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Become a spokesperson and bike to work

Transportation Responsibility & YouLarry Thompson

Today is Bike to Work Day! The days are long. The weather is warm and dry (most of the time). Hop on your bicycle and try a new way of getting to work. Its good for your physical health. Its good for your mental health. Its certainly cheaper than driving. And it might even be faster. With the ongoing construction projects in Glenwood Springs, there are noticeably more people riding their bikes in the city this summer. You might find it quicker to get around on your bicycle. At the end of the day, you can unwind from a hard days work with a relaxing, stress-relieving ride on our paths, sidewalks, streets or highways. Spend your time breathing some fresh air instead of staring at the license plate in front of you. If youre reading this too late to bike to work today, hope is not lost. The entire month of June is Colorado Bike Month. Try biking tomorrow or the next day. Take advantage of the opportunity to join your neighbors in the Roaring Fork and Colorado River valleys in celebrating a Car-Free Summer.If biking to work doesnt work for you, how about asking your employer to provide bicycles for short trips and errands around the city? You might find hopping on your bike easier than getting in your car. Youll probably be able to park closer to your destination. And youll be doing your part to reduce unneeded travel on our roadways.For more information about biking, visit For information on Ride Glenwood Springs (its free), alternative transportation, Commuter Club or other transportation issues, please call 384-6437, e-mail or visit and click on Transportation.

Midland Avenue and Eighth Street are closed at the intersection of those streets this week. Construction crews are installing utilities at the west end of the Eighth Street bridge. For access to the Community Center and to businesses on west Midland Avenue and Gilstrap Court, use the west Glenwood interchange. The Eighth-and-Midland intersection is expected to reopen to traffic next week for travel between west Glenwood and downtown. Midland will remain closed south of Eighth Street for the rest of the summer.Roundabout construction continues at the West Glenwood Interstate 70 interchange. The eastbound on-ramp to I-70 is expected to be closed for the next four weeks. Traffic wanting to go eastbound on I-70 will be detoured via Highway 6 or Devereux Road to the main Glenwood interchange at Exit 116. The remainder of the west Glenwood interchange will remain open, with traffic being directed through and around the work areas. Access to all businesses near the interchange will remain open. Midland Avenue traffic will continue to be detoured onto Wulfsohn Road through the Glenwood Meadows project for the rest of this month.For updates on these construction projects and suggested travel routes around the construction areas, visit the city Web site at and click on the Construction Alerts link.Larry Thompson is the city engineer for Glenwood Springs.

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