Sometimes you just want to take a casual Sunday afternoon ride to see what you can see… and that’s exactly what the B360 is! Now in it’s 20th year, this early summer ride utilizes Boulder’s incredible network of bike paths taking you through the heart of the city, across open space, and into some of Boulder’s most beautiful neighborhoods. https://bouldercolorado.gov/goboulder/circle-boulder-by-bicycle.
With no agenda and no time constraints, I downloaded the map and headed out to the start line at the Valmont Bike Park. This ride is so low key you might not even be aware that it is an actual event unless you run across the Ben and Jerry’s ice cream tent at the end of the ride:) Families with kids in tow in Burleys, little kids on their first bikes, couples on a date ride, empty nesters enjoying a day together, groups of Millennials finding their way through town, and me all enjoyed this ride on a sunny Sunday afternoon.
There are two route choices: the 22 mile full circle of the city (B360) and the 11 mile east/south loop (B180). Both are marked with spray painted directional signs on the street and a few yellow signs at key turns. The eastern and southern portion of the route are clearly marked. The western and northern sections are less well marked and it’s trickier to find the faded street arrows but with a little route finding and a few treasure hunting skills you will be able to navigate the full 360 circle. I rode at a casual pace stopping for pictures and the B360 took me about 2 hours to ride.
This ride made me fully appreciate the forethought of Boulder’s founding fathers years ago when such things as open space and a green belt were unheard of. For a detailed history of the bike paths read this Daily Camera account, http://www.dailycamera.com/news/ci_30028664/boulder-history-bike-path-network-long-making.
Some of the sights you’ll see along the way: farmland pastures, underpass art, new building projects, the newly revamped City Park, and maybe a blast from the past;)
This route is accessible year round, just download the map and follow the blue or green arrows and get to know Boulder in a whole new light! Bonus points for checking out the fun facts on page 2:) https://www-static.bouldercolorado.gov/docs/Route_Map2018_For_Day_Of_Ride-1-201806011121.pdf?_ga=2.218301404.434166326.1528840500-817507198.1528044977