This past Monday, Taylor and I went to a City of Boulder Parks and Recreation Board meeting, at which they were reviewing and approving their new Master Plan.
Thanks to the recent success (in terms of community support, number of racers, and event sustainability) of the USGP race at a City of Boulder park facility, and also due to the growing numbers of 'crossers heading out on the weekly training ride, the City was receptive to the proposed creation of a dedicated cyclo-cross course on City park property.
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Besides Taylor and I, many key figures in the Boulder cycling community made appearances to speak to the Board and voice their support for not only a cyclo-cross course, but also for the inclusion of cycling programs and facilities in the Parks and Rec Master Plan.
For a famous cycling mecca like Boulder, it is a true shame that we do not yet have any dedicated cycling facilities in our city, and don't have any programs for kids or adults included in the menu of offerings through the Parks and Rec dept.
Following the lead that the City of Boulder has taken on so many other environmental and social issues, it would be cool to see us become known nationally for our support and development of cycling as a means for health and recreation and racing. Programs through the Parks and Rec department for kids and adults to learn about all aspects of cycling, and a dedicated park facility including a BMX course, short track MTB course, cyclo-cross course, and closed criterium circuit, would truly put Boulder on the map as a forward-thinking, cycling-friendly city.