21st May, 2012

Green Commutes Easy from Homes in Breckenridge Colorado

Employees of the Town of Breckenridge Colorado have proven that it is possible to commute via bicycle from their Breckenridge homes.  Several years ago the Sustainable Breckenridge movement encouraged the Town employees to experiment with environmentally friendly commuting from homes in Breckenridge.

On another note for Breckenridge home buyers desiring to relocate to bicycle-friendly Summit County real estate, the average condominium sale price in Summit County, year to date in 2012, is approximately $313,000.  Compared to 2011, average sales prices are up a bit although fewer condos sold.  Inventory is also down.

And back to Green Commuting…some Town employees walked, others carpooled or rode public transportation.  According to the Summit Daily News (04/22/2012), one town planner decided to bicycle through Breckenridge real estate to the workplace.  He actually sold two vehicles and invested in a pedal-assisted electric bike, braving the elements year round.  Not only did he save money but he exercised more and claims it is easier to get around in town on a bike than in a car.  Messy slush season, however, may call for using public transportation or bringing extra clothes to work.

Fast forward to 2012 and Breckenridge is expanding its summer Green Commutes program.  The National Bike Challenge offered by the League of American Bicyclists adds an online platform to broaden the competitive impact on the broader community.Three quarters of the participants prefer bicycle transportation.  In addition to adequately transporting cyclists around Breckenridge, they can also ride on Summit County bicycle paths that connect our mountain towns and ski resorts.

Organizer and town planner Chris Kulik is encouraging participation by a broader range of cyclists.  If for no other reason, Green Commuters benefit from the healthier lifestyle.

The Town of Breckenridge suggests several other ways to join the Green revolution.  For Earth Day in April, Summit Daily News published these ideas:

  • Unplug unused appliances
  • Drive the speed limit and keep car maintained
  • Install low-flow faucets shower heads and toilets
  • Purchase energy saving appliances
  • Install compact florescent light bulbs
  • Use eco-friendly cleaning products
  • Cut down use of paper products and printing paper
  • Recycle, including electronic devices
  • Offset your carbon footprint – and that’s another topic

Come on up to see Summit County condominiums and homes for sale to fit your budget and dreams.  For information about buying real estate in our mountain villages, call Barrie Stimson, Breckenridge Realtor® at (970) 390-2560.

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