Being a regular bike commuter at home in Cleveland, I was anxious to try out bicylcing in Boulder on my recent business trip there. So, I didn't rent a car and instead rode the Super Shuttle from the Denver airport to my hotel and borrowed a bike from a colleague I was visiting. I stayed at the Millenium Harvest Hotel, conveniently located right on the Boulder Creek bike path, for 3 nights.
Boulder is a remarkable town for bicycling and I enjoyed the trip tremendously. There's no better way to explore a city like that than via bike. There's so many cyclists that it felt like Amsterdam.
A couple of things I noted were that the cagers were more welcoming there than in Cleveland. I'm sure it's since they are more used to you. Also, there are a multitude of bikepaths besides the
greenways" that are simply double wide sidewalks. I'd have thought those would create typical sidewalk issues, but they didn't. Cars seem to stop for them and take them more seriously than the single width sidewalk. I'm sure that's since these are used so much more often than regular sidewalks.
The bike traffic on the Boulder Creek bike path took some getting used to, because it was so busy and it had some wrong way camber turns. Yet it worked well and was so beautiful. I get a charge out of biking with so many people. Maybe I'd tire of that, but I doubt it.
One unusual architecture item was that a couple of buildings didn't face their respective streets. The public library was right off the bike path and the creek. It faced another government building--not sure what it was--and with a large yard between the two. They were in a park setting that was convenient to the cyclist, to kids, as well as the cager.
Many congrats to Boulder and Colorado for having such an infrastructure. It was a true joy to use it.
In comparison to Cleveland, well, there is no comparison. We have a nice bike path along the Rocky River that I use, but it's 4ft. wide, not 8 and in places I take the road because of that. It's not integrated with other pathways, although it does go around the county as an "Emerald Necklace." But it's for recreation not transportation.