Summit Daily letters: Parking garage not the answer to Breckenridge traffic
June 26, 2016
Parking garage not the answer to Breck traffic
The old adage "if you build it, they will come" has never been more applicable than in regard to the parking garage proposed by Vail Resorts.
The potential cars parked in that new garage will have to drive to that location. Traffic in Breckenridge has never been worse, and it will only increase with more parking. Never mind what it will do to aesthetics.
As a part-time resident, I am have experienced traffic concerns throughout the whole year. Just recently, in June (not considered the high season for tourism) I had to wait through three light cycles at the light on Highway 9 going north into town at the intersection of Main and Park on the south side of town. There are just too many people in cars at all times of the day. Very often, those in cars are locals who don't live directly on the Breck Free Ride routes, like me. That being said, I have begun to try and use all the public transportation options at my disposal and have come up short.
I am thrilled that Summit Stage has a new Blue River route. I was pleasantly surprised to find that a stop is not more than a half-mile from my house. However, this route only services ONE type of rider — someone who works full-time — as there is only one pickup in the morning and one drop off in the evening. This means that most of my neighbors and I who need to get into town on different timetables are still sitting in our cars in traffic.
I recently flew into DIA and rode the new Bustang service from Denver to Frisco transit center and was easily able to hop on the Summit Stage into Breckenridge's Transit Center. It was there, however, that my options ran out. There is no Breck Free Ride bus that travels south of the Conoco Station, the only Bustang ride from Denver gets one to Breckenridge past the last Blue River route and taxi services proved futile — they all said that it would be hours before they could have a taxi to me. Thank goodness that Uber has begun service in Breckenridge, but even that took 15 minutes before a driver logged on to receive my request. I didn't want to have to walk 3 miles from the transit station with my luggage in the summer, let alone the winter season.
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My options for public transportation as an outlying resident are extremely limited. I fear that is the case for most people living here who are neither tourists nor employees working the traditional 9-5 shift. And we make up a large portion of residents. We pay our property taxes and still pay for ski parking and any additional taxes Vail wants to add to their lift tickets.
So I plead with the town of Breckenridge to continue to look for ways to get cars off its streets by increasing public transportation in lieu of putting more cars on them.
Beware of barbecued bugs
What ever happened to the good old days when our worst worries on the Fourth of July were traffic jams and wayward fireworks?
A well-warranted worry, according to the Department of Agriculture's Meat & Poultry Hotline, is food poisoning by nasty E. coli and Salmonella bugs hiding in hot dogs and hamburgers at millions of backyard barbecues. The hotline's advice is to grill them longer and hotter. Of course, they avoid mentioning that the high-temperature grilling that kills the bugs also happens to form cancer-causing compounds.
Fortunately, some forward-thinking U.S. food manufacturers have solved these issues for us by creating an amazing assortment of healthy and delicious veggie burgers and soy dogs. No nasty pathogens or cancer-causing compounds in these tasty plant-based foods. They don't even carry cholesterol, saturated fats, antibiotics or pesticides. And they are conveniently waiting for us at almost any supermarket.
This Fourth of July offers a great opportunity to declare our independence from the meat industry and to share wholesome veggie burgers and soy dogs with our family and friends.
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