Biking is big and growing throughout the United States, but here is Steamboat Springs, it is taken very seriously, so seriously that the community has branded Steamboat as Bike Town USA and trademarked it. Steamboat literally has hundreds of miles of biking available to cover all levels and kinds of biking. From little kids on Strider bikes on the Yampa River Core Trail to hard core gravity downhill mountain biking at the Steamboat Ski Area, there is something for everyone. For information on everything “bike” in Steamboat Springs, including suggested rides, go to www.steamboatbiketown.com.
Steamboat has been designated a Gold Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists, meaning that Steamboat has added bike lanes and bike-car “sharrows” (share the road arrows) throughout the community, has installed bike racks at every downtown intersection and spent millions on creating bike paths and trails. Many downtown businesses have also added their own bike racks to encourage bike riders to patronize their establishments. The city busses have racks on the front to carry bikes. Many businesses offer incentives to their employees to ride their bikes to work. Parking can be a challenge for vehicles in the downtown area, but by using alternative means of transportation, this is not a concern.
There are several bike shops in downtown Steamboat where bikes can be rented or purchased, along with all the other equipment to go with them. If you need service on your bike, all shops are also equipped to take care of any need. The friendly clerks in these shops are avid bicyclists themselves and are happy to share information on their favorite rides, secret trails and upgrades to your bike you might enjoy.
Seeing Steamboat Springs from the seat of a bicycle gives you a much more intimate view and connection to the community.
“Bicycling is more than a practical, cost-effective solution to many municipal challenges. It’s an opportunity to make your community a vibrant destination for residents and visitors — a place where people don’t just live and work, but thrive.” League of American Bicyclists