Driven to Drive to Less, a city campaign that challenges residents to ditch their car at least once a week, has crunched its first-year numbers. Here are some of the highlights:
- Boulder residents, employees and students reduced car miles travel by 803,816;
- Single-occupant vehicle trips to/from work or school decreased by 38 percent; - Bike commuting increased by 44 percent;
- Transit use increased by 27 percent.
Larimer County considers exemption for leg of Ride the Rockies
By Pamela Dickman Reporter-Herald Staff Writer
FORT COLLINS -- The Larimer County Commissioners will consider exempting Ride the Rockies from a rule that allows only two bicycle events on any one stretch of county road within a rolling 30-day period.
The large bicycle tour moves around the state, and this June will wind through Rocky Mountain National Park and end in Fort Collins on Friday, June 15, after seven days across 445 miles.
A large contingent of local, state and federal officials are pushing the U.S. Department of Transportation to grant Boulder's application for about a half-million dollars to greatly expand the city's bike sharing program.
The city has applied for the money through the federal Transportation Community and System Preservation grant. The application requests $440,000, but a required 20-percent local match in private and in-kind investments would bring the total value of the grant to about $550,000.
The money would be used to grow the Boulder B-cycle bike-sharing program by 10 stations -- adding about 50 percent new capacity to the system that launched last spring with 100 red bikes and computerized kiosks.
Dec. 20, 2011 - Waterton Canyon will reopen March 1, 2012, weather-permitting.
In the aftermath of the Buffalo Creek and Hayman fires, intense rains caused massive sediment to build up in Strontia Springs Reservoir, a key water supply source for the Denver-metro area located at the top of Waterton Canyon. As a result, Waterton Canyon, located southwest of Denver, was closed to public access in August 2010 for a Denver Water contractor to dredge the reservoir.
The canyon was scheduled to reopen at the end of 2011. Project demobilization, however, is still underway. In the interest of public safety, Waterton Canyon will reopen March 1, 2012, weather-permitting, after the majority of heavy machinery and equipment is demobilized. The 75-ton dredge will remain in the reservoir until the ice melts, so the canyon will need to be closed for three weeks in the spring for the contractor to remove the dredge. Further information about the three-week closure will be provided once the ice has melted.
Valmont Bike Park receives 2011 Colorado American Society of Landscape Architects award
The Parks and Recreation Department received a 2011 Colorado American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Professional Design Merit Award for Valmont Bike Park design. BHA Design, Inc., a Fort Collins-based landscape architecture firm and primary consultants for Valmont Bike Park, worked with the Parks and Recreation Department to apply for the award.
Colorado’s Epic Endurance Cycling Team Professional Expansion Announced
BOULDER, CO. - Epic Endurance Cycling Team is expanding in 2012 by launching a separate professional team -The Gear Movement/Epic Pro Cycling Team. The new team will focus on cross country races including the Pro XCT series, National Championships, and the Windham World Cup.
The Gear Movement/Epic Pro Cycling team boasts a solid core from the 2011 Epic Endurance Cycling Team accompanied by a couple of new riders for the upcoming 2012 season.
“Our organization had a very strong first year that was made successful with the solid support from our partners, so we felt this was a good time to launch the new team,” said team director Bill Wheeler. “The new team we have has a lot of talent. The team will be anchored by former Cannondale/Monavie racer Bryan Alders and include Chris Baddick and Sam Morrison from the 2011 Epic Endurance Cycling Team. New additions to the team are Deidre York and Jason Hilimire”.