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    DU anyone?

    Hi everyone,

    I'm moving from Seattle to Denver in the next week or 2 to attend graduate school at the University of Denver. I Just wanted to post up and see if there happened to be anyone else who is/has attended DU?


    I found online that the school has a cycling team and club. Has anyone been involved with that group?


    I have only visited Denver briefly. It looks like a fun place to live for a few years! I have heard that there is a fairly extensive trail network throughout the city as well... is that true? Anyway, I'm really excited to get to know a new area.

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    I was in the San Juan Islands a couple of weeks ago. Great weather, beautiful country. It is a LOT - A LOT drier in Denver, though.

    I graduated from DU - but it was for my doctorate in 1974.

    I think things have changed a bit since then.

    Yes, there is an extensive very well maintained trail network throughout the entire metro area.You should be able to get on the Cherry Creek Trail pretty easily - perhaps Buchtel east, ST. Paul north - there is a trail through the neighbrhood which will take you to Cherry Creek Drive South, and there is a bridge over Cherry Creek that will get you to the trail.

    Here are some of the major trails - there are more.

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    I ride by DU every day when I head to work. Buchtel to franklin. Franklin north through wash park to the cherry creek. There are quite a few trails and good bike routes in Denver.
    As for the cycling team, I encounter various members on my commutes from time to time. Nice looking kit and they usually drop me like a sack of potatoes without even trying. That is the limit to my experience with them.

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    I did my post-grad at DU and used to teach/work there as well. I now live closer to downtown, but there are some really nice neighborhoods around DU, and great cycling. Welcome to Denver!
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    Thanks for the great map DnvrFox! So far it's sounds like it's be a great place to be!
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    I used to live just east of DU off Monaco and Yale, great area. I have seen the DU team at cycling races. From everything I have heard about the collegiate cycling teams around here, they are very inclusive and I wish I had been biking back in my college days.

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    one of my best friends just moved to Denver, starting his PhD at DU this fall.
    he actually asked me to check out BF to find some good shops there where he can find a used bike for not too much. any suggestions?
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    I have heard that cycle analyst off of pearl st is a good choice.
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    Cycle analyst is the best.

    Light rail runs right to the DU campus.

    DU's bike "program" - not the team or club - sucks. They have really inconvenient bike racks - not the inverted U Denver standard. The racks make it hard to actually lock your bike with a u-lock unless you use the ends of the rack or don't care about your paint job and use a U-lock and a cable. DU requires cyclists to use a U-lock or campus security will immobilize your bike - seriously. (No word on whether they boot unlocked cars or swipe unattended laptops.)

    The terrain is flat and the weather is mostly fine for cycling. There's probably fewer than a dozen days a year that aren't ridable. Parks plows the major paths.

    Denver's bike planner doesn't seem very effective. (A section of bike lane on Buchtel, where it runs past campus was removed. The lane continues on the east and the west. Weird.)

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    That confused me as well. The area they removed the bike lane is wider than the portion of the street that has it. Bizarre.
    Then you have the 2 foot wide bike lane on franklin heading into Wash Park from the south.... pointless
    I would toss the non downtown bike lanes and put sharrows in.

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    I bummed to hear that the campus is so difficult to bike to with the rack situation and everything. I actually don't have a place to stay yet, but I'm planning on being able to take advantage of the rail system anyway.

    That's really cool that they clear the trails after snowfall. I was kind of wondering how the winter season would play out in that respect, but it sounds like you can bike pretty much year round there! Cool!
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    I don't believe it is that difficult. Each day I ride by DU I encounter plenty of college students on bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bryceepoo View Post
    I bummed to hear that the campus is so difficult to bike to with the rack situation and everything. I actually don't have a place to stay yet, but I'm planning on being able to take advantage of the rail system anyway. !
    Yikes! I have obviously given you the wrong idea. DU is extremely bike accessible. There are great, low traffic streets in every direction. The light rail takes bikes. All the buses take bikes. And the trail system runs within a couple miles of campus. I have taken a car 3 days in 6 years!

