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Buses can now carry bikes across bridge

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN ” Roaring Fork Transportation Authority buses once again can carry bicycles in and out of Aspen across the Maroon Creek Bridge.

The opening of the bike/pedestrian lane on the new Maroon Creek Bridge has allowed crews to remove the temporary bike lane on the old bridge, which still is in use for motorized traffic on Highway 82. The temporary lane for bikers on the old bridge squeezed the width of the traffic lanes to the extent that buses couldn’t transport bicycles across the span.

For nearly three years, bus riders bringing their bikes to Aspen had to get off at Buttermilk and ride into town. Those wanting to transport their bike down the valley on a bus had to ride out to Buttermilk, beyond the bridge, and load it there. But, no more.

Bicyclists may load their bikes on RFTA buses at Rubey Park, the roundabout or at the Airport Business Center for travel across the Maroon Creek Bridge.

Things to know about bikes on buses:

– There is only room for four bicycles on a RFTA bus, available on a first-come, first-served basis.

– In addition to standard bus fare, a $2 per bike fee is charged each way. RFTA season pass and monthly pass holders must also pay the extra fee. Payment can be made only with cash or punch passes.

– Only those capable of loading and unloading their own bikes should use the bike racks. Drivers do not assist with bike loading.

– Bike loading is allowed only at designated bus stops. For information on stop locations and bike loading hours, call 925-8484 or go to http://www.rfta.com.