Although there might have been more bikers than normal on the roads for yesterday's Bike To Work Day, it definitely wasn't some sort of two-wheeled takeover.
But there were absolutely more bikers than normal in the parking lot of ad agency Cactus. You'll always attract a crowd with the formula they used for their Bike From Work Bash: free food, free booze, free music, and good causes. I skipped out before the bike stunts and tricycle racing, but the crowd was big and getting bigger at 6 p.m. The rain had passed, the line for beer was manageable and spirits were high.
The benefactors: beer from Brekenridge Brewery, burritos from Illegal Pete's, good cause #1 (stop smoking) from Quitdoingit.com, posters and free t-shirts/water bottles from Indyink.com, energy drinks from Amp, on-the-spot bike checkups from Pearl Velo, stunts from Yellowdesigns.com, good cause #2 (bikes for impoverished children) from Wish for Wheels, bike advocacy from Bike Denver, and "security" from the Denver Roller Dolls (hey, I wouldn't have tried any shenanigans with them around). And finally, one more round of applause for our gracious hosts, Cactus.
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"Biking home from work, that's the most fun part of the day anyway," says Cactus Public Relations director Ashley Boyden. It certainly is when these guys are running the show.