Denver is experiencing a resurgence in their urban environment evident by the river paths, separated bike lanes and most beautifully in a hopping Union Station. Our travel guide offers all the resources for you to plan your #WanderbyBike experience in Denver.

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+ Denver 101

About Denver

  • Walk Score: 61. Walk Score measures the walkability of any address based on the distance to nearby places and pedestrian friendliness.
  • Transit Score: 47. Transit Score measures how well a location is served by public transit based on the distance and type of nearby transit lines.
  • Bike Score: 71. Bike Score measures whether an area is good for biking based on bike lanes and trails, hills, road connectivity, and destinations.

  • League of American Cyclists Community Rating: Silver

Maps

Denver is a unique experience for bike tourists who are only used to the east and west coasts of the United States. It has the vertical downtown business district and first-rate airport and train station of a major city, but the relaxed feel and outwardly friendly residents will immediately stand out to many residents of the coasts. Recently remodeled Union Station in downtown Denver features connectivity to Amtrak, light rail and bus service, and now boasts truly first-class hotel, restaurant, and bar amenities. Denver is a town full of canals, high tech businesses, a thriving art complex, all surrounded by scenery that most other cities would kill for.

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+ Biking in Portland

Etiquette

All three cities seemed to have little or no habit of ringing bike bells to warn of passing another cyclist, and very little use of hand signals for turns. You’re unlikely to get a lecture from other cyclists for failing to do these things, though they remain a great idea in the interest of not surprising others. Shared use paths abound, but most separate the cyclists from the walkers via a strip of paint, so ride slowly when sharing space with pedestrians and expect the unexpected.

Safety

Between sunset and sunrise, a front light and side & rear reflectors are required. We could find no helmet law. In Denver you may occasionally be tempted to want a helmet, but in Boulder and Fort Collins it is strictly a personal preference, given the dreamy separated infrastructure.

Security

In Boulder and Fort Collins, it seems that bikes can be left locked up outside at night without an abnormal amount of fear of theft. In Denver, we would suggest bringing the bike inside at night if at all possible. And as always, a good quality u-lock does a much better job than a cheap cable lock.

Denver Culture

The bike scene in Denver was, to our eyes, almost entirely one of drop bar bicycles. Everyone from students to professionals makes their way around Denver’s bike paths on something resembling a classic “ten speed.” Healthy lifestyles were evident in abundance, riding paces were casual, and bike-share program B-Cycles were in use constantly.

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+ Best Bike Rides in Denver

These routes were curated by local Portlandians who wanted to share their #BestBikeRide with you. Print off the map for free!

Ambassadors Needed! If you live in Denver and love food, music, art or just being outdoors? Curate a route for us by inquiring here.

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+ Bikes

Rentals

BIKE SHARE

  • B-cycle (bike share)- $9 for 24 hour pass for short trips under 30 minutes or $35 for 24 day pass with unlimited long trips

SPINLISTER

RENTAL SHOPS

  • Evo - $20+ daily for hybrid, cruiser, mountain, road, tandem or kid's bikes. Helmet and lock included in rental.

  • Slo Hi Coffee + Bikes - $36+ daily for City, Electric, Mountain or Road bikes.

  • Small Planet Ebikes - call (303) 484-8518 for details.

Tours

  • Bikalope - $59/person for a quick tour or city loop tour

  • At Your Pace - $79-430+ per person for "Bike & Brews Guided Day Tour" or 3 day/2 night Denver self-guided bike tour. Lodging, breakfast, GPS routed, welcome orientation, on-site support

Other Shops

  • Bikes Together- Denver's non-profit bike shop. They host bike rodeos and camps for kids and fix-it tutorials for adults.

+ Eats, Drinks and Sights

7 places to...

  • EAT - Teote, Mi Mero Mole, El Pilon food cart, Bamboo Sushi, Toro Bravo, Tasty-n-Sons, Por Que No
  • DRINK - Hair of the Dog, Cascade Ale House, Breakside Brewery, Belmont Station, Clyde Common, Multnomah Whiskey Library, Upper Left Roasters
  • WANDER - Japanese & Rose Gardens, Eastbank Esplanade, Music Millennium, Bridges (Tilikum/Hawthorne/Morrison/Steel/Broadway), Alberta Arts District, Mississippi Neighborhood, Portland Museum of Art, Overlook Park

mobile apps

We curated these eating, drinking and sightseeing bucket lists for on-the-go exploring:

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+ Hotels & Airbnbs

Hotels

Airbnbs

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+ Transportation

CITY TRANSIT

  • RTD (Map) - $2.60 for local, $9 to/from airport. Bikes accommodated on light rail, commuter rail and buses on a space-available basis.

    Airport to Downtown - take A line to Union Station.

  • Portland Aerial Tram (Map) - $4.70 per adult, free for kids 6 and under. Bikes allowed on board and there is a Biketown station at the base of the tram.

TRAIN

  • Cascades (Vancouver, BC - Seattle - Tacoma - Portland - Salem - Eugene) - $5 roll-on service and reservation required

  • Coast Starlight (Seattle - Portland - Los Angeles) - $20 trainside checked service and reservation required

  • Coast Starlight (Seattle - Portland - Los Angeles) - $20 trainside checked service and reservation required

  • Empire Builder (Chicago - St. Paul/Minneapolis - Milwaukee - Spokane - Portland/Seattle) - $10 boxed bike service required for travel to and from Portland (Empire Builder to/from Seattle is trainside checked service)

buses & shuttles

  • Breeze - $20+ one way, $10 extra for bike for service between Portland Union Station or PDX to Sandy, Government Camp, Welches, Warm Springs, Madras or Bend. Bikes must be boxed or bagged.
  • CAT Transit - $8 one way. Tuesday and Thursday only service from Portland Art Museum or Gateway to Hood River or The Dalles. Accommodates 2 bikes, first come, first serve on front bike rack
  • Columbia Gorge Express - $5 roundtrip between Gateway and Rooster Rock or Multnomah Falls. Operates Friday through Sunday (and federal holidays), May 26 through Sept. 24 in 2017. "Each bus can accommodate up to three bikes in the luggage compartment under the vehicle."

    cars

  • Avis
  • Car2Go - half the fleet has racks that carry 1 bike
  • Zipcar

AIRLINES

  • Delta- $150 to check bike
  • Frontier- $75 to check bike
  • JetBlue- $50 to check bike (folding bikes in container under 62 dimensional inches and 50 lbs are FREE)
  • Southwest Airlines- FREE bike check in place of one piece of luggage
  • Virgin America- $50 for boxed bike or one with handlebars turned sideways, pedals removed and wrapped in plastic foam to prevent damage
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