Boulder Walks Program
Building a more walkable Boulder
As a designated Gold-Level Walk Friendly Community, Boulder is a place where walking is both desirable and enjoyable. GO Boulder’s Boulder Walks program aims to celebrate and encourage walking as a travel choice for residents and employees. Why? Because walking not only supports whole-health outcomes, it also encourages a sense of connection to places and to people.
In partnership with Colorado-based Walk2Connect, Boulder Walks provides opportunities for neighbors to connect with one another and with where they live, and gives community members an active way to engage in GO Boulder's pedestrian planning activities. By walking and working together, we invest in a more walkable city.
Boulder is one of hundreds of cities around the world participating in the Jane's Walk Global Festival on May 5, 6 and 7 - a weekend of walks celebrating the legacy of legendary urban thinker, writer and activist Jane Jacobs. Jane’s Walks are free, community-based walking conversations designed to bring people together to explore and talk about their cities.
We have organized three Jane's Walks, listed below. Want to lead a walk yourself to highlight a part of Boulder you love? Sign up on the Jane's Walk Boulder website, or get in touch with Darcy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, May 5, 9 a.m. - Ramble to the Rayback Collective (4.25 miles, 2 hours plus time for lunch) - Join us for our first event of the Jane's Walk Global Festival and celebrate our city's beauty, charm and walkability with a ramble to the Rayback Collective! As we walk along the beautiful Boulder Creek Path, look out over the city from the top of Red Rocks Trail, and meander through the historic Mapleton neighborhood, leader Darcy Kitching will make connections to the ideas of Jane Jacobs. We'll work up an appetite on our walk, enjoy lunch at the Rayback and then take the bus back to our starting point. Click here for a link to the route map for this ramble.
Saturday, May 6, 10 a.m. - In Lucia's Neighborhood (Boulder!) (1.5 miles, 1 hour) - Inspired by the children's book about Jane Jacobs' work, In Lucia's Neighborhood, by Pat Shewchuck and Marek Colek, this walk explores the vibrant downtown neighborhood of our very own real-life Lucia (age 7). Lucia and her mom will co-lead this walk, showing us what makes their part of the city so special. We'll start at Whittier International Elementary School and walk past beautiful gardens, browse Little Free Libraries, explore hidden pathways, cross Boulder Creek, visit Lucia's favorite park, and end with lunch at the Farmer's Market. Along the way, we'll walk and talk about the virtues of mixed-use development, "eyes on the street," transit access, and other community amenities that make it easy to stay active and engaged. Please see this link for more details and the complete route map.
Saturday, May 6, 2 p.m. - Boulder's Bright Spots (5 miles, 2.5 hours) - Inspired by legendary urban thinker, writer and activist Jane Jacobs' final book, Dark Age Ahead, this walk recognizes the important role of cultural, artistic and civic engagement groups in strengthening our city and building human and social capital for a brighter future. We will visit sites around central Boulder that highlight the city's unique culture and its commitment to livability for all, as well as sites that inspire conversation about who we are and what we want our city to become.This 5-mile walk includes lots of rest stops along the way. We'll end at a downtown brew pub for happy hour and discussion. Join us for this thought-provoking walk and talk. Read Dark Age Ahead beforehand to make the conversation even better!
Jane's Walk recognizes that people are experts on their own places. If you're interested in leading a walk about your own neighborhood, please reach out via the Jane's Walk Boulder website or by contacting Darcy at email@example.com. See you on a walk!
GO Boulder’s Boulder Walks program was initiated in summer 2013 as a part of the 2012-2014 Transportation Master Plan (TMP) Update . In 2013 and 2014, Boulder Walks consisted of a series of walkabouts and walk audits with Boulder community members in neighborhoods across the city. In 2015, the program expanded to a series of community-based walks and walk audits. Check out the photo gallery from the 2014 walkabouts!
Partners and Contact Information
GO Boulder / City of Boulder
Matt Jones, Transportation Planner
Darcy Kitching, Boulder Program Coordinator
Jill Locantore, Policy and Program Director