Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Ode to Boulder County on my Bike Ride Home

After a few months of fine tuning my bike route to work, it’s recently been perfected. My ride home was so beautiful yesterday, in the not-too-warm but sunny afternoon, I had to take photos and share the loveliness of my ride. Some days everything just seems in its right place, at the right time, and this was one of those days.

My three mile route takes me through not one park [Centennial Park]......

not two [Kensington Park]...

but three [Collyer Park].

These are just some of the cute little houses I pass riding through the Eastside Historical district:

And here’s my office building (on the left). The one on the right is rumored to be haunted…..more on that next month.

Longmont is located in Boulder County – nearly the bike capital of the world.

Boulder Bike Facts:

-In the US Boulder ranks as one of the greatest biking cities, second only to Portland, OR.

-Bicycling is so highly regarded in Boulder that sometimes the city plows the Boulder Creek bike path before they plow the streets.

-A Colorado Daily poll found that seven out of ten Boulderites own bicycles. Another guidebook states that Boulder's bicycle count is approximately 93,000 - almost equal to the total population. (I’ve actually seen statistics claiming 1.5 bicycles to every one resident!).

-At least 95 percent of arterials have bike lanes or trails on them.

-Boulder has spent an average 15% of its transportation budget on building and maintaining bicycle traffic over the past five years

-In 1967, Boulder became the first city in the United States to tax itself for funds to be used specifically for the acquisition, management and maintenance of Open Space.

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