Golden

Golden Colorado Bicycling

Golden Colorado BicyclingGolden, 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 Bicycling Friendly Community Award

Golden Colorado Bicycling Webpage

The city maintains an informative webpage about Golden Colorado Bicycling at www.cityofgolden.net/bike.   Highlights of the site include:

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.

 

Cify of Golden proposes Jefferson Bikeway

The City of Golden today (May 20) officially offered to acquire a 2.76-mile stretch of right way along Indiana Street that is currently part of the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge.  The City’s offer will allow it to create what it will call the Jefferson Bikeway, as well as to provide needed roadway improvements on the Indiana Street corridor and protect the City and region from the impacts of unmitigated toll road construction.

Read more here:  Jefferson Bikeway Press Release

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Lookout Mountain Road

The next best thing to riding Lookout Mountain Road…

Youtube user GVNNO1 posted a sweet video of his descent of Lookout Mountain Road in August of 2010.

See if it doesn’t put you in the mood to ride it real soon…

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First Ride of the Season

Although breezy, the 50+ degree temps today were perfect for a little ride around part of the Lariat Loop this afternoon.   I wasn’t the only one who had this idea – I bet I saw over fifty riders up on Lookout Mountain today.   I swung by Buffalo Bills Grave, rode Colorow Road past the Lookout Mountain Nature Center and Boettcher Mansion, and stopped for a drink of water at the Buffalo Herd Overlook at Genessee Park.

It wasn’t a long ride – maybe 15 miles, with a few hills to wake up the legs.  I was in the mood after getting my bike tuned up at Wheat Ridge Cyclery this week.   Those guys do great work, and I love looking around their huge selection of gear and clothing.

How about you – have you gotten out to ride yet this season?    Where do you like to get your bike worked on?

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Bike Jeffco is on the Inside Track of the Quiznos Pro Challenge

Quiznos Pro Challenge – a Golden Opportunity

Quizno's Pro Challenge

 

Bike Jeffco is all abuzz over the selection of Golden as the host city for the final leg of the Quiznos Pro Challenge!   Not only is it great exposure for the superb riding here in Jefferson County and wonderful news for the local economy, it will be a ton of fun!

Bike Jeffco Volunteers are busy preparing for the Quiznos Pro Challenge

With 185 days until the start of the tour, the event organizers and Bike Jeffco are hard at work preparing.   Bike Jeffco has organized over 25 volunteers, and will be active participants in the success of this exciting event.    Volunteer positions are still available – click here to sign up, and be sure to comment below to let us know you’ve signed up as part of the Bike Jeffco team.

Quiznos Pro Challenge – can you feel the excitement?

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