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SPRING 2015 SPRING 2015 Facebook.comBikeLifeCities BikeLifeCities BikeLifeCities BikeLifeCitiesFacebook.comBikeLifeCities Facebook.comBikeLifeCities BikeLifeCities BikeLifeCities BikeLifeCities BikeLifeCities U.S. 36 Bikeway is Coming Commute with Kids 3 Great Rides Pedaling in a Skirt Bike Louisville Longmont and Superior JUNE IS WALK BIKE MONTH WHATS NEW FOR BIKING AROUND THE COUNTY WIN COOL PRIZES see pg. 8 Pullout BIKE MAPS Inside Some discounts coverages payment plans and features are not available in all states or all GEICO companies.. GEICO is a registered service mark of Government Employees Insurance Company Washington D.C. 20076 a Berkshire Hathaway Inc. subsidiary. GEICO Gecko image 1999-2015. 2015 GEICO Get a quote Build a trail When you get a new auto quote from your local GEICO ofce in Boulder we will donate 20 to the Boulder Mountain Bike Alliance. Not only will you help BMA make Boulder a better place to ride but you could save money on your car insurance too. 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JEANNE EISENHAURE Through her Bike Stylish project Jeanne is on a mission to help further the perception of biking as fun accessible and aspirational. Always well dressed Jeanne shares her tips on biking stylishly in this months issue. Follow her on Facebook at Bike Stylish and Twitter bikestylish. CHRIS ANTON When Chris isnt helping clients with online interactive campaigns creative design development or photography projects through Cloudburst Design Studios cloudburstdesign.com hes taking his kids camping or playing music with several local and nationally touring bands everywhere you can think of. DAN BAUM The author of several books including Gun Guys A Road Trip Nine Lives Death and Life in New Orleans and Citizen Coors An American Dynasty Dan was also a staff writer for The New Yorker and has reported for the Anchorage Times The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and The Wall Street Journal. CONTRIBUTORS Boulders non-profit Transportation Management Organization WORK.LIFE.CHOICE. Options for a happy commute. BoulderTC.org Schedules at RTD-Denver.com 7 Welcome Letter 9 I Bike Boulder Meet locals who travel on two wheels 10 Celebrate Walk and Bike Month this June 30 days 75 events endless fun 12 Circle Boulder by Bicycle The kick-off to Walk and Bike Month 14 How to Bike Stylish in a Skirt Avoid the dreaded ash with these easy tips 16 The New Frontier Boulder pushes to make biking better 19 The Way of the Pathand the Crosswalk Educating residents on multi-use paths and crosswalks 20 Kidding Around 3 ways to commute by bike with your kids CELEBRATE WALK AND BIKE MONTH THIS JUNE 10 23 The Transformation of U.S. 36 Express lanes bus rapid transit and the Bikeway 24 Boulder Bike Map Pull it out and get riding 26 3 Great Rides in Boulder County On paths trails and roads 29 Connect the Dots The expanding Bus-then- Bike program 30 Whats Happening in Boulder County Lots of projects for biking 33 Building Complete Streets Boulder Public Works in action 34 Come and Bike Louisville Plenty of pedaling around this bike-friendly city 36 Pedal Superior Big biking opportunities in a great small town 38 Explore Longmont on Two Wheels Paths trails and greenways galore 40 Protect Your Ride 4 great bike locks plus locking dos and donts 43 Meet Local Businesses Doing Good Stuff for Biking GEICO Boulder and Boulder Cycle Sport 44 Local Resources Boulder B-cycle prole plus groups and clubs 45 Calendar of Events Plus local bike shops 46 The Final Mile How to train yourself to travel via two wheels instead of four ON THE WEB BikeLifeCities.com FOLLOW US Facebook.comBikeLifeCities BikeLifeCities READTHIS ISSUE ONLINE You can access this issue anytime. Share it with your friends by sending a link so they can read it too BLOGS Read fun stories and news about biking every day RESOURCES Were your one-stop shop for everything biking in Boulder from places to ride to events bike shops groups and more. TAKE OUR SURVEY What do you think about BikeLife Boulder What would you like to read or write about We want to hear from you. SIGN UP FOR OUR E-NEWSLETTER Well keep you up to date year- round on all kinds of fun interesting and newsworthy bike-related stories. BikeLifeCities BikeLifeCities 5 consummate real estate professional outdoor lifestyle expertise exceptional real estate broker cyclist outdoor enthusiast tracyzaik.wordpress.com 303.859.7271tracy zaik live work play home 4 Secure Sites busthenbike.comSIGN-UP FOR ACCESS welcome Welcome back to BikeLife Boulder County. We started bringing you cycling news a year ago in partnership with the City of Boulder. Since then Boulder County Longmont Louisville and Superior have come on board to share their innovations and events. Were also growing our network to 10 cities outside Boulder County adding Seattle San Diego Denver Anchorage and others. These pages bring you lots of information about various local projects and events. How do you put these together Count the ways Lets start with a longer trip that offers lots of reasons not to drive Denver. It is a great and growing city but driving downtown and paying 12 to park Thats a real drag. And driving home after a nice dinner and dealing with construction on U.S. 36 at night Even worse. Luckily you have your pick of great alternatives. Ride your bike to 14th and Walnut and use your free card to access the protected bike shelter. Relax on the bus to downtown Denver and use your Boulder B-cycle membership to ride around Denver. Yep Boulder membership works for Denver B-cycle. Then enjoy the bus ride back to Boulder. Want something closer to home How about riding up to Prospect Sound Bites for a free concert and a taco from a food truck Its every Monday night at the south end of Longmont. Remember to take your bike lights for the ride home. ProspectNewTown.com has details. Thinking of something closer still Try Fridays in Louisville. With great bands like Marcia Ball and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band you need to be dancing. Dont ruin it by driving around looking for a parking space. Ride your bike and park at one of the many new bike racks or in the downtown bike corral. What you wash your hair every Monday and Friday Okay how about Bands on the Bricks every Wednesday in downtown Boulder on the one-and-only Pearl Street Mall So close and so easy to park a bike. For the full line-up go to BoulderDowntown.comEventsBands-on-the-Bricks. Wouldnt every city in the USA love to have all these options Pick a night dance under the stars and enjoy the great commute on your bike. See you on the roads. Or in the beer garden. Lynn Guissinger Publisher DarcyKiefel Make Every Day a Bike Day. A portion of the US 36 Bikeway opens June 24 which is also Bike to Work Day The bikeway provides a safe and direct route for cyclists. Come ride the 11-mile segment of the US 36 Bikeway from Westminster to Louisville. The remaining 7-mile segment to Boulder opens early 2016. ENTER TO WIN COOL PRIZES For details and to entergo to BikeLifeCities.comSweepstakes15 Facebook.comBikeLifeCities BikeLifeCities BikeLifeCities Sweepstakes closes August 31 2015. Winners will be posted on Facebook Twitter and Instagram. Winners must reside in the contiguous U.S. PublicMariadelRio2012 WIN A BIKE FROM MORE PRIZES FROM Executive Director at Boulder Housing Partners What do you like best about biking I like that on my bike I can move quickly yet intimately through space. Where are your favorite places to ride I love to ride the hills and Im very food motivated. So my favorite rides are up to Ward for chocolate-chip cookies to Gold Hill for the wonderful bakery or to Hygiene for Marys delicious chai. What are 3 reasons why you bike to work It provides a wonderful transition time for contemplation. It takes a car off the road and carbon out of the air. I spend my gas money on things that are just fun. I BOULDER Meet locals who like to travel on two wheels By Becca Heaton Blair Young Co-founder of Swarm Inc. Dax Burgos Sales and Services Manager at Community Cycles Agnes Burgos 4 Isom Burgos 1 What do you all like best about biking Were a one-car household and Boulder County is a great place to travel by bike because there is infrastructure resources and culture here to enable us to do it safely as a family. What are your favorite places to ride We enjoy the big bike lane on Cabrini Drive that takes us from Agnes school to our beloved Lafayette Library from the library down Public Road to Eats Sweets for ice cream and on a really great day doubling back onto Simpson Street for a craft beer at Odd 13. Any advice you can give other parents to get their kids interested in cycling Spend some time reflecting on how biking fits into your unique family culture then model that with as consistent leadership as