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The environment desk at Aspen Public Radio covers issues in the Roaring Fork Valley and throughout the state of Colorado including water use and quality, impact of recreation, population growth and oil and gas development. APR’s Environment Reporter is Elizabeth Stewart-Severy.

GarCo pushes alternative commuting during construction

A new seven-month challenge aimed at keeping drivers off the road during construction of the Grand Avenue Bridge launched Monday.


Garfield Clean Energy is offering prizes and events for commuters who get out of the car and onto a bike or bus; carpoolers can participate too.  

This is the third year for the Ride Garfield County program, but with the closure of Grand Avenue Bridge looming, event organizers say alternative transportation will be even more important. A recent study showed that, with current traffic levels, drivers could see hour-long delays.

Ride Garfield County is also part of the National Bike Challenge, which encourages bike commuting. Anyone in the county who logs cycling miles will contribute to Ride Garfield’s team. Last year, the community finished ninth in its division.

Aspen native Elizabeth Stewart-Severy is excited to be making a return to both the Red Brick, where she attended kindergarten, and the field of journalism. She has spent her entire life playing in the mountains and rivers around Aspen, and is thrilled to be reporting about all things environmental in this special place. She attended the University of Colorado with a Boettcher Scholarship, and graduated as the top student from the School of Journalism in 2006. Her lifelong love of hockey lead to a stint working for the Colorado Avalanche, and she still plays in local leagues and coaches the Aspen Junior Hockey U-19 girls.
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