A Bike Friendly Community
In 2010, Golden was selected as a “Bicycle Friendly Community” by the League of American Cyclists and awarded the bronze award for its efforts to improve infrastructure for bicyclists following the 2008 Bike Task Force Recommendations.
In 2014, Golden’s efforts in implementing a “complete streets” policy were again rewarded by the League of American Cyclists, but this time with a silver award designation. Among the efforts earning this bump in status are added bike lanes on roads and additional bike/pedestrian bridges connecting neighborhoods to a major transit center. The Silver Bicycle Friendly Community Award puts Golden in an elite group of just 326 other cities in the country who are transforming their communities.
Please download the latest Golden Bike Map to find bike routes, lanes, and shared use trails throughout town.
Safety and Education
Golden also offers lots of fun bike-related activities and continuing bike education throughout the year, including:
- Kids’ Bike Rodeo, hosted by Bicycle Colorado every late spring/early summer
- Bike to Work Day breakfast station, hosted by the City in June
- Commuter safety classes
- Informer articles on bicycle safety and education
- Citizen’s safety academy, hosted by the Golden Police Department
- Bicyclist/motorist safety video series available to the driving and bicycling community
- Bike and pedestrian safety program at the Golden Library
See our Bicycle Safety page for more tips and information.
Safe Routes to School Program
City staff, in partnership with Mitchell and Shelton Elementary School faculty and parent volunteers, were recipients of a Non-Infrastructure Safe Routes to Schools Grant (SRTS) for the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 school years! The education program proposed in the grant was selected by the SRTS Advisory Committee and unanimously approved by the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) Commission on April 21, 2016.
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 Bike Park
Tony Grampsas Park has the first purpose-built, mountain-bike-only trails in Golden, updated in spring 2015.
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 also offers options for advanced riders to launch their bikes.
The Bike Park is volunteer built and maintained, and they ask that riders not ride when it’s muddy, or brake hard on the berms. For more information and to view a map, visit the Golden Bike Park page.
The Golden Giddyup connects volunteers to help improve the trails in and around Golden. They also maintain the Golden Bike Park through bimonthly volunteer efforts and are working toward making improvements at the park this year. The Golden Giddyup additionally hosts a community-friendly event in September each year to celebrate the contribution volunteers have made to our trails.
Colorado Mountain Bike Association (COMBA) Beginner and Womens’ Rides
New to mountain biking? Join us for organized rides designed to introduce entry level riders to the sport of Mountain Biking. Learn trail etiquette, outdoor preparedness, riding skills and have fun!
Check the COMBA web site for more meeting place and time, and to register for one of their organized rides.