It’s a great time of year to get out of your car
What a wonderful time of the year to be in Glenwood Springs. The air is crisp, the temperatures are dropping and seeing the fall colors gleaming in the sunlight reminds us why we all live here. If you have been too busy to enjoy the season, it’s time for you to get out of your car and enjoy the beautiful scenery that surrounds us. Walking and bicycling are great forms of transportation for short trips, while taking the bus is best for longer ones. Both options provide a relaxing way to enjoy the fall colors while getting you where you need to go. Plus, you will save money and significantly reduce the amount of pollution and greenhouse gas emissions you generate each day.
When 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 or the newly paved section of the Rio Grande Trail through town. Walking or riding your bike to your destination can also help get you in shape for the skiing season.In 10 minutes, an average woman will burn 56 calories by bicycling and 45 calories walking. Men will burn 74 calories by cycling and 59 walking. Regular, brisk cycling or walking can improve confidence, stamina and energy, assist weight control and increase life expectancy. They can also reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, strokes, diabetes, high blood pressure, bowel cancer and osteoporosis.
Glenwood has a great public transportation system. Park your car and enjoy our trails or use our local or regional bus system. What a great way to enjoy our community. You can download a map of the Rio Grande Trail and get additional information by visiting http://www.rfta.com and clicking on trails. For a map of the city’s bicycle route, please 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 through both Web sites.
It is never too late to change your transportation habits and increase your quality of life. Help make Glenwood Springs a more livable community by reducing the number of cars in town. Sabrina Harris is transportation manager for the city of Glenwood Springs.
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