Thursday, October 03, 2013


The 2013 Bike Night season is over and we had a great run. We kicked off the new season with over 210 people taking part. Huge numbers continued to roll with us through June. Our June average was 187 people per ride!

What does that mean? It means Bike Night gets folks on bikes. This year we had more people participate than in any other season. Our season total was 2,405.

Through out the season we had a GoPro camera mounted on the Audio Rockit and on a number of bikes. From all that footage we cobbled together the video below. I hope you enjoy it and share it with friends.

If you're like me you've got friends who just don't quite "get" bike night. Perhaps the video will help them.

See you in 2014 on May 14th - to be exact!


Tuesday, September 24, 2013


Get out here this Wednesday night! We're 38 people away from breaking 2,400 riders this year. Don't leave us hanging!

You might wonder what the impact of 2,400 riders might be? 2,400
16,800 miles ridden
252,000 calories burned

Which is roughly equivalent to 2,117 beers or 507 cupcakes!

If your friends think Bike Night is cute - but not for them, ask 'em how they feel about cupcakes & beer!

See you tomorrow night for ONE MORE BEAUTIFUL BIKE NIGHT!

Also - If you're looking for a way to give to the flood relief effort there is a new way to do so. Oskar Blues Brewery has created a Foundation that will distribute donated funds of up to $100,000 to flood victims.

Check it out at

Monday, August 26, 2013

ORANGE RIDE! This Wednesday.

Grab your favorite orange something-or-other for the Bike Night Orange Ride!
Meet up at 6:30pm at 4th & Terry Street. It's gonna be awesome. Our route will take us around the west side but plan on cruising the east side, too!


Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Grease Sing-a-long - Wednesday!

This Wednesday's theme is Grease! Dust off your leather jacket, shake out your poodle skirt and join us for Greaser's & Poodle Skirts AKA Grease sing a long. We meet at 6:30pm at 4th & Terry Street, tomorrow night - Wednesday! Our route will take us through Old Town.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Bike Night wants to know - What's your function!

Conjunction, junction - what's your function????

Figure it out and then join us tonight as we celebrate "Back to School" with School House Rock! See you tonight at 6:30pm - 4th & Terry Street. Times Call parking lot!

Monday, July 29, 2013

Attention SUPER HEROES & Super Kids!

Happy Monday!

The Theme for this week’s Bike Night is SUPER HEROES! Plus we will have Kid’s Night Bike Night!

We will meet for SUPER HERO Bike Night at 6:30pm. HOWEVER – Kid’s Night will precede the regular Bike Night at 6pm. If you show up earlier, that’s OK.

Kid’s Night Bike Night is a long standing tradition that goes back to 2009. At that time one of Bike Night’s regular families proposed a night where kids could play bike games and learn to ride safely.

Since then Kid’s Night Bike Night has grown and become a lot of fun. We now offer Kid’s Night closer to the beginning of the school year. My goal through Bike Night is to get more families riding together and to get more kid’s riding safely to school.

This is the reason Bike Night asks that kids ride on the street and learn to signal turns and be aware of what’s going on around them. Kid’s Bike Night focuses on teaching kids to ride together, ride safely, and to have fun!

Kid’s Night will begin at 6:00pm. Games will follow and will conclude with a mini- cruise around the  neighborhood. The mini-cruise will go from the Times Call Parking  lot around Thompson Park and back.

Games will include a few Bike Rodeo activities plus Bike Night favorites:
1.      Rock Dodge
2.      Newspaper Delivery
3.      Riding in a group.
4.      Helmet Check
5.      ABC- Quick Checks
6.      Straight – line riding
7.      Calling turns and working on stopping.
8.      Plus much more!

There will be a Kid's Cruiser Ride beginning at 6:20ish.

Lastly – we are fielding a team we’re calling TEAM BIKE NIGHT! If you’d like to be a part of the Bike Night organizing group let me know. I’m hoping to do trainings during the August Bike Nights that will enable more people to be Bike Night leaders next year!

