Get ready for warmer weather and join BikeDenver’s Vernal Equinox ride this Saturday, March 20! It’s a fun, social bike ride that’ll celebrate the onset of spring. The ride will leave City Park’s Thatcher Fountain at 2:15pm, and arrive at Jackson’s downtown at approx. 3pm. To participate, please arrive at Thatcher Fountain by 2pm to sign in.
About BikeDenver’s Equinox and Solstice Rides: BikeDenver’s Vernal Equinox Ride is one of 4 Equinox rides offered throughout the year to acknowledge the changing of the seasons and help get the message out to the general public that bikes are great way to get around for fun or transportation throughout the year. BikeDenver also offers Summer Solstice, Autumnal Equinox and Winter Solstice Rides. The rides are open to the public and led by League of American Bicyclist trained riders who plan the route. There are typically 30-60 riders on our vernal and autumnal equinox rides. The rides are a great way to learn how to ride safely in groups, meet new people and experience new bike routes in Denver. Families are welcome, we recommend a helmet, waiver signatures are required, children should be accompanied by adults.
About the Summer Solstice Ride on June 21st: Our summer solstice ride (over 90 riders last year!) is planned for Monday, June 21. We will leave from The Denver Zoo, ride through City Park, ride through (yes, through!) the Denver Botanic Gardens, through Cheeseman park, and arrive for a casual picnic hosted by Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado at their Dos Chappell Bathhouse headquarters at the North end of Smith Lake in Washington Park. Read about last year’s ride here.
The 2010 Vernal Equinox ride will leave City Park’s Thatcher Fountain at 2:15pm and arrive at 3pm at Jackson’s downtown (1520 20th St.), in time for ride participants to enjoy Vest Fest West, a new annual event hosted by Vest Fest Events that’ll benefit BikeDenver. Get information on Vest Fest here.
What to bring: It’s simple! Bring yourself, your bike, and your friends on wheels! If you’re planning to attend Vest Fest West, don’t forget a vest, and $25 for entry.
More about the equinox and reasons for the seasons: March 20, 2010 marks the Vernal Equinox. Translated literally, equinox means “equal night”. Because the sun is positioned directly above the equator, day and night are equal in length all over the world during the equinoxes. A second equinox occurs each year on September 22 or 23; in 2010, it will be on September 22. This date will mark the autumnal equinox in the Northern Hemisphere and the vernal equinox in the Southern.
These brief but monumental moments owe their significance to the 23.4 degree tilt of the Earth’s axis. Because of the tilt, we receive the Sun’s rays most directly in the summer. In the winter, when we are tilted away from the Sun, the rays pass through the atmosphere at a greater slant, bringing lower temperatures. If the Earth rotated on an axis perpendicular to the plane of the Earth’s orbit around the Sun, there would be no variation in day lengths or temperatures throughout the year, and we would not have seasons.