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Get out of your car and enjoy the fall colors

Transportation Responsibility & YouSabrina HarrisGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Post Independent Photo/Kelley Cox

What a wonderful time of the year to be in Glenwood Springs. The air is just beginning to get that crisp, fall feeling, the temperatures are dropping and the trees and shrubs are starting to show their colors, gleaming in the sunlight, reminding us why we all live here. Fall is a great time for you to get out of your car and enjoy the beautiful scenery that surrounds us. Walking and bicycling are great forms of transportation for short trips, while taking the bus is best for longer ones. Both options provide a relaxing way to enjoy the fall colors while getting you where you need to go. Plus, you will save money and significantly reduce the amount of pollution and greenhouse gas emissions you generate each day. When you have to make a trip, think about the way you are going to get there. Do you really need to get in your car or can you walk or ride a bike to your destination? Reducing the number of vehicles present during the day can be easy if people walk or bike.Many of the popular destinations, the Post Office, City Hall, the county complex, restaurants and grocery stores, can be accessed by the River Trail or the newly paved Rio Grande Trail through town. Walking or riding your bike to your destination can also help get you in shape for the skiing season.In 10 minutes, an average woman will burn 56 calories by bicycling and 45 calories walking. Men will burn 74 calories by cycling and 59 walking. Regular, brisk cycling or walking can improve confidence, stamina, energy, weight control and life expectancy. They can also reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, strokes, diabetes, high blood pressure, bowel cancer and osteoporosis.Glenwood has a great public transportation system – park your car and enjoy our trails or use our local or regional bus system. What a great way to enjoy our community.

Due to current economic conditions, RFTA must institute some fall season service reductions as well as its first cash fare increase in more than a decade, effective Sept. 8. Grand Hogback route: Service will be reduced this fall, eliminating four weekday Glenwood to Rifle runs (between 7:05 a.m. and 1:05 p.m.); four weekday Rifle to Glenwood runs (between 8:15 a.m. and 2:15 p.m.); and some weekend runs.Express, local and Snowmass direct services: Frequency will be reduced, impacting primarily the weekday early morning express routes upvalley, and the afternoon/evening express routes downvalley. Certain express runs will be consolidated or eliminated. Some back-up services (extra buses) will also be eliminated on late night runs. Delayed winter season: RFTA will extend its fall offseason by 16 days, with higher winter service levels beginning on Saturday, Dec. 12. Cash fare increase: Effective Sept. 8, RFTA cash fares will increase by $1. Punch pass prices will not increase, although more punches will be needed for your travel. Monthly pass and zone pass prices will not increase. For more information, please visit or call 925-8484.

Midland Avenue: The north leg of the roundabout at 27th Street and Midland Avenue is currently open to through traffic. Crews will be tying in the south leg of the roundabout at 27th Street and Midland Avenue at this time. Midland Avenue will be open south at 27th Street utilizing the existing bypass road. City Council approved extending the concert pavement from the roundabout to the Sunlight Bridge, which will require closure of that leg for up to two weeks. For more information please contact the city of Glenwood Engineering Department at 384-6435. Donegan Road: The city of Glenwood Springs and Martinez Western Constructors would like to inform the public that the reconstruction of Donegan Road Phase 3 has started and will be substantially complete by Nov. 30, 2009. This phase will be similar to the last with the roadway being widened and new sidewalk and retaining walls being constructed. Travel on Donegan Road for vehicles and pedestrians will be restricted at times. Local residents within the construction zone will receive postings on their residences when conditions change or special instructions are appropriate. There will be no through traffic between Fairview Drive and Sunny Acres Road during this phase of reconstruction. The closure of Donegan Road that preceded this work was the relocating and underground installation of the electric, phone and cable tv that serves the area.The city of Glenwood Springs and Martinez Western Constructors would like to thank you in advance for your patience during this phase. Should you have any questions or concerns you may contact the city of Glenwood Springs at 384-6435.Sabrina Harris is transportation manager for the city of Glenwood Springs.

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