In this Issue, May 2016

Congratulations and thank you for being one of more than 10,000 commuters now registered at the Denver Regional Council of Governments' website. Together, our efforts make the region a better place to live.

Who We Are. What We Do. 

Way to Go is a partnership between the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) and several transportation management associations (TMAs).  The Way to Go staff works with companies and their commuting employees to educate and encourage the use of non-SOV (single occupant vehicle) modes of transportation, to reduce traffic congestion, improve air quality and make life better for the region's residents. 

Program staff also works with school districts throughout the region via the Schoolpool program to decrease school-based chauffeuring, resulting in reduced neighborhood congestion and better air quality where children gather. 

In 2015, Way to Go worked with more than 1,000 employers and organizations, representing tens of thousands of commuting employees throughout the region. Here are some of the free services that Way to Go offers: 
  • Customized employee commute surveys 
  • Information and implementation tools for carpooling and vanpooling on the website 
  • On-site education programs including presentations and carpool or vanpool-matching events
  • Commute information brochure displays for work sites, including posters and flyers 
  • Guaranteed Ride Home and RTD EcoPass information
Please contact the Way to Go team to help your company with commuting options.
Schoolpool Program - Continues to Grow!

The Schoolpool program provided nearly 18,000 families with personalized match lists and identified other neighborhood families interested in forming carpools or finding biking, walking or busing buddies. DRCOG estimates that more than 6,000 school-related carpools formed with Schoolpool's guidance.  

For more information, or if you are a school administrator who would like your school to participate in the Schoolpool program, please call 303-458-7665 or send an email to [email protected]

2016 Way to Go Champion Awards
Each year, Way to Go recognizes commuting champions --- the people and companies who commit to reducing the number of solo drivers.   

For exemplary efforts to promote smart commuting options to their employees, Way to Go recognizes: Google, Key Equipment Finance and Boulder County. Congratulations!
Way to Go recognizes the following individuals as tireless advocates among their co-workers for changing commuting culture at their companies: Tracie Wingo of Globus, Lindsay Weber of Denver Water and Paige Yungstrom of Key Equipment Finance.

Our commutes may end at work, school or the places we shop or recreate, but they begin where we live. Way to Go recognizes the following community champions for their inspiring efforts:
Gary Harty of the Lakewood Bicycle Advisory Team, Rachel Hultin of the Wheat Ridge Active Transportation Advisory Team, and Jonathon Stalls of Walk2Connect. 

Bike to Work Wednesdays Have Started

Bike to Work Wednesdays continues through June 22. Visit the BikeDenver website to learn more about Bike to Work Wednesdays.  

Track your trips on the My Way to Go website to win free bowls from Noodles & Company plus other prizes from AAA Colorado and BikeDenver!
Bike to Work Day - Wednesday, June 22 - Register Now!

Register now to join 32,000 other commuters riding their bike to work! Our metro area's Bike to Work Day is the second-largest event of its kind in the U.S., and has become a favorite bike holiday in Colorado.

In addition to bicycle commuters, the annual event involves hundreds of local businesses and nonprofits that host the breakfast stations, water stations and after-parties throughout the region. Find a station from Castle Rock to Longmont and in numerous communities in-between.

Why should I Register?   Win prizes and a trip to Italy!
Bike to Work Day is a free event, and participants are encouraged to register at Every registered participant is automatically entered to win prizes such as bicycles and gear, Colorado Lottery tickets, and concert and sporting-event tickets.

In addition to the prizes mentioned above, Exodus Travels, a Bike to Work Day sponsor, is giving away an eight-day cycling trip for two to Italy's Amalfi Coast. (After registering for Bike to Work Day, you must also register on the Exodus Travels website to enter.)  

How Do I Get Involved?
Register as a participant, or coordinate on behalf of your company (or both). You can host a station or lead a group ride. Event sponsorships are still available.

Bike to Work Day can be a friendly business challenge
Does your company thrive on a good challenge? Then the Bike to Work Day Business Challenge is for you! This Challenge attracts nearly 1,000 company teams pitted against each other in a friendly competition to see who can garner the most enthusiasm for bicycle commuting among their employees.

Why is it so popular?
It's good, old-fashioned fun on two wheels! Bike to Work Day marks the beginning of summer. For new riders, it provides a supportive atmosphere to try bicycle commuting, and for regular bicycle commuters, it's just another day.  (Of course, the free food, drink and prized sweeten the commute.)  

