3 Great Rides into Downtown Boulder

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Local families share their safe and scenic routes from home to town

South Boulder to Downtown

The Crawford-Teig Family

Most people biking from South Boulder to downtown just hop on the path into town along Broadway. That may be the fastest way to go if you get lucky at the seven-plus stoplights along the way and if campus is quiet. When we ride into town, we usually take a longer, 3.5-mile route.

From the bus stop east of Broadway and north of Table Mesa, take the long, curvy descent through Martin Park next to burbling Bear Creek. After crossing under Highway 36, it turns west and parallels the east side of the highway for a short while, then skirts along the east side of campus before following Boulder Creek upstream into town. This route is entirely a multi-use path, and it only crosses three streets between Martin Park and Central Park. It easily connects to other shopping destinations like The Village and 29th Street, and it’s great when you’re hauling a heavy load because it doesn’t include any lung-busting hills on the way home!

North Boulder to Downtown

The Boerger-Klein Family

North Boulderites, beware the 19th Street hill! It’s a blast to use the full street lane as you cruise downhill toward town but plan for a strenuous uphill slog on the way home (especially if you are toting kids or groceries). On 19th Street, hesitant riders can always use the multi-use path on the east side of the road.

At the bottom of the hill turn west onto Kalmia and follow to 16th Street where you will continue south until Iris. Daunt- ingly busy, Iris has a safe crosswalk located to the west at 15th Street. 15th Street passes south through a serene neighborhood and intersects with a multi-use path that winds past the lovely Hawthorn Community Garden behind North Boulder Recreation Center. Pop off the path onto a quiet cul-de-sac and follow the bike route signs along 13th Street. Just past Balsam Avenue, 13th reveals a designated bike lane that has car traffic at very slow speeds for the remainder of your ride to downtown.

East Boulder to Downtown

The Burgos-Young Family

We pass through East Boulder County as we head to downtown Boulder from Lafayette.

The wide shoulder and slow speed limit on Baseline Road make for a safe-feeling bike ride and drop us at the intersection of Baseline and Cherryvale Road. Passing through the intersection, we aim west toward the mountains into the neighbor- hood dotting Dimmit Drive. At street’s end, cross over South Boulder Creek on a sturdy bridge and onto a tree-lined multi- use path that meanders westward along Empson Ditch. At 55th Street exit the path to the south and ride one block to Pennsylvania Avenue continuing a journey westward. Note that at a noticeable bend in the road, Pennsylvania becomes Eisen- hower Drive. At the next crosswalk, turn west again and hop back onto the path where an exhilarating overpass takes you up and over Foothills Parkway. Continue along the path through Research Park to easily connect Skunk Creek Path to Boulder Creek Path. With the Flatirons in view, head upstream past CU Campus and Boulder High School to land at Central Park in the heart of downtown Boulder.

 

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