Residents in the metro area enjoyed a greener two-wheeled commute as an estimated 35,277 riders traveled 623,705 miles – or 25 times around planet Earth -- on Wednesday, June 27 for the region’s Bike to Work Day.
News and Announcements
The Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) recognized four Way to Go Champions during DRCOG’s annual awards celebration. Way to Go Champions are individuals or organizations that demonstrate leadership in promoting or advocating commute options other than driving alone.
Our trip planning and tracking partner, RideAmigos, has launched a new app to make tracking your commute trips even easier. Download the app and let it handle automatic trip tracking for you.
Thank you to all the artists who submitted artwork for the 2018 Colorado Bike Month/Bike to Work Day poster! We got a lot of great submissions, and we're looking forward to sharing the selected artwork with all of you soon: watch this space!
DRCOG's GIS team has once again used origin and destination data from registered Bike to Work Day participants to create a chord map showing the density of trips to and from various locations: check it out.
The Colorado Department of Transportation has increased the number of passengers required to use High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) Express Lanes. Known as HOV 3+, the change began Jan. 1 and requires a driver and at least two passengers to qualify for free carpooling in the U.S. 36 and I-25 Express Lanes. Are you a carpooler looking to add a third passenger? Are you interested in forming or joining a vanpool? We make it simple on MyWaytoGo.org. Log in and search along your route to find a fellow commuter.
Our agency, the Denver Regional Council of Governments, just published its annual report on traffic congestion in the Denver region. This is, in a nutshell, why we do what we do: when we see that congestion is getting worse, we take action! Read the most recent report here.
The second annual WaytoGoTober campaign has launched with an expanded reach over last year's 25 companies. More than 40 metro-area employers are competing in this year's challenge, in which employees are encouraged to try something other than driving alone at least one day per week. Employees who carpool, vanpool, take transit, bike or walk at least one day each week in October and log their trips at mywaytogo.org are entered to win great prizes and also have the satisfaction of knowing their efforts are helping reduce congestion and air pollution in the metro area.
Way to Go was lucky enough to partner with Strava this Bike to Work Day in order to create some visual representations of rider data to show the event's impact. Almost 10 percent of riders (about 3,000) used the Strava app the morning of Bike to Work Day, and GIS staff at the Denver Regional Council of Governments were able use that data to make this heat map and this interactive chord visualization showing rider routes.