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Aspen briefs (City urges less driving, summer transportation, OrthoAspen lecture series)

City offers perks for not driving

The city’s transportation and parking departments are rolling out a summer campaign that encourages people to get out of their vehicles.

The program, Drive Less and Save More, is offering prizes to entice participation.

More information is available at, which provides a complimentary kit that includes a reusable grocery bag and the choice of a WE-cycle season pass, free bike tune or Roaring Fork Transportation Authority card. Weekly raffles will be held, as well.

The program runs through Aug. 13.

Free rides on the city

The city’s transit schedule starts June 11 with free transportation offered through the Cross Town Shuttle and other shuttle services, while the pilot Downtowner service begins June 15.

For more details on the Downtowner or to request service, download the Downtowner app. The Downtowner rides are free but tips are suggested.

The bike transit service WE-cycle also is open for the season, including several new locations in Basalt. More details are at or by calling 970-205-9222.

Paid parking on Saturdays begins this weekend in the downtown core.

Bone and joint lectures

OrthoAspen is launching a free community lecture series from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Aspen Valley Hospital’s conference center.

The first program addresses common foot and ankle problems in the recreational and competitive athlete. Dr. Waqqar Khan-Farooqi, a foot and ankle specialist at the hospital, will discuss issues that are often seen in active individuals, such as Achilles tendinitis, ankle instability, stress fractures and plantar fasciitis.

Other lectures on tap include:

• June 15 — Knee anatomy and sports injuries, Dr. Tom Pevny.

• June 22 — Knee replacements, Dr. Leelee von Stade.

• June 29 — Hip care and maintenance for active adults, Dr. Thea Wojtkowski.

• July 13 — Hand injuries in the climber, Dr. Ann Golden.

• July 20 — Common cycling injuries, Dr. Mark Purnell.

• July 27 — The herniated disc, Dr. Stanley Gertzbein.

It is unnecessary to preregister. For more information, call 970-544-1296.

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