possible. For example we ALL wear helmets when we ride. Burgos-Young family Betsey Martens ChrisAntonCloudburstdesign.com Mechanic at Bicycle Village What do you like best about biking I have had epilepsy since age 15 so I cant drive much. I depend a lot on my bike to get around. Im not unhappy though because Ive seen many amazing places on my bike. What are your favorite places to ride I love all of Boulders mountain bike trails and I am always dreaming about getting onto an empty stretch of highway on my touring bike. How are you involved in local bike advocacy Im a volunteer mechanic with Community Cycles and Im on the Community Cycles Advocacy Committee. I believe that the most important advocacy takes place on the individual level. I try to ride my bike as much as I can and I encourage my friends to ride too. Stephen Allen 9 WHY I RIDE W hen the warm breezes of spring blow through Boulder ofces its time for bike-commuting pep talks. The month of June offers a whole roster of eventsmore than 75 of emaimed at raising awareness of bike routes and the viability of commuting by bike or on foot. The biggest on June 24 is Bike to Work Day. Thats what brings out the competitive streak in mild- mannered transportation coordinators. CELEBRATE WALK AND BIKE MONTH THIS JUNE 30 days 75 events endless fun and a little competition The key says Ellen Orleans who preps Boulder city employees for the big day is planning ahead. You dont want to get up on the morning of June 24 and realize oops I need air in my tires she says. The city is conducting at least 60 bike readiness workshops in the lead-up this spring and Orleans encourages a buddy system in which employees post their routes and offer to ride with newbies. At NOAA Chuck Brock and his Bike to Work Day committee dangle swag and prizes and pit their people against the next-door neighbors at NIST. We hammer our people with emails to the point where some complain says Brock. But its all in fun. Look for NOAA and NIST folks outside their buildings on June 24 for a lunchtime picnic with snacks drinks games and vendors. But the team to out-do is Plexus Engineering Solutions of Louisville. Their 100 employees boasted 100 percent participation last year and this year theyve already signed up about three-quarters of their staff more than a month ahead of time. How do they do it Were a global company says Mary Buss and all locations compete. Darmstadt Germany always gets 100 percent. Its a good way for the company to link together. Of course the point is not just a big two-wheeled turnout on June 24. Bike to Work Day is fun says Orleans but the point is a long-term commitment to bikingwhether that is every day or once a week. The city aims to shrink its carbon footprint in part by reducing single- occupancy car travel within the next 20 years by 20 percent. Sue Prant director of Walk and Bike Month has heard plenty of stories about the effects of Bike to Work Day and this may be her favorite quote I want to get rid of a car now that I ride to work. Free breakfast will be offered all over town on Bike to Work Day June 24. IN 2014 5368 PEOPLE REGISTERED FOR BIKE TO WORK DAY IN BOULDER. The place to go for the latest list of Walk and Bike Month events more than 75 this year REGISTER FOR BIKE TO WORK DAY Select Register button on the front page. WHY REGISTER You help businesses plan ahead for breakfast stations help the city measure the impact riding can make on the environment and help determine how future city planning can better accommodate cyclists. Plus youll be eligible to win GREAT PRIZES WALKANDBIKEMONTH.ORG By Margaret Knox 10 BIKELIFE BOULDER COUNTY FUN STUFF Come check out bike lm shorts at New Belgium Brewings annual Clips of Faith Film Festival on June 25. The B-360 is the kick-off event to Walk and Bike Month on June 7. Now in its 39th year Walk and Bike Month has become a rite of summer for people of all ages around Boulder to get them excited about bikingand walkingmore on the citys 150 miles of award-winning bicycle facilities and trails. B-360 BIKE RIDE JUNE 7 A bike tour showcasing the citys cycling and pedestrian paths. Read more about it on page 12. BIKE TO WORK DAY JUNE 24 Breakfast stations are set up throughout town with many bike shops and others setting up hospitality stations to support riders. LOTS OF FUN EVENTS The months events include organized bike rides hikes runs talks classes free bike maintenance days employer contests performances and more. The biggest events include CLIPS OF FAITH FILM FEST JUNE 25 Hosted by New Belgium Brewing the lm fest features the brewerys most popular beers as well as bike lm shorts created by New Belgium fans. 11 T he more paths the more ways to explore them. This years B-360 ride on Sunday June 7starts and ends for the rst time ever at Valmont City Park. The free 26-mile event will take riders of all ages and abilities on a grand tour of Boulders bikeways through the open vistas of the east along Boulder Creek and through quaint neighborhoods at the citys north end. For those with excess energy to burn after circling the city Valmont Bike Park offers 42 acres of swooping paths and jumps for stomach- dropping thrills. Organizers of the B-360and the shorter option the B-180like to mix up the route each year to highlight new path connections. We thought it would be fun this year to use the citys premier bike park for the start and nish says Kristin Dean the city planner in charge. The rest stop with snacks and drinks B-360 route 26 miles B-180 route 16 miles 1 rest stop aT Aurora 7 Park along the Wellman Canal Path with treats from Whole Foods and drinks from Eldorado Natural Springs Water 1 post-ride party with free Ben Jerrys ice cream CIRCLE BOULDER BY BICYCLE The kick-off to Walk and Bike Month WHATS THE POINT OF BIKE PATHS In Boulder the system of bike routes began with greenways along Boulder Creek and some of its tributaries. So when you ride the bike paths of the B-360 youll be tracing your hydrological heritage. The streams and ditches that brought water to Boulders early farms and houses have become precious resources in our urban environment. The greenways help manage oods and protect habitat and water quality. With the addition of bike paths theyve become calm bucolic routes through a bustling city. More than a third of Boulders bikeways 58 miles of themare off-street paths which means no conicts with cars. With 79 underpasses along the paths you can get just about anywhere in Boulder without having to stop at a light. And the system is still growing provided by local businesses will be at Aurora 7 Park. For those who make it to the end theres free Ben Jerrys ice cream. I am not sure how many free non- competitive events there are in Colorado says Annie Noble another organizer but this is the most fun For families the B-360 is a way to connect with friends and scout new routes. We always end up running into people we know even if we werent expecting to see them says Marlys Lietz whose family has participated for years. Its a great way to see all the different paths in Boulder especially on the side of town where we dont live. Its helped us nd some new routes to work and school. Visit the event website for maps and more details at BoulderColorado.govWater Circle-Boulder-by-Bicycle. PivotCommunication For more on Walk and Bike Month and the 70-plus free community events see the story on pages 1011 and visit WalkandBikeMonth.org. Join the B-360 ride on SUNDAY JUNE 7 By Margaret Knox 12 BIKELIFE BOULDER COUNTY FUN STUFF WE WONT LET YOU GET RUN OVER Personal Injury Car Truck Bicycle Accidents Thorough and Personalized Avid Cyclists Supporting the Community 900 Arapahoe Ave. Boulder CO 80302 www.manmaxlaw.com 303.991.2233 Violet Ave Lee Hill Rd 28thSt 19thSt BroadwaySt ReBay ReSeller 303 449 4103 BOULDERS PREMIER 4455 Broadway St Boulder CO 80304 www.rebayreseller.cominforebayreseller.com Save your we bring us your yard sale. BUY - TRADE - SELL SHOP ekend... WE WANT WHAT YOU DONT. TanyaDueriPhotography HOW TO BIKE STYLISH IN A SKIRT Avoid the dreaded ash with these easy tips By Jeanne Eisenhaure F irst a quick discussion about the type of bike you ride If you have a step-through frame a bike with a dropped center tube biking in a skirt is much easier. If you have the standard triangle-framed bike you have to get a little creative. Here are my top tips based on the type of skirt you want to wear. Mini-Skirt or Pencil Skirt. Since these are often tight I recommend choosing a stretchy option that will allow for more comfort and exibility while you ride. If your skirt is super short and tight one option is to hold down the center of the skirt to your seat with one hand while you ride. There is no getting around the awkwardness of this move and it can be tricky and possibly dangerous so I recommend wearing short spandex shorts underneath your skirt to avoid