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When complete, the US 36 Bikeway will offer a convenient and safe non-motorized route for traveling between Denver and Boulder. Eleven miles of the paved trail—which locals refer to as a “commuter highway for bicyclists”—opened in June 2015; this first phase parallels US 36 from Westminster (a northwestern suburb of Denver) to the Louisville/Superior area. Along the way, barriers and wide grassy medians separate the pathway from traffic.
The second phase of the project, extending the trail another 7 miles to Table Mesa Station in Boulder, is anticipated to be completed in March 2016. All six Regional Transportation District (RTD) stations along US 36 will then be accessible from the trail.
Increasing its value as a transportation option, the US 36 Bikeway connects to several other trails, including the Big Dry Creek Trail and Farmers’ High Line Canal Trail in Westminster, the Coal Creek Regional Trail in Louisville, and, eventually, the Bear Creek Path in Boulder.
Although it serves primarily as a utilitarian corridor by connecting residents to businesses, schools, and shopping complexes such as Broomfield’s Flatiron Crossing, there are mountain views and pockets of beauty as the trail winds through preserved open space and several parks.
Near its southern end, parking is available at Westminster Hills Park (4105 W. 80th Ave.). Mid-trail, the connecting Big Dry Creek Trail leads east to Westminster City Park (10455 Sheridan Blvd.), where parking and restrooms are available. Near its current northern end, parking is available in Broomfield's Interlocken East Park (280 Interlocken Blvd.) and, when the trail is extended farther north, trail goers will also be able to take the Bear Creek Trail to parking at Boulder’s Martin Park (off Eastman Avenue).
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