Bike tour will focus on options for Rio Grande Trail |

Bike tour will focus on options for Rio Grande Trail

ASPEN – The public is invited to join Pitkin County Open Space and Trails planners for a bike tour of the options for completing the Rio Grande Trail into Aspen.

Four miles of the 42-mile-long trail constitute the only unpaved section in the trail corridor, which stretches between Aspen and Glenwood Springs. Options include everything from improving the soft surface and adding bicycle climbing lanes on McLain Flats Road to significantly widening and paving the trail to accommodate both hard and soft surfaces on the trail.

There are actually five different alternatives under consideration, said Lindsey Utter, Open Space and Trails recreation planner.

“One of the best ways to understand what’s involved in making improvements to the Rio Grande is to join us on the bicycle site visit,” she said in a prepared statement.

Bicycle site visits are scheduled for Aug. 28 and Sept. 11, both from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. An RSVP is required; call 970-920-5232.

For those who can’t make the bicycle trip, there will be at least two more opportunities to review the options – at open houses on Aug. 21 at the Snowmass Town Council Chambers and on Sept. 12 at Colorado Mountain College in Aspen. Both events run from from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. There is also detailed information, maps and simulated drawings of the trail options online at

“After the public familiarizes themselves with the options for the Rio Grande Trail, we hope they’ll take a short survey online to tell us which option, or combination of options, they prefer,” Utter said. “Our hope is to collect enough public feedback to move forward with the engineering phase of the project and break ground some time in 2014.”

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