Bike to Work Day returns Wednesday |

Bike to Work Day returns Wednesday

Veronica Whitney

To Aaron Ciszek, who bikes to work year-round, Wednesday will be just another day of commuting to work.”I ride pretty much every day,” said Ciszek, 33, of West Vail, who rides his bike to his job in Minturn even when it’s snowing. “I ride unless it’s particularly icy.””It’s inexpensive, I don’t like driving, and it’s environmentally friendly,” said Ciszek, who shares a car with his fiancee.Those who usually commute by car are encouraged by Wednesday’s annual Colorado Bike to Work Day to leave their car keys at home and riding their bikes to work, thereby saving gas and cutting down on pollution.Eagle County Commissioner Arn Menconi, an avid cyclist, said he plans to ride his bike from Wildridge, where he lives, to the county building in Eagle on Wednesday. “The importance of doing this is to let people recognize that biking to work is an alternative to using the car,” Menconi said. “It’s also good for their health and the environment’s health.”Bicycling is part of the solution to obesity, traffic congestion and air pollution, says the League of American Bicyclists. About 64 percent of adults and more than 15 percent of children are overweight today, resulting in 300,000 premature deaths and a cost to society of $117 billion a year. More than 22 percent of all motor vehicle trips Americans take are less than one mile long, and 50 percent of the working population commutes five miles or less to work, an easily bikeable distance, the League of American Bicyclists asserts.”Our roads and bike paths are safe,” Menconi said. “The only problem to bike to work here is the weather.”The ECO Trails Committee, along with local bike shops and businesses, is supporting this statewide event. Local governments and the Colorado Department of Transportation have stepped up efforts in the last few years to improve cycling and trail conditions in the valley, said Ellie Caryl of ECO Trails.”I started riding my bike to work about 18 years ago,” said ECO Trails Committee member and Vail resident Louise Randall. “The morning ride helps me wake up, and the ride home helps me unwind at the end of the day.” Veronica Whitney can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 454, or at At a glanceBike to Work rest stopsVolunteers will be manning rest stops from 7 to 9 a.m. at the Sonnenalp Resort in Vail, the Dowd Junction pedestrian bridge, Edwards Corner in Edwards, the Mountain Pedaler in Eagle, and Valley Road in Gypsum. Visitors will be offered refreshments, as well as free giveaways.For more information, call ECO Trails at 328-3523.=========================================

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