I’ve been pedaling Boulder’s paths and lanes and streets for 25 years, and have never seen so many cyclists riding on Broadway.
Yesterday, riding on the parallel paths through campus and crossing at Alpine, I saw two individual cyclists on Broadway as well as a dozen identically-clad racers in a two-wide by six-deep echelon.
Of course it’s perfectly legal to bike on Broadway; I would suggest that it’s just not very smart.
The main safety issue: Because there are well-established parallel bike routes from the southern city limits until the bike lane at Norwood, cars don’t expect to see you.
There’s no shoulder, so cars either need to stack up behind you or try to squeeze around you, with traffic passing them on the left.
Also, car drivers (most of whom are cyclists as well) know there are alternatives that we cyclists are “supposed to” (not required to) use.
The city has spent millions establishing the parallel route. Downtown merchants gave up several parking spaces along 13th Street for the contra-flow lane.
So if you ride on Broadway, you’re frustrating car drivers in two ways. And motorists who don’t like bikes are dangerous to everyone who rides.
Not sure about your route options? Go to a bike shop or the GoBoulder offices and get a city bike route map. There are better and safer ways to go!