SUSTAINABILITY BIKE TOUR
COLORADO SPRINGS, JUNE 26, 2010
Essay by Frank Kinder, USGBC Colorado – SoCo Branch & John Olson, CNU Colorado
This past June, CNU Colorado teamed with APA Colorado, AIA Colorado, USGBC Colorado-Southern Branch and Bike Month in a Sustainability Bike tour called “Hop on Your Bikes, Bike on Your Hops”. The Saturday event was a leisurely tour of Traditional Neighborhood Developments, LEED Certified buildings, community gardens, and local sustainability-focused restaurants and pubs. Around thirty Front Range participants met with developers, proprietors, and designers at each location, getting an in-depth view of the plans and visions of some of Colorado Springs’ most urban environments. As proponents and practitioners of new urban concepts, for many it was the first look at some of our city’s own local examples, and a chance to hear the challenges and successes of changing the norm with creativity and innovation.