Lakewood, Colorado is located west of Denver, and is home to approximately 142,000 people. It’s a unique community in that, until 1969, it had no municipal government, despite being organized for over 80 years within the county. Lakewood embraces a healthy, natural lifestyle and prides itself on supporting award-winning sustainability efforts. Like much of Colorado, Lakewood experiences dramatic winters and warm summers, and the area draws many winter sports enthusiasts with its reliable snowfall. In 2011, it was one of 10 cities named an “All-American City” for its community spirit, civic involvement, and cooperation between neighbors, government, and businesses.
A mostly suburban community, Lakewood is accessible by the larger Denver bus network, RTD, which connects to the rest of the Denver – Aurora area . There’s a dedicated city ride program (called Lakewood Rides) for seniors and disabled residents. Most of the city drives or bikes for their commute, since there is no concentrated downtown area.