ashing your skivvies. Bikie Girl Bloomers are a fun option bikiegirlbloomers.com. Knee-Length Skirt. These are the easiest skirts to bike in with enough material and coverage to easily avoid ashing as you ride. Wind can be an issue with these skirts so consider investing in a skirt weight visit TandemNY.com for more on this cool product or check out the Penny in Yo Pants video on YouTube. When you get off your bike scoop the skirt material between your legs so you avoid ashing. Long Skirt. Tie the extra material in a knot at the side of your thigh so it doesnt get caught in your pedals or bike chain. When you dismount hold the material between your legs or nd a wall or an alleyway to hop off your bike near your destination. Remember ashing a wall is ne Now throw on your cutest skirt and get out and bike stylishly Jeanne Eisenhaure writes about being bike stylish on her blog BikeStylish.com. I get this question all the time I would bike buthow would I wear a skirt and ride without ashing everyone My answer Its simple Here are a few tricks to make pedaling in a skirt no matter what the lengtha breeze. THE NEW FRONTIER Boulder pushes to make biking better T he City of Boulder wants to increase bike trips by women seniors and families with childrengroups that often dont feel comfortable or safe sharing the road with cars. The latest bike network plan for retrotting existing roads and bike lanes aka Bike 2.0 aims specically at getting more people out of their cars and on to two wheels. So the city has been working hard to gure out which streets and intersections to updateand what innovations to adoptto create safe comfortable connections and increase the opportunities for bicycle travel for all levels of riders. Imagine biking a busy boulevard along an old poorly marked three-foot-wide bike lane. Now imagine that bike lane doubled in width and with a two- to three-foot buffer zonea no-go area between bikes and carsmarked with paint or collapsible poles high enough to catch the eye of the most distracted motorist. This rendering of northbound Folsom Street demonstrates how rightsizing involves repurposing travel lanes to enhance bicycle facilities. These new lanes will be completed in 2015. LOW-STRESS BICYCLE CORRIDORS GO Boulder and transportation staff has extensively analyzed four candidate corridors and are considering pilot installations this summer on 55TH STREET Arapahoe Avenue to Pearl Parkway 63RD STREET Gunbarrel Avenue Nautilus Drive to Lookout Road FOLSOM STREET Arapahoe to Valmont avenues IRIS AVENUE Broadway to Folsom Street With an average trip length of approximately four miles many trips in Boulder could be accomplished by bike. With that GO Boulder is staying focused on creating a network of bicycle facilities that feel safe and comfortable for people of all ages and abilities. Check out BoulderLivingLab.net to learn more about program details and how to share your thoughts and ideas. THE RIGHTSIZING CONCEPT As part of Bike 2.0 the city is considering new pilot projects to enhance multimodal access and safety. Phase II of the Living Lab program introduces the concept of Rightsizing specic corridors by creating an equitable allocation of space on the road for vulnerable users to improve their comfort and safety. Rightsizing also provides benets to motor vehicle drivers by lowering trafc speeds which can reduce the severity of collisions when they do occur. As part of the 2014 Transportation Master Plan TMP update and through GO Boulders Living Lab program the City of Boulder introduced new infrastructure for bicycle safety around town. You may have seen or biked some of the protected or buffered bike lanes on University Avenue Baseline Road or Spruce Street. Now these new ways of protecting bicyclists are coming to some of Boulders most important arteries as pilot projects for 1218 months 55th Street 63rd Street Folsom Street and Iris Avenue. With the TMP updates the goal is for a continuous network for safe and convenient bicycle travel for everyone. The city is rening a low-stress bike network analysis tool to identify areas where new treatments may address the safety concerns of potential bicyclists. Check out the map at right. This story was written by Dave DK Kemp and Marni Ratzel senior transportation planners at GO Boulder. 16 BIKELIFE BOULDER COUNTY NEWS NOTES feel the healing power of touch get a massage when you need a massage get a massage when you need a massage b o d y w o r k b i s t r o . c o m Living Arts Center 3825 Iris 303.413.1992 Downtown 1100 Spruce 303.440.1992 Whole Foods 2905 Pearl 303.545.6611 o n d e m a n d m a s s a g e w h e n y o u n e e d i t m o s t Massage by Boulders best therapists 2880 Wilderness Place BOULDERBEERCO BOULDERBEERCOWWW.BOULDERBEER.COM Full Bar Menu Free Tours Mon-Fri 2pm Sat 2 4pm Patio Seating 36thAnniversary Party July 11th COLORADOS 1ST CRAFT BREWERY COLORADOS 1ST CRAFT BREWERY Hour Live Music Happy 3-630pm Mon-Sat 2500 47TH ST. UNIT 12 BOULDER 303-263-6549 CRUISERBOUTIQUE.COM FINE CARGO CRUISER COMMUTER KIDS AND E-BIKES THE WAY OF THE PATH By Marni Ratzel No its not just for Buddhists or those seeking enlightenment. Its for you if you use Boulders multi-use pathsand who doesnt In an effort to improve the safety and experience on multi-use paths the City of Boulder and Community Cycles encourage pedestrians cyclists and skaters to follow The Way of the Path Path users are asked to pledge to learn path rules and etiquette to ensure a safe and courteous atmosphere for everyone. Youll see Community Cycles bike ambassadors at the Farmers Market and along multi-use paths spreading the word about multi-use path rules and etiquette. Take a minute to chat with them sign the pledge to commit to knowing the rules be responsible and be part of The Boulder Way to GO. Learn more BoulderColorado.gov GOBoulderTheWayofthePath I ts fun. Its serious. And its back. This summer keep your eyes out for C.W. the fun-loving 10-foot mascot who promotes a serious messagethat crosswalk safety is everyones job. The City of Boulders Heads Up Mind the Crosswalk campaign will reignite in June with an emphasis on education encouragement and enforcement. Education includes reminders about crosswalk ordinances including press the button at ashing crosswalks ride through the crosswalk at 8 mph or less and stop when another car has yielded at a crosswalk. People are also reminded to take personal responsibility for their safety especially keeping their head up and looking when using a crosswalk. It may sound obvious but during the research phase for the campaign more than 300 people responded and said that the main issue is that people dont pay attention. For one week in July Boulder police will increase their presence at crosswalks to enforce crosswalk laws. Added enforcement is proven to increase awareness compliance and ultimately safer crosswalk behaviors. See you in the crosswalk Learn more BoulderColorado.gov TransportationSafe-Streets- Heads-Up-Campaign THE WAY OF THE PATHAND THE CROSSWALK By Claire Mulholland PLEDGE TO LEARN PATH RULES NEWS NOTES 19 MartinSundberg Commuting around by bike is fun. And its even more fun when you can get your kids involved too. If thinking about transporting your kids via two wheels seems intimidating with a little planning its quite doable. Read on for three ways to travel with kids that are easy and safe and sure to bring a smile to everyones face. kidding around 3 ways to commute by bike with your kids By Duncan Benning yuba cargo bike 20 BIKELIFE BOULDER COUNTY BIKE TRAILER A bike trailer is a great option for carrying kids ages one to six as well as cargo like groceries or backpacks. Most trailers have a maximum load limit of 100 pounds. Many trailers also offer various types of quick- release hitches enabling you to quickly remove them from your bike so you can ride unencumbered. Models come in a broad range of prices. The Thule Cadence 299.95 and Burleys top of the line DLite 629 are shown. WHATS A LONG JOHN Also called a Bakfiet this bike style is very popular in Europe. Because of their size though they are difficult to find in great numbers on shop floors in the U.S. That said if you look around you can find shops in many bike-friendly cities that sell them. Cetma Cargo is a brand built in southern California. They offer three different sizes the most popular is the Largo 4395 with space for two or three kids plus room for groceries. cetmacargo.com Do you get sticker shock looking at prices of the ways to commute with kids by bike Consider the following It costs an average of 9519 a year to operate a mid-size car. Source AAA 50 of all trips Americans make are 3 miles or less 40 are 2 miles or less 28 are shorter than 1 mile. Source PeopleForBikes What if you invested in some kid-carrying gear and took a few of these trips via bike Just think of the longer-term savings. PLUS youll leave less of a carbon footprint youll get exercise and youll always find a free parking space CARGO BIKE Cargo bikes are another fun way to commute with kids. They come in two general categories Long Tails and Long Johns see sidebar. Long Tails carry the bulk of the load behind the rider while Long Johns place the load in front. Xtracycle 14992899 and Yuba 12993499 are popular Long Tail brands. They each offer an array of accessories to help adapt their bikes to various types of use. For example XtraCycle allows you to use two child seats at the same time a child seat along with an older child or as many as three kids all sitting on the rear deck. All of this with plenty of space for cargo. Worried about carrying such a heavy load Some cargo bikes come with electric assist for an extra boost when pedaling. xtracycle thule cadence burley dlite cetma cargo bakfiet CHILD BIKE SEAT Child seats are similar to automobile booster seats and are designed to attach over the top of the back wheel of most standard bicycles. These seats make great child carriers for a younger child beginning at about one year old. Most seats have a maximum weight limit of about 45 pounds. One popular brand is Yepps Maxi Rear Bicycle Child Carrier 229.95 made of shock-absorbant water- resistant rubber. 