It's our first best-cities list of 2014! And the roster assembled by Sharecare.com -- "America's 10 Best Cities for Fitness 2014" -- seems custom-made for Denver. Did the Mile High City kick ass in a way that showed off its taut musculature? Damn right it did, even besting the community whose footb ... More >>
Many cities are trying to become more cycling-friendly. But drivers and cyclists continue to be at odds, with sometimes fatal results. With that in mind, Boulder has launched "Living Laboratory," a plan to experiment with innovative treatments and pilot programs in order to come up with ways to imp ... More >>
Last week's Bike to Work Day was a big success, with a large number of Denverites taking to two wheels rather than four. And those who peddled on a LoDo section of Wynkoop were greeted with something new -- a "pop-up" protected bike lane, which created a safety barrier between cars and cyclists. Th ... More >>
The wheels are always turning in Denver, which just won the REI Cycling Town Showdown as the country's bike-friendliest city. Denver not only has great places to ride your bike, it also has great places to ride your bike to. Here are ten of our favorites for this summer. See also: - Videos: Best b ... More >>
The League of American Bicyclists is out with its list of the best states for cycling -- and Colorado finished in impressive fashion. Not that the League thinks any state has achieved perfection when it comes to welcoming and protecting cyclists. In our top ten list below, we've included the organi ... More >>
A proposed bike lane for 15th Street has been a hot topic in the cycling community, with the advocacy organization BikeDenver making its feelings known at a Valentine's Day love-in at which members presented more than 200 I-love-bike-lanes cards to Mayor Michael Hancock's office; see photos below. M ... More >>
There's been debate aplenty in the cycling community about a plan for a new proposed bike lane for 15th Street. Now, a Valentine's Day special: The advocacy organization BikeDenver is staging a "love-in" this morning, all to let Mayor Michael Hancock and other local officials know about the widespre ... More >>
Because bicycling continues be a popular mode of transportation for traveling around the city, and the safety of cyclists is a growing concern among riders and city officials. But some community members and activist organizations think the city needs to take things even further -- an opinion they'r ... More >>
As more cyclists ride on Denver's roads alongside cars, the city's planners are working to build out a network of safe paths for bikes. But when a car double parks in a bike lane, it can make these paths a lot harder to navigate -- a fact that BikeDenver is highlighting by collecting photos of off ... More >>
For "On a Roll," our feature on cycling, we connected with many local bike advocates, who have a wide range of perspectives on what officials can do to make Denver a top urban center for biking. Concerns about the rise in bike-car collisions, and the sometimes fatal results, have pushed these ideas ... More >>
Back in June, we shared a collection of the ten best Colorado hikes, culled from our Best of Denver archive. Now, for those of you who prefer two wheels to two feet (at least some of the time), here's a batch of best bike rides selected by our writers over the years, featuring links and the original ... More >>
As the number of cyclists in Denver continues to grow rapidly, the city is racing to keep up, building new infrastructure that helps bikes and vehicles safely share the road. The city is now exploring the best options for a bike facility on 15th Street, a major link in downtown, to be completed in 2 ... More >>
Pete Marczyk and Barbara Macfarlane do not leave their work behind when they leave Marczyk Fine Foods and head for their great old Denver house with the big, new kitchen. They often bring some of their market's choicest ingredients home with them and cook up a feast. Dave Bekken, the manager of Mar ... More >>
Editor's note: This is the fourth in a series of reports about biking and bike safety in Denver and beyond. Update: After we reported yesterday that the number of bike-related accidents jumped from 2010 to 2011, the Denver Police Department sent us new statistics for 2012 -- and it's looking like t ... More >>
In early May, we ranked this park in the top tier of Denver's best parks for bicycling. With the option of bike rental, bike-car rentals, and even boat rentals, this park offers a lot more than just some great cycling. If you can guess where I'm biking near this pond that sits on the north end of ... More >>
Denver is big on bikes -- but is it big enough? The Alliance for Biking and Walking ranks Colorado twelfth in the nation for "bicycle friendliness." Bicycling Magazine also lists Denver as the twelfth best bicycling city in the nation.
