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Last updated 2:22AM ET
December 16, 2017
KSUT Regional
KSUT Regional
Bike Use Up As Gas Prices Rise
(2008-06-25)
(ksut) - HOST WEEK: Dozens jammed the 900 block of Main Avenue in Durango Wednesday to mark Colorado's Bike Week, and Bike to Work Day.
And many in attendance agree the high cost of gas is forcing them to change their bike riding habits.
KSUT's Victor Locke reports.

VICTOR: The dozens gathered in front of Steamin Bean included mostly seasoned riders, but a few casual ones as well.
It appears the number of people who depend on their bike for transportation is going up, just like the price of gasoline.
You don't need to celebrate Bike Week to find downtown bike racks full, two wheelers locked to street signs and parking meters, and folks mingling with traffic on Main, Second, Third, Florida...and so on.
After catching my breath from a quick ride to the street party, I asked several in attendance if the high cost of gas is changing their biking habits...and everyone I spoke with said yes.
BITES: ERIC FROM DURANGO, NOW I COMMUTE TO WORK EVERYDAY, NOT JUST BIKE TO WORK DAY. I'M JUST ABLE TO RIDE IN THE SUMMER AND ENJOY THE MORNINGS AND THE AFTERNOONS ALONG THE RIVER TRAIL.
MY NAME IS MEREDITH, I LIVE IN DURANGO, AND I'VE ALWAYS BIKED, YOU KNOW, AROUND TO AND FROM WORK, UP TO THE FORT BUT DEFINITELY THINKING ABOUT IT MORE WITH GAS PRICES. AND I ENJOY IT, THE WEATHER'S GREAT, WE'VE GOT GOOD TRAILS, SO IT'S NICE. I'M ERICA AND I'M FROM DURANGO AND I DO BIKE MORE DUE TO GAS PRICES, EVEN THOUGH I LIVE IN TOWN AND DON'T DRIVE VERY FAR EVERY DAY IT ADS UP SO BIKING MUCH MORE. I'M LAURA AND I LIVE IN DURANGO AND I STARTED BIKING EVERY MORNING TO WORK BECAUSE OF THE GAS PRICES. IT TAKES ME ELEVEN MINUTES TO GET FROM MY HOUSE TO MY DESK AT WORK AND IT TAKES AT LEAST THAT LONG TO DRIVE SO I GET ON MY BIKE AND I'VE BEEN DOING IT EVERY MORNING THIS SUMMER. I'M MARILYN LEFTWICH I'M FROM DURANGO BUT I LIVE IN RAFTER J SO RIDING INTO TOWN FOR ALL MY VARIOUS ERRANDS IS DIFFICULT AND YEA GAS PRICES HAVE FORCED ME TO CHANGE BUT IT'S A GOOD CHANGE. WHAT I'M DOING IS A LOT OF TIMES USING A COMBINATION OF PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION AND BICYCLE. MY NAME IS LAUREN DELL, AND YES I AM RIDING MORE, I DO LIVE OUT IN THE COUNTY SO I TEND TO DRIVE IN SOME THEN GET ON MY BIKE AS A RESULT OF THE GAS PRICES BEING SO HIGH. YOU DEFINITELY HAVE TO CONSOLIDATE TRIPS INTO TOWN AND ERRANDS AND BE MUCH MORE THOUGHTFUL AND MINDFUL ABOUT WHAT I HAVE TO DO DURING THE DAY. JOHN PERCASI, I LIVE IN HESPERUS, I'M A HOUSE PAINTER, I OWN MY OWN BUSINESS SO THE PRICE OF GAS JUST REALLY AFFECTS MY WALLET. I STILL HAVE TO DRIVE. I TRY TO BIKE BUT IT'S HARD TO CARRY A LADDER WITH THE BICYCLE. I BUILT UP A TRIKE, THREE WHEELED BICYCLE THAT I CAN RIDE AROUND TOWN AND I CAN ADVERTISE MY BUSINESS. I RODE IT IN THE CRUISER CRIT, SO SOME OF THOSE JOBS IN TOWN, I CAN ACTUALLY BIKE TO WORK AND WORK OFF OF A BICYCLE.
Percasi says he' still figuring out how to add a trailer to his bike to accomodate a ladder and paint.
The increased use of bikes isn't going unnoticed.
Bike racks now grace almost all Durango buses and trolleys.
The city's downtown coordinator, Bob Kunkle says the sidewalk redesign project includes adding more bike racks, but they're still uncertain which design might prove most efficient.
And a Florida Road rebuild is expected to include expanded bike lanes and other amenities.
Bike week activities are set to wrap up with a big downtown Bicycle Street fair from 4-7pm, on Main between 10th and 11th.
From KSUT, Four Corners Public Radio, I'm Victor Locke.
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