See you Wednesday!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Wednesday - Jersey Ride THURSDAY - le Tour DQ! & Chicken Dance Video


Welcome to Tuesday night! Just 24 hours until the next installment of Bike Night kicks off. We began last week at 4th & Terry. This was the first start from a different location in over 10 years. I'd say it went pretty well. Thank you to everyone who found the location and to those of you way-finders who found us.

Last week as you know was our Flash Mob Bike Ride and I'd say it went swimmingly. The counts for riders were upward to 180ish people. Nice work. I've posted the chicken dance video from Youtube! Enjoy.

Bike Night - 2013
This week we do our part as bike riders to celebrate the le Tour de EPO, errr, I mean France. Therefore, you are encouraged to dawn your best lycra,jersey, or otherwise (Bronco's, Nuggets, Rockies, Rapids, the Lacrosse team, USA Pro Jersey whatever) and join us on Wednesday night.

I am going to try and piece together something with Bob Roll and Phil Leggit, so wish me luck.....

Because so much of everything revolving around "THE" tour could be likened to a circus, we might as well have fun, too! So Bike Night, Bicycle Longmont and DQ are presenting the first ever le Tour DQ. (It's funny. You should be laughing now!).

We will begin at Roosevelt Park somewhere between the Senior Center and the Memorial Building at 6:30pm. Why not 4th & Terry? Because we didn't include non-Bike Night's in our insurance rider. So, we're back to Roosevelt for this one time special ride.

PLEASE Bring or get a headlight for your bike, especially for the kids, and helmets are encouraged. The ride will be longer than Bike Night and we will finish later than typical.

le Tour DQ will be about 13 miles probably a little more with weaving and random departures from the route. Follow the previous link to view the most likely route. We will swing pass Roosevelt on our way south to the Hover DQ. At that time - Parents, guardians, friends, countrymen, with kids, needing a break, can bail out early. Otherwise - we will be on our way south to the Ken Pratt Boulevard/Hover DQ!

We will depart the south DQ destined for our end point - the downtown DQ.

Disclaimer - you do not need to buy ice cream at every stop, or, at any of the stops. Like Bike Night - there is no need to spend money to have fun on a bike.

We will have coupons for free blizzards - AND - we'll have some other cool things for people to win. 

We will have a prize for 
Best lit bike, 
Best Costume 
Most creative use of the term French! (Remember, there will be kids there......) 

Until I remember some other detail...... We'll see you tomorrow night at 6:30pm for BIKE NIGHT! 

Monday, July 08, 2013

POLKA Flash Mob ride - Wednesday July 10th.


First things first - Bike Night is moving! We will no longer start at Roosevelt Park. After 10 years, Bike Night has gotten too large for Longmont's largest urban park. SO, we will begin anew at the Times-Call Parking lot at 4th & Terry Street. The meeting time and the routes will remain mostly the same. So please make a note of it.

Secondly - This Wednesday is the Red. White. & POLKA Ride! This will also be our "flash mob" ride of the season. We will perform the chicken dance at Martini's and later at the Left Hand Brewery. If you don't know how to do the chicken dance - learn the chicken dance from Lawrence Welk's own Myron, here.

Lastly - Have fun and we'll see you Wednesday Night!


Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Tomorrow is BIKE TO & FROM WORK DAY!

Happy Tuesday!

We're excited for several reasons today!
1. Thank you KGNU for a wonderful story about Bike Night. Did you miss it? Don't worry. We'll post a link to the story/audio file, soon!

2. Tomorrow is Bike to Work Day! Longmont has many stations to get you to work, fat & happy. I'm pretty sure if you make it to all stops you won't realize any caloric benefit.... but you will be happier and  ready to take on the day. Which, I think, is important.

3. Biking home should be just as much fun, too! Oskar Blues Brewery, Left Hand Brewing and the Pumphouse Brewery will have awesome deals for cyclists tomorrow and the Pumphouse (lovingly referred to as the "Pumpzone") will play host to "Pre-Bike Night!" We plan to meet at the Pumpzone at 5pm tomorrow night to hang out and enjoy a beverage prior to Bike Night.

