Friday, June 27, 2008

Bike to Work Day totals!

Yay for everyone who participated in Bike to Work Day on June 25 by either biking or walking to work. The number of participants and mileage are impressive. We had 9 branches, over 40 participants and put in over 130 miles one-way!! Thanks again and we look forward to doing it again next year! :)

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Donna , Gay-Lynn and Maureen on their way to work on Bike to Work Day!

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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Improving your gas mileage tips

With gas prices so high, what can smart driving do to improve your gas mileage and save you some money at the pump?


Drive Sensibly--
Aggressive driving (speeding, rapid acceleration and braking) wastes gas. It can lower your gas mileage by 33 percent at highway speeds and by 5 percent around town.

Drive the Speed Limit--
Gas mileage usually decreases rapidly at speeds over 60 mph!

Use Cruise Control--
Using cruise control on the highway helps you maintain a constant speed and, in most cases, will save gas. (Exception--driving through hills/mountains).

Remove Excessive Weight--
Avoid keeping unnecessary items in your vehicle, especially heavy ones. An extra 100 pounds in your vehicle could reduce your MPG by up to 2%.

Avoid Excessive Idling--
Idling gets 0 miles per gallon. Cars with larger engines typically waste more gas at idle than do cars with smaller engines.

Keep Your Car in Shape--
Keep your engine tuned, check/replace filters regularly, keep tires inflated, use the recommended grade of motor oil. All these factors affect your gas mileage!!

Take the test...calculate your MPG driving how you normally drive. Now try doing a few small things such as focusing on accelerating gradually, anticipating stops and coasting where possible to minimize braking. You could even go as far as recalculating your route to and from work to avoid too much stop and go, with less traffic, less stoplights/stop signs, less left-hand turns, etc.

Post any other tips you have for improving your gas mileage!


Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Going Green @ the Library

A blog dedicated to ideas on going green at the library and beyond!

I liked the post on selling your cloth library bags at the local farmer's market....

Monday, June 9, 2008

New reusable bags

We just got our reusable fabric bags in. This is a great option for our patrons to carry materials. Our new bags (from are available for patrons and staff for just $1, and they can be used again and again!

Did you know.....

It can take more than a thousand years for a disposable plastic bag to break down in a landfill.
Most reusable bags can be used thousands of times and there are so many reusable bag options!

Dump the Pump Day

Ditch the car for one day, jump on the bus and join people across the country in Dump the Pump Day!!

The day is dedicated to raising awareness that riding public transportation helps improve the environment and conserves fuel. It also offers the opportunity for people to beat the high HIGH price of gasoline and support public transportation as an important travel option that helps reduce our dependence on foreign oil as well as reducing the amount of harmful greenhouse gases that are emitted into our environment.

On June 19, public transportation agencies from coast to coast will join together to ask you to park your cars and ride public transportation instead.

It is easy to find your route to work, especially with Park n' Rides all over town! Visit RTD's website to plan your route, or use GoogleMap's sweet new "Google Transit" for a more detailed map.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Bike to Work Day June 25th!

Are you getting frustrated with the high price of gas and heavy traffic on the roads? Have you been wondering how you can fit more exercise into your day?

Bike to Work Day is the answer to all these problems, and a lot of fun to boot. Wednesday, June 25, is this year's Bike to Work Day, mark your calendar!

Bike to Work Day is an annual event that encourages people to try a different way of commuting. If you've never commuted by bike before, it's the perfect time to try: there's lots of support available for you on Bike to Work Day! After trying just once, you may decide to make it a regular routine, once a week or a few times a month. About 20,000 people throughout the metro area got on their bikes last year, and more are expected in 2008.

Great things you'll get when you register for Bike to Work Day:
-Automatic entry into a drawing for lots of great prizes
-Free breakfast at any one of about 100 bike stops throughout the region on the morning of the event
-Fresh air and exercise while you get to work

You can register under ALD and find all the information and resources for biking to work (routes, tips, etc) here:

Bike to Work Day is organized locally by the Denver Regional Council of Governments, a nonprofit organization of more than 50 local cities and counties working together to solve regional problems such as traffic congestion.