To celebrate bicycling for transportation, fun and health, Colorado has designated each June as Bike Month.
Bike Month is part of a nationwide effort to encourage cycling novices and enthusiasts to experience the fun and freedom of safely riding a bike to work, school, errands and recreation.
Kelsey Gibson, admissions director at University Park Care Center in Pueblo, Colorado, and Karin Kyte, business development director, thought it would be a challenge to bike to work, so they put the plans into place.
The ladies asked several co-workers if they wanted to join them. Not getting any takers, the “K&K” team set out on their own. The women’s focus was to be at work at their normal start time, 8 a.m., so they left at 6:30 a.m. Due to major highway construction, they chose a route along the Arkansas River Trail and Fountain River. Besides their trek along the rivers, they rode through several neighborhoods and the University Park business area, arriving at University Park Care Center with a total of 23.5 miles on the odometer.
“Our main focus is to promote health and wellness, both personal and in our business,” said Kyte, who shared that she and Gibson loved every minute of their commute.
Team K&K plans to help the city promote the Bike to Work Day 2017 and hopes to encourage more associates to join the fun.
“I’m so excited about trying to get more people involved with biking to work next year,” Gibson said.