Jim Ditzel pulls into Alfalfa’s with his children, Henry and Nora, for breakfast during Bike to Work Day. Over 1,200 people signed up for  Bike to
Jim Ditzel pulls into Alfalfa's with his children, Henry and Nora, for breakfast during Bike to Work Day. Over 1,200 people signed up for Bike to Work Day on January 22, 2014 in Boulder. (Cliff Grassmick)

With the late sunrise and the frigid temperatures, winter isn't always the most appealing time to head out to work on a bicycle early in the morning.

But one day every year, the city of Boulder's winter Bike to Work Day event tries to provide a little extra motivation to get people out of their cars and onto bikes.

"There's free breakfast, free Gatorade and Red Bull," said Zach Molden as he rested with some friends at a breakfast station at Alfalfa's Market on the corner or Broadway and Arapahoe Avenue. Alfalfa's Market is just one of many places that host breakfast stations, where people who ride their bikes to work can pick up a bite to eat between 7 and 9 a.m.

While some like Molden regularly cycle to work even in the winter, his co-workers Kevin Kidney and Kathy Davies said they bike a lot to work during the summer but admittedly not as frequently during the winter.

"There is the later sunlight, but I'm too lazy mainly," said Kidney, who lives in Lafayette and works with Molden and Davies at Net App in Boulder. But with the sun out this morning, Kidney said the ride was pleasant, though he admitted it maybe wasn't as long as it should have been.

"I sort of cheated and drove halfway," he said.

Davies said their company in the summer will organize rides to all of the breakfast stations.

"It's a way to encourage the team to cycle," she said. "It's been growing every summer."

Kidney said the city should look at doing something similar and increasing the amount of Bike to Work Days so people will be more aware of alternate transportation.

"I think it's great," he said. "I think they should do it more than twice a year, maybe quarterly."

As of Tuesday morning, over 1,200 people also registered for the sixth annual winter version of Bike to Work Day, according to Sue Prant, event director. The record for a winter Bike to Work Day was set last year at more than 1,600.

Mike Howse was also at the Alfalfa's breakfast station with his bike and trailer. Though he lives 8 miles away in Louisville, he said he bikes to work every day.

"So getting free breakfast is an added bonus," he said.

Howse said he thinks the program works even if it gets someone to try riding their bike to work just once.

"On those days people try it and it shows them how easy it actually is," he said. "I think it's awesome the community does this."

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