Editor's note: This is the first in a series of reports about biking and bike safety in Denver and beyond. Denver has dramatically increased its spending on bike lanes and other bike-related projects over the last six years, and for good reason. The advocacy group BikeDenver reports a major increas ... More >>
Along with all the other things that Denver is friendly for, bicycling is definitely at the top of the priority list. We have Denver's B-Cycle program, bike trails, designated bike lanes in automobile traffic areas, and even constructed bike terrain parks for the extremists. Here is a list of the ... More >>
Westword photographer Brandon Marshall spotted a penny farthing in City Park at the 2011 Tour de Fat DenverNew Belgium Brewing, the Fort Collins-based brewery with the iconic cruiser bike logo and best known for its Fat Tire Amber Ale, raised more than $90,000 on September 3 for the Overland ... More >>
Berkeley alley getaway. August is a great month for enjoying a Colorado camping trip, but it is also the busiest. Rowdy campground crowds and hiking-trail traffic jams can add extra hassle to the burden of outdoor living. People who don't like the wilderness experience can still enjoy some Au ... More >>
The Colorado Roadless Project and the Outdoor Alliance have a cool new campaign promoting their efforts to protect Colorado's 4.2 million acres of National Forest lands currently designated as "Roadless Areas" for mountain biking, hiking, climbing, paddling, backcountry skiing and snowboardin ... More >>
The spirit of Boulder's Adventure Film Festival founder Jonny Copp lives on: The five winners of the Copp-Dash Inspire Award grants for 2011 were announced on Friday, receiving $20,000 and climbing expeditions to Alaska, Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan and Nepal. The grant program was estab ... More >>
Plug into the great outdoors. Forget the Colorado Home and Garden Show! As shown above, electronic lifestyle advancements have replaced the potted patio ficus tree with a Wi-Ficus phone-charging tree. Below, the greatest advancement will help growers use outdoor sunshine indoors...
All right, so if for some reason, you're crabby about the line-up for this year's Mile High Music Festival -- which, you know what, say what you will about DMB and Jack Johnson; love 'em or loathe 'em, you can't deny there's some serious gems on the undercard (um, hello, Weezer? Phoenix? My M ... More >>
Leave it up to us crazy Coloradans to turn anything into an extreme sport. Parallel parking, shadow puppetry, tax preparation -- you name it, we'll "extreme" it. The latest outlet for local adrenaline and bone-fracture junkies, it turns out, is snowshoeing. Yes, snowshoeing, that thing where you str ... More >>
I have to admit: I always thought the men Cosmopolitan magazine chooses for its annual Most Eligible Bachelor contest were cheeseballs. Every year, fifty eligible bachelors (one from each state) pose shirtless in the mag, next to a brief description and quote, in the hopes of being crowned the Most ... More >>
The Ouray Ice Climbing Festival brings fanatics together.
In 1988, Westword published its fifth Best of Denver issue, a celebration of the city that saluted everything from the Best Band (the Subdudes, just going national) to the Best Hungry Young Band (Big Head Todd and the Monsters, long before they started singing Hillary Clinton’s song) to the Best H ... More >>
Bike messengers ride fast and they ride alone, which is why an effort to organize them has hit the skids.
As of 3 p.m. December 1, Denver's favorite faction of pedal-powered radicals, the Derailer Bicycle Collective, will be back on a roll at its new location, 411 Lipan Street. Earlier this year, as reported here, city zoning officials put the brakes on the non-profit bike shop, which since 2003 had be ... More >>
Who would wait in line for the Who?
In the wilderness, even bad American beer works.
Why is the city putting the brakes on the Derailer Bike Collective?
Critical Mass is a mess to handle.
Denver bicyclists get taken for a ride.
Mountain bikers and hikers face off over wilderness.