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Join in Walk-to-School Day or create bike/walking group

Cathy TuttleSpecial to the Post Independent

Did you walk or bike to school when you were young? Thirty years ago over 66 percent of all children walked to school. Walking or biking to school gives children a taste of freedom and responsibility, and allows them to enjoy the fresh air and the opportunity to get to know their neighborhood, while arriving at school alert, refreshed and ready to start their day. Yet most American children are denied this experience. Today, only 13 percent of America’s children walk or bike to school. Recent studies show that 20-25 percent of morning automobile traffic is generated from parents driving their children to school. This has caused increased traffic congestion around schools, prompting even more parents to drive their kids. The consequence to our children, to their health and to the health of the community is extensive.Walk to School Day, Wednesday, Oct. 2In 1997, the Partnership for a Walkable America sponsored the first National Walk Our Children to School Day. By the year 2001, children, parents, teachers and community leaders in 49 states joined nearly 3 million walkers around the world to celebrate the second annual International Walk to School Day. The reasons for walking have grown just as quickly as the event itself.Whether your concern is safer and improved streets, healthier habits, or cleaner air, Walk to School Day events are aimed at bringing forth permanent change to encourage a more walkable America, one community at a time. For more information regarding Walk to School Day, go to: zone bicycle/walking groupAnyone can set up a commuter bicycle/walking group. It’s easy and free. An individual agrees to set up a bicycle/walking group within an organization or school district. He or she agrees to recruit individuals within the organization or school to ride a bike to school or work one day a week (on average) instead of driving.The TRY alternative transportation program can provide information on bicycle safety, clothing, maintenance and other topics that help people become safer riders and pedestrians.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. Traffic will be routed onto a detour constructed at the site.Reconstruction of the sidewalks on North Park Drive from Grand Avenue to Roaring Fork Drive is complete. Crews will be in the area doing cleanup work. Monday through Friday, 7a.m. – 5 p.m., be aware of their equipment; otherwise this portion of the road is completed and open to traffic. Construction of the bike path connection along Roaring Fork Drive is only partial completed, watch for equipment and gaps in the walkway.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 during working hours. The water main trenches will be filled or covered at the end of each workday. This project will take approximately 60 days to complete. Aug. 26-28 the intersection of Riverview and W. 13th will be closed during working hours.There will be a crack filling maintenance operation at the Glenwood Springs Airport on Aug. 26. This work will only affect the taxiways. The airport will remain open during this work. Pilots should watch for areas that are coned off while the material dries.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 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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