Bring the kids - the Pumpzone has video games and air hockey.

4. We will celebrate Bike to Work Day in 1980's style, too. Wear your best 80's attire and join us. Pre-Bike Night starts at 5pm. Bike Night meets at 6:30pm and we'll get rolling at about 6:45p. We meet at 910 Longs Peak Avenue, Roosevelt Park - G'Knight Ride HQ!

Monday, June 10, 2013

It's Bike Week!

Greetings Bike Nighters!

This week there is a lot going on, and it all culminates on Saturday with Bicycle Longmont's 3rd Annual G'Knight Ride. Bicycle Longmont is extremely excited to bring this great event back this year. We are even more excited to have the start/finish at Roosevelt Park in beautiful Old Town Longmont.

If you have friends coming to ride, or your traveling here. I guarantee you'll have a great time rolling around our gorgeous shaded streets. Speaking of cruising, Wednesday night we'll be celebrating 3 years of G'Knight Ride awesomness.

The ride theme is: G'Bike Night! We will be celebrating by wearing green and/or white. The playlist will include the bands you will hear at the G'Knight Ride. Plus we're working on a surprise at Sunset Golf Course.

So come along with us on Wednesday. We meet at Roosevelt Park at 6:30pm and start rolling about 6:45pm. Our ride this week will be on the Westside of Old Town with a brief circle of the Historic East Side Neighborhood.

Come on out and Join US!

Other events going on in BIKEmont during Bike Week include:

Tuesday night the Tuesday Night Concerts in the Park start up again. Tomorrow night will be the Indulgers. A celtic rock band that is always entertaining.

Wednesday night - BIKE NIGHT - but of course you knew that. Last week we had 180 people join us. Come out and help us set a new record and wear green and/or white!

Thursday - Bicycle Longmont and our partners Twin Peaks Mall, Sanitas Sports, Whole Foods Market and Ideal Market are back with another week of fast paced action. Join us at the Twin Peaks Mall for crit racing. This is a fun and exciting family-friendly event to watch. Pick up a dinner and bring it along.

Friday - Is a great night to come to Longmont early. There are hotel deals at the Best Western Plaza.

Downtown Longmont Summer Concert SeriesWe begin the G'Knight Ride celebration early with an open Bike Art reception at the Firehouse Art Gallery beginning after 6pm. The Firehouse Art Gallery is located at 4th Avenue and Coffman Street downtown Longmont.

Following the reception the Retro Sonics will take the stage at Longmont's weekly free downtown concert series.  The Retro Sonics play a great line up of 80's & 90's cover songs.

Saturday is the G'Knight Ride. The G'Knight Ride is a family friendly cruiser ride around Longmont. We bill it as Longmont's celebration of cycling! Every year this ride has grown bigger, better and awesomer!

This year we will have a 1 mile, 3 mile and a 10 mile ride. We will also have a great line-up of world class rock! Join us for Boulder County's own Wires Crossed. This up and coming band is sure to go places. They have a familiar pop feel and are awesome. We will also feature the regionally successful Last Men on Earth.

Last Men on Earth

Wendy Woo Band
Don't shave your mullet. You'll be right at home during this set. Last Men play the best 90's hair covers, ever. If hair metal is your guilty pleasure -you'll be joined by more than 3,000 other people in your support group. These guys rock!

Wendy Woo makes her return to the big stage this year. Wendy Woo was our first act at the first G'Knight Ride. Having Wendy back will be fantastic too. Her music is great rock that puts out an awesome vibe. Come on out and experience Denver's own Wendy Woo!

family of the year steven tyler
Family of the Year
Headlining is Family of the Year. Family of the Year is on the Lollapalooza tour this summer. Bicycle Longmont and KBCO are excited to welcome this great rockin' folk to our main stage. Family's sound is similar to Fun., Lumineers, Shins and Of Monsters and Men. They come to us on the heels of the their current chart hit - Hero.

