ECO Trails names 2010 honorees
Vail, CO Colorado
EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado – Paul Gotthelf and Bruce Kelly have been selected as the 2010 Trail Supporter Award honorees by the citizen ECO Trails Committee. The awards are made annually for exceptional contributions to the regional trail system and local transportation system for the benefit of bicyclists and pedestrians. Gotthelf and Kelly received their awards from ECO Trails Committee Chair Rachel Friede and ECO Board Chair Jeff Shroll at an outdoor presentation held on the Eagle Valley Trail on Dec. 17.
Gotthelf, of Edwards, was honored for his long-term commitment to creating a valley wide interconnected trail system and safer shared roads.
“Paul’s been a strong advocate for cyclists and recreational trail users and was one of the original supporters of the 1995 Transit and Trails tax. He’s an original member of the ECO Trails Committee and has worked for 15 years to facilitate the construction of recreational trails throughout the county,” said Dick Cleveland, longtime member of the ECO Trails Committee and mayor of Vail.
Gotthelf is well known in the Eagle Valley as long-time owner of Gotthelf’s Jeweler’s in the Vail Village and other locations, real estate broker, avid skier and a competitive cyclist. Gotthelf has always made time in his schedule for trails program meetings, field work, outreach and promotion to citizens and partners.
“Paul’s commitment and energy level are impressive,” said Cleveland. “He truly believes in the trail system vision and what it can do for this valley’s community quality and economy.”
Kelly, of Leadville and Eagle Vail, was being honored for his longtime commitment to encouraging bicycling as a fun and convenient form of transportation that also promotes health and fitness.
“Bruce is one of the ‘founding fathers’ of biking in Eagle County,” said ECO Trails Committee member Louise Randall, of Vail. “His vision for recreational and competitive cycling has always included safety and shared responsibility for all involved in the sport. Bruce’s support, both as an individual and a business owner, for the creation of a trails system in Eagle County is one which deserves recognition and our admiration. Not to mention his amazing annual participation in Bike to Work Day. We all want to ride through Dowd Junction to see what he has in store.”
Kelly has owned and operated Pedal Power in Eagle-Vail for 30 years, with various partners and now with Dave Duchesneau. Pedal Power keeps Kelly busy, but he makes time to commute to work by bike, participate in events locally and regionally, sponsor a competitive mountain biking team as well as host the local snowshoe race series that raises money for charity. Kelly has been participating on the ECO Trails Road Biking Subcommittee with other local cycling advocates, providing input on how we can continue to improve our local roads and develop respect between road users.
ECO Trails is a partnership between Vail, Avon, Minturn, Red Cliff, Eagle, Gypsum, Eagle County and the citizen volunteer ECO Trails Committee to complete a connected paved trail system through Eagle County with links to spur and backcountry trails, as well as working to improve bicycling on our local roadways.
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