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Youve asked yourself Will it ever end And when its done whats in it for me Whether youve pondered these thoughts while driving on the highway sitting on the bus or overlooking U.S. 36 as you bike across the Cherryvale bridge know that when its nished youll likely nd your travel experience much improved. Heres what is being built and what you can expect when construction is completed in early 2016. EXPRESS LANES Through a joint partnership RTD Plenary Roads Denver and CDOT are transforming U.S. 36 into a multimodal corridor reconstructing the general purpose lanes and adding one new Express Lane in each direction dedicated to RTDs new Bus Rapid Transit service carpoolers and vanpoolers and toll-paying solo drivers. The existing general purpose lanes will remain free for all vehicles. RTD BUS RAPID TRANSIT SERVICE Named the Flatiron Flyer each new branded bus will seat 57 people and carry 6 to 8 bikes. The Flatiron Flyer will provide a frequent and fast commute between Denver Westminster Broomeld Boulder and points in between. A key advantage of riding the Flatiron Flyer is that these buses can travel in the Express Lanes in the general purpose lanes or on the highway shoulder to bypass slow-moving trafc. Other passenger amenities include ticket vending machines at stations and electronic screens displaying schedule information. U.S. 36 BIKEWAY Decades in the making the Bikeway is an 18-mile highway for bicyclists from Table Mesa in Boulder to 80th Avenue in Westminster that connects to existing local bicycling facilities to provide a safe and THE TRANSFORMATION OF U.S. 36 Express lanes bus rapid transit and the Bikeway direct way to travel by bike. The rst 11 miles from Westminster to 88th Avenue in LouisvilleSuperior will open this summer with the remaining seven miles to be completed in early 2016. With the Bikeway cyclists will be separated from trafc since most road crossings have been eliminated thereby improving safety and comfort for all users. So the next time youre complaining about the highway construction and yes we all do theres a light at the end of the tunnel. Its less than a year away And with more convenient travel options along U.S. 36 youll nd it was worth the wait. Celebrate the U.S. 36 Bikeway Phase 1 opening on Bike to Work Day June 24 at the 36 Commuting Solutions breakfast station Interlocken East Park 280 Interlocken Blvd. There will also be a community ride on the U.S. 36 Bikeway and a bike home station the evening of June 24 at the Westminster Promenade. Visit 36commutingsolutions.org for details. 36CommutingSolutions THE BIKEWAYTHE BIKEWAY This story was written by Jean Sanson senior transportation planner City of Boulder and Audrey DeBarros executive director of 36 Commuting Solutions. 23 NEWS NOTES Come Bike LOUISVILLETheres plenty of pedaling fun around this bike-friendly city 3 GREAT RIDES IN BOULDER COUNTYWe are lucky to have an endless list of great places to ride. Here are three to add to your list. Hogback Ridge Trail Why not mix a bike ride with a hike A fun option is to ride to the Hogback Ridge Trail and then hike From Boulder pedal up along 4th Street until it dead-ends at Linden Avenue. Cross the road and pedal along Wonderland Hill Avenue or the adjacent dirt trail to the multi-use paved path on the left. Take that trail then at the fork bear left cross over Poplar Avenue and pedal the crushed gravel path around Wonderland Lake all the way until it ends at the parking lot on Lee Hill Road. Lock up your bike and cross over Lee Hill Road to the Hogback Ridge Trail. Hike up to a high point and enjoy great views. Then hike back down and pedal back the way you came or along bike lanes on Lee Hill Road. Valmont Bike Park For all ages Whether you want to cruise the cross- country trails test your skills on dirt jumps or launch yourself in the air on the pump track Valmont Bike Park is the place to go. Theres even a tricycle track for riders in training plus frequent events and clinics. Located off Valmont Road in Valmont City Park and accessible by bike via the Goose Creek Greenway Trail Valmont Bike Park is open from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. as weather and trail conditions allow. Visit ValmontBikePark.org.Milo Barkett pedals one of the parks rolling ramps. Nikki Javurek enjoys a spring ride to Hygiene. A bike to hike is a great way to experience Boulders awesome trails. HannahNordhaus ON A MOUNTAIN BIKE ON A ROAD BIKE BIKE 2 HIKE Hygiene 32 MILES ROUND TRIP FROM BOULDER With its gentle rolling terrain this is a popular route for road rides. From Boulder head north on Broadway until it runs into U.S. 36 State Route 7. There is a nice wide shoulder and on a sunny day youll be in good company with other cyclists. Travel about 12 miles and take a right on Hygiene Road then pedal 3.8 miles to this cozy little town. Make sure to stash some money for a snack or lunch at the Crane Hollow Cafe. Pedal home the same way or make it a loop and travel south from town on 75th Street right on Nelson Road left on 63rd Street to Diagonal Highway and back to Boulder. By Becca Heaton 26 BIKELIFE BOULDER COUNTY FUN STUFF Cross Country Mountain Bike Cyclocross and Dual Slalom Competitions Skills Clinics taught by SMBA Instructors 16 Local Craft Breweries Local Business and Nonprofit Expo Great Food from Local Food Trucks Live Music Startend your group road rides at Valmont Park Cross Country Mountain Bike Cyclocross More Info or Register www.boulderbikebrew.com presented by AUGUST 15 2015 FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY Proceeds benefit Emergency Family Assistance Association Boulder Mountainbike Alliance and Cyclists 4 Community Cyclists 4 Community a 501c3 tax exempt organization has raised more than 200000 for flood relief in Boulder County . nectarine. hair by cj monaco 303.746.5481 www.nectarinehair.com cj monaco stylist 3280 28th street studio 24 boulder inside sola salons nectarine. 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Angela Moss 303-775-5295 angelamoss.8z.com angela8z.com Ben Moss 303-589-6826 mossbuilders.com benmoss555gmail.com B oulder County recently added a fourth Bus-then-Bike shelter allowing local commuters to zip from their bus to a secure shelter grab their bike and head off to work or school in just minutes. The new shelter located at the Boulder Transit Center at 14th and Walnut streets complements convenient locations at Table Mesa Park-n-Ride and Iris and 28th streets in Boulder and the 8th and Coffman Park-n-Ride in Longmont. CONNECT THE DOTS The expanding Bus-then-Bike program Tired of lugging your bike on and off the bus every day Want a secure place to leave your bike overnight for the next day Ever been stranded with no bike spaces on the bus Sign up for a FREE keycard to a Bus- then-Bike Shelter For more info about the Bus-then-Bike program or to register for a FREE keycard visit BusThenBike.com. Since opening the modern Bus-then-Bike shelter at the downtown Boulder location has received rave reviews with local commuters signing up for free keycards at a rapid clip. The shelter adds 140 secure bike racksaccessible through a Kaba Kentaur turnstile activated by a unique user keycardand is the gem in a series of changes aimed at improving the overall commuting experience for bicyclists pedestrians and bus riders at the transit center. The new shelter even boasts a PhotosbyAndrewKrzysiak vending system for basic bike parts and supplies. Boulder County created the Bus-then- Bike program in 2011 to improve