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Editors note: This is the first in a two-part series. Part two will look at City Councils divergent views about what should be included on a transportation tax measure this fall, and how big a tax should be put before voters.Should Glenwood Springs relocate Highway 82 onto the Roaring Fork River corridor?After years of wrestling with that question, some city officials think it may be time to get some clear direction from voters.City Council member Dan Richardson said he would like to see city residents asked to give an up-or-down vote on the idea. Highway 82 currently follows Grand Avenue through town.City attorney Karl Hanlon said an election could help council decide how to proceed. He said he has watched past and present councils struggle with the issue.It is hamstringing policy development one way or the other, Hanlon said. It would help to know whats on citizens minds, he said.Council is currently deciding what would be funded by a transportation tax it plans to put on this falls ballot.
For those runners and revelers who have trouble making decisions, this year should be be easier.Jim Yellico hopes to alleviate some of the burden of having to choose an event and with it take out any excuses by returning the Strawberry Shortcut run to Strawberry Days weekend. For more than a decade, the Shortcut has been going off the weekend before Strawberry Days.The responses Ive always had is that its hard for people to pick between two weekends, said Yellico, the Shortcut race organizer. They were having to choose between Strawberry Days and the Strawberry Shortcut. The locals are very happy about it. As far as statewide, every year people say, It was a great race and a lot of fun, but I wish it were during Strawberry Days.With Glenwoods weekend population swelling, there should be a significant bump in participation as well. The Shortcut drew a record 996 runners in 2001, and Yellico hopes to eclipse the 1,000 participant mark for the 28th running of Glenwoods marquee race of the summer.
As the winter snows relinquish their hold on the peaks throughout the Roaring Fork Valley, and a sea of green invades the vacated slopes, bicycle season is here once again.Spring is a wonderful time to dust off your two-wheeled transit and explore the Roaring Fork Valley. Whether looking for exercise, escape, adventure or just a fun family outing, the Roaring Fork Valley offers multitudes of trails for every level of enthusiast. Bicycling is a terrific low impact (most of the time) way to shed a few pounds and have fun doing it. If the end of ski season leaves you feeling depressed, bicycling may just be the way to keep those endorphins flowing and muscles toned until November rolls back around. There are plenty of bicycle shops in the area that will be happy to help tune up the old cruiser, or replace those tires you shredded while cliff jumping. If new gear is in order, theres a bike for every application these days. From ultra-lightweight race bred street machines to full suspension off road models that make even the bumpiest trails er less bumpy. And yes, you can still find a bike with only one gear and a pedal brake.
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