A “Happy Accident”

Dan Barron of Conroy Barron Public Relations sent the following press release and photograph…a “happy accident” and a hilarious juxtaposition of bicycle-friendly billboard and local business signage:


Sell your car. Buy a bike (and lots of beer).

Denver, Colo.—When New Belgium Brewing Co., Fort Collins, Colo., was offered a package of urban Denver billboards, pro bono, for a pro-biking ad campaign, it quickly accepted, and assigned its agency, CULTIVATOR ADVERTISING & DESIGN, Denver, to create the outdoor messages. Neither client nor agency imagined how appropriate the placement would turn out to be.

The headline, “Work to Bike More,? was inspired by the priorities of several New Belgium employees who may well be more passionate about cycling than about gainful employment. The billboard promotes New Belgium’s Team Wonderbike, which encourages both New Belgium employees and the general public to trade in their cars for a bike (motto: “Bike More. Drive Less?). The placement above PT Motor’s “Cash for Cars? sign, at I-76 and North Federal Blvd., Denver, was fortuitous.

Media space was donated by Lamar Outdoor, via New Belgium’s media agency, Explore Communications, Denver. The vinyl on which the billboard is printed will be “repurposed? by Ecologic, Boulder, Colo., into bike messenger bags, which will be offered to Team Wonderbike members (including the billboard’s poster boy, Bryan “Big Bry? Simpson).

New Belgium Brewing Co. is employee-owned, wind powered (since ’99), pro-bicycle, and recycles, reuses or composts 73% of its waste stream.

Cultivator is a creative-focused advertising and design firm. Other accounts include Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Anthony’s Pizza, Spyder Active Sports, Pronghorn Club (luxury golf community) and ink! Coffee.

Pure awesomeness!

For more information on New Belgium’s incredible Team Wonderbike program, please visit their site by clicking here.


  1. meligrosa

    wonderful. I love them! love their beer and their company karma. great sighting ; )

  2. Doohickie

    The Bike More. Drive Less. music from the commercial featuring Bryan often goes through my head while I’m riding.

  3. Aaron

    I’m going to tell Bryan you said that Doohickie! He will love it.

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