The Sopris Sun

Bike to work, get fed, on June 22

By Heather McGregor

Clean Energy Economy News

Bicycle riders of all ages can celebrate Colorado Bike to Work Day on June 22 with a free breakfast at the Glenwood Springs Branch Library or at the RFTA Carbondale Park and Ride.

“In Glenwood Springs, stop by for breakfast burritos, coffee and orange juice, and to meet other riders,” said Librarian Sue Schnitzer, manager of the Glenwood Springs Branch Library.

“Carbondale riders can stop by or park their bikes at the RFTA Carbondale Park and Ride,” said RFTA spokeswoman Jennifer Balmes. “We’ll be serving coffee and snacks, and offering info on bus schedules and bikes on buses.”

Both events are free, and are set for 7 to 10 a.m. The Glenwood Springs Branch Library is at 815 Cooper Ave. The RFTA Carbondale Park and Ride is at Highway 133 and Village Road.

Local Colorado Bike to Work Day events are hosted by Ride Garfield County (a Garfield Clean Energy project) RFTA, the Glenwood Springs Branch Library, the City of Glenwood Springs and CLEER.

Sponsors include the Colorado Department of Transportation, Glenwood Springs Post Independent, LiveWell Garfield County, Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association, Treadz, Sunlight Ski and Bike Shop, Midland Fitness, and the Colorado River District.

Riders who haven’t yet signed up for the Ride Garfield County Team Challenge are encouraged to get registered and start logging their miles for bicycling and for riding RFTA buses and carpooling. To get started, visit GarfieldCleanEnergy.org.

“We’re competing locally, and all our miles add together for Ride Garfield County to compete with communities across the country,” said Karen Wahrmund, event organizer for Garfield Clean Energy and CLEER.

“Bike to Work Day is a great way to get in gear for summer bike riding,” said Dave Betley, assistant public works director for the City of Glenwood Springs. “Getting around by bicycle is good for your health and for the environment. And in Glenwood Springs, using a bicycle can help ease traffic congestion during the Grand Avenue Bridge replacement project.”

Additional sponsors are welcome to help with local events and prizes. Contact CLEER at 704-9200 or ride@GarfieldCleanEnergy.org to learn more.

Published in The Sopris Sun on June 16, 2016.