Celebrated on the fourth Wednesday of June, the region's Bike to Work Day has promoted bicycle commuting for more than 25 years.  The event helps raise awareness and generate momentum for bike-friendly streets and trails. 
Around the Region: U.S. 36 Bikeway Event

Come along for a joy ride on the U.S. 36 Bikeway! The new 18-mile U.S. 36 Bikeway is fully open and ready for you to ride. Join 36 Commuting Solutions on Saturday, 
June 18 for a celebratory ride from Louisville/Superior to Boulder.

Even if you aren't a cyclist, you can show your community spirit and join the celebration. There will be festivities at both ends of the ride, with vendors, food and speakers. For more information, please visit

Around the Region:  Regional Transportation District

Bike-n-Ride: Bike to Work Day Commute Options
Are you worried that your bike commute is too far? RTD can assist your commute efforts with Bike-n-Ride. Visit the RTD website to learn more about taking your bike on the bus, light rail or commuter rail. 

Ride the Rails to the Airport
The University of Colorado A Line is a 23-mile electric commuter rail line which opened to record-breaking ridership on April 22. The trip from Union Station to Denver International Airport will take approximately 37 minutes and cost $9. Read RTD's fact sheet for more details.
Commuter Rail will continue to grow in the coming months with the B Line to Westminster scheduled to open in July, and the G Line to Wheat Ridge tentatively scheduled to open in October.
For additional information, including route schedules and fares, visit, or call RTD at (303) 299-6000.
Around the Region:  North Denver

North Metro Transportation Forum Event:  June 29
If you live in the north Denver join Smart Commute Metro North for its fourth annual Transportation Forum on June 29.  The keynote speaker is Russ Bridges, author of Driverless Car Revolution.  Email Smart Commute to indicate your interest in attending.
Do you drive I-25 in north Denver?
The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) continues to work on I-25, and construction may impact your commute.  Smart Commute is working with CDOT to make sure it's easy for commuters to help reduce congestion by carpooling and vanpooling.  To learn more about commuter incentives for your drive to work please contact Smart Commute.
Around the Region:  Boulder County Offers Electric Commute Options

Residents of Boulder County and the entire Denver metro area have a limited-time opportunity to lease or purchase discounted electric cars and bikes before June 30.  For more information, please visit the Benefits Boulder County website

Why ride electric? 
Electric bikes are essentially a bicycle only much more versatile. Modern electric bikes have an efficient electric motor and a lithium battery. This system will assist the rider to the extent one can ride further, faster and more often.

Many riders use their electric bike for daily commuting, errands and recreation. Benefits include include improved personal health, reduced pollution and congestion mitigation.  
For more information, please contact Brad Smith, 720-564-2720 or email [email protected]

Around the Region:  Colorado Department of Transportation

I-25 North Express Lanes Project
This CDOT project will maximize the use of existing highway infrastructure to expand the capacity of I-25 by adding one HOV/tolled Express Lane in each direction from U.S. 36 to 120th Avenue. In addition, the project will resurface existing lanes along this congested six-mile stretch.

Express Lanes
The existing I-25 Express Lanes leading into and out of downtown Denver provide motorists with three options: Carpooling (free); paying a toll (as an SOV); or using the existing general-purpose lanes for free. Visit CDOT's website for more information

Commuting vocabulary: What is Commuter Rail? 

What is the difference between commuter rail and light rail? Up until now, RTD's FasTracks system has consisted entirely of light rail. Now, most of the rail lines currently under construction are built for a new type of train.  It's called commuter rail, and the differences between the two are significant. Visit the RTD website to learn more.

Closing Notes

Thank you for choosing non-SOV commuting options.  Help us make a difference in traffic flow, air quality and our region's health by sharing this newsletter with your friends and colleagues, and encourage them to register at

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DRCOG Mission

The Denver Regional Council of Governments is a planning organization where local governments collaborate to establish guidelines, set policy and allocate funding in the areas of:
  • Transportation and personal mobility
  • Growth and development
  • Aging and disability resources

Our region is a diverse network of vibrant, connected, lifelong communities with a broad spectrum of housing, transportation and employment, complemented by world-class natural and built environments.