Bike to Work for a day, for a week – forever?
Did you know that 3.2 million cyclists in the United States bicycled to work at least once a week last year, a 100 percent increase since 1985? (Source: Seattle Transportation Department)The year 2002 marks the 46th consecutive year that the League of American Bicyclists will declare May to be National Bike Month.The Glenwood Springs TRY alternative transportation program is promoting Bike to Work Week from May 11-17 and Bike-to-Work Day on Friday, May 17.Bike commuting cuts down on automobile traffic and reduces stress, congestion and parking needs. Fewer cars mean safer communities with lower speed limits, less congestion, and decreases in noise, air, water and ground pollution. Did you know you could park a dozen bikes in one car parking space?Businesses that support Bike-to-Work-Week programs have more parking spaces for their car-driving customers. A cleaner environment is a cheaper place to do business, and supporting bike commuters will earn a business loyal, healthy employees and clients.At the May 2 City Council meeting, Mayor Don Vanderhoof, through a proclamation, urged all citizens to support efforts to ride their bikes to work, school and around town, to support Glenwood Springs’ Transportation Demand Management program and to TRY biking, one trip at a time, one day at a time, one week at a time.Bike to Work Week events include:-May 11-17, Glenwood Springs Post Independent “Most Consistent Bike Commuter” award, win a trip for two to Moab’s Archway Inn. Entry forms available in the paper. Winner to be announced at Glenwood Medical’s Bike to Work Day FREE lunch. -May 11-17, Donate your old bike to the Sunlight Mountain Ski & Bike Shop, 309 9th St. in Glenwood Springs, and receive $50 off the purchase of a new adult bike. All donated bikes will be refurbished by YouthZone and given to kids needing bikes.Wednesday, May 15, Glenwood Springs Chamber New member/Old member picnic. Ride your bike and receive two free passes to the Glenwood Caverns and a FREE lunch.-Friday, May 17, Downtown Development Authority’s Ride Your Bike to Work Day. Free juice, coffee and donuts at Centennial Park, 7-9 a.m.-Friday, May 17, Glenwood Medical’s Bike to Work Day. Free lunch for cyclists from noon to 1:30 p.m. All cyclists are entered in a drawing to win a trip for two for two nights lodging at Moab’s Archway Inn. Sponsors for these events include the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association, Glenwood Medical, the Glenwood Springs Police Department, BSR Sports, KSNO, the Glenwood Springs Post Independent, Sunlight Mountain Resort, Pepsi, the Downtown Development Authority and the “TRY” Bike to Work Week committee. Construction report for Glenwood SpringsEighth Street west of Pitkin Avenue will remain closed for reconstruction, as will School Street for 200 feet south of Eighth Street. Access to the back side of Glenwood Springs Elementary School and the Vogelaar Park ballfield is available from Seventh Street through the area along the railroad tracks.Tenth Street is scheduled to be closed part of the week for one-half block on each side of Grand Avenue for the installation of a new traffic signal at 10th and Grand.Work begins this week on the water main in Highway 6 in West Glenwood between Traver Trail and 135 Road. Construction hours are 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. A detour will be in place for westbound Donegan Road traffic at the Highway 6 intersection.The Glenwood Springs Water Department will be replacing the water main in North Park Drive between Grand Avenue and Polo Road.Construction report for Highway 82Monday through Friday, from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., downvalley traffic will detour from Highway 82 at Gerbaz Way and use Lower River Road for 5.5 miles. Oversize vehicles are required to wait at the CDOT checkpoint until 3 p.m. Upvalley traffic will use one lane of Highway 82. On Saturdays, traffic stops up to 10 minutes are possible in the upvalley or downvalley lane. More information is available at http://www.sh82.com.Cathy Tuttle is with the transportation team of Kaup/Tuttle, LLC, transportation consultants for the city of Glenwood Springs. For information call 928-6027 or e-mail email@example.com. This column will appear 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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