    Sorry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chennai View Post
    Yikes! I have obviously given you the wrong idea. DU is extremely bike accessible. There are great, low traffic streets in every direction. The light rail takes bikes. All the buses take bikes. And the trail system runs within a couple miles of campus.

    Sorry.
    Also, just up the road is Washington Park, a gathering place for bicyclists who seem to enjoy riding round and round and round the 3 mile loop, and a bit further on the CC trail near Wash Park is Confluence Park, a famous gathering place for bicyclists at the Starbucks at the REI Flagship Store, where Cherry Creek and the Platte River intersect, along with two major bike trails.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DataJunkie View Post
    That confused me as well. The area they removed the bike lane is wider than the portion of the street that has it. Bizarre.
    Then you have the 2 foot wide bike lane on franklin heading into Wash Park from the south.... pointless
    I would toss the non downtown bike lanes and put sharrows in.
    It's not as if it the city just didn't re-paint the lane; that segment was physically erased. Though it's conceivable that some bike lane might someday need to be removed, removing a bike lane just seems like a waste of money unless there is some big safety hazard. And removing just that segment was weird.

    And I wouldn't mind see sharrows either.

    Maybe the idea was to get cyclists onto the sidewalk? But that doesn't make any sense.

    Denver may have been one of the first cities with a bike planner but Denver has moved past the point of needing an engineer. Now we need an engaged advocate for cycling as transportation.
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    Well, we made it to Denver 2 days ago finally. I love it here so far!!! DU's campus looks very cool. I can't believe all the bike trails. Everywhere I drive it seems like we pass another trail.

    We still haven't found a place to live though. I thought it would be a little easier to line something up once we were here, but it's turning into a disaster... 2 nights in a hotel at DNC rates = very bad timing
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    Quote Originally Posted by bryceepoo View Post
    Well, we made it to Denver 2 days ago finally. I love it here so far!!! DU's campus looks very cool. I can't believe all the bike trails. Everywhere I drive it seems like we pass another trail.

    We still haven't found a place to live though. I thought it would be a little easier to line something up once we were here, but it's turning into a disaster... 2 nights in a hotel at DNC rates = very bad timing
    Things should ease up tonight. Or stay a bit away from downtown. I.e., Super 8 Motel in Castle Rock or similar. I checked for tonight:

    Super 8 Motel
    AAA
    1 night (1 Room): USD 58.39
    Taxes: USD 4.39

    * Total: USD 62.78
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    Wow, that was bad timing. Things will be back to normal now.
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    denver lodging

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    We're in a Days Inn somewhere near the DTC I think. Our first 2 nights we're $250 a night, but tonight it went down to $72. I think we finally found a place to rent in Centennial on Dry Creek Rd this morning so we'll be moving in tomorrow I think!
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    Are you not planning on cycling to campus? Not sure how easy that will be from Centennial.
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    It shouldn't be too bad. One could ride over to the light rail and take it up. There are a variety of routes the OP could take if he wanted to ride the entire way. My work is off of orchard and i-25 so parts of it could be similar to mine.

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    Dry Creek is a long street, and it would depend on the cross street.

    I'm thinking Holly north to Quincy, west to Dahlia, north on Dahlia to Iliff, west on Iliff to DU.

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    I'm not sure if I'll by cycling directly the whole way all the time or not... I'll have to try it out and see how long it takes but if it's over and hour I'll probably just ride the light rail. I live just 2 blocks from the light rail, so I'll be able to jump on that easy with a bike and cycle down a few blocks to my building from the university stop.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bryceepoo View Post
    I'm not sure if I'll by cycling directly the whole way all the time or not... I'll have to try it out and see how long it takes but if it's over and hour I'll probably just ride the li
    ght rail. I live just 2 blocks from the light rail, so I'll be able to jump on that easy
    with a bike and cycle down a few blocks to my building from the university stop.
    Cross street?

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