Beat feet to Nat’l Trails Day
On National Trails Day, June 7, join a valleywide celebration of healthy trails and healthy people. Biking or walking to school or work enables people to move from here to there without traveling by motorized vehicle.In fact, using a bicycle for one 10-mile trip saves 1/2 gallon of gasoline, 0.3 pounds of carbon monoxide, 0.044 pounds of nitrous oxides, and 0.039 pounds of hydrocarbons.If 1 million people replaced just one 10-mile motor vehicle trip per year with one bicycle trip, it would save 500,000 gallons of gasoline, 328,000 pounds of carbon monoxide, 43,000 pounds of nitrous oxides and 39,000 pounds of hydrocarbons.Upcoming valley trail events-Adopt-A-Trail Program. RFTA and partner governments and organizations are building a valley-wide trail in the Rio Grande Rail Corridor, linking existing sections along the way. Your help is needed to “adopt” a section for maintenance and preservation. RFTA will place a sign at the trailhead identifying your group. For information, call RFTA at 963-9012.-June 6, opening of the Rio Grande Wingo pedestrian overpass, ribbon cutting at noon.-June 7, The Glenwood Springs River Trail project needs volunteers from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. to help build a soft surface running and walking trail next to the River Trail behind Glenwood Springs Elementary School and Glenwood Springs High School. The city of Glenwood Springs, the city River Commission, PATHS and Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers are sponsoring this workday and will provide tools, materials, leadership and lunch. Volunteers should meet at the GSHS parking lot. Please bring work gloves, heavy shoes, water and appropriate clothing. Contact Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers at 927-8241.-June 7, National Trails Day event at the Moore Open Space in Aspen. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Help build a nature trail from the Maroon Creek Road Pedestrian Bridge. Contact Gary at 920-5355. Bicycle rules for multi-use trailsDon’t block the trail. Groups should ride in single file when other trail users are present and should never use more than half the trail.Control your speed and obey speed regulations. Slow down and use caution when approaching or overtaking other trail users.Before passing another trail user, be courteous and make your approach known. A friendly greeting of “Hello, passing on your left,” or ringing a bell is considerate.Stay on existing trails and don’t create any new ones. Pack out at least as much as you pack in.Glenwood Springs transportation update-The replacement of the waterline on 135 Road in West Glenwood Springs is nearing completion. The contractor will be connecting the new services this week; look for notices on your residence. The road will be open to one-way traffic at all times and water outages will be announced in advance of the shutoff. It is anticipated that the project will be completed by the middle of June.-The Electric Department will be digging on Park Drive and installing wire in the Park, Polo and Virginia Road area. It will be installing fiber cable in the 13th and Colorado Court area.Cathy Tuttle is with the consulting firm of Tuttle Marketing and is the RFTA/city of Glenwood Transportation Marketing Alliance manager/consultant. For information call 384-6427 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. This column appears every Monday to explain how each person in our community can make a difference in our quality of life. Transportation Responsibility & You – one day at a time, one trip at a time.
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