The seven-month Ride Garfield County Bike and Bus Challenge started Monday. Bike riders, bus riders and carpoolers from across Garfield County are invited to track their miles through Nov. 30.
“We are hosting the Bike and Bus Challenge all the way to Nov. 30 to help ease traffic congestion from the Grand Avenue Bridge project,” said event organizer Karen Wahrmund of Garfield Clean Energy.
“The bridge closure will run from Aug. 14 to late November, and it’s going to affect people who live in Glenwood Springs and everyone who travels through Glenwood Springs,” Wahrmund said.
“Ride Garfield County is an incentive for people to start building their bike-riding, bus-riding and carpooling habits in the coming weeks, so we can be geared up for the bridge closure,” she said. “Both ways of getting around are good for your health and better for the environment.”
Now in its third year, Ride Garfield County also includes community events, and prizes for those who log their miles as individuals and as teams. Garfield Clean Energy and CLEER are the organizers for Ride Garfield County.
Ride Garfield and the city of Glenwood Springs will co-host free downtown breakfast booths for National Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 19, and for Colorado Bike to Work Day on Wednesday, June 28.
How to get involved in Ride Garfield County
The bike-riding side of Ride Garfield County is hosted on the National Bike Challenge website.
The League of American Cyclists is hosting the National Bike Challenge this year, taking over the project from People For Bikes. Riders who participated in the National Bike Challenge in previous years will have to re-register to participate this year, as data from previous years did not carry over.
The new National Bike Challenge website uses Strava, a free mileage-tracking website, to automatically feed bike-riding miles to the Bike Challenge website. Riders can link a mobile device to their Strava account, or enter their miles manually in the Strava website after their rides.
The National Bike Challenge website tracks mileage totals for individuals, local teams, towns and cities, states and the whole country. Anyone living in Garfield County who registers for the National Bike Challenge will be automatically included in the Ride Garfield County campaign.
“We’re competing locally, as riders and as teams. And all our Ride Garfield County miles add together for Ride Garfield County to compete with communities across the country,” said Wahrmund. “In 2016, Ride Garfield placed ninth nationally for regional biking campaigns, so we know we can compete on a national level.”
Riders and teams can also log their miles for riding RFTA buses, and for carpooling to work and for recreational activities. From the Garfield Clean Energy website, bus riders and carpoolers can download an Excel spreadsheet to keep a tally on their computer, or download a tally sheet that can be printed out to keep track of miles on paper.
The site also has a segment mileage sheet that lists one-way and round-trip mileages for common bus and carpool commuting trips in the Rifle to Aspen corridor.
To get started, visit GarfieldCleanEnergy.org.
CLEER and Garfield Clean Energy are seeking sponsors to help with local events and to donate prizes. Contact CLEER at (970) 704-9200 or ride@GarfieldCleanEnergy.org to learn how your organization can get involved.
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