Having grown up in Denver and worked for CDOT (Colorado Department of Transportation) as project manager for 2 and a half years, this bike hero sure knows his way around town. Add to that his love of biking, and Mike Bean is a pro when it comes to the streets of Denver.
Mike bikes both by himself and with pals, for recreation and competition. His commute to work consists of a 5 mile ride each way. And this bike hero doesn’t scare easily, he rides in all kinds of crazy weather. In fact, he has an impressive collection of bikes to go along with any weather or terrain, like a Pugsley bike for snow.
This bike intensive life-style has made him healthier and he’s lost weight. But biking hasn’t only offered physical benefits, it has also led Mike to be more involved in the Denver community through races and triathlons. His favorite? Riding with Salvagetti in the Cyclocross where road bikes are ridden in dirt and mud.
BikeDenver would like to thank Mike for being a great bike hero and helping expand the Denver bike community.
[Submitted by Courtney Burkett]
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 Chris, 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 Chris by becoming a BikeDenver member:Join BikeDenver!