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Colorado Governor to Speak at Interbike 2015

Colorado Governor, John Hickenlooper, is scheduled to give the keynote speech at the start of this year’s Interbike Industry Breakfast on Wednesday, Sept. 16.

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 been a leading proponent of bicycle related programs and initiatives, and he has encouraged other states to step up their responsibilities, like Colorado.

As mayor of Denver he initiated one of the first bike-sharing programs in the nation, while creating miles of bike paths, bike lanes and infrastructure to help make Denver a friendly 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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