Raley coasts to Most Consistent Bike Commuter award

Carrie ClickPost Independent Staff

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – There are people who talk about riding their bikes to work, and there are people who actually do it.Howard Raley is one of those people who rides his bike to his job – at Big John’s building supply in Glenwood Springs – every single day. That’s according to Shelley Kaup, who nominated him for Roaring Fork Transit Authority’s Most Consistent Bike Commuter award.The contest also is sponsored by the Glenwood Springs Post Independent, KSPN, KMTS, Amtrak, the city of Aspen, Ride Glenwood Springs, the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association, the Citizen Telegram, the Valley Journal and the Aspen Times. Kaup’s nomination, along with fellow nominators Annig Raley, Cindy Lundin and the entire staff at Big John’s, garnered Raley first place in RFTA’s contest. Raley won two round-trip coach tickets on Amtrak’s California Zephyr from Glenwood Springs to San Francisco. “Howard rides to work rain or shine both to save gas money and to get daily exercise,” wrote Lundin on her nomination form.”Howard has been walking or biking to work for the past 23 years,” wrote Annig Raley.RFTA’s contest is part of National Bike to Work Day. The contest awarded winners in Glenwood Springs and in Aspen. Darin Binion, the night building supervisor at the Glenwood Springs Community Center, won second prize – a $25 gift certificate at Aspen Sports.”This man NEVER drives the car/truck to work – I am not kidding,” wrote nominator Shanelle Rockwell. “His main job is a surveyor in Rifle through the week and he lives in Glenwood. He says he absolutely hates to drive in a car or truck – give him a bike any day.”Rockwell wrote that Binion told her his fastest Glenwood-to-Rifle time via bike was “something like an hour and 15 minutes because of a strong tail wind.”Other bike commuters who were nominated for the RFTA award included:-9th Judicial District probation supervisor David Snearly, nominated by probation officer Julie Gannon;-Holy Cross employee Steve Casey, nominated by Sandy Hartmann;-Andrew Rixom, whose nominator Laura Hilinski wrote he doesn’t own a car and travels everywhere, every day, by bus, bike, foot or skateboard;-Dale Reed, who nominator June Woods wrote bikes from No Name to the Hot Springs Pool and the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts where he works;-Luis Polar, the editor of La Mision bilingual newspaper, nominated anonymously;-Larry Thompson, the Glenwood Springs traffic engineer, nominated by Glenwood Springs police chief Terry Wilson. The winners were awarded their prizes on Friday, during the Explore Glenwood Business After Hours event at the Glenwood Springs Community Center. Contact Carrie Click: 945-8515, ext.

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