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Bike to Work Day photo gallery: Bill Vidal, Michael Hancock, John Hickenlooper... and you!

Bike to Work Day 2011 gave Denver the opportunity to see political heavy-hitters like John Hickenlooper, Bill Vidal and Hancock, who spoke at Civic Center Park, in their cycling togs. But plenty of regular folks mounted two-wheelers, too. Photographer Kelly Kaoudis captured the action and spoke to participants, many of whom would have biked to work today whether or not there'd been an event to encourage it. Look below to check out her pics and interviews.

Denver Mayor Bill Vidal spoke about city improvements that will make life easier for commuting cyclists.
Denver Mayor Bill Vidal spoke about city improvements that will make life easier for commuting cyclists.
Photo by Kelly Kaoudis
Mayor-elect Michael Hancock talked about the importance of taking environmentally conscious transportation and Denver programs that allow commuting choice.
Mayor-elect Michael Hancock talked about the importance of taking environmentally conscious transportation and Denver programs that allow commuting choice.
Photo by Kelly Kaoudis
Governor John Hickenlooper encouraged Denverites to take their bikes.
Governor John Hickenlooper encouraged Denverites to take their bikes.
Photo by Kelly Kaoudis

 

Hand-cycling enthusiasts Tim Harris, Hunter Buettner, Linnette Buettner, John Vcelka, Claire Cahow, and Colby Kortom visited the Civic Center bike-to-work breakfast station to promote the Craig Hospital Foundation.
Hand-cycling enthusiasts Tim Harris, Hunter Buettner, Linnette Buettner, John Vcelka, Claire Cahow, and Colby Kortom visited the Civic Center bike-to-work breakfast station to promote the Craig Hospital Foundation.
Photo by Kelly Kaoudis
Lauren Ris says, "I work at the Capitol so this is really close for me. I bike to work very often, especially in summertime when the weather is good... Riding your bike every morning is fun, and I can get to work faster than in my car."
Lauren Ris says, "I work at the Capitol so this is really close for me. I bike to work very often, especially in summertime when the weather is good... Riding your bike every morning is fun, and I can get to work faster than in my car."
Photo by Kelly Kaoudis
Ryan Hofman says he commutes to work "pretty often. It's really convenient for me." He thinks car commuters should "quit wasting your time in traffic!"
Ryan Hofman says he commutes to work "pretty often. It's really convenient for me." He thinks car commuters should "quit wasting your time in traffic!"
Photo by Kelly Kaoudis

 

Wendy Stewart and Tim Martinez commute to work on bikes "pretty close to every day." Their message to drivers: "Please don't hit us! Look out and slow down."
Wendy Stewart and Tim Martinez commute to work on bikes "pretty close to every day." Their message to drivers: "Please don't hit us! Look out and slow down."
Photo by Kelly Kaoudis
Jeff Wright commutes to work on his bike about once a week and feels drivers "should definitely participate! This is a great thing."
Jeff Wright commutes to work on his bike about once a week and feels drivers "should definitely participate! This is a great thing."
Photo by Kelly Kaoudis
Ed Saunders usually commutes by bike or bus. The one thing he'd tell daily car commuters: "Stop it, it ain't working."
Ed Saunders usually commutes by bike or bus. The one thing he'd tell daily car commuters: "Stop it, it ain't working."
Photo by Kelly Kaoudis

 

Tammy and Jose Hurtado ride bikes daily and try to avoid commuting by car. Their nephew almost got hit by a car when riding on his bike with them last night; they ask driver to please be more careful.
Tammy and Jose Hurtado ride bikes daily and try to avoid commuting by car. Their nephew almost got hit by a car when riding on his bike with them last night; they ask driver to please be more careful.
Photo by Kelly Kaoudis
Joseph Wilson bikes daily and doesn't even own a car. He tells drivers, "If you live within five miles of your job and the weather's good, ride a bike. It saves on parking and gas, it's good for you, and you see things differently on a bike than in a car. However, I'd also like to say to the city that we need more bike parking racks."
Joseph Wilson bikes daily and doesn't even own a car. He tells drivers, "If you live within five miles of your job and the weather's good, ride a bike. It saves on parking and gas, it's good for you, and you see things differently on a bike than in a car. However, I'd also like to say to the city that we need more bike parking racks."
Photo by Kelly Kaoudis

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