Boulder Is Consistently Rated as One of the Best Places to Bike in the Country

With an active culture, more than 300 days of sunshine and hundreds of miles of bikeways, Boulder is a great place for bicycling.

Boulder’s Bike Network

  • The Boulder Valley has more than 300 miles of bikeway, including 96 miles of bike lanes, 84 miles of multi-use paths, 50 miles of designated bike routes and a growing network of Neighborhood GreenStreets prioritized for bicycle and pedestrian travel.
  • A well-connected network of multiuse paths separated from vehicle traffic and more than 80 bike and pedestrian underpasses make it possible for almost completely uninterrupted travel, no matter where you’re headed.
  • Continuing to improve bicycle safety and comfort and build out our bicycle network are key goals of our community’s Transportation Master Plan, Vision Zero commitment and Low-Stress Walk and Bike Network Plan.

Get Around by Bike

Plan your route

  • View a map of all bike lanes, bike routes and multi-use paths in Boulder with the 2019 Bike/Ped map.
  • Use this interactive tool to help plan your bike route. It also estimates dollars saved and calories burned by not driving as well as elevation gains and losses.
  • Riding bikes on the sidewalk is prohibited downtown on and around the Pearl Street Mall and University Hill area.

Biking for your commute

All RTD buses and Boulder’s local HOP bus are equipped with bike racks on the front. Learn more about RTD’s Bike-N-Ride.

Dismount Zones

Bikes and e-bikes can be ridden on all streets, in bike lanes, on multi-use paths and on sidewalks outside dismount zones (please note e-bikes may not be used on designated OSMP trails).

Riding bikes on the sidewalk is prohibited downtown on and around the Pearl Street Mall and in the University Hill commercial area.

Bicycle Safety

Multi-use paths

  • Multi-use paths have a 15 mph speed limit for bikes (including e-bikes), unless noted otherwise.

  • E-bikes are prohibited on some multi-use paths.

Did you know?

  • It’s illegal for bicyclists to wear headphones or earbuds while riding.
  • Bicyclists are required to have a white light on the front of their bike and a red light on the back when riding after dusk.
  • Always ride with the flow of traffic.
  • Keep right, pass left, and give an audible alert before passing.
  • Bicyclists must yield to pedestrians.

Open Space trails

  • Yield the right-of-way to all other trail users and cyclists traveling uphill.

  • Pass with care and alert others in advance of your approach.

  • Control your speed at all times. Safe speeds vary with trail conditions and the business of the trail.

  • Practice minimum impact cycling: avoid muddy trails, skidding, hard braking and shortcutting. Riding on wet or muddy trails causes serious trail erosion and may result in a temporary trail closure.

Report a Bicycle Incident

Crash

  • The law requires you to stop immediately, aid any injured person and to properly identify yourself.
  • You are also required to notify the police immediately by calling 9-1-1 in an emergency.
  • In non-emergency situations, please call 303-441-3333.

Close call

  • Submit a close call form on Inquire Boulder.
  • You can also use the Inquire Boulder mobile app, available on the App Store and Google Play.
  • Reporting close calls helps the city identify potential trouble spots in our transportation network.

Park Your Bike

Free bicycle racks

These are provided throughout Boulder, and make it easier and more secure to park your bike. Park your bicycle in a designated bike rack whenever possible. All official Open Space and Mountain Parks Trailheads have bicycle racks.

Secure bike parking

Available for free inside the following garages:

  • Spruce Street parking structure at Spruce and 11th streets.
  • Pearl Street parking structures at Pearl and 15th streets.
  • Walnut Street parking structure at Walnut and 14th streets.

Free bicycle lockers

Available at these RTD facilities:

  • Downtown Boulder Transit Station
  • Table Mesa Park-n-Ride and many Park-n-Ride lots throughout the Denver metro area.

Learn more about RTD's Bike-n-Ride program.

Boulder County also has Bike-n-Ride shelters available - learn more on their website.

Lease a locker

Six-month renewable contracts are available from RTD for $20
  1. For more information

    Call 303-299-6000 or 303-442-7332

Register Your Bike

Be prepared

  • More than $500,000 worth of bicycles are stolen in Boulder each year.
  • If your bike isn’t registered, it’s generally unrecoverable.
  • Registering your bike allows law enforcement to more easily contact you if your bicycle is found.

Free registration

CU bike registration

Register your bike for $10 with the University of Colorado Police Department (you don’t have to be a student).

If your bike is stolen

  1. Report a stolen bicycle
  2. Bike Index account update
    • If you have an account with Bike Index, login and update your bicycle’s status to stolen
    • If do NOT have an account with Bike Index, click here to report your bicycle as stolen

    As part of the program, your name and contact information is recorded, along with the bicycle make, model and serial number. Law enforcement will utilize this database to contact you in the event that they recover your bicycle.

Sign Up for Bike Share

Get the BCycle app

Find a bike near you

There are more than 40 bike share stations conveniently located around the city.

Ride

Take any bike out for a short trip.

Return

Drop off the bike to any station.

Repeat

Until your pass expires.

Ride Electric Assisted Bikes Safely and Legally

Where to ride

Electric Assisted Bicycle (e-bike) use is permitted on certain multi-use paths within the City of Boulder.

Speed limit

  • Comply with the 15 mph speed limit on multi-use paths

Passing

  • Keep right, pass left
  • Give an audible alert before passing

Bicycle Planning

Bicycling is often portrayed as a symbol of the healthy and active community and lifestyle found in Boulder. Boulder already has high bicycle use compared to most U.S. communities, but with growing public health concerns about obesity and air quality, increased bicycling remains one of the most effective ways to travel while achieving personal health and air quality benefits. With an average trip length of about four miles, many of the trips made by Boulder residents could be accomplished by bike.

The bicycle element is based on developing a continuous bicycle network of cross-town corridors allowing for safe and convenient bicycle travel throughout the community. While these corridors may be composed of a variety of facility types, continuous corridors avoid the missing links that disrupt bicycle travel and put bicyclists in unexpected, difficult, and potentially dangerous situations. The bicycle element also recognizes that bicycle users range from the experienced commuter who is comfortable in traffic to children who cannot safely use a busy street. Consequently, a system of off-street multi-use paths is included as an option to the street system.

The long range bicycle network for the City of Boulder is comprehensive and will provide both on- and off-street connections throughout the city. With the completion of the bicycle element, an additional 92 miles of bicycle lanes, routes, and shoulders will be added. In addition, enhanced crossings, overpasses and underpasses will be added to the bicycle network. These facilities will provide safe connections and the opportunity for bike travel throughout the city for all levels of riders.

Bicycle Policies

  • The city will complete a grid-based system of primary and secondary bicycle corridors to provide bicycle access to all major destinations and all parts of the community.
  • The city will coordinate with Boulder County, CU, the Boulder Urban Renewal Authority (BURA), neighborhood plans, the City Parks and Recreation Department, the Open Space and Mountain Parks Department and other government entities, and plans to ensure that all city and county projects connect with and/or help to complete the corridor network.
  • The city will work with property owners, developers, the BURA, the Boulder Valley School District (BVSD), the City Parks and Recreation Department, and CU to ensure that commercial, public, and mixed-use and multi-unit residential sites provide direct, safe and convenient internal bicycle circulation oriented along the line of sight from external connections to areas near building entrances and other on-site destinations.
  • The city will combine education and enforcement efforts to help instill safe and courteous use of the shared public roadway, with a focus on better educating students on how to properly share the road with bicyclists, pedestrians and users of transit.