MetroRides' 19th Bike to Work Day is June 27

Join hundreds of people on bicycles as we gather throughout Colorado Springs and the state of Colorado to promote bicycling as an alternate mode of transportation, recreation and health opportunity. Plan to ride your bike to work on June 27 and enjoy FREE breakfast on the way from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m. at:

  • Central/Downtown: Pioneers Museum, 215 South Tejon Street
  • Northwest: Salsa Brava Rockrimmon, 802 Village Center Drive
  • Northeast: Salsa Brava Briargate, 9420 Briar Village Pointe

It's free to register through this Wednesday, June 20 (after Wednesday a $5 late registration fee may apply). You can also join the Colorado Springs City Council Cruise ride that morning leaving the Pikes Peak Greenway Trailhead (at University Village Colorado) at 6 a.m. heading south to the Pioneers Museum. Is your organization one of the 40 companies had riders participate in Corporate and Team Challenges last year? If not, get them signed up! For a Corporate Challenge Team simply volunteer to be your team’s captain and fill out the Corporate Challenge Entry Form. Consider a one-to-one challenge if you would like to go head-to-head with a specific company or entity (i.e. Fire vs. Police, UCCS vs. CC, Army vs. Air Force).

SCAMP Swings from Downtown to Shooks Run

Leaving behind two new downtown art pieces, SCAMP swings east to bring new art to Shooks Run. You’re invited to show up between 9 a.m. to noon Monday-Friday to help. You are not required to come every day, but will learn the most and be the biggest help if you do. (Kids 12 and under must bring an adult.) All programs are free. It’s an example of how arts, culture and creativity can help deepen a sense of place and increase vibrancy.

  • June 18 thru 22: Middle Shooks Run Park mural near Willamette Avenue and S. Shooks Run with Community Prep School
  • July 2 thru 6: South Shooks Run Park mosaic and mural (E. Fountain Boulevard and S. Corona Street, sponsorship still available
  • July 16 thru 20: Shooks Run Trail mural under Pikes Peak Avenue Bridge, sponsorship still available

The non-profit Concrete Couch, City of Colorado Springs, and private business and organization sponsors are teaming up on SCAMP, a Summer Community Art and Mural Program. Pictured are the first two projects, a concrete/mosaic bench in front of and sponsored by City Rock (address) and a mosaic over a utility vent in front of and sponsored by CenturyLink. A September bike tour will visit the 2012 SCAMP project sites throughout greater downtown Colorado Springs. Most materials are reused and donated from The ReStore, 411 S Wahsatch Ave., or El Paso County’s Household Hazardous Waste Facility, 3255 Akers Dr. Did you know that anybody can shop The ReStore’s gently used building supplies to benefit Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity? And, at the Household Hazardous Waste Facility, residents can not only drop off electronics, batteries, motor oil, chemicals, and paints for free recycling, but can also find free paints and other items to reuse.

City Saves Money with Energy Star Refrigerators

Did you know that a very old refrigerator can add 10 to 20 percent to your electric bill? Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant funds are allowing the City Administration Building to replace 15 old refrigerators to save approximately $1,000 per month. Want to know what your savings would be? Here’s an EPA Energy Star refrigerator savings calculator. When purchasing a new refrigerator, here are some tips to keep in mind to save energy:

  • Buy an Energy Star appliance. Within Energy Star choices, look carefully at the Estimated Yearly Electricity Use (kWh) and compare that particular metric.
  • Buy the smallest fridge that will work for you.
  • The most efficient models have a freezer on top and a fridge on the bottom.
  • Skip the ice maker if you can. If you can’t, avoid models with water and ice dispensers located in the door, as they are the least efficient.
  • Consider placement. Avoid direct sunlight, a hot oven, heater vents and follow manufacturer requirements for distance from walls.
  • And, please be sure to recycle your old refrigerator appropriately (consult the El Paso County Recycling Directory for resources).
Colorado Springs recognized by League of American Bicyclists

Last month, Colorado Springs was awarded an extension of its Silver Bicycle Friendly Community status from the League of American Bicyclists (LAB). The recognition comes four years after the community received its inaugural designation, also for silver, in 2008. A Bicycle Friendly Community is a designation by the League of American Bicyclists for communities that implement bicycle-friendly policies and practices and create environments that support bicycling for transportation, recreation and sport. Likewise, Colorado Springs Utilities (CSU) was also recently awarded a Bicycle Friendly Business designation, the first in the nation for a utility company and the first designation for any business in Colorado Springs. The League of American Bicyclists bronze designation is for CSU’s Conservation and Environmental Center located at 2855 Mesa Drive. For the public who, often visit the facility to view its Xeriscape Demonstration Garden, the facility offers bicycle storage, a changing space, locker storage, water filling and nearby bike lanes. For employees, a shower, intranet bicycle commuting information and safety training are also available. 

City Seeks Volunteers for June Trail Traffic Counts

The City of Colorado Springs is seeking volunteers to help collect traffic counts on area trails and bicycle lanes on Saturday, June 16 and Wednesday, June 20. The count program collects valuable data to measure the use of our bicycle transportation system by bicyclists, pedestrians and other users. This data is used by City staff for planning, design and funding requests to maintain and improve the City’s bicycle transportation system. The City’s bicycle transportation network includes nearly 100 miles of designated bicycle lanes, numerous signed bicycle routes and over 115 miles of multi-use trails. Click here for more information.

Summer Haul Pass Gets Kids on the Go Through August

Mountain Metro is once again offering its highly successful $20 Summer Haul Pass. The tag kicks summer into high gear for kids ages 6 to 18 by providing unlimited transportation to jobs, movies or just hanging out with friends. The pass also introduces the next generation to using public transportation. The Summer Haul Pass is available for purchase at participating King Soopers, Safeway and online at www.mmtransit.com. Quantities are limited. It’s non-refundable, non-transferable and good only on Mountain Metro fixed-route buses though valid all the way through Aug. 31, 2012.

June 20 Green bag Lunch-n-Learn: Downtown? Visions for Vibrancy

There seem to be a lot of people with a lot of ideas for how we can make downtown an even more vibrant place to enjoy. Not all of these visions are large-scale, some are downright doable, and in fact, are being done. For the City’s next Green Bag Lunch-n-Learn, the following presenters with share achievable visions in 5-minute Pecha Kucha presentations and then join a panel discussion on making downtown an even better place for hanging out, working and living.  

  • Tactical Urbanism Demonstration - John Olson, EV Studio Planning
  • Alley Arts District and Acacia Park Redesign - Andrea Barker, HB&A
  • SCAMP (Summer Community Art and Mural Program), Cascade Smartscape, and Urban Agriculture – Carrie McCausland, City of Colorado Springs

Downtown Partnership Executive Director Ron Butlin will also join the panel discussion. The lunch-n-learn runs over the noon lunch hour, from 12:11 to 12:49 p.m., at the City Administration Building, 30 S. Nevada, in Suite 102. Attendees are encouraged to bring and enjoy their lunches during the presentation. Those who come have the opportunity to win a door prize tote bag made from reused City banners. Each month, the City Office of Innovation and Sustainability sponsors a lunch-n-learn topic on an environmental issue.

Going Greener:


Environmental Sustainability E-Newsletter from the City of Colorado Springs

Question? (719) 385-CSGN (2746) or cmccausland@springsgov.com.

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