Denver Cruiser Ride: City officially proclaims Wednesdays "Bike Night in Denver"

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Proclamation and more below.
Denver Cruiser Ride organizer Brad Evans thinks big -- and not just when it comes to pranks like releasing an April Fools Day 2013 themes list featuring selections like "Skid Marks & Semen Stains."

When Evans previewed the upcoming Denver Cruiser Ride season, which kicks off May 15, he told us about an idea to get the City of Denver to declare Wednesdays Bike Night in Denver -- and damn it if he didn't pull off the plan.

See the official proclamation and more below.

"I'm trying to re-envision the Cruiser Ride," Evans told us last month. "It's like, how do you manage this many people on a Wednesday night? We're just trying to figure out, 'What does that look like?' And how do we get the city and police involved in a different format?"

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Brad Evans.
One way was to brand Wednesdays as Denver Bike Night, with bike safety a key component. In our April interview, Evans said, "The City and Bike Denver and Steve Sander and I have been working on a bike-safety campaign, and as part of it, we're hoping that the Denver police will come and give away five-thousand sets of lights. I'm working on that right now, and I got an e-mail from one of the police commanders that said, 'The best way to engage the bike community is through education.'

"That tells me we've got a green light with someone who wants to work with the bike community -- that the relationship doesn't have to be adversarial with the cops and us and drivers."

Here's proof -- a proclamation signed by Denver Mayor Michael Hancock:

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Just because the Denver Cruiser Ride is now a formally recognized event doesn't mean it's suddenly going to turn staid and dull, though. Indeed, when we spoke to Evans a few moments ago, he said his goal for this year is for the weekly event to feel something like this (skip to the one-minute mark if you want to get straight to the action):

The video is "a great metaphor for what we are doing this year," Evans writes via e-mail. "We've always tried to keep the lid on the DCR, but this year we've shaken up the bottle, and hope to bring more attention to riding bikes for fun."

Continue to see the Denver Cruiser Ride release about the Bike Night in Denver proclamation and, just for fun, our complete April Fools Day (and actual) themes post.


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fakename123456677
fakename123456677

I love the cruiser ride! I just really hope you guys follow through with the education aspect. There are too many ghost bikes where people would have to be suicidal to ride their bike in the first place,  too many morons weaving in and out of the traffic lane/parking lane, and too many dangerous/inconsiderate/angry automobile drivers. I would really like for my friends to not look at me like I'm insane when I tell them to own the lane they are riding in, instead of trying to ride in the margin between parked cars and traffic. It's just astounding how ignorant people are.

Ilikebeernbikes
Ilikebeernbikes

Another example of Denver setting the example on how it can help promote alternative transportation and a sense community! Good job to the Mayor and Brad. Recognizing and embracing the local culture is a much better stance than "dealing" with it. For other cities that have a cruiser culture, Denver presents itself as a destination for riders to seek out. Over the last seven years of participating in these rides I've met many people from out of town visiting with their friends and commenting on how fun Denver is and that they wanted to go back to their community and start a ride. I have seen the change in the rider population change to a younger group. I embrace not only those who help peer enforce good behavior but also getting a larger police presence involved. There are a few who use the ride as an environment to execute their malicious agendas. These are the people that will cause problems no matter where they are. I myself have jumped in my car after the ride and almost hit a cruiser riding down the side walk not checking cross traffic while traveling at a high rate of speed, with no lights. I made it a point to pull up next to the rider and point out the error of his ways. Once again peer reinforcement is key. The city is working hard to support safe riding in the streets with auto traffic as well as public education of local bike laws.

adamd104303
adamd104303

It's hard to find fun activities where you stay active and get to meet new people. The cruiser ride is not only good for your body, it's good for your soul. Way to go Brad, your efforts are greatly appreciated.  

evastarnes
evastarnes

The fact that bikes and cars are fighting over space on the streets indicates how important it is to find a way to accommodate both. Hooray for the debate! Thank you Denver Cruisers for accelerating the awareness curve.

