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Old 06-03-13, 08:40 AM   #1
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Best areas to commute to Boulder, CO (<12 miles)

I am visiting Boulder soon and want to ride my bike around visiting possible places to live. Gunbarrel is on my list and maybe Louisville? I don't think I can afford Boulder. Budget is around $1K a month for a 1-2 BR. Also, I am mid 40's, so college style living isn't what I want. I have searched and searched for a thread on this and can't find anything. Maybe all areas are great commutes? I don't know, but I would love to commute via trail everyday. That would be great.

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Old 06-03-13, 08:21 PM   #2
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I tried asking this on the regional forum and got one response. That was the recommendation of Gunbarrel. For the amount of cyclists that are in Boulder, seems they don't post on this forum section. Anyone know where I could ask? It would be great to at least have a few places I know I want to visit before I get there. Maybe they are always cycling? lol
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Old 06-03-13, 09:21 PM   #3
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I am visiting Boulder soon and want to ride my bike around visiting possible places to live. Gunbarrel is on my list and maybe Louisville? I don't think I can afford Boulder. Budget is around $1K a month for a 1-2 BR. Also, I am mid 40's, so college style living isn't what I want. I have searched and searched for a thread on this and can't find anything. Maybe all areas are great commutes? I don't know, but I would love to commute via trail everyday. That would be great.

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You might have a hard time finding anything within 12 miles of Boulder in that price range. Louisville is close and probably less expensive than other areas around there, but that's because it's an urban-sprawl, tract-housing, box-store hellhole. Golden is about 15 (20?) miles away and not too bad. (OK, it's not that great, either.) I'd consider either going north and checking out Niwot and Longmont, or going into the mountains and taking a look at Nederland. (Nederland would not be an easy bike commute in the winter, though...)
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Old 06-03-13, 09:27 PM   #4
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Add Lafayette to your list. Buses with bike racks on front go to/from Boulder frequently and it's generally more affordable than Louisville. I'm in Broomfield, which is also within your desired distance. Eventually, there will be a dedicated bikeway along the Boulder Turnpike (US36):

http://36commutingsolutions.org/us-3...-s-36-bikeway/
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One more thing: yes, Boulder itself is very expensive, and you certainly won't find a 1 or 2 bedroom place there for under $1k. But the quality of life there would be much, much better than in most of the outlying towns, and would probably be worth either the extra expense or getting shared housing.
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Thank you all so much for your suggestions. I hate tract house with big box store type places. Maybe shared housing is something I could look into, but I will ride around the other places. Thanks again.
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