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City promotes biking to work

Joel Stonington

If you were riding your bike to work Friday morning, chances are you got attacked by a group of people trying to give you free stuff – a water bottle, energy bars and other goodies. They weren’t trying to slow you down. The city of Aspen was giving out freebies to bikers to convince drivers to try other modes of transportation. Lynn Rumbaugh, the city’s transportation manager, was manning one of three booths scattered around Aspen, handing out schwag and cheerleading for bikers. “We’re encouraging self-powered transportation,” she said. “Get on the bus, get on a bike, get in a carpool.”Neil Macc, an employee from Basalt Bike and Ski, was also there, performing free tuneups and quick fixes for anyone who had something rattling on his or her bike. Today there will be two more stations downvalley encouraging people to ride. One, hosted by the Roaring Fork Transit Authority, will be on the Rio Grande Trail at Catherine Store. The other will be at the Mountain Sports Outlet in Glenwood Springs. That store has donated a bicycle as part of the giveaways for Bike to Work Day. There are also Bonnie Raitt at Red Rocks tickets. Enter to win at one of the booths or online. For more information, visit http://www.communitiesinmotion.net. Call 925-8484 for bus info or 429-2868 for commuter info. Joel Stonington’s e-mail address is jstonington@aspentimes.com