Saturday, June 01, 2013

Proposed Pedestrian and Bicycling Fund

Goodmorning, Everyone.

This morning, Saturday, check out the Times-Call's website they've put together a brief article explaining the proposed Pedestrian and Bicycling Fund we've been working on.

The Pedestrian and Bicycling fund is something Bicycle Longmont has put together in collaboration with City staff. Together, we think we can raise the bar for biking and walking in Longmont. See below for more details on our proposal.

If you believe in this, please join us Tuesday night at City Council at 7pm. Civic Center, 350 Kimbark Street.

The Pedestrian and Bicycling Fund - What is it?

Bicycle Longmont, together with City of Longmont staff, have been working together, collaboratively, to create a Pedestrian and Bicycling Safety Fund.

The premise is: Cyclists and Pedestrians are the most vulnerable road users. And when motorists, cyclists and pedestrians make poor choices, often times there are accidents and injuries.

How do we correct this? By creating a Pedestrian and Bicycling Safety fund - Longmont will have the resources to provide a stable source to change behavior by funding pedestrian, bicycling and driver's education projects and programs. 

The fund's focus is to promote education through existing programs including driver's education, Bicycling safety classes, and by creating or reviving previous programs including a headlight/taillight program, helmet program, educational outreach, bike rodeo's, and funding community identified projects through the Safe Routes to School Programs. 

The fund will also help promote Longmont as a desirable place for active events and make these events safer.

Publicly permitted events concentrate pedestrians/runners and Cyclists on our streets. Event organizers will have the opportunity to apply to the fund. A portion of the fund will be set aside to offset or defray the costs associated with increasing the safety of these on-road events. These include safety barriers, cones, signage, and hiring off-duty police officers and emergency personnel.  

Who pays for this fund? Motorists AND Cyclists who cause accidents. 

This fund is not a tax. 

What is a surcharge?

A surcharge is an amount of money added to a ticket. The surcharge's purpose has to be related to the behavior that is ticketed.  

The fund, as proposed, would add a $10 surcharge to moving violations (tickets) that are written as a result of an accident. Cyclists as well as motorists would be required to pay the surcharge if ticketed. 

The fund would also add a $30 surcharge to tickets received in School Zones or occurring on course, during a publicly permitted event. School zone surcharges would help fund Safe Routes to School programs and to increase safety in School Zones. 

Is this program legal? More research is required. Previously we stated it was legal however after conversations with the City Attorney we've agreed more research is necessary. Having said that, Longmont added a surcharge to some violations to fund the Victim's Advocacy Program. The fund we're proposing uses the same groundwork to create the Pedestrian and Bicycling Safety Fund. 

How much money could be raised for these purposes? 
Last year the City of Longmont Police Department wrote approximately 2,500 tickets that were the result of an accident.  If the $10 surcharge were in place in 2012 the fund would have generated $25,000 for Pedestrian and Bicycling Safety programs. 

Is this really a first for the USA?
Yes, Longmont would be the first city in the USA to fund Bicycling and Walking programs this way. The fund as proposed is based on Washington State's program. Washington has a surcharge added to violations occurring in School Zones. This surcharge is collected by the State and returned through grants (approximately $1 million/year) to municipalities and school districts to make school zones safer.

C'mon, this is Longmont. Is this really necessary?
Bicycle Longmont believes this fund is necessary. Increasingly there are more people riding and walking in Longmont. During recent City studies biking and walking continue to rank in the top 5 most popular ways people get around town. Also, each year a cyclist is killed because he or she was riding on the left (wrongside of the road) or because they didn't know the "rules of the road". We believe creating a fund that supports reaching out to road users, especially cyclists and pedestrians is important and supports the investment and taxes we, the citizens of Longmont, have paid to create our system of streets, bike lanes, trails and greenways. 

The full council communication can be found here: