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By J. Patrick O’Leary

Businesses, cities and citizen groups in Sloan’s Lake, Lakewood, Edgewater and Wheat Ridge will host breakfast stations, after-work parties, free snacks and beverages and help from bike techs and Bike to Work Day, Wednesday, June 27.

The annual Denver Regional Council of Government event is a grassroots effort by cities, counties, transportation planners, community organizations and others in the metro area to educate commuters about the benefits of using two wheels to get to work. Cyclists can pick up free water, refreshments and food on the way into and back from work at hundreds of temporary stations throughout the Denver metro area, including two in Edgewater, one along the W Line in Lakewood, two in Sloan’s Lake and three in Wheat Ridge. Participants who register online have a chance at winning prizes, as well.

Edgewater Business Association and Edgewater Collective are teaming up to provide a bike tech, coffee, drinks and other goodies for bikers riding to work at The Edgewater 25th Avenue Station (25th  Avenue and Sheridan Boulevard), from 6 to 9 a.m.

“This is the second year that we have worked with local businesses to run the station at 25th and Sheridan,” said Edgewater Collective Executive Director Joel Newton. The City of Edgewater ran the station the previous six years.

“Our goal in organizing a station at the entrance to Edgewater is to encourage active living and biking to work,” he said. “We also love to showcase our great small businesses here in Edgewater.”

Also in Edgewater, Northern Lights Cannabis Company and Rupert’s on the Edge, on northwest corner of 20th and Sheridan (2045 Sheridan), are offering breakfast, drinks and coffee from 6:30 to 9 a.m. It’s Northern Lights’ and Ruperts’ fourth year of sponsoring a station. This year they are also giving away some fun items to make your commute “roll” along.

Just across Sheridan in Sloan’s Lake, Native Roots Foundation is also hosting a breakfast station from 6:30 to 9 a.m.

On the W Line path at Mountair Park (West 13th Avenue at Depew Street), the City of Lakewood will provide breakfast burritos from Santiago’s Mexican Restaurant, breads and pastries from Great Harvest Bread Co., hot coffee from Village Roaster Coffee, KIND granola bars and fruit from 6:30 to 9 a.m. For the afternoon commute, Lakewood is hosting an after-work station for food, fun and festivities in Belmar Plaza.

Also on the return route, AFC Urgent Care Highlands is staging its first Bike to Work Day Station on the north side of Sloan's Lake near West 26th Avenue. From 3:30 to 6 p.m., AFC will be offering water, bandages, lip balms, hand sanitizers and more. They’ll also have a first aid kit on site.

Farther north near the Clear Creek Greenway, a mid-day Laradon’s Bike Party takes place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Prospect Park Pavilion, 11300 W. 44th Ave., Wheat Ridge, featuring a bike tech, snacks, water, yard games and music. In its event listing, Laradon said is was planning to team up with Trader Joe’s to provide water and snacks, and have a few recumbent bikes on hand to try out. They’ve also invited a bike mechanic and food trucks, but at press were awaiting confirmation.

Not to be outdone, Wheat Ridge will be the site of two Star Wars-themed Bike to Work Day stations, sponsored by the Wheat Ridge Active Transportation Advisory Team (ATATs) Right Coast Pizza, Dairy Queen, Jefferson County Public Health, and others.

“Awaken With The Force!” with Darth Vader will take place 6 to 9 a.m. at “The Death Star” (aka the Dairy Queen), 6790 W. 38th Ave., off the bike lane at Pierce Street. Starting at 6 a.m. for early risers, the station features coffee, orange juice, breakfast burritos (plus a gluten-free) option, fruit and snack bars.

“We promise nourishment, lots of Star Wars-themed fun and the best selfie you'll take all morning,” according to the event listing.

On the way home, the fourth annual Pedal to Patio: Stars Wars, Beer & Pizza bike party takes place at the Right Coast Pizza pizzeria, 7100 W. 38th Ave., 4 to 7 p.m. The bike party offers free locally crafted beer, fresh-from the oven pizza, tunes, prizes and “a completely voluntary tandem ride with your favorite Sith Lord.”

Check the event website for last-minute changes to stations and locations; there was to be a breakfast station at 26th and Kipling, the north edge of Crown Hill Park, but the listing had disappeared from the map as the Neighborhood Gazette went to press.

To register, visit Station maps and listings, information on bicycle safety and commuting, and other details are also available online.