Meet Jennifer Wieczorek, our August Bike Hero! Jennifer is a public health planner at Denver Health where, as she puts it, “We like to make the healthy choice the easy choice.” For her, choosing to make the 20-minute ride from her home in the Barnum neighborhood to her office at 6th and Bannock is far easier than driving–and we bet it has something to do with her healthy glow as well! Only the occasional far-away meeting or unsafe weather day will keep her off her bike, and she’s quick to dismiss commonly cited challenges to two-wheeled commuting. When we asked if she has any difficulty riding to work in professional togs, for instance, she laughed and said, “Not at all. I think it’s a lot easier to ride my bike in heels than to walk in them.” We’ve gotta admit, she has a point!
Bike Hero of the Month Awards highlight different people each month, and help encourage other people to bike by telling the Hero’s personal story. The goal of the Bike Hero Awards Program is to showcase the diversity of citizen-cyclists and the people who support them in Denver.
BikeDenver’s Executive Director Piep van Heuven says: “We introduced the Bike Hero awards because we want to encourage a friendly environment for and public image of bicyclists in Denver. One of the ways we can do this is to showcase the different faces of and great stories about people in our community, like Jennifer Wieczorek, who ride bikes or help others get out there and ride. Through the Bike Hero awards, BikeDenver honors bicyclists of all ages and walks of life, from the first time bicyclist to the rain or shine bicyclist! We all know people (our neighbors, co-workers, family members or community leaders) who inspire us to reach for the handlebars instead of the car keys. Take a moment to look around you and help BikeDenver recognize the people in our community who are making a difference for Denver, one ride at a time!”
To nominate a Bike Hero, please send a photo and a brief description of why you think they should be recognized (100 words or less) to info(at)bikedenver.org.
We started naming Bike Heroes in 2010; meet them here!
BikeDenver is Denver’s bicycle advocacy organization. BikeDenver promotes and encourages bicycling in and around Denver and works to make Denver a better place to ride your bike for fun, recreation and transportation. Why? Because it’s healthy for you, and healthy for Denver. www.bikedenver.org
Bicycle Village has been a Colorado owned and operated business for more than 30 years. From modest beginnings in an 1800 square ft. building in West Denver, Bicycle Village has grown into the largest bicycle retailer in the Rockies. www.bicyclevillage.com
You can help make Denver’s streets safer for people like Jennifer by becoming a BikeDenver member:Join BikeDenver!