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Safety check, snacks part of Bike to Work Day

Cathy TuttleSpecial to the Post Independent

June 26 is Colorado’s Bike to Work Day and to encourage people to bike, BSR Sports, 210 7th St. in Glenwood Springs, is offering a FREE bike safety check and snacks. “Not only do we want to have people on bikes but as a downtown business we would like to see less traffic and congestion and preserve our quality of life,” commented Debbie Katers, owner BSR Sports.The Colorado Department of Transportation reported that from 1995 to 2001 the number of participants in Bike to Work Day increased by 67 percent and due to the popularity of cycling in Colorado that number is expected to rise again in 2002.A recent Colorado Bike Month press release stated that the environmental and personal health benefits of bicycling are numerous. In fact, using a bicycle for one 10-mile trip results in the following savings:- 1/2 gallon of gasoline- 75 cents saved on gasoline costing $1.50 per gallon- 0.328 pounds of carbon monoxide not produced- 0.044 pounds of nitrous oxides not produced- 0.039 pounds of hydrocarbons not produced.While these numbers may seem small when broken down into one 10-mile trip, they are significant when viewed statewide. For instance, Colorado’s population is 4.4 million, and if 1 million people (approximately one-quarter of our population) replaced just one 10-mile motor vehicle trip per year with one bicycle trip it would result in the following savings:- 500,000 gallons of gasoline- $750,000 saved on gasoline costing $1.50 per gallon- 328,000 pounds of carbon monoxide not produced- 43,000 pounds of nitrous oxides not produced- 39,000 pounds of hydrocarbons not produced”The benefits of bicycling are far-reaching when you look at the big picture,” added Gay Page, CDOT’s Bicycle/Pedestrian program manager. “Our state is one of the fastest growing in the nation and we can do our part to help minimize the impacts of growth and preserve our unique quality of life by bicycling more and encouraging others to do so as well.”By law, bicyclists and motorists have the same rights and responsibilities in Colorado and they need to remember to be patient and courteous when sharing the road.Ride your bike to Work on June 26 and enjoy a FREE Bike Safety Check and snacks at BSR Sports. Transportation Responsibility & You, One Day at a time!Weekly construction report for the City of Glenwood Springs:Work will continue this week on replacement of the water main in Highway 6 in West Glenwood between Traver Trail and 135 Road. Construction work will occur in the area west of the Donegan Road intersection. Construction hours will be from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Short delays may be expected as flaggers alternately route one-way traffic through the construction area. A detour remains in place for westbound Donegan Road traffic at the Donegan & Highway 6 intersection.8th Street west of Pitkin Avenue will remain closed for reconstruction, as will School Street for 200 feet south of 8th Street. Construction of a new City Hall parking lot will continue at the site of the former city shops on the north side of 7th Street west of the railroad tracks. Traffic impacts should be minimal this week, but watch for construction equipment entering and leaving the site.Work will also continue on replacing the water main in North Park Drive between Grand Avenue and Polo Road. Access to local traffic will generally remain available during the construction. Through traffic is encouraged to use other routes.For the week of June 24 the city’s contractor for chip/sealing will be fog sealing the roads that were chip/sealed the week before, weather permitting. The schedule is as follows: June 24 – Blake Avenue from 7th to 9th; Cooper Avenue north of Hyland Park Drive to dead end; 13th Street from Grand to Blake; 20th Street from Grand to Blake; 21st Street from Blake to Bennett, Roaring Fork Drive and 14 Street;June 25 – Glenwood Park Subdivision, all newly chip/sealed roads;June 26 – Midland Avenue from 8th to West Glenwood interchange; 19th Street from Grand to Blake;June 27 – Midland Avenue from Glenwood Park entrance to Sunlight Bridge. Red Mountain Drive, West 9th , West 10th. Expect single-lane traffic the hours of work for arterial or collector streets, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 pm. Residential streets work hours will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. There could be delays of 10-15 minutes during those hours. If the schedule should change due to weather it will be updated on Channel 12.Weekly construction report Highway 82 between Glenwood Springs and Aspen:Monday through Friday, from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., down valley 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. Up-valley traffic will use one lane of Highway 82. On Saturdays, traffic stops up to 10 minutes are possible in the up-valley or down-valley 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 try@ci.glenwood-springs.co.us. 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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