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Don’t just ride that bicycle- park it!

Cathy TuttleSpecial to the Post Independent

How would you like to park right in front of your downtown place of business or your favorite store or restaurant? Now you can by riding your bike and parking it in one of 12 new bike racks in downtown Glenwood Springs.In a joint effort between the Downtown Development Authority and the city of Glenwood Springs, the new racks have been installed.”The bike racks are the first in an ongoing effort to make biking more convenient. We want to provide secure, convenient bike parking at many destinations in town,” commented Shelley Kaup, Kaup/Tuttle, LLC, consultant for the city of Glenwood Springs. In the planning process several factors were addressed to ensure that cyclists would use what is provided and park where they believe the bikes will be safe.After determining which stores and street corners required bike racks, the next task was to find good locations for the racks so that they are clearly visible, accessible, and convenient. The placement of these racks should minimize conflicts with both pedestrians and motorized traffic.The city of Glenwood and DDA selected the inverted U type of bike rack. This type of system supports the frame of the bicycle at two points and not just one wheel. It allows the frame and one wheel to be locked to the rack when both wheels are left on the bike. The inverted U allows the frame and both wheels to be locked to the rack if the front wheel is removed. Each rack can support two bicycles.It allows the use of either a cable or U-shaped lock. It can be securely anchored, and is usable by bikes with no kickstand, bikes with water bottle cages, and a wide variety of sizes and types of bicycles.Please contact the city of Glenwood Springs at 384-6435 with questions or suggestions on the bike rack program. Transportation Responsibility & You, one day at a time!Construction report for Glenwood SpringsA pedestrian/bicycle underpass is being constructed on Midland Avenue near the Community Center. Work will be ongoing for the next several weeks. On Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., northbound traffic on Grand Avenue from 23rd Street to 14th Street will be restricted to one lane for utility maintenance by the city Wastewater Department.Reconstruction of the sidewalks on North Park Drive from Grand Avenue to Roaring Fork Drive is complete. The new section of path along Roaring Fork Drive that connects the River Trail will have a gap in it for a short period. The city will be replacing the sewer main at this location and will finish the path once that work is completed.Reconstruction of the street, sidewalks and water main on West 13th Street from the intersection of Midland Avenue to Walz Avenue has begun. The construction area will be open to local traffic only during the working hours of 7 p.m. – 7 a.m. with occasional delays. The water main trenches will be filled or covered at the end of each workday. The next phase to begin will be the street and sidewalk reconstruction. This project will take approximately 40 days to complete. New fiber optic and electric conduits are being installed on East 6th Street from the Vapor Caves to the driveway to the North Glenwood Substation. Traffic flow is remaining open. The job should last until the week of Sept. 9.Conversion of overhead to underground electric lines will continue in the front and back yards in the Park Drive – Polo Road subdivision. This should have little effect on traffic.Construction report for Highway 82Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. upvalley and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. downvalley, traffic will be reduced to one lane in one or both directions at various locations between south Glenwood Springs and Carbondale for scarification operations (heat treating the existing pavement). Only minor delays are expected.Cathy Tuttle is with the transportation team of Kaup/Tuttle, LLC, transportation consultants for the city of Glenwood Springs. Please call 384-6427 or e-mail to 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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