Meet our September Bike Hero: Curtis Caldwell! BikeDenver met Curtis at a downtown B-cycle station as he was starting his attempt to complete the Tour-de-Bcycle. Curtis is a recent Denver B-cycle convert who loves the convenience of bike-sharing. He’s also a Sous Chef at Denver’s popular Vesta Dipping Grill.
Curtis says: “I heart B-cycle! Why do I love using B-cycles to get around Denver? Well at first this story is not a very positive one. My personal bicycle was stolen last fall and in frustration I had not sought a new one, but when I saw that Denver was going to host the pilot program for B-Cycle, I jumped on the bandwagon. Joining one week after the Denver B-cycle launch on Earth Day, I quickly learned it was one of the easiest ways of traveling around Denver. I use it for commuting to and from work, work errands, personal errands, and just taking a cruise down the Cherry Creek Trail to the Platte. During my Tour de B-cycle event, I also learned that the restaurants and shops down by DU are readily available to me to via the system. I really enjoy the freedom, and convenience that bike sharing offers. People I meet at the kiosks often ask me questions and I’m happy to offer my perspective, knowing that the more people who discover the convenience of bike-sharing and join as members, the more the system will grow and improve.”
BikeDenver’s 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 Curtis, 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 January, 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 Curtis by becoming a BikeDenver member: Join BikeDenver!