Tent-hunting at REI, Jackie Von Feldt and her friends lamented that they choke inside booming Denver and were preparing an escape. They wanted peace, and calming views, with room to roam and starlit night coolness they could savor in silence. So they pored over an array of ultra-light shelters for a trip into Colorado’s mountain wilderness that, hopefully, wouldn’t entail too much traffic. “You definitely have to leave the city. I wish it wasn’t like that,” said Von Feldt, who grew up in Wichita, where a carefully platted park gave residents a natural oasis. “It just feels hectic being in the city,” she said. “You cannot get that detachment from the chaos.” Von Feldt is caught in a green-space crunch that is hurting Americans as cities grow denser, more paved over and more crowded. Denver epitomizes this diminishment of nature in the city, a trend worldwide with 55 percent of humanity living in urban areas and a projected 2.5 … [Read more...] about As development eats away at Denver’s green space, the “city within a park” is becoming a concrete metropolis
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Earlier this week, on a day threatening rain, a Denver police cruiser with its lights flashing drove slowly down Peoria Street in Montbello escorting a line of nearly 30 people walking single file. “I hope it rains today just for you all to see what we live with,” Pam Jiner said to the group as she looked at the gray sky. “You go to work, it’s sunny. You come home, it’s a blizzard.” Jiner, an organizer for GirlTrek, a national nonprofit focused on improving the health of African-American women and girls by creating walkable communities, led the group of residents and city and state employees on a “walking audit” of the area’s sidewalks. A few carried notebooks or cameras, but most shoved their hands in their coat pockets for warmth as they walked on the crumbling asphalt or dirt paths. “Montbello turns 52 years old this year, and we’ve never had a complete sidewalk network along Peoria Street in the community,” … [Read more...] about Two transportation measures are on Colorado’s ballot. Here’s how one could pay for rural buses, mountain bike trails and urban sidewalks.
Want to read more?We value our content and our journalists, so to get full access to all your local news updated 7-days-a-week – PLUS an e-edition of the Oban Times – subscribe today for as little as 56 pence per week. Subscribe NowReusing and repairing used items is becoming more popular as people are looking to save money, reduce their carbon footprint and find unique items. This year Lochaber Environmental Group started a new project, funded by the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund, refurbishing old bikes to get them back on the road. From June to September, three community bike interns – Hannah, Liam and Scott – have been refurbishing donated bikes.The interns learned advanced bike mechanics skills through a Park Tool School course delivered by Dougie from Nevis Cycles. Using their new skills, the interns hosted a Dr Bike stall at the vegan fair Intern Hannah Richardson is a fourth-year student in adventure performance and coaching at … [Read more...] about Volunteers learn to refurbish old bikes
On his last ride on the mountain he loved, Tim Watkins set off on an unseasonably warm September morning up the grinding, steady climb of well-traveled Mount Herman Road. From there, he had options.He could grip his handlebars and take Stoopid Trail, the rocky and rollicking descent back into Monument. Or he could pedal on and drop into Limbaugh Canyon, where golden aspen and towering ponderosa sheltered meandering Monument Creek and a trail alongside it built for speed.Not only had Watkins traversed this backcountry hundreds of times, he helped develop and maintain these very trails. He was the man, in fact, who'd drawn the area's best-known map.And he cared for this terrain like a pastor for his parish - a devotion born of a horrific Forest Service accident he suffered years earlier that mangled both of his feet and ankles, leaving him barely able to walk, much less run or hike.On two wheels, he found his spirituality and inner peace.And on this particular ride, there is every reason … [Read more...] about Tim Watkins’ last ride: Unresolved murder of Palmer Lake mountain biking icon leaves community deeply unsettled
Western Massachusetts could see an infusion of public dollars for capital projects under a $2 billion environmental bond bill passed by the state Senate last week. Wish-list amendments to the bill, successfully tacked on by the region's senators, include extending bike paths, upgrading water and sewer plants, fixing dams and reservoirs, cleaning up lakes and rivers, boosting outdoor recreation and improving urban parks. During debate last Thursday, amendments were secured by senators Adam Hinds (D-Pittsfield), Donald Humason (R-Westfield), James Welch (D-West Springfield), Anne Gobi (D-Spencer) and Eric Lesser (D-Longmeadow). Staffers for former Sen. Stan Rosenberg, who resigned in May, also secured authorizations by working through Senate Ways and Means chair Karen Spilka (D-Ashland). Bonding authorizations do not guarantee funding, but instead create a priority list of environment-related capital projects that could see some state funding over several years if the governor's … [Read more...] about Environmental bond bill could extend Western Massachusetts bike paths, fix water and sewer plants, maintain parks and help build Greylock Glen