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Plunging temperatures mean discomfort and danger rise
Posted on: 9:51 pm, February 5, 2014, by Tammy Vigil
DENVER — Denver saw a low of 19 below zero Wednesday. And the high didn’t hover above zero.
These tumbling temperatures meant the discomfort and danger for people exposed to it rose.
The city of Denver so concerned about the safety of people at Southwest Ice Rink in Skyline Park closed it today.
A lot of us can quickly venture in and out of the deep freeze. But we found people today who have no choice.
It’s the kind of weather where equipment made for the cold won’t work.
“We’ve never had this much trouble with it, so it’s probably not designed to work at below 20 degrees,” says Lawrence McGary, about his snow blower that he had a hard time starting, and kept shutting down.
And, it’s the kind of weather where the weak whimper.
“I have no idea where my toes are. They existed this morning, I cannot verify or confirm I have toes,” says a man patiently waiting for the bus.
And, it’s the kind of weather where the hardy thrive.
“I’ve had people ask me you know I wouldn’t want to have your job today. My response, I wouldn’t want to have yours,” says bike messenger for Denver Boulder Couriers, Rob Engelberth.
He’ll bike for 10 hours today covering 30 miles in temperatures below zero.
His ice-crusted beard is a casualty of the cold.
“There’s enough beard to get all the ice and crud here and keep my skin warm,” he says.
Keeping warm was the objective of those out in the cruel cold.
Dressing in layers helps.
And for some, maybe the heat from their cigarettes is enough to forgo a coat.
It’s the heat from a house fire bringing Denver firefighters to Green Valley Ranch when it’s 7-below zero.
Besides water freezing on the ground, the cold creates other concerns.
“All the rigs are running. We’re concerned about keeping the diesels running, and the pumps to make sure our pumps don’t freeze up, so we keep the water cycling,” says assistant fire chief Tim Lynch.
He says firefighters will stay at the fire scene for three hours out in the elements, so arson investigators can do their job, then to make sure the fire doesn’t flare up.
SkyWest Rink reopens tomorrow when temperatures rebound into the teens.
It’s too cold! Stay warm and come by this weekend!
FasTracks, Union Station, bike overpasses land awards
By Monte Whaley The Denver Post
Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 – 10:33 a.m.
Two projects constructed under the Regional Transportation District’s FasTracks metro-wide mass transit project are being lauded by transportation and design groups.
On Monday, RTD’s West Rail Line — which links Denver with Golden — received the 2013 Project of the Year Award from the Colorado chapter of the American Public Works Association. The association also named the line the top transportation project of the year for a large community.
The APWA also recognized the City of Lakewood among its statewide winners for bike overpasses at Wadsworth Boulevard and Kipling Street built as part of the West Rail Line.
The Denver Union Station project also is the focus of an award by the American Institute of Architects. The AIA gave its 2014 Neighborhood Transformation Award to Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP for the work the architectural and engineering firm did on the renovation of Union Station.
The company designed Union Station’s revamped train hall and all of the surrounding canopies, the new underground bus concourse, vent towers, pavilions and pedestrian bridges.
The grand opening of the new Union Station Transit Center is scheduled for May 9.
“We couldn’t be more proud,” said RTD General Manager and CEO Phil Washington. “As more of our FasTracks projects open to the public, we are confident more and more people will begin to see the full value of the transit system we are expanding around the Denver metro area.”
This Thanksgiving, we’re taking a much needed break! CoCo Bikes we’ll be back in action on Wednesday, December 3rd! See everyone then, Happy Holidays!
Come meet at the shop tonight at 7! Leaving on our ride about 8. GET READY FOR SOME FOOT DOWN!!!!