Golden Colorado Bicycling
Golden, the seat of Jefferson County, was declared a “Bicycle Friendly Community” by the League of American Bicyclists with a Bronze certification in 2010.
In 2010, the city adopted a Complete Streets Policy: City Council adopted a policy to address the needs of cyclists, pedestrians and transit riders, as well as motor vehicles, when constructing or reconstructing major roads.
Golden Colorado Bicycling Webpage
The city maintains an informative webpage about Golden Colorado Bicycling at www.cityofgolden.net/bike. Highlights of the site include:
- Golden Colorado Bicycling Map
- Golden Colorado Bicycling Tours Brochure
- Golden Colorado Bicycling Projects & Priorities
Recent Golden Colorado Bicycling accomplishments include:
Bike Skills Park: Tony Grampsas Park now has the first purpose-built, mountain-bike-only trails in Golden. Ride options include a downhill flow trail, bi-directional access trail, skills area and beginner pump track. The gravity-fed flow park features rollers, berm turns and table-top jumps that are suitable for beginners, and offer options for advanced riders to launch their bikes.
Highway 6 Trail Completion: The shared use path along Hwy 6 is now complete from 19th Street to Clear Creek where there has been a gap in the trail system.
Jackson Street Corridor: A new bike lane and wider sidewalks along Jackson Street from 14th Street to 24th Street, connecting downtown to Golden High School.
Golden Bluffs Trail Connection: Cyclists and pedestrians are now able to get from Golden to the C470 trail system on a shared use path that begins at Golden Heights Park.
44th and Salvia R.R. Crossing: The BNSF railway has recently improved the R.R. crossing at 44th and Salvia. This was identified by Golden’s Bicycle Task Force in 2008 as a high priority fix, so this is very good news for local cyclists. Even with the improved crossing, however, the angle of the tracks is such that well-marked bike crossing points are still necessary for safety. These bike crossings will be improved by the Streets department in the near future to make the asphalt and transitions smoother.
Among many other bicycle-friendly characteristics, Golden is home to the world renowned Lookout Mountain Road.
Congratulations to Golden for being selected to host the start of the final stage of the 2011 Quizno’s Pro Challenge. A feather in the cap for Golden Colorado Bicycling.