Earth Day Bike Ride

The good folks at Community Cycles led an awesome Earth Day bike ride yesterday. They met up at our Pearl St. store, rode up Boulder Canyon a bit, then headed the the Bohemian Biergarten for refreshments after. As if that weren’t a great enough way to celebrate Earth Day, Patagonia Footwear was nice enough to supply the participants with free Kleen Kanteens!

Here’s the crew before their ride:
Community Cycles Earth Day Bike Ride

Pedestrian Shops and Patagonia Footwear Team Up to Support Boulder’s Community Cycles

Boulder, Colorado (PRWEB) April 21, 2014

Community Cycles gets $20 for each pair of Patagonia shoes purchased from the Pedestrian Shops between June 20 and July 6. The partnership is part of Patagonia Footwear’s Advocate Weeks initiative, which helps retailers promote local conservation efforts.
Other events planned for Advocate Weeks in Boulder include:

Community members can enter a design contest to create a window display for the Pedestrian Shops on the Pearl Street Mall with the theme, “Why Bikes Make Boulder a Better Place.” The winner will go home with two free pairs of Patagonia shoes. Contestants should email a sketch and brief description of their design to Volunteer(at)communitycycles(dot)com no later than May 20. The window will be installed in the first week of June and be displayed until the second week of July. Community Cycles will provide recycled bike parts to be used in the display.

On April 22, Community Cycles will host a Family Bike Ride, leaving from the Pedestrian Shops at 1425 Pearl St. The ride starts promptly at 5:30 pm and will explore the Boulder Creek Path. Patagonia Footwear will provide Kean Kanteen water bottles and organic cotton bags for the first 20 riders.

On July 2 a “Bikes and Beers” bike clinic will take place at the Pedestrian Shops on Pearl Street. Volunteers from Community Cycles will teach basic bike maintenance and answer questions. Beer will be provided by Tommyknocker Brewery from Idaho Springs, and reusable aluminum pint glasses by Patagonia.

Pedestrian and Patagonia partnered with the Center for Resource Conservation, the Scrap Sisters and Casey Middle School students in 2012 and with Growing Gardens in 2013.

Pedestrian chose Community Cycles this year because it promotes bicycles as affordable, viable and sustainable transportation that supports healthy and active lifestyles, said Pedestrian founder Richard Polk.

Community Cycles collects, repairs and redistributes “waste” bicycles at its nonprofit bike shop and provides space for classes and workshops on bicycle care, repair, safe cycling and bike community. They help create 250 new bike commuters each year though the Earn-A-Bike program, reaching low-income individuals, and sponsor a Kids Holiday Bike Giveaway for 250 low-income kids and families.

Community Cycles recycles more than 2,500 bikes a year. Their Advocacy Committee works with local decision-makers to create safe, accessible walking and biking infrastructure throughout Boulder.

Pedestrian is also now conducting its 51st Shoe Drive to collect slightly used shoes for local assistance organizations, the drive continues through May 5 and while a purchase is not required shoe donors are offered a 10% discount on a new shoe purchase.
The Pedestrian Shops is a locally owned family business founded in 1969 operating two Boulder stores, as well as the website The Pedestrian Shops sell the world’s most comfortable brands of shoes and encourage their customers to enjoy life and take a walk — or a bike ride!

The Pedestrian Shops are located at 1425 Pearl on Boulder’s Downtown Mall and In the Village Shopping center, Facing Folsom between Arapahoe and Canyon, Boulder, Colorado.

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Spring Break Sandal Sale

It’s starting to feel like Spring (at least on some days)! Come visit our Spring Break Sandal Sale and enjoy up to 33% off on a new pair of Spring Sandals!
Sandal Sale
This sale is in-store only, however we are happy to help long distance customers over the phone. Call us at 1-800-906-4225 and we’ll let you know what the sale price is on your favorite sandal.

Longtime Boulder Shop’s Business Secret: Comfortable Shoes Plus Philanthropy Equal Success

Check out our newest press release! See the full version at: PRWeb

In a year that included a major Boulder flood, the Pedestrian Shops was able to serve its community in ways that illustrate how a family-owned small sustainable business can give back, as recognized by Small Business Saturday each year. For 43 years the shoe stores have been there for Boulder with comfortable shoes and community service.

