The streets of Fort Collins were bustling with bicycles more than usual Wednesday morning, as it celebrated its 25th annual Bike to Work Day.
The event rewards bicyclists once a year for arriving on two wheels instead of driving to work, with free breakfast and bike technicians at several stations. According to the downtown Fort Collins website, 96 local businesses sponsored more than 40 stations for this event.
Johnathan Carstens, a bike technician at Recycled Cycles was working on bicycles at CSU’s bike to work station in the Oval. Carstens said enjoys helping people fix their bikes when he can.
“Fixing bikes is a passion,” Carstens said.
Some stations included more than just a free breakfast and bike repairs. They were also handing out free merchandise and live music.
Katelyn Timroth, a senior at CSU majoring in health and exercise science was a first time participant in Bike to Work Day.
“I got a free water bottle,” Timroth said. “I think its really cool. It’s a great way to get people to bike, I wish that I saw more people biking, though. There are still a lot of cars on the road.”
For those who have taken part in Bike to Work Day in the past, this year’s event seems to be an ongoing success.
“I love seeing all the Fort Collins bikers out here, I think its growing,” said Kyle Traff, a CSU graduate in computer sciences.
For Traff, this is his third year participating in Bike to Work Day.
“Free food is always a plus. I absolutely think it encourages people to bike more, especially the bigger stations that get lots of attention and support,” Traff said.
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