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EARTHA STEWARD

Did you know the national Bike to Work Day events are usually held in May? But since we live in such a unique, snowy state, Colorado’s Bike to Work Day events are held a month later. In view of that, Summit County’s Bike to Work Day, which aims to get people excited about bicycling as a viable and healthy form of transportation, will be held Wednesday, June 27. This year for Bike to Work Day – Breckenridge, Frisco and Silverthorne will offer free light breakfasts, so you can get some non-petroleum based fuel for the road. The breakfasts will be held at the Frisco Recreation Building from 7-9 a.m.; at the Breckenridge Recreation Center from 7-9 a.m.; and at the Silverthorne Recreation Center from 6:30-9:30 a.m. Remember to bring your reusable mug for a coffee or juice fill-up and then grab a bagel to go, so you can get to work on time. The free breakfasts are perks of biking this particular day and hopefully will entice people out of their cars and onto two wheels. If you bike, carpool or take alternative transportation regularly, kudos to you. But, unfortunately some people don’t, and hopefully this will be the boost they need to try out bicycling. There are a lot of excuses that people will use not to bike. But who can resist a free breakfast and getting a certificate for a free beer at the Bike to Work Happy Hour?At the end of the day, the Bike to Work Happy Hour rewards all those who attend a breakfast, while educating them on the health, environmental and economic benefits of biking. We believe that by creating an educational and informative event, complete with great door prizes, live music by Arnie J. Green, New Belgium Brewing beer and good food, along with the central location (right on Main Street in Frisco), that we can reach many locals to demonstrate how and why to lead an environmentally sustainable lifestyle, while having a great time with each other. By biking, carpooling and taking alternative transportation just twice per week, you can drastically reduce carbon emissions that enter the atmosphere. Along with reducing carbon emissions, other benefits of using forms of alternative transportations are: biking is fun, when you take the bus you can relax and when carpooling you have the chance to connect with other people; and in all cases you’ll lessen the impact on your wallet through a savings in gas money.I recently stumbled across a website that you can punch in factors such as the roundtrip miles and how many times you commute per month, plus your average gas mileage and the average amount you pay for gas. After typing in the values, it gives you a dollar price on the money you’d save on gas, wear and tear for your vehicle and other costs, like taxes. It also gives an approximate amount of emissions that go into the atmosphere when you drive the miles in your commute. The website I got the information from is http://transportation.stanford.edu/alt_transportation/calculator.shtml, and I recommend giving it a go to see the potential savings. It will probably make you jealous of those who work from home or scheme of ways to work from home. If that’s not an option, though, you should start thinking of ways to take alternative transportation. And a great way to start saving right away is by biking to work next Wednesday. Just stop by a breakfast, grab that fuel, and then go to work feeling good that you biked. At the end of the day, take comfort in knowing that you will ride, walk, carpool or take the bus to the Happy Hour at Frisco’s Historic Park from 4:30-6:30 p.m., grab a cold New Belgium beer, enjoy the live music, munch down grilled goodies, while hanging out with a variety of people who have bicycled for a long time, people who are new to bicycling, people who need to learn about bicycling and people who can teach them about it!Eartha Steward is written by Carly Wier, Holly Loff, and Beth Orstad, consultants on all things eco and chic at the High Country Conservation Center, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to waste reduction and resource conservation in our mountain community. Eartha believes that you can walk gently on our planet, even if you’re wearing stylie shoes.Submit questions to Eartha at eartha@highcountryconservation.org with Ask Eartha as the subject or to High Country Conservation Center, PO Box 4506, Frisco, CO 80443.


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