Boulder, Colo. (PRWEB) November 18, 2013

As America honors its small businesses with Small Business Saturday on Nov. 30, Boulder’s Pedestrian Shops celebrate their longtime family-owned business’s philanthropy, which along with selling the world’s most comfortable brands of footwear has contributed to its success.

Through personal service to the community:
– Pedestrian’s founder and President Richard Polk continues as board chair at The Dairy Center for the Arts and board member of the Colorado Chautauqua Association.

– Pedestrian’s Vice President Lauren Polk Brown, Richard’s daughter, runs business operations for the Pedestrian Shops from her home in Columbia, Mo., serves Boulder’s Meals on Wheels and its downtown Festival of Trees, and volunteers in Columbia at The Mustard Seed, a nonprofit supporting free trade.

– Younger daughter Zoe Polk, a recent graduate of DePaul University, has rejoined Pedestrian in Boulder as its operations manager and volunteers with Imagine!

Through direct support, ranging from gift card donations for elementary school fundraisers to helping when a 1,000-year rain and damaging floods hit Boulder in September:
– Initially Pedestrian donated four dozen pairs of shoes through the Bridge House for people who were homeless and needed dry shoes immediately.

– Then, as it became clear that more people were in need, Pedestrian solicited help from its shoe company suppliers. Hundreds of pairs of shoes were delivered to the Boulder Flood Disaster Assistance Center (FEMA, the Red Cross and A Precious Child), donated by companies including Teva, a company with heritage in the creeks and rivers that were flooding, and Naot, which donated 150 pairs from Israel. Additionally, reps from other shoe companies sent samples to donate.

– Meanwhile, Pedestrian continues to support the community through donating hundreds of gift cards to neighborhood schools and other charity fundraisers each year.

Through imagination-grabbing projects demonstrating that philanthropy can be an ongoing part of a small business model, addressing real community needs and benefiting both the community and the family business:
– This holiday season, for the seventh consecutive year, the Pedestrian Shops are again supporting Meals on Wheels of Boulder by participating in its Festival of Trees, raffling a holiday Comfortable Shoe Tree surrounded by thousands of dollars worth of footwear, socks, and accessories. Raffle tickets can be purchased for $5 each on the Meals on Wheels website, beginning Nov. 24. The tree’s lucky winner will be able to choose any shoe style from Pedestrian’s inventory, from each brand represented on the tree. Their winnings will include shoes from Dansko, Keen, Haflinger, Merrell, Wolky, Ecco, Acorn, Saucony, Kalso Earth, Cobb Hill, Sperry, Tsubo, UGG, New Balance, Birkenstock, Chaco, Sorel, Columbia, Teva, & Patagonia, as well as socks, handbags and accessories, and apparel items from Columbia Sportswear. “It’s really fun to have this beautiful tree, overflowing with comfortable shoes, in the middle of our store,” said Richard Polk. The Pedestrian Shops’ tree can be viewed at their Downtown location at 1425 Pearl St., and many downtown merchants also participate in the Festival. Meals on Wheels will hold the drawing for each tree on Dec. 19.

– Pedestrian Shops’ annual Thanksgiving shoe drive collects footwear donations for the Deacon’s Closet at First Presbyterian Church and other local assistance organizations. Customers may bring donations of new or slightly used shoes to either Pedestrian location between Friday, Nov. 22, and Tuesday, Dec. 10. Customers who donate shoes will receive a 10% discount on a purchase; however, a purchase is never required. Customers may use the discount to stock up on the Pedestrian’s most popular styles, such as the Dansko Professional clog or a warm Columbia jacket. This shoe drive is Pedestrian’s 49th. Another is held each April to celebrate Earth Day. More than 35,000 pairs of shoes have been collected for reuse by people in need.

– Other recent projects include handing out thousands of pieces of candy to trick-or-treaters at Munchkin Madness in downtown Boulder each Halloween, and collaborating with Patagonia Footwear as part of its Advocate Weeks to benefit Boulder’s Growing Gardens and the Center for Resource Conservation.

The Pedestrian Shops began doing business in Boulder shortly after the first Earth Day in 1970. The first shop was in a repurposed 1950s bookmobile. Its first bricks and mortar location opened in 1971 in downtown Boulder. Tales of the humble beginnings include its first store fixtures, carved from tree trunks, which required daily spraying for ants. Today, 43 years later, The Pedestrian is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading retailers of comfortable shoes, operating two Boulder stores and a website,