Summit County asks locals to bike to work – Wednesday |

Summit County asks locals to bike to work – Wednesday

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SUMMIT COUNTY – In a world concerned with pollution, climate change, traffic congestion and lessening one’s carbon footprint, the big question is: Why not bike to work?That’s why the Summit County Open Space and Trails Department is inviting everyone to cruise its recpath Wednesday for the community’s Bike to Work Day. The 56-mile recreation path connects Dillon, Silverthorne, Breckenridge and Frisco to each other and the county, and it’s being promoted locally as a way to get around for locals and visitors. The county maintains 25 miles of the recpath, while towns and the Colorado Department of Transportation do the rest.”We thought it would be a good time to participate and get the word out that we manage to maintain a significant amount of recreational pathways for people to use for alternative transportation,” said Brad Eckert, a resource specialist for Summit County Open Space and Trails Department. “We’re trying to showcase the recreation pathway.”Bike to Work Day is a national event in which people throughout the country are encouraged to get out of their cars and onto bike paths, recpaths, sidewalks or carpool lanes.Brad Eckert noted that at least 25,000 to 30,000 riders use Summit County’s recpath each month during the summer, so now was a perfect time to get the message out.

As an incentive to hop on your road cruiser, towns and the Open Space and Trails Department have come up with fun treats for Bike to Work Day participants.The first 10 riders to stop by the Open Space and Trails Department offices at the County Commons will receive a free copy of the new Hiking and Biking Trail Map for Breckenridge and Summit County.And, according to Cristi Eckert, information center manager for the Town of Frisco, coffee shops in Frisco will be giving away 50 free cups of coffee each – first-come, first-served, plus a bike-to-work sticker. To get a coffee, one must be able to prove they’ve taken any alternative form of transportation, including biking, skateboarding, jogging, riding the Summit Stage, or even carpooling with a neighbor.”It’s all about lowering your carbon footprint,” she said.Participating Frisco coffee shops include Abbey’s, Pika Bagel, Rocky Mountain Coffee Roasters, Next Page Tea Bar, Butterhorn Bakery and Starbucks (located by Carlos Miguel’s Mexican Bar & Grill). Eckert added that Bike to Work Day goes hand in hand with green initiatives already underway at the town, as the local government gives out prizes for carpooling, it recycles and composts, and it has a stock of bikes for its employees to borrow.”Frisco is very conscious about reducing emissions and conserving energy,” Eckert said. “This falls perfectly in line with everything we do.”

Breckenridge is also putting on a Bike to Work Day celebration of its own from 7-9 a.m. on the Riverwalk Center lawn. Participants are invited to stop by and enjoy some treats from Amazing Grace before they head into work. According to a town e-mail, a bike mechanic from Elevation Bike and Ski will be available for free mini bike tunes. The Town of Breckenridge is currently working to become one of Colorado’s most bicycle- and eco-friendly communities. The town has installed new signs and bike lanes to help guide people throughout the town and to accessible trails in the area.Though Dillon and Silverthorne don’t have scheduled Bike to Work Day events, both towns encourage its residents to reduce their emissions by hopping on an alternative form of transportation.”We invite bike commuters taking part in Bike to Work Day to enjoy the new Blue River Trail route made possible by the installation of the Tammy Jamieson Memorial Bridge,” said Silverthorne spokesman Ryan Hyland. “With the addition of the bridge last fall, commuters in Silverthorne now have a new alternative route which allows them to avoid interaction with vehicles on Highway 9. A map highlighting recent Blue River Trail improvements is available at”SDN reporter Caitlin Row can be reached at (970) 668-4633 or at

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