first- and-final mile links to and from bus stops for commuters who want to combine a bus trip and bike ride as well as decrease travel time delays on regional transit associated with loading and unloading bikes. Almost 600 commuters have signed up for the Bus-then-Bike program with most enrolling in the last few months. BUS-THEN-BIKE SHELTERS BOULDER Table Mesa Park-n-Ride 14th and Walnut streets Iris and 28th streets LONGMONT 8th and Coffman Park-n-Ride A commuter shows how to load and unload a bike in one of the racks at the 14th and Walnut shelter. By Claire Mulholland 29 NEWS NOTES FLAG STAFF RD FOURMILE CANYON DR LEE HIL LDR LEFTHAND CANYON DR SUNSHINE CA N YO N DR Longmont Boulder Erie Lafayette Louisville Superior Lyons Nederland Ward Jamestown 1 2 4 3 6 5 7 Niwot WHATS HAPPENING INBoulder County is still working hard to rebuild all roads bridges and trails damaged by the 2013 flood. And theyre also back to work on projects aimed at improving cycling throughout the area. Read on for details NEW SH 93 Shoulders Community Ditch Underpass The new underpass connects the Community Ditch Trail under super-busy SH 93 offering hikers and bikers safe access between Marshall Mesa and the Eldorado Springs area. Shoulders were also added along SH 93 to improve safety for cyclists. CDOT and the City of Boulder were partners on both of these projects. On the Eldorado side Community Ditch offers connections to Doudy Draw Spring Brook and Flatirons Vista trails. On the east side bikers and hikers can explore trails like Marshall Mesa Greenbelt Plateau and Cowdrey Draw which connects to the Dirty Bismark off-road loop through Superior. NEW Niwot Bike Racks Intersections Improvements There are new bike racks around downtown Niwot along with intersection and sidewalkpedestrian access improvements along Niwot Road. NEW Bus-then-Bike Shelters at 14th St.Walnut and Table Mesa Park-n-Ride in Boulder Read more about these cool shelters on page 29. 6 PLANNED SH 119 Diagonal Hover Road Underpass In collaboration with the City of Longmont a new underpass is planned for this intersection where Longmonts newest Bus-then- Bike shelter will be located. LEARN about all of these projects and more at BoulderCountyBike.com. NEW SH 119 Diagonal Airport Road Underpass Built in partnership with CDOT this new underpass bus stop and crosswalk improvements help peds and cyclists safely move across lanes of traffic to Airport Road which also has a new multi-use path and the nearby LoBo Trail. 4 PLANNED Boulder Canyon Trail Extension Design is in process of an extension to the Boulder Creek Path from Fourmile Canyon Drive to Chapman Drive and Betasso Open Space. The public will be asked for input this summer and fall construction is planned for 2016. 7 PLANNED 95th Street Intersections Intersections at Valmont Road and Isabelle Road are being redesigned to increase safety of both cyclists and motorists. PLANNED Additional Bus-then-Bike Facilities New bike shelters are planned for Boulder Junction Longmont Louisville and Superior. BoulderCounty BoulderCounty 30 BIKELIFE BOULDER COUNTY AROUND THE COUNTY A group of cyclists gather at the Jamestown Merc after a recent spring ride up the canyon. James Canyon Drive is now temporarily open to all travelers so ride up and give the Merc some business JAMES CANYON TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS LIFTED TEMPORARILY All travel restrictions on James Canyon Drive have been temporarily lifted but roadway conditions are still less than ideal. Shoulders are missing in areas and the roadway can narrow suddenly which forces cyclists to ride in the travel lane with motor vehicles. Please use caution when riding and be aware of changing conditions and fellow travelers. Additional flood-recovery work is planned for the area this summer so travel restrictions may be re- instituted if the roadway becomes unsafe for motorists and cyclists due to construction. RussChandler SUMMER CHIP SEAL AND ROAD OVERLAY WORK The countys annual summer road maintenance chip sealoverlay program will take place in the northern and northwest portions of the county and includes but is not limited to upper Lefthand Canyon Drive Lee Hill Drive between Olde Stage and Deer Trail roads East County Line Road Neva Road and Monarch Road. After speaking with area cyclists in 2010 the county reduced the size of the chips used in the process to create a smoother surface and increase rideability. In addition a fog coat is also applied to help smooth the surface. ONGOING FLOOD RECOVERY WORK While many major projects have been finishedFlagstaff Road East County Line Road Lee Hill Driveseveral large projects remain. In 2015 work is planned for Longmont Dam Road Salina Junction in Fourmile Canyon North 83rd Street over the Little Thompson River Dillon Road and two sections of Lefthand Canyon. Visit the 2015 Flood Recovery Project webpage for a complete list that includes tentative schedules. BoCoConeZones.com WHAT ABOUT CANYON ROADS In 2014 the county paved the winter road sections of James Lefthand and Fourmile Canyon drives to make them safer to travel and easier to maintain. These temporary repairs are designed to last for one to two years. Designs for permanent repairs in these three canyons are underway with work beginning in 2016 and completion likely in 2017. Cyclists can expect to see construction in both Fourmile and Lefthand Canyons in 2015 to replace several culverts that were installed post-flood. Please continue to use caution when riding in the canyons as temporary road alignments force drivers and riders to share the lane in many locations. STAY INFORMED AT BoCoConeZones.com BoulderCountyBike.com Read the latest info on construction and road closures. Find out about upcoming projects. Sign-up for e-mail news and alerts. Follow on Twitter BoCoDOT and Facebook too. Have further questions Contact the county directly at Transportation BoulderCounty.org or call 303-441-3900. 31 FUEL YOUR RIDE WITH THE ONLY 15-SECOND ONE-HAND ENERGY GEL. Isoride and GelSnapTM are trademarks of APAX USA Inc. Castle Rock CO 80104 USA. 2015 All rights reserved. Isoride Gel-Snap Energy Gel provides cyclists with a competitive edge in the form of great tasting carb-loaded gel that delivers high quality and easily-digested energy for endurance athletes of all levels. The slim and innovative package is highly portable and offers safe and efcient one-hand serving on the go with no mess or wasted energy gel. Its new Fast Efficient No Mess No Waste One-Hand Serving Visit us online to learn about the full range of Isoride endurance sports nutrition products. BUILDING COMPLETE STREETS Boulder Public Works in action H ave you noticed all of the construction around town Were not talking about the big buildings popping up were talking about the lesser-noticed projects along roadways multi-use paths and busy intersections. These projects will better accommodate all modes that travel around Boulder from bikes and pedestrians to buses and cars. The approach has made Boulder a national leader in implementing Complete Streets. Project highlights include Connector path to Boulder Creek greenwaycompleted spring 2015. Naropa and CU Boulder students as well as the rest of the Boulder community can enjoy a new multi-use path connection from Arapahoe Road to the Boulder Creek Path between 20th and 22nd streets. The project was funded as part of the citys Capital Improvement Bond. WHAT ARE COMPLETE STREETS Complete Streets are streets for everyone. They are designed to enable safe access for all users including pedestrians bicyclists motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities. Complete Streets make it easy to cross the street walk to shops and bicycle to work. They allow buses to run on time and make it safe for people to walk to and from train stations. 63rd Street Arapahoe-Valmont multimodal improvementsreopened on March 31. This project installed continuous bike lanes in both directions on 63rd Street from Arapahoe Avenue to Butte Mill Road replaced the 63rd Street bridge over Leggett Ditch added a sidewalk on the west side of 63rd Street and improved street lighting and storm drainage. South Boulder Road and Manhattan Drive intersection improvements completed in April. Partially funded by a Safe Routes to School grant the project installed a trafc signal pedestrian count- down signals marked crosswalks and curb extensions at the intersection. It enhances safety and access for students walking biking or riding the bus to the Manhattan School of Arts and Academics. Additional projects By MayBoulder Junction improvements Pearl Parkway multi-use path and multi-way boulevard from 30th Street to Foothills Parkway and Junction Place Bridge at Goose Creek. IlyaTerentyeviStock Bond-funded multi-use path projects Table Mesa Drive multi-use path from RTD Park-n-Ride to Manhattan Circle. Multi-use path connection between Upland Avenue and 22nd Street Vineyard Lane. Continuous bike lanes on Baseline at Foothills Parkway. Waynding signage on multi-use paths and bike routes. This story was written by Marni Ratzel senior transportation planner City of Boulder. 