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Locals find another wayto Sayre Park for food, info

Instead of hopping in their cars, area residents walked, biked and rode the bus – some for the first time – to Sayre Park on Wednesday for the Find Another Way Day Party.”We wanted to reward people who use alternative transportation and encourage people who don’t to give it a try,” said Melissa Laeser, transportation manager for Glenwood Springs and an organizer for the event. As part of Communities in Motion, a weeklong series of events celebrating alternative transportation in the valley, the lunchtime fair introduced residents to various options for getting around.”I love to ride my bike,” said Glenwood resident Joanne Rowe, 9, who attended the party with her day camp. “It’s good exercise. You don’t have to drive, and it’s safer.”Eleven booths from various organizations, such as the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority, which sponsored the event with Glenwood and Aspen, the Glenwood Springs Community Center and Sunlight Ski and Bike, gave out information on lessening the valley’s congestion and trying out new transportation. Subway donated sandwiches to feed visitors, while KSNO broadcast live from the park. Sunlight Ski and Bike also gave clinics on bicycle maintenance.The party has been a one-day event for the past three years, but in 2004 valley communities came together to send out one message, said Lynn Rumbaugh, transportation coordinator for Aspen. With the 30,000 cars that drive over Grand Avenue bridge daily, reduced noise, pollution and general congestion from walking or biking alone could improve the well-being of Glenwood residents, Laeser said.When the Grand Avenue Paving Project begins in September, a Commuter Club, sponsored by Transportation, Responsibility and You and Aspen, will organize carpools and reduce traffic during the road construction project. “This valley is unique because people are willing to try alternative transportation to sustain our quality of life,” Laeser said. Under the shade of a tree, Glenwood resident Aluna Chen ate lunch with her 4-year-old daughter, Aria. “I ride my bike as much as I can. I lived in California, and I don’t want that to happen to us,” she said. Chen said she makes sure her daughter also understands the importance of alternative transportation by participating in events like Find Another Way Day.”What if we couldn’t see the mountains anymore? We have to start thinking ahead,” she said.Contact Christine Dell’Amore: 945-8515, ext. 535cdellamore@postindependent.com

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