See that big hill ahead with the coffee shop you want to try on the other side? Instead of being drenched in sweat and gasping for air when you arrive, rent an electric bike and you’ll be zipping around town with glee.
E-bikes are exploding in popularity in Boulder, and it's no wonder why. This is one of America's top bike cities to begin with. Add in a little electric boost, and you'll find you can pedal farther across Boulder's vast bike path and bike lane networks to scenic spots with less effort — and have a ton of fun while doing it. Not to mention, it's one of the greenest ways to get around swiftly. You'll find plenty of options for renting and touring on e-bikes here in Boulder.
Sign the family up for a two-hour electric cruiser bike tour to visit Boulder’s gems, like the historic downtown and NCAR.
Zip up steep hills and cruise down mellow streets on this two-hour e-bike tour of the best of Boulder.
Have your selection of unique e-bike tours, including a city highlights tour, adventurous mountain biking, exploring the University on two wheels and more.
Challenge yourself with the High Climber 180° tour of Boulder’s steep hills, appeal to your creative side on a tour of Boulder’s street art with the Wall to Wall Boulder Mural Ride, or opt for a more mellow loop of town.
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Offering rentals of e-bikes only, Pedego gives you a choice between premium (one of their standard, most popular models), specialty (with extra cargo or space for a child), and tandem (for two). Rent online or in-store.
Best for shorter trips around town, B-Cycle has 100 pedal-assist e-bikes along with their fleet of regular bicycles. Find a B-Station and you can rent a bike right then and there, or purchase a pass online or via the B-Cycle app before you go. A credit card is needed, and you can find available stations online or on the app.
Have your choice of an electric townie or commuter bike from this shop of experts that was named Best Bike Shop of Boulder County in 2019 and 2020. Rent in-store or online (select Cruise Around Town and then Electric Bikes).
After buying an e-bike in 2019 and getting rid of his car, Joel Davis started JD’s Joyrides and now offers a selection of Rad Power Bike rentals, including commuters and fat bikes. Call 303-818-5280 to inquire.
There are plenty of routes to cruise around Boulder, but since these punchy bikes are electric-powered, there are some restrictions.
E-bikes can be used on all streets, in bike lanes, on some city multi-use paths and on sidewalks outside of dismount zones. Hop off and walk it when you see the yellow and green dismount sign.
Boulder Creek Path
E-bikes are allowed on the Boulder Creek Path, a paved and shady creekside path that goes right through the heart of Boulder and continues east and west for a few miles. This popular biking, walking and running path is often highly trafficked, but if you head east from downtown, you may find it less congested. Heading west on the Boulder Creek Path, e-bikes are prohibited upon entering Boulder Canyon, just at Canon Park Drive.
This gently winding road has some of the best northerly views to the Flatirons and climbs high up to one of the world's foremost centers for climate science, the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). The vistas from up here are gorgeous, and there's an exploratory weather trail you can travel by foot.
While trails maintained by the City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks program are closed to e-bikes, several Boulder County-maintained trails, loacted on the outskirts of Boulder, DO allow e-bikes. A selection of trails is below, and here's a full list of e-bike-friendly county trails.
The hilltop Legion Park in east Boulder offers a 0.9-mile loop and spectacular views of prairie lands to the east and Flatirons to the west. Bring a picnic and watch the sunset (or rise) with 360-degree views.
Walden Ponds Wildlife Habitat
What used to be industrial gravel pits has been transformed into a serene wetland wildlife habitat at Walden Ponds Wildlife Habitat. An easy 2.9-mile trail loops around the grounds.
Each of the lakes at Twin Lakes offers a mellow 0.7-mile loop. A haven for wetland wildlife, these well-shaded trails make for an enjoyable cruise.
Learn (and follow) local rules and regulations. We will help you with some of the most important ones here:
Be mindful of others. Since e-bikes are faster than their non-motorized counterparts on paths and sidewalks, let people know when you’re approaching or passing.
Ride single file when passing. Be aware when others are coming down the path and don’t take up the full width riding side-by-side with your friends.
Slow down. When you’re passing or there are people or dogs nearby, reduce your speed and be courteous to others. A smile and acknowledgment of their presence go a long way.
Have FUN! E-bikes are a blast to effortlessly dash around on, especially in one of the most bike-friendly cities in the country. You won't need this reminder when you're magically flying up hills without breaking a sweat, but plan to have a blast.