33 NEWS NOTES Come Bike LOUISVILLETheres plenty of pedaling fun around this bike-friendly city Planning a visit to downtown for an event or to visit one of the great restaurants or shops Leave your car at home and come by bike Park at the Downtown Business Associations bike corral located in the alley between the Bittersweet Caf and the Louisville Library. I ts been voted one of the Best Places to Live by Money magazine. Its host to dozens of great eateries fun events and a thriving arts scene. And its home to 1700 acres of open space and plenty of great rides that are calling you to explore by bike. Come and pedal around Louisville MCCASLIN BOULEVARD UNDERPASS Have you pedaled through the new underpass under McCaslin Boulevard at Washington Ave. It connects the Davidson Mesa trails with Louisvilles trail system. FUN FAMILY RIDES Warembourg Fishing Pond Lake Park or the Harper LakeLeon Wildlife Sanctuary for wildlife watching. Arboretum to learn about the variety of trees and plants around Louisville. Annette Brand Park on the northwest end of town for a great playground and view of the Indian Peaks Range. Hecla Lake trails in the North End subdivision that connect into Lafayettes trail system around Waneka Lake. Coal Creek Trail in Louisville is now fully repaired from the September 2013 flood and is open throughout town from U.S. 36 to Lafayette. Look for the underpass at U.S. 36 to open this fall providing access to Superior. Come and ride 34 BIKELIFE BOULDER COUNTY AROUND THE COUNTY Download the full trail map www.louisvilleco.govhomeshowdocumentid346. DID YOU KNOW THAT LOUISVILLE HAS 30 miles of trails 160 downtown bike racks 7 underpasses 18 parks connected by trails B iking in and around the Town of Superior has never been more fun. Boasting parks and amenities for its 13000 residents and visitors to enjoy the town is also host to miles of open space trails to the westcheck out the map Competitive bike racers ock to Superior in May for the annual Morgul Bike Race which culminates with the infamous Morgul Bismark road race. This years event is May 15-17 check out WithoutLimits.co for details. Grab your bike and ride the trails to some of Superiors family-friendly parks PEDAL SUPERIOR BIG biking opportunities in a great small town Autrey Park has fun features including a bike skills area a dog park and a disc golf course. Purple Parks rolling green hills playground and ponds provide the perfect getaway right in the center of Superior. Founders Park has multiple play areas from a playground and horseshoe pits to slackline anchors a basketball court climbing wall and skateboard features. Community Park offers a great bike trail along Rock Creek with some of the largest shady trees in town. For more on all of the biking and outdoor fun in Superior visit SuperiorColorado.gov. Maintained hard- and soft- surface trails. Safe family-friendly routes to community events and programs. Easy connectivity to neighboring towns and open space. COMING SOON Superior eagerly awaits the U.S. 36 Bikeway an 18-mile bike corridor from the Table Mesa RTD Station in Boulder to 80th Avenue in Westminster that will provide safe and direct access to Superiors neighborhoods open space and parks. BIKE TO ONE OF SUPERIORS COMMUNITY EVENTS THIS SUMMER June 24 Bike to Work Day at the Superior Whole Foods July 4 4th of July Parade and Pancake Festival at Community Park September 12 Chili Fest and Boulder Valley Beer Fest at Community Park TownofSuperior 36 BIKELIFE BOULDER COUNTY AROUND THE COUNTY Rock Creek Community Park Cabin Park Fire Station Park South Pool Castle Park Pirate Park Eldorado K-8 Rock Creek Village Coalton Rd Coalton Rd M cCaslin Blvd SH 128 Broomeld Broomeld CastleCastle 2.9 miles Connects west to High Plains Trail Greenbelt Plateau Trailhead Eldorado Blvd On Trail Use Only Mt Sopris Way Honeycreek Ln Meadowlark Trail 0 0.25 0.5 Miles Legend US 36 Bikeway On Street Bike Route Trail Creeks Lakes Town of Superior Boulder Valley School District Boulder County Open Space County Boundary Coalton Trail Mayhoffer Singletree Trail Coyote Ridge Trail Rock Creek Regional Trail Coal Creek Regional Trail Underpass Boulder County Open Space Rock Creek Terminal Reservoir Autrey Reservoir Superior Elem FlatIron Crossing Mall Indiana St North Pool Circle Park 2.7 miles On Trail Use Only Dog Park Disc Golf Bike Hodgson Harris Reservoir Coal Creek Grasso Park Purple Park Superior Town Center Riverbend Park Coal Creek Dr McCaslinBlvd U S 36 S.CoalCreekDr 88thStreet Rock Creek Pkwy Superior Cemetery Connects west to Cowdrey Draw Trail and Marshall Mesa Area 1.5 miles Coal Creek Louisville Founders Park Park Sagamore Parks Superior Marketplace Sycamore Street 76thStreet Marshall Rd Marshall Rd Parking Restrooms Town Hall Parks Rec Dillon Rd On Trail Use Only S.3rdAve S2ndAve Depot St Skills Autrey Park DOWNLOAD THIS MAP AT SuperiorRec.com I ts the perfect blend of small-town charm cultural experiences and the beauty of the Rocky Mountains. And its fun to experience by bike. Take in views of Longs Peak from Golden Ponds Park and bike the St. Vrain Greenway or any of the areas 42 miles of trails and greenways including 15 miles of paved multi-use paths. Pedal to the citys shops restaurants and galleries in historic Downtown. Hang out at the local breweries visit the museum or join a special eventthere is always something fun to do in Longmont Longmont is proud to be a Silver-Level Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists. EXPLORE LONGMONT ON TWO WHEELS Paths trails and greenways galore Thousands of people young and old come out every year for the GNight Ride which features a 12-mile ride a 3-mile ride a 1-mile ride a kid zone music and lots of food trucks. YouBelonginLongmont Bike to Work Day is June 24. Breakfast stations will be set up across town with free food drinks cool swag and friendly volunteers. 6309 a.m. Register at WaytoGo.orgbiketowork. Its FREE Longmont also celebrates Bike From Work Day from 37 p.m. on June 24 Show your bike helmet at local pubs restaurants and businesses for a giveaway or discount. A list of participating businesses will be available in early June at BicycleLongmont.org or WaytoGo.orgbiketowork. FUN LOCAL RIDES GIRLS AND GEARS Beginner women rides most rst Fridays of the month May-Nov 9 a.m. at Kafe Urban 700 Tenacity Dr. Check meetup. comlongmont-on-bikes for schedule. LONGMONT BIKE NIGHT Colorados oldest and largest weekly family cruiser ride meets every Wednesday rain or shine between May 13Sept. 23 at Roosevelt Park 630 p.m. on the east end under the ags. More info at longmontbikenight.blogspot.com. GNIGHT RIDE ON JUNE 13 This annual combination bike ride and community party is fun for all ages. Details at Facebook.comGKnightRide. RIDE THE LONGMONT LOOP This 16-mile loop offers a great way to see Longmont by bicycle. With stunning views of Longs Peak Mount Meeker and the Indian Peaks around every turn the Loop is enjoyable for all ages and abilities. There are a number of parks you can start from Rogers Grove Dawson Garden Acres Lanyon Rough Ready Rothrock Dell Collyer or Roosevelt. The Loop can also be accessed from Thompson and Izaak Walton Parks. Ride the Loop clockwise for the best experienceand views Due to the 2013 ood some of the Loop has been rerouted but the city is working hard to make repairs. Visit LongmontColorado.gov to nd bike and trail maps and check VisitLongmont.org for events and activities around the city. 38 BIKELIFE BOULDER COUNTY AROUND THE COUNTY Downloadthefulltrailmapathttplongmontcolorado.govhomeshowdocumentid6628 Protect Your Ride 4 great bike locks plus locking dos and donts F ace it having your bike stolen stinks. Close to 190000 bikes are stolen in the U.S. every year and that doesnt include the incidents that go unreported. Its important to lock your bike. A good lock offers two types of protection visual deterrence and a longer louder effort to break it. Thats why youll hear people singing the praises for U-locks. They look tough and take longer to saw through. Cable locks are more affordable but they can be clipped with a single effortif a thief has the right tools. By Becca Heaton WilMatthews2013Abus So consider this The more money you invest in a good sturdy lock the harder it will be for a would-be thief to steal your bike. And a new bike costs a heck of a lot more too. No lock is completely foolproof though. That said the following four locks will help protect your bike from the bad guys. 40 BIKELIFE BOULDER COUNTY SECURITY OF A U-LOCK WITH THE FLEXIBILITY OF A CHAIN Made of hardened steel this accordian-style lock makes it easier to secure your bike in sometimes awkward or tight places. Its simple to carry too the lock folds up and ts in a carrying case that attaches to the frame via Velcro straps or screws into bottle-cage mounts. 