RIDING IN BOULDER:
Cycling facilities come in a wide range of shapes and styles, from shared-use paths and trails to on-road infrastructure like bike lanes. In Boulder, riders can access a number of multi-use paths as well as an ever-expanding network of on-road bike facilities for getting to and around the city - in total, there are over 160 miles of bike lanes and paths to ride on in the city! If you're unsure of how to navigate Boulder's streets and trails, check out GO Boulder's Bike Route Finder or consult Google Maps' bicycle route feature. If you prefer a map you can print out, GO Boulder has a handy pdf bicycle map here as well. And you can always ask a friend who rides a bike (or contact us!) for guidance as well!
Ready to hit the open roads beyond the city limits? Boulder County has print and online versions of the Boulder County Road Map. Designed to give you information on both shoulder size and relative speeds, this map can help you plan the best route to get between communities or enjoy some of the excellent road riding available in our area.
This mix of facility types in the area affords excellent cycling opportunities for all experience levels and trip types, whether you are commuting to work, running to the store, hitting the town on the weekend, or getting some exercise and fresh air. Boulder is also home to some spectacular recreational facilities like Valmont Bike Park.
LOCAL RIDES FOR NEW CYCLISTS:
If you are new to cycling in Boulder, you’ll find that the city is a great place to bike. You can get around town easily by bike, sometimes more quickly than by car. Bikes are allowed on all streets in Boulder (just not the Pearl Street Mall) and the local paths are a great way to get around as well. With more than 160 miles of comfortable infrastructure at your fingertips, there are plenty of places to ride in Boulder!
Bear Creek Path
If you prefer to ride with less crowds, try the Bear Creek Path which runs between Table Mesa and Broadway northeast to Colorado by Foothills. This path allows for safe street crossings through underpasses and access to Martin Park in South Boulder, the east campus of the University of Colorado and Eisenhower Elementary via the overpass at Foothills Parkway.
North-South Connection: 13th St.
For riding around town, 13th Street provides a great way to get north and south from downtown to north Boulder. At Forest Street, you can follow the signs to 15th and Iris and use the pedestrian crossing at Iris. Or follow Forest to 19th Street to continue all the way north to Yarmouth.
East-West Connection: Boulder Creek Path
The Boulder Creek path is a great way to get across town from east to west. Don’t forget that the path has a 15 mph speed limit. You can follow the creek path to get into Boulder Canyon for climbing or picnic spots. It also meets up with the Broadway Bike Path, Skunk Creek Path, Foothills Parkway side path, or follow it out east to Arapahoe then go south on Old Tale Road. Keep heading south to access the unpaved South Boulder Creek path for a fun bike ride with lots of views.
Watch for signs like this at the junction of Boulder Creek Path and Skunk Creek to help you find your way.
Connecting northeast Boulder to Longmont by way of Gunbarrel and Niwot, the LoBo trail is a wonderful soft surface trail with not much elevation change. Ample shade and great views along with access to brewpubs, shops, and other trails including Twin Lakes and the Niwot Loop trails make this a great ride to experience. Remember that if you head east, on your return you may have some slight uphill and can experience headwinds. Signs along the trail help you to stay on your way. Some of the trail is on the road so be prepared to interact with traffic, especially along Jay Road.
Cottonwood Trail in northeast Boulder is part of the LoBo Trail. Watch for deer, dogs, and even frogs. Watch for the trail signs like these in Niwot to help you connect your ride between Boulder and Longmont. There are many users so let people know when you are passing and always yield to horses.
LOCAL BIKE SHARE & RENTAL:
Boulder is home to 250 B-Cycle bike share bikes across 38 stations, and you can check out a B-Cycle bike for only $8/day or $11/month! That means it's a great way to get on a bike and log a few rides (and of course earn some prizes)!
If you are interested in renting a bicycle to get out and experience some of Boulder's great bicycle trails and facilities for a longer amount of time (or you want a specific kind of bike), check out one of the following bike shops for rates and availability:
I ALREADY RIDE:
Looking for something that’s less of a workout and more of a social event? Check out the Thursday evening cruiser ride, a social group devoted to bicycling.
Are you an experienced road rider looking for some more riding opportunities?
- There are many rides put on by various organizations and bike shops throughout the year. These rides run the gamut in terms of difficulty (beginner to advanced) and geography (city center to the outer areas of the region). You can check out some of these rides and join up with groups through the Boulder Cycling Club website.
- Visit 303 Cycling's page on local rides
- Mountain Bikers can check out some of the rides on Boulder Mountainbike Alliance's website. Not only do they list rides, they also offer updates on trail conditions and closures due to mud and seasonal wildlife closures.
Do keep in mind that road conditions in the mountain areas are still under reconstruction since the 2013 flooding. Updates on the status of roads and construction may be found on the Boulder County website.
WHERE TO GET MORE INFORMATION
For additional information on cycling in and around Boulder, please contact GO Boulder at 303-441-3266