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Commuter Club rewards its members

Transportation Responsibility & YouSabrina HarrisPost IndependentGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
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Commuter Club is removing cars from our roads, making it easier to travel through the valley. Members are from Parachute, Rifle, Glenwood Springs, Basalt, Carbondale, Aspen and Snowmass and commute using alternative transportation. If you use alternative modes of transportation regularly to get around the valley, you should join Commuter Club and get rewarded for your commute habits. The city of Glenwood Springs and the city of Aspen would like to invite you to join our club and be rewarded for using alternative transportation. Commuter Club is an incentive-based alternative transportation program, a free program designed to reward commuters who ride the bus, carpool, walk or bike to work throughout the Colorado River and Roaring Fork valleys. Commuter Club acknowledges and rewards our top commuters of the year. Meet 2009’s Commuters of the Year. Our first commuter is Scott MacCracken. Scott is an avid cyclist who pedals most everywhere: to his job in Aspen, on errands and for fun. He even bikes all winter, with studded tires on his bikes. Scott takes great pride in reducing his carbon footprint and hopes that he can be an inspiration to others. His advice to cyclists and pedestrians: “Proper gear and attitude are paramount to commuting by bike or on foot. Just get out there and do it!” Steve Hobbs is our second commuter of the year. Steve joined a group of co-workers in a vanpool traveling from Silt to Glenwood Springs. Now, he finds that his 40-mile daily round trip is faster, cheaper and much less stressful. Once he got started, Steve realized that coordinating a commute with others is easy. His advice to others is to try an alternative commute for one month. “After one month, it’s very natural,” Steve says. A big congratulations to our runners-up Pam Gabel and Jim Austin. Both have chosen to commute by bus. Pam prefers a good book or visit with a fellow bus rider over the stress, costs and dangers of driving. Jim has been riding the bus for 14 years now, which has saved him tons of time and money.If you regularly use alternative transportation, we would like to award you, too. Join Commuter Club and be rewarded for the way you commute. We can match you with other carpoolers or find you a bus buddy to help with your first trip. If you are interested in being a part of the solution to our congestion problems, then Commuter Club is for you. As a club member, you will be eligible for monthly drawings, receive e-mail alerts to keep you updated on our region’s important traffic or construction information and local events such as Bus Rider and Carpool Appreciation Day, Bike to Work Day, Trails Day and other special events happening in the Roaring Fork Valley. Your membership will provide you with the opportunity for special offers and prizes throughout the year. Those interested in changing the way you commute, saving money on transportation costs, or preserving our quality of life are encouraged to join. If you are interested in being a part of the solution to our congestion problems, then Commuter Club is for you. Be rewarded for using alternative transportation. All you have to do is be a member. It’s that easy and best of all it’s free. Join today at our website at http://www.communitiesinmotion. net. New members will receive a welcome packet in the mail that includes information on transportation and membership gifts. Sabrina Harris is transportation manager for the city of Glenwood Springs.


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