4/29/2010

Colorado Transportation 2035

What are Colorado's future goals for transportation? You can find out at the Colorado Dept. of Transportation (CDOT)'s interactive webpage, Moving Colorado: Vision for the Future, 2035 Statewide Transportation Plan. On this site, you can select from different areas or highways around the state to find longterm projects and goals for that area or highway. The site also provides access to regional transportation plans and useful links. This is a helpful site for anyone interested in the future of Colorado transportation.

4/26/2010

Denver Bicycle sharing

Picking Earth Day, April 22, 2010, Denver Mayor, John Hickenlooper, launched the nation’s first large-scale citywide bicycle sharing program. The idea being to help Denver residents and visitors increase their daily activity, save money and reduce carbon emissions, and also to view first hand, lovely and scenic Denver.
Denver B-cycle was fully operational at noon, launching with approximately 400 red Trek B-cycles at 40 B-stations throughout the City.
Kaiser Permanente has committed to a three-year $450,000 community benefit sponsorship.
Denver B-cycle members can pick up a B-cycle from any of the conveniently located B-stations and drop it off at any other B-station. B-stations are currently located throughout downtown Denver, Capitol Hill, Cherry Creek and University of Denver, among other areas. By the end of the June, Denver will have approximately 500 B-cycles at 45-50 B-stations.
Users can sign up for 7-day ($20), 30-day ($30) or annual memberships ($65) online. Users can also purchase a $5 24-hour membership at the B-cycle station with his/her credit card. Discounts are available for students and seniors. Once registered in the system as a member, there is no charge for the first 30 minutes every time the member checks out a B-cycle from a station. After 30 minutes additional usage fee apply that escalate every half hour thereafter. The fee caps at $65/day.
This is a great opportunity to not only go green but to take in the sites and get a little exercise. The Colorado State Publications library can help along the way with safety manuals, rules of the road and even maps of the biking paths of Denver and the surrounding metro areas.
For more information, visit http://denver.bcycle.com.

4/22/2010

Colorado Airport Directory

The Colorado Department of Transportation publishes an Airport Directory every other year. This directory is a valuable resource for both pilots and passengers. The directory lists each airport in the state, along with key facts about the airport. You can find out what kinds of planes are allowed at each airport, for example, and other key facts. People traveling around the state can find out if they have another option besides driving. And statistical data is presented, as well. Current and past editions of the Colorado Airport Directory may be checked out from our library; the current edition can also be accessed online.

4/15/2010

Colorado's Scenic Highway of Legends

Colorado has 25 scenic & historic byways, drives highlighted for their special beauty and history. One of these is Colorado 12, the Scenic Highway of Legends, in Southern Colorado near Trinidad. According to the Colorado Department of Transportation's Byways website, the highway gets its nickname due to the several Spanish and Indian legends regarding the area. According to local lore, a Spanish conquistador, Juan Humana, and his party disappeared in the area in 1594; a rich vein of gold was discovered but lost; and a Trinidad man stopped a band of "marauding Utes" from attacking the town by "distracting them with taunts." Aside from its history, the Scenic Highway of Legends is also designated a byway due to its exceptional scenery of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Wildlife viewing is also possible along the route. You can find more information in a publication available from our library, Colorado 12, Scenic Highway of Legends: A Guide to the Historic Beauty of Southern Colorado, State Highway 12, Trinidad-Walsenburg.

4/14/2010

The Great Colorado Payback

For the past 3 weeks the Antiques Roadshow has been airing episodes that were taped in Denver. One of the issues touched on was the Great Colorado Payback, which collects lost and forgotten objects left in safety deposit boxes in Colorado banks. The objects vary from stamp collections to Civil war relics to antique jewelry. These items are turned over to the Colorado unclaimed property division of the State Treasurer’s office. The items are held for 5 years and then auctioned on-line. The money raised is held for the owners indefinitely. One of the more interesting items highlighted on the show was a “Fancy Intense Yellow Diamond” that weighed in at a whopping 6.2 carats. The show’s appraiser valued it at 15,000 to 20,000 dollars, but did concede, if the ring was indeed a natural yellow diamond and not artificially colored the value would increase to 75,000 to 85,000 dollars. The findings could only be authenticated by an accredited laboratory and certified. It may be beneficial to check the family tree to see if any “ornamental fruit” may be missing.

4/08/2010

Preserving the State Capitol Dome

The Colorado State Capitol Building has been making headlines lately as lawmakers discuss how to go about funding a much-needed restoration of the building's crumbling dome. Some funding proposals may come out later this session. Fentress Bradburn Architects recently completed a historic structure assessment of the building, the extent of its deterioration, and the steps (and costs) needed to fix the 115-year-old structure. In the last few years, visitors have not been allowed to visit the dome's scenic balconies due to chunks of masonry falling off that have the potential to seriously injure someone. The Fentress Bradburn study was commissioned by the Colorado Historical Society. For more about the history of the Capitol, visit the Colorado Legislative Council' Virtual Capitol Tour.

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