BikeDenver is pleased to introduce Jill Bergmann, this month’s Bike Hero! Jill is fulltime mom to 2½-year-old daughter Geneva, whom she happily hauls around their Platt Park neighborhood in a Burley trailer for almost all their daily errands and activities. And though we hope Geneva doesn’t hear it here first, she’ll soon have to start sharing her ride with more than groceries, as Jill is expecting a second little passenger in October–and has no intention of giving up her preferred version of the family station wagon!
Jill, who used to work for Bicycle Colorado, says she was always a recreational rider “for exercise, out to brunch, etc.,” describing her husband as the real cyclist in the family. The two decided to become a one-car family back in ’07, but had to question the practicality of that once Geneva was born. “We said, ‘Can we really do this?’” Jill recalls. “And then we realized the answer was ‘Yeah, totally!’ Not only does it fit our values, we’re so excited to be teaching Geneva a car-free lifestyle. We love that our kid says, ‘No, no, no!’ to the car.”
Ride on, Jill, for passing the bike riding baton to a new generation with true Bike Hero style!
[Submitted by Erin Hilmer]
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 Jill, 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 Jill and her family by becoming a BikeDenver member:Join BikeDenver!