Having been working at Salvagetti Bicycle Workshop down on Platte St. for two and a half years and been biking since childhood, Nick Soloninka sure knows the ins and outs of road and mountain biking and even BMX biking. After being inspired by “jumping off curbs as a kid” and thinking the “ guys on TV looked cool,” Nick has been in love with mountain bike free riding.
Aside from helping the environment by biking to work, his love of mountain and BMX biking also paid off when it came to the Trestle Bike Skills Park at Barnum Park North here in Denver. This park would offer awesome areas solely dedicated to free ride mountain biking and BMX biking. Nick volunteered by helping set up regular maintenance so the park would run smoothly and safely. With the help of many other volunteers, the Trestle Bike Park crew was able to open its gates this year in early August.
BikeDenver wants to thank Nick for all his help in our biking community. And remember to go check out Salagetti Bicycle Workshop and Trestle Bike Park!
[Photos Credits: www.plussizeBMX.com] [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 Andy, 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
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