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Colorado's governor to give keynote at Interbike

Published August 20, 2015

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. (BRAIN)  — Colo. Gov. John Hickenlooper will give the keynote address at the Interbike Industry Breakfast on Wednesday, Sept. 16, the first morning of the Interbike Expo.

Organizers said Hickenlooper will "deliver an inspirational message highlighting bicycling successes from across Colorado, and what individual communities need to do to promote cycling safety, participation and business."

"Gov. Hickenlooper knows that bikes make Colorado better," said Tim Blumenthal, president of Colorado-based PeopleForBikes. "Whether it's launching one of the nation's first bike-sharing systems in Denver, promoting a big recreational bike ride on the Eastern Plains, improving bike networks statewide, or investing in smart tourism promotion, he's steadily leading our state towards the top."

Hickenlooper has challenged other states to step up their bicycling-related programs and projects to model Colorado.  As mayor of Denver he embraced one of the first bike-sharing programs in the nation while in office the city built miles of bike paths, bike lanes and infrastructure to help make Denver a welcoming city for cyclists.

Hickenlooper helped set the tone that cycling is part of Colorado's business and community culture by creating working groups to attract more outdoor recreation and bicycling business. According to Interbike, Hickenlooper's administration is embracing mountain biking, mountain bike parks, Safe Routes to School programs and cycling recreational tourism.

The Interbike Industry Breakfast is sponsored by PeopleForBikes, the National Bicycle Dealers Association and the Bicycle Product Suppliers Association. It will take place at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in the South Pacific Ballroom at 7:30 am. It is a first-come, first-served event with 700 seats available to Interbike attendees. Attendees interested in being at this event should plan to arrive as early as possible.

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