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Geared Up – and Bundled Up – for Winter Bike to Work Day

Low Carbon Commuting Part of Zayo’s Environmental Commitment

Boulder and Denver employees turned out for Winter Bike (and Walk) to Work Day earlier this month, grabbing their boots and jackets to brave single digit temperatures and a recent blanket of snow for their commute. It was all part of an International Bike to Work initiative, promoting the benefits of sustainable transportation. For the record, morning temps in Anchorage, which also participated in the international event, were in the 20s.

For many Zayo employees, biking, walking and other smart commuting alternatives are not just a one-time event. It’s a way of life that contributes to both a healthy lifestyle and an improved carbon footprint. In addition to biking and walking, Zayo employees rely on Denver metro’s expanded mass transit system, including light rail and buses, carpooling, ride and bike sharing.

Zayo’s Green Teams, who volunteer to lead sustainability best practices for waste management, office energy and smart commuting initiatives, made it fun and easy for employees to get involved. Bike to Work Day participants had a chance to swap stories and enjoy a catered lunch – plus share some friendly challenges for the next Bike to Work event in June. For the cold weather riders, no one could top Colin Nielsen, an IT support administrator, who rode from Denver to Boulder – about 25 miles one way on his mountain bike.

“Bike to Work Day is great. My ride was a blast! I’ve seen folks ride all along the 36 highway since I started working at Zayo and I wanted to see how the trail was from Denver,” Colin said. “I would definitely recommend a ride along the 36 trail for anyone looking to soak up some mountain views. I’m planning on doing this commute more often once it warms up a bit this spring.”

Green Team member Talia McCall, a Denver-based product analyst, has not driven to work in over three years. Despite moving to various locations throughout Denver, she has never failed to jump on the nearest light rail line and participate in low-carbon commuting.

Boulder’s Brian Hartlage, staff accountant, bikes to the office nearly every day, sometimes catching a bus from his North Boulder home to the Boulder library. From there, he rents a B-cycle and hops on the Boulder Creek Path to the office. In Boulder, this dedicated bike and pedestrian path is often plowed and salted before many of the roads. “I bike to work because it is the most enjoyable way to get around and it reduces your carbon footprint,” he says. “Driving a motor vehicle in the Boulder/Denver metro area can be stressful.”

“My Winter Bike to Work commute was a chilly experience. The roads were snowy and icy so it definitely lived up to its name. I couldn’t feel my fingers because I had to take my gloves off for a photo – proof of the adventure. I love Boulder, and biking provides a ‘clear lens’ to embrace the lifestyle I want to live.”

Here’s proof positive of Brian’s frosty commute – congratulations to him, and to all our intrepid winter riders.

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