Boulder Cycling

Boulder Bcycle gets Google grant of $25,000

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BOULDER, Colorado (Jan. 14, 2011) — Boulder, Colorado’s B-cycle bike sharing program received a major boost this week, with the announcement that the Google Community Grants Fund at the Tides Foundation has provided a $25,000 donation to Boulder B-cycle, as part of Google’s commitment to support innovative ways for using Internet-based technology to reduce environmental impacts and improve the quality of life in the communities where it operates.

The Google Boulder office develops revenue platforms for Ads and digital online goods, Google Docs, Chrome, and Geographic projects. The office has product development teams, sales and marketing personnel.

“This generous donation will go a long way in helping us reach our overall fund raising goals,” said Boulder B-cycle executive director Lewis Wolman, whose organization is holding its official fund raising campaign launch party Friday, January 14, in downtown Boulder. “It’s also important validation when a company like Google gets behind a program like ours. We hope other Boulder-area businesses will be inspired to follow suit.”

BMA celebrates 20 years, new website & logo

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See the new website!

From the Daily Camera

In 1991, Kent Young invited a group of fellow cyclists to meet at University Bicycles, which he managed at the time, to talk about advocacy for the relatively new sport they'd taken up.

"Mountain biking was becoming more and more popular, but there was no voice in Boulder," he said. "And generally across the country, it was the beginning of mountain bikers trying to represent themselves as a legitimate user group."

and...

Though BMA celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, the battles over bikes on trails in Boulder County started more than 20 years ago, when mountain biking was a fledgling sport, in the 1980s. A 1982 story in the Daily Camera reported:

"'Mountain bikers' lost their bout with the Boulder City Council Tuesday for open-ended riding privileges on city parks and open space trails and unimproved roads.

"The council voted ... to generally prohibit the non-motorized bikes on trails, fire access roads and other unimproved roads in city parks and open space."

Read the rest at the Daily Camera

GO Boulder to name bike-friendly businesses

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BOULDER – GO Boulder and Community Cycles announce the launch of the Boulder Bicycle Friendly Business Program, which recognizes Boulder businesses that make bicycle commuting an attractive and feasible option for employees and visitors.

Businesses interested in receiving this distinction are asked to take a survey ranking their achievements. The survey ranks efforts such as bike parking, involvement in community biking events such as Bike to Work Day, employee incentives such as ECOpass, the availability of changing facilities, the use of bicycle delivery services, and availability of loaner or company bikes for employees.

Businesses are ranked from level one to four, with one being the highest distinction. Businesses are encouraged to upgrade their efforts and apply for a redesignation.

Superior Bike Park Progressing

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We reported back in October that Superior was also getting a bike park. The new park is located at Rock Creek Parkway and Honey Creek Lane. Lee McCormack is designing and constructing the park. Here is an update from Lee's website.

Mission
Design and build a bike park for the community. Riders of all ages, levels and styles. The upcoming Valmont Bike Park in Boulder will draw hardcore riders; this can really focus on local kids, families and mountain bikers.

Required features
- Jumps
- Pump track
- Natural terrain a la Lyons Bike park
- Beginner area with Strider-approved pump tack

My hopes
This park will be fun for everyone.

This park will teach the skills riders need to rip the local trails. That’s what I tried in Lyons, and I think it came out nice. Heck, I’ve learned tons on the sandstone pyramid.

So far
I’m working through some ideas, getting closer to a final approach (which will change, and change, and change).

Designing a park is way more involved than designing an individual track or feature; every time you add a feature, the complications/considerations seem to increase exponentially.

The bike park is a small portion of a larger park being constructed. The City of Superior is providing status updates for the park construction.


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USA Cycling announces championship calendar, CS wins

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Pack your bags because Coloradians will be doing a lot of traveling for medals this year. Of all the planned championship events only 1 lands in Colorado, the 24-Hour Mountain Bike National Championships

April 16: BMX National Championships - Chula Vista, Calif.
May 6-8: Collegiate Road National Championships - Madison, Wis.
May 28-30: USA Cycling Professional Road & Time Trial National Championships - Greenville, S.C.
June 22-26: USA Cycling Elite, U23 & Junior Road National Championships - Augusta, Ga.
July 7-10: USA Cycling Junior Track National Championships - Frisco, Texas
July 14-17: USA Cycling Cross Country Mountain Bike National Championships - Sun Valley, Idaho
Aug. 2-7: USA Cycling Masters Track National Championships - Trexlertown, Pa.
Aug. 20: USA Cycling Professional Criterium Championships - Grand Rapids, Mich.
Aug. 31 – Sept. 4: USA Cycling Masters Road National Championships - Bend, Ore.
Sept. 15-17: USA Cycling Collegiate Track National Championship - Indianapolis, Ind.
Sept. 17: USA Cycling Marathon Mountain Bike National Championships - Bend, Ore.
Sept. 24-25: USA Cycling Gravity Mountain Bike National Championships - Beech Mountain, N.C.
Sept. 29 – Oct. 3: USA Cycling Elite Track National Championships - Carson, Calif.
Oct. 1-2: USA Cycling 24-Hour Mountain Bike National Championships - Colorado Springs, Colo.
Oct. 28-30: USA Cycling Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships - Davis, W. Va.
Jan. 4-8: USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships - Madison, Wis.
Date TBD: USA Cycling Track Tandem Sprint National Championships - Trexlertown, Pa.

Lee Hill Shoulders, Valmont reconstruction and Chip & Seal 95th

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From the office of Boulder County Transportation

As the 2010 comes to a close, it's time to start thinking about all the great riding that lies ahead next year! As such, we thought it'd be good to update you on some of our construction projects for 2011 that could factor into your riding plans.

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Lee Hill Shoulders Project - starting January 2011

The reconstruction of Lee Hill Drive, between 4th Street and Olde Stage Road is anticipated to get underway this winter and continue through the early summer. Most of the work this winter will be replacing a large drainage culvert north (uphill) of Wagon Wheel Road; some limited rock work on the northern edge of the roadway; and the construction of a large retaining wall between the road and Four Mile Creek. Our construction schedule is largely weather dependant. Cyclists should anticipate significant on-going construction activity along the entire road as late as July 2011.

Last Minute Christmas shopping for a cyclist

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Are you tired of fighting crowds? Unsure of what to get that cyclist that’s on your list? Just plain stressed out and want to get your shopping done? Well, here are some gifts that may just end your shopping and put a smile on someone’s face. Whether you want to spend $15 or $650, our friends at Excel Sports Boulder have it all. In addition to our list, Excel has put together their own list of gift ideas that you should check out! (http://www.excelsports.com/main.asp?page=15)
$25 or less
Want a stocker stuffer or just one last small item to round out your gift? One (or all!) of these six may just be the trick!

  • Stan’s Tire and Rim Sealant. A standard for any rider using tubeless tire setups. A must have, but not a glitzy self purchase (like buying socks – great to have good ones, but hard to buy for yourself).
  • Gift Card Really unsure what to get? Get money. Never fails.

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