Boulder is proud to be a platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists—one of only four in the country!—for its commitment to making cycling a real recreation and transportation option for everyone. Read on for some of the many ways to enjoy biking around town.
1. Boulder Bike Paths. Miles and miles of multi-use paths wind through and around Boulder for fun, car-free pedaling. A great place to start is downtown on the Boulder Creek Path, which leads to many other options. Pick up a Boulder bike map at the Boulder Public Library or at most bike shops to map your ride.
2. Valmont Bike Park. Located at 3160 Airport Road, Valmont Bike Park is a 42-acre, natural-surface bike park that is open free to the public. The park offers a variety of dirt trails for all ages and abilities, including a learning loop and tot track for tricycles. www.bouldercolorado.gov/parks-rec/valmont-bike-park
3. Boulder B-cycle. Don’t have your own bike? Rent a B-cycle bike to pedal around town. There are 22 bike stations throughout the city, and a 24-hour pass is just $7. You can ride a bike for up to an hour. Want to ride more? Return the bike at any station then re-check it out. www.boulder.bcycle.com
4. Group Rides. A great way to enjoy cycling around Boulder is to join a group ride. Many bike shops offer group rides, so check with your local shop. Seniors on Bikes (www.seniorsonbikes.com) leads rides for men and women age 60+. The Venus de Miles Club organizes group rides for women (www.fullcyclebikes.com/venus-bike-club).
5. Walk & Bike Month. During the month of June, the City of Boulder celebrates walking and biking with fun events for all ages and abilities. The month kicks off with the Circle Boulder by Bicycle Tour, a casual ride along Boulder’s bike paths. Other bike events include a history of Boulder tour, mountain bike rides and Bike to Work Day. www.walkandbikemonth.org
6. Happy Thursday Cruiser Ride. This weekly community fun ride starts around 7:30 p.m. every Thursday evening (depending on weather) and travels through Boulder’s bike-friendly streets at a leisurely pace. Lights are required, bells and other noise makers are welcome. Don’t forget to wish “Happy Thursday” to passersby! Weekly start location is posted on the ride’s Facebook page.
7. Boulder Ciclovia. On Sunday, September 14th, 2014, between 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Boulder Green Streets will host its fifth annual Ciclovia event. The event features several miles of car-free “open streets” for play, including biking. Along the route Green Streets coordinates many zones full of fun activities where visitors must walk, bike, dance or roll their way along the route. www.bouldergreenstreets.org