Grand Valley Bike Month September 2021
Join Mesa County and area partners for another season of Grand Valley Bike Month and pedal your way through September. Whether riding local trails, commuting to work, or biking for fitness, get out and ride this fall. Regardless of how you roll, check out the September lineup of bicycle activities and participate in our fall bike challenges for a chance to win sweet prizes.
COVID-19: Please check for details for each event as precautions may vary.
Grand Valley Bike to Work – September 22
Join Mesa County for Bike to Work Day and trade in the keys for pedal power on Wednesday,
September 22. Riders can reward themselves when they bike in on September 22, with a free
breakfast from 7:00 AM-10:00 AM at three locations across the valley:
– Downtown Grand Junction – Grand Junction City Hall (south courtyard)
– Horizon Drive – Octopus Coffee
– Fruita – North Mulberry (outdoor dining area)
Know the Rules of the Road
- Be courteous, share the road and obey all traffic laws, signs and signals.
- Ride on the shoulder (if one exists) or on the right side of the road.
- You may ride two abreast when doing so does not impede the flow of traffic. Ride single file to allow vehicles to pass.
- Signal turns for 100 feet in advance, unless you need both hands to brake or control your bicycle. (Hand signals handout).
- At night, ride with a white front light and a red rear light or reflector.
- Yield to pedestrians.
- Ditch the sidewalks when a bike lane or side road is available. Riding on the sidewalk can be hazardous for other pedestrians and puts you outside drivers’ field of view.
Gather your Gear
- Helmet – Protect yourself! A majority of bike fatalities involve riders without a helmet.
- Lights – In case you stay lat, be prepared with a white front light and a red rear light or reflector.
- Rack, basket or pannier for carrying your stuff.
- ID and fully charged cell phone for safety.
- Flat-changing supplies
- Change of clothes, lunch and other supplies you will need for the day!
Prep your Office
- Extra clothes – keep a pair of dress shoes and change of clothes at your desk.
- Toiletries – Keep a “freshen-up” kit with extra deodorant, baby powder, dry shampoo, hair brush, etc.
Click here for more detailed recommendations about commuting by bike.
Safe Routes to School
Visit Mesa County Regional Transportation Planning Office (RTPO) site for information on local
Safe Routes to School. The site features Safe Routes maps for elementary and middle schools
in the Grand Valley here.
Find a safe route from your home to work or other destinations. Practice the route in the evening or weekend. Use the map below of recommended bike routes within the City of Grand Junction.
Participating in Grand Valley Bike Month 2021
How can your business participate in Bike to Work Day?
- Coordinate an employee group ride. Encourage employees to bike to work and arrange a
meet up location with day parking so employees who live too far to bike to work can park and
ride together as a group. Another option is to organize a ride after work, departing from your
place of business; possibly make plans to bike to a local eatery.
- Safety Recommendations:
Take the route with the least amount of motor vehicle traffic. Try to find routes that
incorporate a wide shoulder, bike lane, or multi-use path. And routes that have more
bicyclists using them tend to be ones where drivers are more in tune with sharing the road.
– If you have a larger group, ride in groups ranging in speed from faster riders to leisurely
riders who take it slow.
– When riding in the dark, wear reflective gear and use bike lights.
– When biking to a local business or park, make sure multiple riders in the group have bike
locks so that all bikes can be secured.
– Offer resources to employees that will help with bicycle safety checks prior to the ride.
– Encourage riders to wear helmets, close-toed shoes, and to avoid baggy clothing that could
get caught in the chain.
- Encourage employees to take advantage of the local Bike to Business discounts; allow extra
time in the morning for employees to stop on their way to work or provide longer breaks. Check
out the complete list of BTB discounts on the Bike Month website.
. Allow for casual attire on Bike to Work Day to help employees feel more comfortable when
biking to work.
How can your business support bike commuting?
- Provide a bike rack at your business to encourage commuting by employees and customers.
- Provide basic bike repair tools for your employees, or consider partnering with neighboring
businesses to install an outdoor bike repair station.
- Provide a space within/outside your business to display local biking maps, commuter routes,
and other printed materials.
- Consider providing small incentives to encourage bicycle commuting. This can be especially
beneficial if parking is limited at or near your workplace.
- Review resources from Bicycle Colorado, the Colorado Department of Transportation’s
(CDOT) Bicycle & Pedestrian Program, and the The League of American Bicyclists, follow these pages on social media.
The League of American Bicyclists
- Consider becoming a bicycle friendly business here. Review the Attributes of a Bicycle Friendly
Business or apply to become a Bike Friendly Business here.
Grand Valley Bike Month provides activities for the entire family at all levels and abilities, ranging from leisure rides, commuter and business challenges, and bike celebrations that will stimulate our local economy.
Your sponsorship helps offset the cost of 2020 Grand Valley Bike Month events. Click here to become a sponsor!
Bike Month Planning Committee Members