynamo is superlight and can be switched off for a drag free option
  • Integrated Supernova E3 Pure headlight and taillight keep you safe on the road for anytime riding
  • Super light and compact Racktime Ultra hollow alloy rack lets you carry supplies without adding a lot of bulk; max load 10kg
  • Supernova Infinity hub-dynamo is superlight and can be switched off for a drag free option
  • Super light and compact Racktime Ultra hollow alloy rack lets you carry supplies without adding a lot of bulk; max load 10kg
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How to get to the Bike From Work Bash

So you are planning on joining thousands of other bike lovers for the 4th Annual Cactus Bike From Work Bash presented by Primal, but maybe you aren’t quite sure the best route to get to the event. First, we strongly recommend riding your bike since bike parking is free in the BikeDenver Bike Valet. The Bash is located at 15th & Little Raven, next to Confluence Park, the Platte River and Cherry Creek trails and just minutes from Union Station.

Our friends at Denver Public Works have developed a number of routes to help you find the best way to get here. You can also download the Denver Bike Map here to help you plot your route.

FROM THE SOUTH OR EAST: Via the Cherry Creek Trail: At the top of the ramp up to Confluence Park, bicyclists have the option of either taking an immediate left and entering Little Raven under the Speer bridge, or taking a right onto the bridge to Cherry Creek and slowly travelling through the plaza to the intersection of 15th and Little Raven.

FROM THE SOUTH OR WEST: Via the South Platte Trail: Cross over the river at the Broncos Bridge, travel along the east side of the river by Elitch Gardens, and take a right at Centennial Gardens just before Speer to access Little Raven.

FROM THE NORTH: Use the South Platte Trail, exit at the bridge over the river to Commons Park, travel through Commons Park and take a right on Little Raven. Bicyclists, please use caution when traveling through the congested areas of Confluence Park.

 You can read their full traffic advisory here. (PDF)

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A Big Shout Out to National and D&K Printing

Nothing is more satisfying to a designer than seeing his or her work displayed. Ok, maybe free beer on a hot day is more satisfying, but seeing your work displayed is still pretty darn fulfilling. Which is why we want to give a huge shout out to National Print Group and D&K Printing for producing the promotional materials for the 4th Annual Cactus Bike From Work Bash presented by Primal.

If you have driven down 15th st. into Denver lately, you’ve likely noticed National Print Group’s handiwork hanging on the side of the Cactus building at Little Raven, and gracing the windows of the Gates building at Wewatta.

 

And if, like me, you have a slightly unhealthy love of coffee, you have likely seen some of the beautiful double-sided posters produced by D&K Printing hanging at your local caffeine den.

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Illegal Pete’s Presents The Photo Atlas

From the very beginning, Illegal Pete’s has been a huge part of Bike From Work Bash, handing out hundreds if not thousands of free burritos over the years. For 2012, Illegal Pete’s is once again involved in the bash, but this time as the entertainment sponsor. If you have ever met Pete, you probably know that two of his favorite things are Lucha Libre and Music. Mexican wrestlers in masks didn’t seem to make a ton of sense for Bike From Work Bash, but a killer band sure did.

 Which is why we are so thrilled that Illegal Pete’s is presenting The Photo Atlas on the Specialized Stage at the 4th Annual Cactus Bike From Work Bash.

According to their Facebook page, “The Photo Atlas are one of those bands that have name recognition. Even if you don’t know exactly what they sound like, you’ve definitely heard of them…. and with good reason. They’ve been hard at work these past few years touring the country, playing the large festivals, romancing the record industry, and really making a name for the Colorado music scene. The group’s music blends the angularity and drive of Fugazi, the gut-punch of At The Drive-In and the infectiousness of The Faint all into one explosive little package.”
The Photo Atlas will be performing on the Specialized Stage at 8pm.
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A Little Too Excited For Bike From Work Bash

 

When our crop of summer interns started three weeks ago, we welcomed them with open arms and a five-day timeline to concept, shoot and edit a brand new Bike From Work Bash video. Props to the team for convincing Mike Lee to shave his legs, making us laugh and delivering big on their awesome video.

Copywriter: Kevin Simcox

Art Director: Nathan Hardy

Editor: Dillon Morton

Production Team: Ian Perkins, Kayla Mikula, Rachael Roark, Bradley Harkrader

Talent: Mike Lee

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Bikes Love Bikes. We Love Bikes.

If you’re riding your bike by Cactus on June 27th, be sure to get off and join the Cactus Bike From Work Bash. We’ve got a big package of food trucks, free beer, music and bike schwag.

Video Credits:

Director & DP: Sam Miller
Copywriter: Emma Myers
Art Director: Allie Edwards
Bike Fluffer: Elliot Nordstrom

 

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Cactus welcomes the Cyclist-Lawyer as a sponsor for Bike From Work Bash


If you have ridden your bike on the streets, then you know that it can be pretty scary. From bad roads with no shoulders to aggressive or inattentive drivers, riding on the road comes with many challenges. And that is exactly why organizations like BikeDenver and Bicycle Colorado exist – to encourage and promote bicycling, increase safety, improve conditions and provide a voice for cyclists.

Thanks to their work, we are seeing more and more bike lanes, education for drivers, and even legislation like the 3-foot law to protect cyclists on our streets and the recent closing of the Hit and Run loophole. And they are always looking for help.

But the reality is, despite all of their hard work, accidents still happen. There are still inattentive or aggressive drivers. Bikers still get hit by cars and often drivers speed off without stopping. Just as we have organizations like BikeDenver focused on making our streets safer for bikes, we also have businesses dedicated to protecting the rights of cyclists after something has happened. Businesses like the Cyclist- Lawyer.

We are thrilled to have Megan Hottman, a.k.a, The Cyclist-Lawyer involved in the 4th Annual Bike From Work Bash presented by Primal. In March 2010, she formed Hottman Law Office, LLC (aka “TheCyclist-Lawyer.com“), which she says, “is the perfect combination of passion and profession. My love of cycling and legal education culminated in this practice. I’m doing what I was meant to do.”  In addition to representing her own clients, she also works as a consultant with several Colorado plaintiff’s firms.

Hottman, a competitive cyclist, coaches the lawyer-filled cycling group, “Wheels of Justice,” helping the members train and prepare for the Courage Classic each July.  Hottman Law Office proudly sponsors two cycling teams (TheCyclist-Lawyer.com cycling team (Colorado), and Big D Cycling(Kansas/Missouri)), as well as the Bicycle Colorado Bike Summit.

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