In this Issue, Summer 2016

Congratulations and thank you for being one of more than 13,000 commuters now registered at the Denver Regional Council of Governments' website, where you can find route information, a carpool partner and track your trips. 
Who We Are. What We Do. 

For more than 30 years the Way to Go team (a partnership between DRCOG and several transportation management associations) has promoted better commuting options for employers and individuals. Way to Go's goals are to reduce traffic congestion and work with companies and their employees to educate and encourage transportation choices other than driving alone

Last year, Way to Go worked with more than 1,000 employers and organizations, representing tens of thousands of commuting employees throughout the region. Please contact the Way to Go team to help your company find better commuting options.
Bike to Work Day 2016

This year, 32,000 people and 779 companies participated in Bike to Work Day. Small and large businesses, nonprofits, cities and counties hosted 260 breakfast, water and bike-home party stations.

The event generated unprecedented media coverage, and riders were eager to share their stories and photos at #BikeToWorkDay and via Facebook.

Thank you to this year's riders, sponsors and volunteers!

Congratulations to our Star Station winners:

Commuters ranked the following stations the highest:
  • Gates Corporation
  • SurveyGizmo
  • Anschutz Medical Campus
  • Home Advisor
And the Bike to Work Day team selected Avista Adventist Hospital for the award for best photo.

Sponsor spotlight: DaVita

DaVita, one of this year's Bike to Work Day sponsors, promotes a bike-friendly culture year-round. Here are some ideas you might consider adapting for your company:
  • Host bicycle maintenance and introduction to bicycle commuting lunch-and-learns.
  • Offer a week of subsidized bicycle tune-ups from a mobile bike maintenance company.
  • On Bike to Work Day, offer breakfast and drawings for teammates that ride to work.
  • Have a drawing for a bicycle once a year before Bike to Work Day.
  • Have various departments host breakfasts for bicycle commuters during Bike To Work Wednesdays.
  • Organize group rides after work, including a Tour de Parks ride circling Washington, Cheesman and City parks.
  • Host lunchtime bike rides during the spring and fall.
  • Offer secure bicycle parking and a bicycle maintenance station.
  • Supply bike tubes to teammates who get a flat tire on their way to work.
  • Provide showers and a locker room.
  • Send a weekly building update with commuter resources and benefits.
Go-Tober competition returns in October

Companies throughout the region are gearing up for Go-Tober!

Launched last year, Go-Tober is a commute competition that challenges employees in the region to commute to work sustainably (carpool, vanpool, bike, walk, transit) at least four times during October, logging their trips at The program's goal is to reduce the number of single-occupant vehicles (SOV) on the road and encourage adoption of smart commute options.

Last year, 25 companies took part in the competition. This year, as many as 50 companies can participate  ---  and we're currently recruiting! Contact us if your company's employees would like to commute smarter and maybe even win some prizes.

The winners of last year's inaugural Go-Tober competition were:
  • Key Equipment Finance 
  • Gates 
  • Boulder County

Summer is almost over, and school has already begun for many students. We invite you to talk to your principal or administrators about your school joining Schoolpool this year. Schoolpool reduces neighborhood congestion around schools and results in better air quality where children gather.

Last year was Schoolpool's biggest year ever. Last year, more than 130 Denver metro area schools enrolled in the Way to Go Schoolpool program. The program provided nearly 18,000 neighborhood families with personalized match lists for forming carpools or finding biking, walking or bus buddies. 

More than 6,000 school-related carpools formed, each representing participation by 2.6 families. On average, Schoolpool carpools operated 4.4 days a week and traveled 7.8 miles (one-way) to school.

Has your family or school used Schoolpool? We'd like to hear your Schoolpool Champion story so we can share it with other potential participants. 

Around the region: Colorado Department of Transportation
Bustang ridership and revenue exceeds CDOT's expectations
The sleek, black-and-purple motorcoach connects commuters from Denver Union Station to Fort Collins along Interstate 25 and Glenwood Springs and Colorado Springs along the busy Interstate 70 corridor. Launched last July, Bustang's revenue is growing and its fleet is expanding. Visit the Bustang website for maps, routes, schedules and tickets.
Around the region: Regional Transportation District 
B Line rolls toward Westminster: The first segment of the B Line, from Union Station to Westminster Station, began service Monday, July 25. The new commuter rail carries as many as 200 people and reaches speeds of 79 mph.

G Line will connect Wheat Ridge and Union Station: The G line, which pays homage to the discovery of gold in nearby Ralston Creek, will open this fall. The commuter rail trains travel 11 miles between Union Station and Wheat Ridge, passing through northwest Denver, Adams County and Arvada.

Expanded light rail in Aurora: The R Line (also known as the Aurora Line/I-225 Rail) is a 10.5-mile extension of light rail from the current Nine Mile station north to the University of Colorado A Line. When the R Line opens this winter, it will travel 22 miles from the new Peoria Station at the north end of the line to Lincoln Station at the south end of the line.

Civic Center Station renovationCivic Center Station has been closed since July for a 12- to 18-month renovation. Renovations will revitalize the station into a multimodal transit center with better connections and enhanced amenities.
For additional information, including route schedules and fares, visit the RTD website or call 303-299-6000.
Inspire cycling along the U.S. 36 Bikeway

Friends of the U.S. 36 Bikeway is setting the corridor in motion. The program seeks volunteers to help lead rides for each community along U.S. 36, plan and participate in biannual bikeway clean-ups and work with local governments on issues cyclists experience while using the bikeway. Sign up today to give back to your community and improve the future of cycling along the U.S. 36 corridor.
Meet Smart Commute Metro North in your community

Summer might be coming to an end, but Smart Commute Metro North will be at events throughout the north metro community. If you see representatives in your neighborhood, stop by to share your thoughts about transportation in your area. Mention that you read about Smart Commute Metro North in this Way to Go newsletter, and receive two free ride tickets for any RTD service, including the new lines launching later this year.

Upcoming events include: Brighton EcoFair (Sept. 24) and Orchard Arts Festival (Sept. 24).  

Transit Alliance Citizens' Academy accepting applications

The Transit Alliance's Citizens' Academy educates and motivates community stakeholders by encouraging their involvement to advance transit, active transportation and increased mobility in our communities. The next Citizens' Academy takes place Sept. 28 to Nov. 9. Click here to apply (applications due Sept. 9).
Transportation Solutions makes community connections

Transportation Solutions, a Way to Go transportation management association partner, recently launched a 14-month study of RTD's Colorado and University of Denver stations to identify opportunities to expand the value of and access to these stations for commuters, residents and visitors.  

Do you work at the Cherry Creek Shopping Center, Cherry Creek North shopping district or at a Colorado Boulevard or Glendale retail or hospitality business? Contact Transportation Solutions (303-377-7086 or [email protected]) to learn about Access Cherry Creek and Access Colorado Boulevard, new opportunities for your company's employees to learn about (and be rewarded for) choices other than driving alone.



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
  • Regional growth and development
  • Aging and disability resources
Vision: 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.