Memorial Hospital, city, county

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Don't drive to work on Wednesday.

In an effort to promote community and environmental wellness, The Memorial Hospital (TMH), the city of Craig and Moffat County will host a "Bike to Work Day."

Wednesday is also the statewide day set aside to encourage using alternative means of transportation.

"We are encouraging people to ride their bikes or walk as an alternative to driving to save on pollution," Heather Houseworth, TMH community relations director said. "Even though pollution may not be as prevalent here in Craig, we still need to take the steps to assure clean air for the future.

"It is better to be proactive than reactive."

"If someone can't ride their bike, we encourage them to walk, jog, rollerblade or something other than drive the car or motorcycle," Lynnette Running, Moffat County administration and human resource assistant, said.

A free breakfast will be served for all non-drivers headed to work from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Wednesday on the lawn of the Moffat County Courthouse. People can also register for a gift certificate from J&R Cyclery during the breakfast.

"This is another activity in our continued effort to promote community wellness," House-worth said. "It is obvious that the community wants more fitness-oriented things."

TMH celebrated community wellness all this month. Bike safety and a run/walk Saturday were part of the activities offered by TMH. The run/walk attracted nearly 100 participants.

June is also Colorado Bike Month. Officials will encourage people to use bicycles for commuting, fun, exercise, health benefits and environmental conservation.

The Colorado Department of Transportation put together some environmental statistics. Based on one-fourth of the state's population replacing a ten mile automobile trip per year with a bicycle ride:

500,000 gallons of gasoline saved.

$750,000 saved on gasoline at $1.50 per gallon.

328,000 fewer pounds of carbon monoxide produced.

39,000 fewer pounds of hydrocarbons produced.

"Many people seem to overlook the tremendous benefits bicycling offers, not to individuals but the environment as well," Gay Page, department of transportation bicycle/pedestrian coordinator, said. "In the big picture, cycling can help minimize the impacts of growth many parts of the state are experiencing and help preserve the quality of life everyone here enjoys."

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