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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 outcome Boulder Walks Photo s, 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. 

Upcoming Events

Boulder Walks is hosting weekly walks all winter long. Join local walking leaders on these fun outings through the end of January. Questions? Contact [email protected]

Saturday, December 8, 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. - Glow S-L-O-W: A Gentle-Pace Glow-in-the-Dark Dance Walk
Celebrate winter and put a spring in your step by dance-walking through the Civic Area at twilight. We’ll provide glow sticks and Motown music for those who want to bebop along the paths through Boulder's downtown winter wonderland! Meet outside of the Canyon entrance of the Main Boulder Public Library, just east of 9th on Canyon Drive.

Saturday, December 15, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. -  Creekside Walk:
Take a walk on the wild side! The Boulder Creek path provides a great way to take your exercise outside. Join us and make new friends to exercise with. After our walk, we'll gather at Seeds Cafe in the Library for drinks and/or snacks. Meet outside of the Canyon entrance to the Main Boulder Public Library, just east of 9th on Canyon Drive. 

Wednesday, December 19, 12 p.m to 2 p.m. - Civic Area History Walk:
Come learn some fascinating facts about the history of Boulder's downtown core, from 14th Street to 6th Street. We'll meet in the plaza on the north side of the Dushanbe Teahouse and walk along the paths through the Civic Area, discussing significant sites along the way. We'll bring historic photos for context and stroll at a casual pace with several stops.

Saturday, December 29, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. - Civic Area SMiLE Scavenger Hunt:
Bring the whole family out for a fun scavenger hunt to find 10 paintings by Boulder's beloved street artist, SMiLE. The walk begins at the nature playground on the east side of the Main Boulder Public Library and ends at the Dushanbe Teahouse, where families can enjoy a warm beverage after tracking SMiLE's clever urban animal paintings.

Saturday, January 12, 1 to 2 pm - Civic Area Tour for Newcomers:
New to Boulder? Come walk with us and learn what the Civic Area has to offer! The Civic Area includes places you’ll want to know about, including the Public Library, West Senior Center, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (BMOCA), and the Dushanbe Teahouse. We’ll help you find these downtown landmarks and learn about all they have to offer. Meet us in the plaza on the north side of the Dushanbe Teahouse.

Saturday, January 19, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. - Kids’ Creekside Activities:
Join us for some fun, water-related kids' activities. We'll play "Build a Beaver," Wetland Metaphors and other water-related games. Meet in the Nature Play area alongside Boulder Creek behind the Main Boulder Public Library. In case of inclement weather (precipitation or temperature below 30 degrees F), we'll meet inside the Library, in the Flatirons Room on the first floor.

Saturday, January 26, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. - Wildlife on the Water:
Discover the animals that live along the creek on this short, easy walk on the Boulder Creek path. There is more living here than you imagined! Meet outside of the Canyon entrance of the Main Boulder Public Library, just east of 9th on Canyon Drive.

Thursday, January 31, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. - Meditative Stroll Along Boulder Creek:
Come listen to the sound of beautiful Boulder Creek as we walk with intention next to the water. We'll stroll at a gentle 1 MPH pace, with prompts to promote mindful engagement with nature. We will meet at the nature playground on the east side of the Main Boulder Public Library.

Background

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

City of Boulder/GO Boulder
Amy Lewin, Senior Transportation Planner
[email protected]

Walk2Connect
Darcy Kitching, Boulder Program Coordinator
[email protected]

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