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

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.

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.

Report a Bicycle Incident

Accident

  • 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.

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; and
  • Walnut Street parking structure at Walnut and 11th streets.

Free bicycle lockers

 Available at these RTD facilities:

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

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

  2. Visit RTD's website

    For a complete list of bike locker/rack locations, visit RTD's website and click on "Special Rides" then "Bike-n-Ride."

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 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

The City of Boulder partners with the organization Boulder B-cycle.

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.