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Community can help make Safe Routes maps

New Century TransportationKathy TuttleGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

In March and April, the Regional Safe Routes to School program will be hosting charrettes, or design workshops, to develop a Safe Routes map and a 2008 prioritized list of safe route improvements projects for each regional community. Members invited to be a part of this high-powered group will consist of representatives from town councils, planning, transportation and parks and recreation staffs and boards, the police and fire departments, and numerous involved parents and neighbors of elementary and middle schools.Parents from the schools will be asked to walk, inventory, and photograph the town’s routes to schools and present their findings during the community charrettes in April.

Elementary and middle school students will describe their commutes to school and how they deal with traffic concerns. Transportation consultants will be available to give examples of safe street techniques developed in other communities.The groups will then be asked to disperse into work teams, complete with maps, flip charts, and colored pens to devise their own ideas on how to make Glenwood Springs, Carbondale, Basalt and Aspen better places for walking and biking, concentrating on school routes. It is hoped each group will develop creative solutions that will be shared with community schools and city staff to promote and encourage locals and students to drive less and move more. These resulting solutions will also become components of each community’s neighborhood trail plans, to reduce duplication of efforts and accelerate overall development of trails.

To become involved in the April-2007 Safe Routes Team please contact Kristine Leahy at 618-1972 or by e-mail at kleahy@newcenturytrans.org. Representatives are needed from Glenwood Springs, Carbondale, Basalt and Aspen.• Interesting Bike Facts from gotoes.orgThe bicycle is the most efficient form of human transport in the world. Energy is often measured in calories. When you look at food labels, the available energy is actually listed in kilocalories (that’s 1,000 calories). The available energy in a gallon of gasoline is 31,070 kilocalories.



The average person consumes between 30 to 50 kilocalories per mile traveled on a bicycle (depending on the load and speed). As you might assume, carrying a heavier load or going faster will burn more calories per mile – just like in your car. Suppose you are cruising to and from work at a 20 Kcal/hour pace. At that speed, you could travel 1,035 miles on the energy in a gallon of gasoline. Given that even today’s high tech hybrids generally get 55 miles per gallon, you are doing very well on a bicycle.For more information on creating safe routes, contact Cathy Tuttle at ctuttle@newcenturytrans.org, Larry Heinrichs at lwheinrichs@newcenturytrans.org or visit http://www.newcenturytrans. org and click on Safe Routes to School.


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