Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Bike to Work

June is Colorado Bike to Work Month and Wednesday, June 26 is Bike to Work Day!  GVB and GJ City staff are dedicated to an even more awesome celebration this year and will begin coordinating on Thursday, March 21 at 5:30pm in the Mesa Land Trust meeting room, at the northeast corner of 10th & Main.  See you there!

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TBD Colorado

Governor Hickenlooper has an online forum to discuss transportation and education issues.  Join in the conversation at http://www.etbdcolorado.org/

Roads built for cars will result in traffic, but if you build roads for people you will get a livable community.  Some GVB board members attended a TBD Colorado meeting yesterday and emphasized the need for safe walking and biking options everywhere cars are.  We also suggested active transportation for students as a “two-for-one” solution, since 25% of vehicles in rush hour traffic are parents bringing children to school and kids who are regularly active tend to do better in school and on tests.  School District 51 board members, county commissioners, the governor’s staff, GVB and many other important players had a great dialogue-you should join the conversation online. 

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Got Debris (where you want to bicycle)?

Spring is here, and the City of Grand Junction would like to make bike lanes safer for you.  Use the Fix-It Form on the City website at www.gjcity.org to report exact locations of bike lanes that are filled with debris.  They'll send a street sweeper to clean them off.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Trail Pledge

We are proud to report a full house of 150 people for last Friday's inaugural Trails Summit. There was energetic dialogue on a range of livability topics by a diverse mix of attendees, and we are confident the seeds of positive change are germinating. 
You can help! Click here to sign the Trail Pledge and add your name to the gigantic list of locals who want a more safe and connected network of bike lanes and sidewalks in our Grand Valley. This will be presented to our local officials as part of the Trails Summit Final Report.
Trail Pledge

There are many aspects to a vibrant, livable community, not the least of which is creating safe, efficient and enjoyable walking and bicycling opportunities. The Grand Valley’s topography and climate are ideal for bicycling and walking as a viable transportation choice and for recreation. A walkable and bike-friendly community has positive impacts on the local economy and stimulates economic development by making the area attractive for business relocation and retention and tourism, as well as for residents who enjoy a healthy, active lifestyle. Walkable/bikeable communities have been shown to improve citizens’ health, well-being and quality of life, to boost community spirit and livability, to improve traffic safety, and to reduce pollution and congestion.

I support local efforts to encourage a vibrant, healthy lifestyle through active transportation and recreation, allowing people of all ages and abilities the opportunity to walk and bike easily, safely and regularly in our community.