City bike tours now part of Core Culture series

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BicyclistsA new partnership between Downtown Colorado Springs and UpaDowna adds bicycle tours to downtown’s Core Culture guided tour series.

The new bike tours join several Core Culture cultural walking tours, including the following May events:

  • Spaces, Faces, Places/Saturday 9 a.m.

The Spaces, Faces, Places series rotates monthly through three separate guided tours introducing the historic buildings, significant founders and contemporary artwork of downtown Colorado Springs. Tour topics in 2014 include Creative SPACES: Art on the Streets, Notable FACES: Realistic Bronzes, and Historic PLACES: Tejon Street. The hour-long guided tours take place monthly at 9 a.m. on the second Saturday of the month, starting at The Perk Downtown, 14 S. Tejon St. Admission for the tour is $10 (free for 17 years and under). All paid admissions include a free medium coffee or tea beverage from The Perk. In May, Notable FACES: Downtown Bronzes with a collection of realistic bronze sculptures memorializing famous historical names and faces, downtown is an ideal “classroom” for learning the heritage of the region. This tour features stories of these legendary civic founders and visits the places that helped to shape their lives and the modern-day city of Colorado Springs.

  • Happy Hour Tour/May 15 at 5:30 p.m.

The Happy Hour Tour offers monthly guided walking tours introducing the art and history of downtown Colorado Springs. Topics vary monthly. The hour-long guided tours are at 5:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month, starting in the Sunroom at Phantom Canyon Brewing Company, 2 E. Pikes Peak Ave. Admission for the tour is $10 (free for 17 years and under). All paid admissions include a free happy hour beer or wine from Phantom Canyon Brewing Company. In May: Art on the Streets public art has a proven track record for its ability to create a sense of place, tell unique stories and engage communities. For 15 years, the annual Art on the Streets program has transformed our downtown streets into an outdoor sculpture gallery. This tour features the current year’s exhibit, with stops at currently installed pieces and information on the artists who created them.

  •  UpaDowna First Friday Bike Tour/June 6 at 5:30pm

Tours feature stops at arts and culture highlights throughout downtown Colorado Springs. A 3- to 5-mile bike route includes visits to a variety of First Friday gallery openings, public artworks, historic buildings, cultural venues and more. First Friday tours will continue monthly through October 2014.

Admission for the guided ride is $10, which includes the option to use an UpaDowna bicycle and helmet. Tours take place monthly on the first Friday of the month, starting from CityROCK, 21 N. Nevada Avenue. Space is limited and advance registration is required.

Core Culture cultural tours are presented by Downtown Colorado Springs, with partners UpaDowna, the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, the Historic Preservation Alliance of Colorado Springs, Shooks Run Research, The Perk Downtown, Purple Mountain Coffee Company, and Phantom Canyon Brewing Company. Support comes in part from Colorado Creative Industries, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Boettcher Foundation as part of downtown’s Creative District programming. Information and registration available through Downtown Partnership, at 719 886.0088 or www.downtowncs.com/tours

About First Friday Downtown:

First Friday Downtown features free monthly cultural events throughout downtown Colorado Springs. Galleries, museums, cultural organizations and retailers host art openings, artist receptions, performances and more the first Friday of each month, from 5-8 p.m. Additional details and full participant listing at http://downtowncs.com/experience-downtown/event-calendar/first-friday.html.

ABOUT UpaDowna

UpaDowna’s mission is to provide access to outdoor adventures for all through events and programs that empower individuals, create healthier communities and foster a respect for the environment. UpaDowna’s programming includes the popular Pedal Party, a community cruiser ride through downtown.