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Go for a ride
CU Cycling Club: colorado.edu/recreation/club-sports/listing/cycling
Boulder Cruisers: facebook.com/HappyThursdayCruiserRide
Valmont Bike Park: bouldercolorado.gov/parks-rec/valmont-bike-park
The city of Boulder is one of the best places in the world to be if you own a bike. The various accommodations in place for riders of all experience levels are impressive, and commuting on a bike is easier than ever.
Although there are many bike paths, lanes and places specifically for bikers, coexisting with drivers on the road still proves to be a challenge in the city, and while accidents between drivers and bikers do occur, they manage to coexist harmoniously much of the time.
The summer of 2014 was a particularly vibrant time for Boulder bike riders, as the city hosted a stage of the USA Pro Challenge cycling race. There were plans for a possible return of the race to Boulder this summer, but the organizers of the race did not decide to hold it this year.
Despite this, Boulder is still host to many biking events and is a mecca for riders of all experience levels. The options are nearly endless.
Boulder B-Cycle offers a bike-sharing program, much like those popping up at increasing rates around the world. There are a total of 38 kiosks in Boulder, boasting over 250 bikes around the city, enabling people to ride from one place to another in 30 minutes or less, and once they are done, return the bike to any of the kiosks in the city. University of Colorado students may be eligible for a free Boulder B-Cycle annual membership through the CU Environmental Center, through a program offered in partnership with the E-Center.
With a bike, the options of where to go are countless. A favorite path of many Boulder riders is the Boulder Creek Path, which stretches from east Boulder into Boulder Canyon. Many streets in Boulder offer a bike lane for riders, and a plethora of bike paths are clearly marked with green signs indicating “Bike Route.” The city of Boulder’s website includes a map of cycling routes, totaling more than 300 miles of bike lanes, paths, routes, designated shoulders and paths.
Mountain biking enthusiasts around the world are attracted to the areas in and around Boulder because of the impressive, exhilarating and beautiful trails it has to offer.
The Canyon Loop Trail at Betasso Preserve is one of the local favorites, and it’s easy to see why with its beautiful views of the Boulder canyon. The Marshall Mesa trail, south of the city, provides stunning views of the Flatirons along its rolling trail. Bikers looking for a simpler ride should check out the Walker Ranch Loop west of Boulder, accessed by way of Flagstaff mountain. The Boulder Mountainbike Alliance website features details on these trails and more.
The Valmont Bike Park, on 40 acres at the corner of Valmont and Airport roads by the Parks and Recreation Department, is a well-maintained park designed especially for cyclocross riders. Still, it offers something for riders of all kinds and even features a toddler track. In January 2014, it was host to the Cyclocross National Championships.
Riders of all skill sets can enjoy the Boulder Cruise Ride, a themed and costumed event that draws hundreds of participants every Thursday evening from spring to fall.
It’s likely that even when you think you might have exhausted all of your biking options in Boulder, another opportunity will present itself. Whether you’re commuting to work or class, stepping out for a workout or just looking to kill some time, there is no limit to the adventures to be had on a bicycle in Boulder.
To top it off, University Cycles, at Ninth and Pearl, provides a vending machine where riders can buy bike necessities at any hour of the day.