GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado - Mindi Harman, the most recent winner in the Glenwood Springs Downtown Parking Perks contest, has a lot to smile about.
She says her lucky number has always been 13, and that is the bike tag number she received to register her custom-made cruiser bike in the Parking Perks promotion.
Downtown Parking Perks randomly rewards people registered in the program who either ride a bike to the downtown, or park a vehicle in the 12-hour alternative lots during downtown construction. Harman won a $250 prize for participating.
Harman works as a math teacher at Yampah Mountain High School and is a server at the Glenwood Canyon Brewpub in summer months. In a week, she will conclude her course of study at Colorado Mesa University to earn her master's degree in education, with an emphasis on English as a second language teaching techniques.
Harman commutes to downtown from her home in south Glenwood Springs near 27th Street, taking the Rio Grande Trail to get to and from work. She cycles about nine months of the year.
What will she do with her $250 in cash equivalent winnings?
"My husband and I will go out to dinner, I'll buy drinks for my friends, and I'll do some retail therapy," Harman said.
There are 20 downtown businesses and organizations in Glenwood Springs that accept the Downtown Parking Perks tokens as cash, including restaurants, boutiques and more.
The city of Glenwood Springs will award nearly $13,000 in cash equivalent prizes to Downtown Parking Perks participants until downtown construction concludes in late 2013.
To find out more or to register a car, a bike, or both, visit www.downtownparkingperks.com.