sir_sings_a_lot
sir_sings_a_lot

Sure, there are always going to be a few bad eggs whenever a large group of people get together, and DCR is no different. There are always going to be a few folks who don't follow the rules, don't know the rules, or are just dicks to other people. Most cyclists, however, try to follow the laws and be as accommodating to motorists as possible- we don't want to be hit just as much as you don't want to hit us. Also, keep in mind that cyclists pay taxes, too. We have just as much right to use the streets as motorists. You bought a CAR, not THE ROAD.

LoveDenverCulture
LoveDenverCulture

It's great that Denver embraces bicycles as a culture and mode of transportation. It's a forward thinking city that will long have a vibrant, bustling downtown. Or would many of your haters rather have a shell of a downtown surrounded by thousands of McMansions? Oh, um, yep...

denverdriveby
denverdriveby

only interior neighborhood streets in the city of Denver are single lane (both directions); whereas all other city streets are typically 4 lane streets/roads. I do not speak for The Denver Cruisers  but as a bystander have noticed firsthand they map their routes primarily on 4 lane Denver streets & avenues. If your a motorist who is complaining-on-the-internet-about-Denver-Cruisers there is obviously a high likelihood you are lying about how you were delayed in traffic getting to where your going. Why these people are lying I don't know but I'm sure all persons on this discussion thread who've actually ridden in and/or encountered a Denver Cruiser Ride will agree DCR actively works to flow with traffic, not impede it. 

LifetimeCyclist
LifetimeCyclist

Ok so yes traffic downtown sucks on wed nights, And we get a few(sometimes they come out of the woodwork) idiots on the ride...but ive been doing the dcr for about 4 yrs now and its doing well in my opinion. In the last few yrs the numbers have exploded, and that hasnt been an easy thiing to manage. On that note ive seen the few prominent riding clubs that frequent the ride step up in policing the areas. As well the roving beer selling morons have also been getting chased out all last summer. Dont bash on brad for being the messenger...its about alot more then him ...he just so happens to be the conduit. Bottom line is...all the dcr riders are out to enjoy downtown on their bicycles...its gonna happen pretty much no matter what now...its a tradition for far too many to stop now. We DO try to police each other to a point...assholes and idiots are asked to leave...those being unsafe are also told to knock it off or go home....but we cant stop everyone.         Please take this into account if you dont like the wed night rides and think its a bunch of drunk idiots....been to a major league sporting event lately?

LB15
LB15

Just like First Fridays, morning rush hour, street cleaning days, or a 420 rally, if you want to live in the city you have to be aware of when and where traffic may snarl or when it may be noisy.  It's a very predictable time.  If you are bothered by it then plan accordingly.  Or move.  I applaud anyone who is trying to DO something positive about the things they are passionate about instead of sitting at home behind the guise of fb/internet and whining about how awful life is.  It may not be your passion, and that's ok, but I also see a lot of people with a lot of time to criticize and I encourage you to do something more productive with your time.  Everyone is aware that the DCR has increased in problems over the years.  Brad is trying to do something about that.  Something beyond a band-aid.  These things take time. It's not like it's going to go away anyways, but with the cooperation of some good souls, it may be a safer and more fun event.  "A" for effort.

Tessera Weiss
Tessera Weiss

Because no one ever has anywhere to be on a Wednesday night, right? It's cool that the bicyclists have the leisure to move at the pace they want, but some of us are in our cars on Wednesday night trying to get shit done.

sassy11
sassy11

Riding your bike while wearing mustaches certainly is a blast - get over it all you lame asses.
But my point is this Brad guy is too annoying. He should dress up like Jesus because that's how the Westword obviously feels about him. Enough about "Brad" more about BIKES! 


Anna Dolan
Anna Dolan

No, I have a job. I'll be lying in bed cursing the deafening and embarrassing mobile frat party that is wobbling by outside my window, just like I did every Wednesday night last year.

