Grand Valley Bike Month 2021
Join Mesa County and many area partners for the 10th Annual Grand Valley Bike Month and pedal your way through the month of May. Mesa County wants to encourage the community to get out and ride, whether biking for fun, fitness, or transportation. Check out local trails on two wheels, bike to work or school, cruise to the park, support local business, or ride around the block. Regardless of how you roll, check out the May lineup of bicycle activities and join in the fun, plus ride bikes for a chance to win sweet prizes.
COVID-19: Please check for details for each event as precautions may vary.
Bike to Work and School Day, May 5, 2021
2021 Ride Challenge
(aka Commuter Challenge 2021)
Track your rides on Love to Ride and participate in two challenges by racking up the miles and trying to ride consecutive days.
Miles Challenge – Participants will bike as many miles as they can in May, in three categories.
Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place for each category (Commuting, Fitness & Fun, Bike with Kids).
Ride, Repeat Challenge – Bike consecutive days in May. Participants that ride a minimum of 5 days in a row will be
entered into a random participation drawing. Prizes will be awarded to the Top 3 riders who achieve the most
consecutive days of riding throughout the month of May.
Register on Love to Ride here (see below for more information).
- Create an account using Facebook, an email, or STRAVA
- Be sure to sign up for the Mesa County Biking group here
Track your rides for any or all of the following categories:
- Commuting – Select the (Transport to) category
- Fun or Fitness
- Bike with Kids
- Mobile app available for added simplicity.
- Links with STRAVA for ease of tracking trips.
- View stories, photos, and bicycle inspiration from all over the world.
Grand Valley Bike to Work – May 5th
It is a day to leave your car at home and ride with your family, friends, and coworkers to school and work. Riders are encouraged to bike in for local discounts. Full list here (coming soon).
Bike to Business Discounts
BUSINESS DISCOUNT DURATION
Octopus Coffee $.50 off all drinks All Month
Perdita’s Coffee 50 % off Drinks May 5th
Kiln Coffee 50% of Drinks May 5th
Main Street Bagels 20% off Drip Coffee All Month
Monumental Beer Works Buy one get one (first round only) All Month
Kannah Creek Brewery Buy an appetizer and get a pint of beer free May 5th
Edgewater Brewery Buy an appetizer and get a pint of beer free May 5th
1. Participate in the weekly selfie contest! Each week, riders are encouraged to bike a new route and or trail, snap a photovand submit. Participants can submit two entries per week; Bike Route & Trail.
2. Show off your skills with the Bike Skills Selfie Contest. Participants must complete 3 challenges from the list below thenvsubmit all three photos together in a pic-collage or in one jpeg document by the end of the month.
• Proper Helmet Fitting
• Bike Chain Cleaning
• Fixing a Flat Tire/ New Tube
• Hand Signals
• What’s in your Pack
• Bike Skills Park
• Front Wheel Lift
• Riding Downhill / Drops
Deadlines: Weekly Selfie Contest Week 1: May 10 Week 2: May 17 Week 3: May 24 Week 4: June 1
Bike Skills Selfie Contest June 1, 2021
Entry Submission: Email submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org, post to Love to Ride, Tag Mobile Mesa County
on Facebook or Instagram, or use #GVBikeMonth (must have a public account to submit with hashtag).
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!