Chapman Drive Trail Open House
More bike access on Chapman Drive ... are you ready to weigh in?
As you've read, Chapman Drive opened to the public in early January with bikes being allowed uphill access only. Now that it's open and riders can experience the road that connects Boulder Canyon to Flagstaff Road, it's time to have a community discussion about whether to allow bikes downhill access in this corridor.
BMA trail geeks have already taken a hard look at this corridor. Below are our observations that you can use as talking points at the meeting:
- Reports of a 10% grade and possible user conflict were exaggerated since it's a relatively twisty and meandering road with mellow grades.
- Chapman Drive isn't a "destination," and makes sense in the context of regional trail connections (imagine a loop that starts in Boulder, climbs to Walker Ranch, and returns to Boulder through Eldorado Canyon State Park).
- Given these realities, we believe bikes can go downhill on Chapman Drive without significant user conflict. Significant signage and user education will be necessary, but it's a trail that all can enjoy safely.
If you haven't ridden it, we encourage you to do so and make your own assessment.
Please consider attending the open house Wednesday Feb 13 to show your support for downhill bike access on Chapman. Join OSMP and BMA to explore visitor access options regarding bike and dog access on Chapman Drive Trail.
When: Wednesday, Feb. 13, 4:30 - 6:00 pm
Where: Boulder City Council Chambers Lobby, 1777 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80302
What: Community meeting to discuss bike and dog access options on Chapman Drive Trail