Buy a bike

The CU Bike Station holds a commuter bike sale at the beginning of the fall semester. Go to colorado.edu/pts/bikeprogram for details.

Community Cycles has an earn-a-bike program for the truly short-on-cash — or the mechanically advantaged. Learn more about earning and building bikes at http://communitycycles.org.

Fat Kitty Cycles consigns bikes, so you might find a deal on a commuter bike there. Stop by their shop at 2280 Arapahoe Ave. or visit http://fatkittycycles.com.

 

Commuting options

The CU Environmental Center (E-Center) has tips on getting around at http://colorado.edu/ecenter/transportation.

 

Nestled in a city known for being green and fit, it is no surprise that a lot of University of Colorado students choose to ditch their cars while getting to campus.

CU senior CJ Badenhausen summed it up.

"It's bike friendly," said Badenhausen, who works at a bike station on campus.

Car parking on campus is limited, and all but a few public lots require paid passes, so getting around on campus on two wheels is much easier than four, Badenhausen said.


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Plus, CU boasts more bike parking spots than spaces for cars.

"I know friends who have cars but wish they could bike to class," he said. "If you park, you end up walking just as far, plus it's expensive."

There are two bike stations on campus: the University Memorial Center Bike Station, and the recently opened CU Folsom Bike Station, located near the engineering quad, just east of Cockerell Hall. The bike stations offer multiple services, including basic maintenance, bicycle registration, bus schedules and maps, plus bike and pedestrian trails and maps.

In order to be eligible for the services provided by the bike stations students must register their bikes, which costs $10.

The bike stations also offers a bicycle rental system called Buff Bikes for students without bikes. There are 90 bicycles available for 48-hour rental at both CU bike stations, free for all students, faculty and staff.

After signing a liability form and presenting a valid Buff OneCard, renters will receive a lock and a key along with the bike. Rentals are expected to be returned to the same bike station from which they were rented. Semester rentals are also available at the bike station for $30, along with a $100 deposit. Students will get their deposit back in full if the bicycle is returned without damage. After renting a bike for one semester, students have the option of renting the bike for another semester for only $10.

James George tunes up bikes at the Alfalfa’s during one of Boulder’s bike to work days — which kind of feels like every day in Boulder.
James George tunes up bikes at the Alfalfa's during one of Boulder's bike to work days — which kind of feels like every day in Boulder. (Cliff Grassmick / Colorado Daily)

For cyclists riding lengthy routes to campus, the "Bike-n-Ride" system is offered by all Boulder RTD buses — the Hop, Skip, Jump, Dash, Bound and Stampede. The systems allows riders to mount their bikes on racks located at the front of the bus and catch a ride on the bus to their next location.

Badenhausen said the fact that the campus is in Boulder — a bicycle-friendly city — makes it even more convenient to use a bike to get to campus.

"It does help that there are a lot of bike lanes and paths and bike shops," Badenhausen said.

With that said, cyclists along those city paths do still have to follow city traffic laws or face citations, including speed limits in crossings.

On campus, multi-use paths have lanes for bicycles separated from pedestrian walkways.

Bicycles owners should also be sure to lock their bicycles and register them with the school in the event they are stolen.

 

 

Contact Camera Staff Writer Mitch Byars at 303-473-1329 or byarsm@dailycamera.com