Can you live without your car? Take the two-week test
With the passing of the first day of spring and daylight savings time drawing near, thoughts start to turn towards change. The days are sunny, the snow is melting and it may be time for a challenge! Here is a challenge: Give up driving for two typical weeks. This period should require normal travel for work, shopping, socializing and family obligations.You’ll discover that non-drivers face many challenges. As with anything new, there will be a learning curve. You may travel less, forgoing some trips and choosing more convenient destinations for others. You may experience various emotions when asking for a ride or when you use alternative transportation sources such as transit, bicycling and walking.You may need to put a little more thought into getting to a store or even crossing certain streets. Do you have bus schedule information? Have you purchased a discount bus pass? Is your bike tuned up and ready for a trip to work? Do you have a bike pack, panniers or a trailer to carry your laptop, brief case or a few bags of groceries? After two weeks, with the loss of 10 pounds and the gain of a few more dollars in your wallet, you may continue your new-found transportation alternative. You may discover unexpected joys from walking and bicycling, including reduced stress, increased exercise, and friendship with fellow car pool or transit passengers. You may have appreciated being more home-centered and community-oriented. You may take pride in reducing pollution, and saving energy.”TRY” alternative transportation options whenever possible to support the quality of life in our community. Transportation Responsibility & You – one day at a time, one trip at a time!Weekly construction report for Glenwood SpringsGlenwood Springs’ Fiber Optic Backbone project will be in various locations in the downtown alleys placing overhead fiber on poles and there will be road construction at 7th and abandoned Pitkin intersection, 8th and School, and 8th and Pitkin, Highway 6 near the Oasis Creek bike trail (on the shoulder of the highway) and along the bike path behind Fattor Petroleum (13th Street) alongside the railroad tracks down to 14th Street and Roaring Fork Drive. Demolition continues at the old city operations site on 7th Street west of downtown. Traffic disruptions should be minimal, but watch for trucks and construction equipment entering and leaving the site. For information contact Glenwood Springs City Hall at 945-2575 or go online to http://www.ci.glenwood-springs.co.us.Weekly 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. Vehicles longer than 71 feet, wider than 8.5 feet and taller than 14.5 feet 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 additional information please call 928-6027. 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.
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