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June is Colorado Bike Month

Sabrina HarrisGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Post Independent Photo/Kelley Cox

Are you are tired of high gas prices and want to take action against climate change? June is Colorado Bike Month and a great time to start riding a bicycle. If you haven’t done so already, take a trip down the Rio Grande Trail to Aspen. The trail is now completed. The Rio Grande Trail is a well-done project and completed ahead of schedule. Cyclists and other recreational trail users now have 44 miles of multi-use trail with safe access from Glenwood Springs to Aspen that they don’t share with vehicular traffic. To celebrate, RFTA will be having its ribbon-cutting ceremony and grand opening celebration on Saturday, June 21, in Carbondale at RFTA’s park-n-ride, where each community will bike to the festivities.

In Glenwood Springs, Mayor Bruce Christensen will lead the community to the celebration from O’Leary Park (behind Safeway) at approximately 9:30 a.m. Fun for the whole family will include live music, a barbecue, organized bike rides, bouncy house for kids, live remote radio and informational booths. Please reserve this date on your calendars and spread the word.Too tired to pedal back after a full day of festivities? Ride the bus … RFTA’s New Bike Express Bus, that is. This bus has had half the seats removed so bikes can be parked inside the bus. Load your bike inside the Bike Express Bus and sit back and relax on your way back home. Glenwood Springs has three bike express stops; the West Glenwood Park & Ride; Courthouse/Seventh Street and the Roaring Fork Market Place. Please visit http://www.rfta.com to view the schedule and designated bike loading bus stops throughout the valley. Bike to Work Day is June 25. Cyclists from all across the state will leave their cars at home and ride their bikes to work as part of the Bike to Work Day event. Bike to Work Day is designed to encourage people to get out of their cars and onto their bikes for the daily commute. Hop on your bicycle and try a new way of getting to work. It’s good for you, and it’s definitely cheaper than driving. You might find it quicker to get around on your bicycle. Celebrate bicycling for transportation, fun and health. Ride your bike today.The city of Glenwood Springs will be sponsoring this year’s bike station at Centennial Park from 6-10 a.m. Bike over and enjoy complimentary refreshments and giveaways.

For more information about biking, visit http://www.bicyclecolo.org. For information on Ride Glenwood Springs (it’s free), alternative transportation, Commuter Club or other transportation issues, please call 384-6437, e-mail try@ci.glenwood-springs.co.us or visit http://www.rideglenwood.com. Construction updatesWater and sewer replacement work will begin on 20th Street between Grand Avenue and Blake Avenue this week. Delays may be expected. Today: Colorado Avenue (Seventh to 10th) will be swept to remove loose chips from the chip-sealing process. There will be no parking from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, June 6: Palmer Avenue (Seventh to 11th), 10th Street (Grand Avenue to Palmer), Devereux Road (Highway 6 to Two Rivers Park), and Colorado Avenue (Seventh to 10th) will be fog-sealed with no traffic or parking allowed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.Asphalt milling and repaving will be taking place on the following streets:Blake Avenue from Seventh Street to 11th Street will be milled June 9 and 10, and closed to all traffic and curbside parking 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. On June 12 and 13, it will be repaved and closed to traffic and curbside parking from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

14th Street between Grand Avenue and Blake Avenue will be closed to all traffic June 9-13 for milling, roadbed stabilization and repaving. Businesses on the north side of 14th Street can be accessed by foot from the west end of the City Market parking lot, by the Grand Avenue sidewalk. Utility construction and asphalt milling and repaving will be taking place on Devereux Road:Devereux Road will be closed to all through traffic at the west end adjacent to the new Harley Davidson complex. Utility installation and road repairs will be taking place through June 9. All businesses can be accessed from the east via the Highway 6 and Devereux Road intersection and access to Two Rivers Park.The city of Glenwood Springs and its contractors would like to thank everyone in advance for their patience while these improvements are being made. Should you have any concerns or questions, contact Assistant City Engineer King Lloyd at 384-6435.Sabrina Harris is transportation manager for the city of Glenwood Springs.

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