149.99 abus.comusa A NEW TAKE ON THE STANDARD BIKE LOCK This lock may not be right for your old refurbished commuter but if you have a nicer ride to protect and appreciate good design this sleek new lock may be worth the money. What we love A father-son engineering team designed this solid titanium lock to complement the beauty and simplicity of bikes. 159.99199.99 tigrlock.com AnnChaneckaTucson DONT lock just your frame or just your wheel to the bike rack. Bicycle thieves can and likely will remove your wheel and steal the rest of your bike or vice versa. Also make sure your bike cannot be lifted over the top of the object to which it is locked. DO Lock BOTH the frame and your wheel to the bike rack. If its easy to release your front wheel place it by the rear wheel and lock both of them with the frame to the rack. DO lock your bike in a high-trafc area ideally with a constant ow of people going by and good lighting at night. DO register your bike and serial number with a local registration service or via the National Bike Registry nationalbikeregistry.com. Take a picture of your bike too. LOCK SMARTS Its a brutal reminder to come back to your bike and nd your wheels missing. Even worse is nding just one locked wheel and no bike. Opportunistic thieves look for unsecured or improperly secured bikes. WRONG WRONG RIGHT A U-LOCK WITH EXTRA REACH Securing your bike in the city is changing with different styles and shapes of bike racks. To accommodate this the Mini has an extender that allows for more variety in how and where you lock your bike. Lock your bike frame to a bike rack and capture either your front or back wheel with the extender. 85.95 kryptonitelock.com A U-LOCK WITH EXTRA REACH Securing your bike in the city is changing with different styles and shapes of bike racks. To accommodate this the Mini has an extender that allows for more variety in how and where you lock your bike. Lock your bike frame to a bike rack and capture either your front or back wheel with the extender. 85.95 kryptonitelock.com CABLE LOCK WITH KEVLAR TO INCREASE CUT RESISTANCE The Kevlar sheath around this cable locks hardy braided steel makes the Angola 50 percent harder to cut for would-be bike thieves. And the price is right for commuting. 29.99 blackburndesign.com Launched with a Kickstarter campaign Extension for odd-shaped bike racks 10000 lock combinations Folds up like this - 41 Boulder Area Tern Dealers Green Guru Cruiser Boutique 2500 47th St. Unit 12 Boulder 303-956-8491 VELOCITY MADE IN GERMANY. ORTLIEB WATERPROOF MORE INFO HERE WATCH VIDEO HERE www.ortliebusa.com Boulder County NOW AND FOREVER Leave an Inspired Legacy and Make an Inspired Gift 1123 Spruce Street Boulder Colorado 80302 To learn more please contact a member of our Philanthropic Services team. 303-442-0436 www.commfound.org How can you play a role in preserving your vision of a wonderful Boulder County now and forever The Community Foundation is the place for inspired giving and we can help you make planned gifts that contribute to a legacy for this place we all love. Co-Founder Boulder Cycle Sport 3 locations Mountain Biker Road Biker Cyclocross Racer Bike Commuter Brandon has always been involved in the bike world. From riding BMX bikes as a kid to mountain bike racing at CU Boulder to managing a mountain bike team to co-owning the Boulder Cycle Sport shops biking is a part of his DNA. This year Boulder Cycle Sport celebrates its 10th anniversary. Weve always wanted to do things that made the shop more of a community hub rather than just a bike shop shares Brandon hence Boulder Cycle Sports involvement in events fundraisers charities junior cycling teams and clinics. New this year is a scholarship program to send women to bike mechanic school. As you know women run the world so I want to do my part in getting more women involved in the bike industry he says. This fall Boulder Cycle Sports Ambassador Team will once again offer its free Wednesday night cyclocross clinics. I enjoy giving back and teaching beginners how to do their rst race adds Brandon. And I enjoy competing and watching the sport grow. Its all part of my job. Meet Local Businesses Doing GOOD STUFF FOR BIKING GEICO Boulder and Boulder Cycle Sport Owner GEICO Boulder Ofce Mountain Biker Bike Commuter As owner of Boulders GEICO insurance ofce its Joes job to sell car insurance. Face it you just have to drive sometimes he says. I love being a GEICO agent and wouldnt be in this business if I wasnt with GEICO but my personal passion is biking. Prior to opening the local GEICO ofce in 2005 Joes job was actually in biking and skiing. He founded and co-owned the two Cutting Edge Sports bike and ski stores for 12 years in Boulder and Louisville. A longtime avid mountain biker and bike commuterhis ofce is conveniently located just off the Elmers Two Mile bike pathJoe is also a newly resurrected Boulder Mountainbike Alliance BMA member and ride guide. In support of BMA Joes ofce is offering a great promotion if you contact them for an insurance quote they will donate 20 to BMA. See page 2 for details. Im happy to support a group that is all about making Boulder a better place to ride says Joe and also to help people get a good rate on their insurance so they have more money to spend on biking Along with running his three bike shops Brandon will be busy training for another season of cyclocross racing. In 2014 he was the National Champion in the Masters 40-44 age group. By day Joe runs his GEICO ofce but whenever possible he hits the mountain bike trails often with his wife Mary. BRANDON DWIGHTJOE RICHARDSON By Becca Heaton 43 FUN STUFF BOULDER B-CYCLE Boulders nonprot bike share program hosts 250 bikes at 38 automated stations throughout the city. Since 2011 Boulder B-cycle has worked to provide a low-cost environmentally friendly and convenient transportation system for Boulder residents employees and visitors alike. Pass holders can take an unlimited number of 30-minute trips for the duration of their passes at no additional cost from any station to any other. The on-demand nature of bike sharing makes it easy to take one-way trips and connect to public transit. The cargo space fenders and lights built into every B-cycle allow riders to complete errands and other everyday tasks without any extra gear or clothing. Best of all Annual Pass holders can also ride in Denver. Boulder B-cycle is open 247 year-round. Learn more and sign up at Boulder.Bcycle.com. 2400 active annual pass holders 87 of riders say that using bike sharing with public transportation allows them to leave a car at home 43000 Trips taken in 2014 Users are 47 female 47 male 6 nonbinary gender responses 50 of riders say they bike more often than before BY THE NUMBERS 303Cycling Online resource for cycling 303cycling.com Avid4Adventure Camps for kids avid4.com Bicycle Colorado Statewide bicycle advocacy bicyclecolorado.org Bicycle Longmont Education and advocacy bicyclelongmont.org Bicycle Racing Association of Colorado Road mountain cyclocross racing coloradocycling.org Blue Sky Velo Group rides blueskyvelo.net Boulder Area Trails Coalition Multi-use trail advocacy bouldertrails.org Boulder B-cycle Bike share boulder.bcycle.com Bike Clubs and Organizations Boulder Cruiser Ride Happy Thursday cruiserbikeride.org Boulder Cycling Club Group rides bouldercyclingclub.org Boulder Junior Cycling Program for junior cycling development boulderjuniorcycling.org Boulder Mountain Bike Alliance Group rides clinics and advocacy bouldermountainbike.org Boulder Valley Velodrome 250-meter outdoor velodrome bouldervalleyvelodrome.com Colorado Mountain Bike Association Outreach advocacy stewardship comba.org Community Cycles Earn a bike and advocacy communitycycles.org Cyclists 4 Community Helping the communities we ride in c4community.org Denver Boulder Couriers Courier service and NEW farm- share delivery dbcouriers.com Erie Singletrack Advocates Trail building and advocacy eriesingletrack.com International Mountain Bicycling Association Mountain bike advocacy imba.com Louisville Velo Club Group rides louisvillecyclery.com People for Bikes National bike advocacy peopleforbikes.org Pink Pedals Bike education tours and event services pinkpedals.co Rocky Mountain Cycling Club Group rides along the Front Range rmccrides.com Seniors on Bikes Group rides for seniors seniorsonbikes.com Singletrack Mountain Bike Adventures Junior mountain biking program smba.lertprograms.com St. Vrain Chain Gang Cycling Club Group rides meetup.comst-vrain-chain-gang ten20 Womens Cycling Club Womens bike club teamten20cycling.com Venus de Miles Bike Club Group rides for women