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Solera, Green Apartments in Downtown Denver, Named Bicycle Friendly Business of the Month


Denver, CO (Ocober 15, 2010) Clif Bar and BikeDenver are pleased to announce Solera Apartments as October’s Bicycle Friendly Business of the Month.

Solera is a new, luxurious-yet-affordable, 120-unit eco friendly apartment building located downtown at 1956 Lawrence Street. This super-sharp, super-green dwelling is registered for LEED Gold Certification, and will be the first sustainability-focused rental residence in the region to earn such high distinction.

As Zocolo Community Development’s Director of Operations, Susan Maxwell, puts it, “Our ‘secret sauce’ at Solera Apartments is our commitment to the environment,” and that commitment makes it simple to live green at Solera. Each unit at Solera Apartments in Downtown Denver features a real-time energy consumption monitor, Energy Star appliances, high-efficiency lighting, and dual-flush toilets. Residents can even participate in a Solar Renter Program where they benefit from energy gleaned from rooftop solar panels. And while environmentally friendly living might begin at home, Solera is spreading its “secret sauce” farther by making access to alternative transportation a priority.

Unlike most Denver area apartment buildings, Solera doesn’t expect that all of its tenants will own cars. Instead, they’ve implemented several design features and programs that make biking the best and easiest choice for getting around town.

In addition to providing plenty of indoor bicycle parking, Solera is within a block of a B-cycle station, (a new Denver eco friendly initiative), so residents can easily grab a “red-rider” for errands or quick commutes. For longer trips or leisurely cruising, Solera Apartments also offer loaner bikes as part of its innovative Velo Program. The result of a close partnership with Wheat Ridge Cyclery, the program allows members access to the Velo Room featuring a fully stocked workbench, work stands, and a vending machine for bike-consumables such as tubes and lube. And for those who aren’t quite sure what to do with all that stuff, Wheat Ridge provides mechanic visits and even holds in-house bike maintenance and repair clinics. Good thing, too, because tenants wouldn’t want a wobbly wheel to keep them from one of the program’s bike-skills or bike-fitness classes, much less a Solera residents group ride.

So does all of this really get people out of their cars and onto their bikes? Solera apartment Resident Kim Marker has this to say: “Their enthusiasm towards biking is infectious and makes me excited to bike to work and utilize their amenities. They are really acting as leaders…and I believe that they are serving as a role model to encourage more of their Soleara apartment tenants to get on a bike!”

To learn more about what this amazing residence has to offer, visit Solera Apartments in Downtown Denver in person at 20th St. & Lawrence, or read more about it at

Solera is the first LEED Gold Certified apartment building in the region, and is proud to partner with Wheat Ridge Cyclery to help make Denver greener, more accessible, and a whole lot more fun!

BikeDenver is Denver’s bicycle advocacy organization. BikeDenver promotes and encourages bicycling in Denver and works to make Denver a better place to ride your bike. Why? Because it’s healthy for you, and healthy for Denver.

Clif Bar & Company started on a bike ride. Founder Gary took a bite of another energy bar and thought he could make a better bar. Today, Clif Bar is a leading maker of all-natural and organic energy and nutrition foods and drinks.


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