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Ditch the car and walk or bike

The sun is shining. The temperature is rising. The snow is melting. Get out of your car and enjoy yourself. Walking and bicycling are great forms of transportation and will get you where you need to go. Plus, you can burn off some of those unwanted winter pounds.If you have to make a trip, think about the way you are going to get there. Do you really need to get in your car, or can you walk or ride a bike to your destination? Reducing the number of vehicles present during the day can be easy if people walk or bike.Many of the popular destinations – the post office, City Hall, the county complex, restaurants and grocery stores – can be accessed by the River Trail. Walking or riding to your destination can also help get you in shape for the summer season.In 10 minutes, an average-weight woman will burn 56 calories by bicycling and 45 calories walking. An average-weight man will burn 74 calories cycling and 59 walking. Regular, brisk cycling or walking can improve confidence, stamina, energy and life expectancy, and help with weight control. Exercise also reduces the risk of heart disease, strokes, diabetes, high blood pressure, bowel cancer and osteoporosis.You can download a map of the city’s bicycle route off of the city’s Web site. Visit http://www.ci.glenwood-springs.co.us and look under the transportation pages. You can also find the bus schedules and information about reducing the number of cars in town. It is never too late to change your transportation habits and increase the your quality of life. Help make Glenwood Springs a more livable community by reducing the number of cars in town. If you have questions about Commuter Club, GAPP or other transportation issues, please call 384-6437, email try@ci.glenwood-springs.co.us or visit http://www.ci.glenwood-springs.co.us and click on Transportation for more information.Construction updatesGAPP is still under way and looking good. The crews have completed Ninth and 10th streets and will be moving to Eighth Street this week. Please look for traffic controllers and be careful through the construction zone.Crews will begin mobilizing on March 22 to replace manhole covers on Grand Avenue between 22nd Street and 19th Street. Lanes will be reduced approximately one week later. Please watch for traffic controllers in that area.Melissa Laeser is the transportation manager for the city of Glenwood Springs.Melissa Laeser is the transportation manager for the city of Glenwood Springs.

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