The 2nd Annual Orange Ride is this Sunday!
By bft Oct 26, 2011 | 5:01PM
Broncos Fans! Want to ride your B-cycle with Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock, Broncos Alumni Rich Karlis and Susie Wargin from 9News? Then join Denver B-cycle, Denver Cruisers and Broncos Country for the 2nd Annual Orange Ride this Sunday. Before the game ride from your house or meet at the Denver Pavilions or the Paramount Café at 10AM. The ride to the Stadium begins at 11AM. Once on-site at Sports Authority Field, you’ll get free admission into the Bronco Barn pregame tailgate party, a free Orange Ride T-shirts and the chance to win cool prizes like game tickets!
With B-cycle stations at both 1550 Glenarm and 14th & Welton within just blocks of the start of the ride we encourage Orange Ride participants to B-cycle to the game. Denver B-cycle will waive all usage fees for B-cycle users who ride to the game and check-in their B-cycle with the folks at the Denver Bike Sharing & BikeDenver operated bike-parking corral next to the Broncos Barn. The bike corral will provide an enclosed area right by the stadium to park your B-cycle or your bike. If you choose to ride your own bike instead of a B-cycle don't forget to bring a lock.
In addition, this Sunday, the Denver Broncos, HealthONE’s Spalding Rehabilitation Hospital and Denver B-Cycle teamed up to promote healthy lifestyle activities like biking and encouraging you to bike safely at the 2nd Annual Orange Ride. Thousands of riders will be on the streets, so before jumping on your bike this weekend, check out these biking safety tips from HealthONE:
Cycling is a great healthy activity that can improve your heart health, help control your weight and just keep you active while having fun. Although this is a tremendous activity for your health, there are strict traffic laws and safety issues that must be adhered to while cycling on city streets.
In 2009 alone, 630 people were killed and 51,000 were hurt in the U.S as a result of biking accidents. In light of this number, cyclists are strongly encouraged to not only wear a hemet at all times while riding, but to make sure the helmet meets several guidelines and has been tested for safety. Here are some tips provided by Spalding Rehabilitation Hospital for purchasing the safest helmet possible:
CPSC. Make sure that the helmet has a Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) or Snell sticker inside. These indicate that the helmet meets standards set by the CPSC or the Snell Memorial Foundation, a nonprofit group that tests helmet safety.
Consumer Reports. Research the consumer reports for your helmet and make sure that it has tested well on impact and retention tests. Impact tests how the helmet reacts to a hard hit and retention tests how well the helmet stays on your head during a fall. Although there are baseline standards provided by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), many helmets rank much higher than others. The better the product ranks on the impact test and retention tests, the safer your head is in the event of an accident.
Helmet Fitting. Even if you have a top-rating helmet, it still needs to fit properly to ensure your safety in the event of an accident. Make sure your helmet sits level and low on the forehead, that the pads inside touch your head all the way around and that the chinstrap fits snugly under the chin. When you shake your head with the helmet on, it shouldn’t move more than one inch.
If you do fall and hit your head while biking, remember that even a low-speed fall can cause a concussion. Being mindful of the following concussion symptoms can help you identify it more quickly and avoid long-term damage from the fall.
• Ringing in ears
• Change in behavior/personality
• Change in cognition (i.e. memory, reasoning, language)
If you suspect a concussion, contact your physician immediately. Besides choosing the correct helmet and knowing the signs of a concussion, make sure to use bike lanes or paths, obey all traffic laws, and use the correct turn signals when biking in the city.