fullcyclebikes.comvenus-bike-club Wednesday Morning Velo Business networking rides wednesdayvelo.com Women on Mountain Bikes Mountain and road bike instruction womenonbikes.com Y-Riders Cycling Progressive biking courses for kids to teens ymcabv.orgymcawebyriders.html BoulderB-cycle 44 BIKELIFE BOULDER COUNTY RESOURCES BOULDER Bicycle Village 2100 28th St. bicyclevillage.com Boulder Bikesmith 1668 30th St. boulderbikesmith.com Boulder Cycle Sport 4580 N. Broadway 4520 N. Broadway service center 629 S. Broadway bouldercyclesport.com Boulder Service Course 2840 Wilderness Pl. thebouldersc.com Boulder Sports Recycler 4949 N. Broadway bouldersportsrecycler.com Colorado Multisport 2480 Canyon Blvd. coloradomultisport.com Community Cycles 2805 Wilderness Place Ste. 1000 communitycycles.org Cruiser Boutique 2500 47th St. cruiserboutique.com DirtLabs 3046 Valmont Rd. dirtlabs.com Elevation Cycles 2626 Baseline Rd. elevationcycles.com Excel Sports 2045 32nd St. excelsports.com Fat Kitty Cycles 3380 Arapahoe Ave. fatkittycycles.com The Fix Bike Shop 3015 Sterling Circle thefixbikes.com Full Cycle 1795 Pearl St. Downtown 1211 13th St. on the Hill fullcyclebikes.com LTD Cycleworx 5360 Arapahoe Ave. ltdcycleworx.com OptiBike 6859 N. Foothills Pkwy. optibike.com Performance Bicycles 2450 Arapahoe Ave. performancebike.com Pro Peloton 2615 13th St. propeloton.com The Pros Closet 4939 Broadway Ste. 58 theproscloset.com Rene Herse Bicycles 4949 Broadway renehersebicycles.com Sports Garage 2705 Spruce sportsgarage.net bike shops repair offers seasonal bike rentals Standard Bike Repair 1823 Marine St. standardbikerepair.com University Bicycles 839 Pearl St. ubikes.com Vecchios 1833 Pearl St. vecchios.com Zinn Cycles 7437 S. Boulder Rd. zinncycles.com LAFAYETTE Foxtrot Wheel Edge 776 W. Baseline Rd. foxtrotwheel.com Fusion Bicycle Service 206 S. Public Rd. fusionbicycleservice.com LONGMONT Acme Bicycles 1817 Main St. acmebicycles.net Bike-n-Hike 1136 Main St. bike-n-hike.com Boco Bike Shop 555 Main St. facebook.com bocobikeshop Reeb Bicycles 1800 Pike Rd. reebcycles.com Small Planet E Bikes 724 Main St. smallplanetebikes.com LOUISVILLE Louisville Cyclery 1032 E South Boulder Rd. louisvillecyclery.com The Recumbent Trike Store 490 Lincoln Ct. recumbenttrikestore.com LYONS Redstone Cyclery 355 Main St. redstonecyclery.com NEDERLAND Tin Shed Sports 112 E 2nd St. tinshedsports.com BIKE FITTING Boulder Center for Sports Medicine 311 Mapleton Ave. bouldersportsmedicine.org FasCat Coaching 4550 N. Broadway fascatcoaching.com Pearce Fit Lab 2840 Wilderness Pl. colbypearce.com Retl 5445 Conestoga Ct. retul.com AugustColorado Cyclist Copper Triangle Copper Mountain coppertriangle.com ColoBikeLaw.com Lookout Mountain Hill Climb Golden coloradocycling.org Colorado Rocky Mountain Bicycle Tour Multiple locations crmbt.com BStrong Ride Boulder bstrongride.com BMA Skills Clinic Ladies Night 69pm Valmont Bike Park bouldermountainbike.org Tour de Cure Boulder tourdecurecolorado.com Boulder Bike Brew Fest Valmont Bike Park cyclists4community.wordpress.com BMA Skills Clinic Climbing Descending Valmont Bike Park bouldermountainbike.org Caribou Classic Nederland bouldermountainbike.org Venus de Miles Boulder venusdemiles.com Denver Cystic Fibrosis Cycle for Life Highlands Ranch colorado.cff.orgcycle 1 2-8 8 11 15 25 29 calendar julyTour de Ladies Parker tourdeladies.com Triple Bypass Evergreen triplebypass.org BMA Skills Clinic On the Trail TBD bouldermountainbike.org Moonlight Classic Denver moonlight-classic.com Courage Classic Summit County couragetours.com Bob Cook Memorial Mt. Evans Hill Climb Idaho Springs bicyclerace.com SOS Outreach Colorado- Eagle River Ride Beaver Creek sosoutreach.org 11 11-12 14 18 18-20 25 juneBuena Vista Bicycle Festival Buena Vista bvbf.org Pedal 4 Possible Denver craighospital.orgpedal4possible B360 Circle Boulder by Bike Boulder walkandbikemonth.org Subaru Elephant Rock Cycling Festival Castle Rock elephantrockride.com Pedaling for Parkinsons Denver 34fighting.org Ride the Rockies Bicycle Tour Start in Grand Junction ridetherockies.com BMA Skills Clinic Climbing Descending Valmont Bike Park bouldermountainbike.org Denver Century Ride Denver denvercenturyride.com Mountain Top Experience Ride Florissant mountaintopcyclingclub.comexperience Bicycle Tour of Colorado Multiple locations bicycletourcolorado.com Bike to Work Day Front Range walkandbikemonth.org Clips of Faith Film Fest Boulder walkandbikemonth.org Colorado Bike MS Westminster bikemscolorado.org BMA Skills Clinic MTB Fundamentals Valmont Bike Park bouldermountainbike.org 6 7 13 13-20 16 20 21-27 24 25 27-28 30 Knobby Monday Beginners Ride Co-ed beginner Mon. 6-730 p.m. Mix and Mingle Co-ed intermediate Tues. 2xmth 6-8 p.m. Trails Ale Co-ed int. adv. Wed. 6-8 p.m. Gurlz Ride All levels Thurs. 6-8 p.m. Friday Afternoon Club Co-ed intermediate Fri. 6-8 p.m. Singletrack Saturday Sunday Co-ed level varies Sat. or Sun. time varies Skills Clinics Co-ed all levels Tues. 2xmth 530-730 p.m. 25 BMA members For details on all rides head to BoulderMountainBike.org. Want your event included in our next issue coming out in August Email details to editorbikelifecities.com. Weekly clinics and rides. All rides are free and open to the public. 45 C limate change fitness and the price of gas are good reasons to transition from car to bike but the best reason is that using a bike for commuting or errands is infinitely more pleasant. When you ride you have the breeze in your face and you notice all kinds of thingsfrom lawn art to sprouting crocusesyou miss from behind a windshield. You feel connected to pedestrians and playing children and you arrive at your destination with no parking hassles your blood full of oxygen. Studies by the British New Economic Foundation reveal that cyclists find their mode of transport at least as flexible and convenient as those who use cars with lower stress and greater feelings of freedom relaxation and excitement. The trick is training yourself to reach first for the bike helmet instead of the car keys. Doing so is largely a matter of challenging your assumptions about how life has to be organized. Think you dont have time to get around by bike For trips of three miles or less riding is about as quick as driving because side streets and paths through parks make it easier to avoid stoplights and you can zip right past traffic. The workout youll get around town on a bike might even save you a trip to the gym. You may not be able to buy a weeks worth of changing habitsTraining yourself to travel via two wheels instead of four By Dan Baum groceries and pick up the dry cleaning all in one bike trip but that can be a good thing. When life slows to the speed of a bike you dont try to do too many things at once. To make the leap from car to bike dont demand too much of yourself. Your job may be too far to bike to but what about your local supermarket the hardware store the movie theater or the post office Instead of hitting these places while driving home from work try going home first and getting the bike its a great way to unwind and move your body after sitting all day. Put your helmet where you usually leave your keys so as you reach you can ask yourself Could I do this on a bike Its a matter of developing the habit and studies show that its never too late to break old ones and develop new ones. The Society for Personality and Social Psychology has found that it takes from 15 to 254 days to develop a new habit and that its easier if you use a natural disruption in your lifemoving a new job a vacationto change one habit to another because the cues on which your habitual behavior relied disappear. Even a small change presents an opportunity. Youll need of course a bike that youll be comfortable riding. It doesnt have to be brand new or cost a lot but it should fit you and be in good shape. Your local bike shop can help. Your local shop can also help you with the extras a rack to hold either baskets or panniers to carry things a good lock a helmet lights for front and back and for wet streets fenders. I got creative and zip-tied a seven-dollar lockable tackle box to my rack so I have a secure place to keep lights tools a spare tube a reflective windbreaker and a credit card. Once equipped start exploring alternatives to the big fast roads. Side streets parks schoolyards and alleys are a parallel universe that you may never have seen before and they can get you across town with surprising speed. Start slow. Choose nice days. Do one errand at a time. Its a head shift as much as anything to switch from car to bike. But its worth it. Dan Baum is the author of four books and was a staff writer for The New Yorker. He and his wife Meg enjoy biking and use bike share to explore a city whenever they can. ask yourself Could I do this on a bike IllustrationbyMikeReisel 46 BIKELIFE BOULDER COUNTY THE FINAL MILE