Little Oldme
Little Oldme

(not to say that one person's bad behavior reflects the whole of participants. . .in fact, i'm saying i hope that the positives continue to grow/outweigh the negatives)

Charlie Whiskey
Charlie Whiskey

Gotta love the typical suburban "oh gosh you're slowing me down!" hate fest. It's like one of my favorites when on a bike: the car zooms around you, only to stop at the same red light as you less than a block away. It's like, what are you in such a hurry for? Rushing around and getting road rage; what a life!

Little Oldme
Little Oldme

while i've seen really cool crews, safely riding on wednesdays. . .unfortunately i have witnessed more of the drunken, amateur, unsafe behavior mentioned above. seems like the cruisers have developed into more of a negative image than a positive one, which is unfortunate. last summer i actually witnessed a participant circle and harass an elderly homeless man in a crosswalk, hitting him with his bike until the man fell, while he continued to yell and laugh at the man. luckily some onlookers helped the terrified man up and out of the street while the "cyclist" rode up the sidewalk to meet up with his friends. it was enraging, and like i said, unfortunately not the only awful behavior i've witnessed. let's hope this year is fun/safe/respectful and encourages the city's bike culture instead of giving it a bad rep.

Tessera Weiss
Tessera Weiss

That escalated quickly. Or stupidly. I'm going with both.

Charlie Whiskey
Charlie Whiskey

Hey Josh how bout getting your fat ass out of your vehicle and riding? You'll be better off for it.

Nick Dolan
Nick Dolan

Mob of drunken "once a weekers" surprised nobody has died on these rides. When they aren't at a cruiser rally, they are riding their cruiser bikes down the sidewalks and in the middle of busy roads. Stay home, please.

sassy11
sassy11

Seriously, who is this Brad guy and why is the the "official word" on bicycles? Seriously he thinks he invented cruising. Can't wait until his 5 minutes are up!

Tessera Weiss
Tessera Weiss

Yeah, how about they snag all the bicycling hipsters operating a vehicle with a PBR tall boy in their hand? These assholes foul up traffic all over the place, take the right away whenever, and if a motorist confronts any of them, they form a super mustachioed douche bag posse.

Josh Bradley
Josh Bradley

Uh, not a chance. But is there any chance his bike safety program will involve teaching riders to follow traffic laws if they want to ride on the street (stop at lights and signs, use hand signals, etc) and how not to be a douche to vehicles trying to drive (like not clog up single lane, no shoulder roads in the foothills. Go somewhere where you dont seriously impede traffic or put drivers in danger trying to avod you while you putz around at 20% of the speed limit).. Instead of the cops handing out safety lights how bout handing put tickets for breaking the law?

schatzigurl
schatzigurl

@Little Oldme  

your story is HIGHLY DUBIOUS. i am a woman over 40 and all of my friends are of similar ages. what you described just does not happen, and that is not very nice of you to make things up because you don't like to dress up in silly costumes & ride your bike. i don't drink, i do not partake in the doobage- but me & my friends love to ride our bikes. why be a bitter betty?

happy123
happy123

Dudette, apparently you haven't been around much here in Denver. He's had a lot more than 5 minutes. He's been building the Denver Cruisers for years. He's worked countless hours with  city officials and organizations to help Denver become a safer and more fun place to ride bikes.  He's the one doing it for FREE. He's the one that's out there getting stuff done. I like your comparision to Jesus because yes, he sort of is the Jesus of cruiser bikes in Denver. Anyone that knows Brad knows his passion for bikes.  He's got a great sense of humor. He's a go getter.  He didn't invent cruising or biking, but he sure has brought an element of fun to it in Denver. Denver Bike Night is awesome. He got the procla

mation done. Did you? Before you continue to go off on who he is... ask yourself what have you done for cycling/cruising in Denver. 

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