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During the detour, every day is bike to work day

Tom Newland
Bridge Answer Man
A new pedestrian and bike underpass.
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It’s easy enough to say you are going to bike during the Grand Avenue bridge detour, but have you thought about your route, your gear and clothing options for each season? Have you talked to the boss about getting some bike racks at your office? Have you gone to a local bike shop for a tune-up? Don’t wait until the morning of Aug. 14 to test your plan — the time is now.

With all of the new bike connections available, excellent weather and long summer days, it’s time to start planning your route. If you live or work in downtown Glenwood Springs, biking will be your fastest option to get around town. Just ask our local police and fire departments, who just purchased several e-bikes for their employees.

We’ve heard from key employers, both large and small, that they are equipping their employees with rental or purchased bikes during the detour. Everything helps. The stairwell on the south side of the new pedestrian bridge also has a 3-inch channel to accommodate bike tires to assist cyclists on the way up and down.

This week, at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, the city is opening a new bike connection on Midland Avenue. Join the city and some of the bridge team on a fun ride from City Hall to the new Midland Avenue pedestrian bridge. We are so excited that this trail is opening because now we have safe, direct bicycle access from our office downtown to our construction office.

The day after our first open house (11 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 27 at the Glenwood Springs Community Center) is Colorado Bike to Work Day. This is the perfect time to test your route and get free breakfast at one of four locations around Glenwood Springs. Colorado Bike to Work Day is hosted by the city of Glenwood Springs, Alpine Bank, SGM, RFTA, Garfield Clean Energy, CLEER and Glenwood Springs Bicycle Advocates.

In addition to all these biking events, the city is also requesting feedback on a new interactive bike map of Glenwood Springs. Take the survey at http://www.cogs.us. We hope to see you all out there very soon.

Safety Message

For a safe east-to-west route, cross at Grand Avenue and Eighth Street. You must dismount in this area. In addition, please be considerate of pedestrians, especially on shared sidewalks.