Bike Thornton

Fun Fact: Did you know riding a bike on the sidewalk is legal in Thornton? 

Colorado Revised Statute 42-4-1412 (10) (b) states, “A person shall not ride a bicycle, electrical assisted bicycle, or electric scooter upon and along a sidewalk or pathway or across a roadway upon and along a crosswalk where the use of bicycles, electrical assisted bicycles, or electric scooters is prohibited by official traffic control devices or local ordinances.” Thornton does not have any signs prohibiting riding a bicycle on sidewalks or pathways, and Thornton has not adopted any ordinances prohibiting riding a bicycle on sidewalks or pathways. So, riding a bicycle on the sidewalk in Thornton is legal!

Cycling In And Around Thornton

Colorado Safety Stop 

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You're on a roll, because Thornton is a Safe Stop City! A Safe Stop City means when you're riding your bike in Thornton, you can treat stop signs as yield signs and red lights as stop signs, when safe to do so.

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Suggested Cycling Routes in and around Thornton

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While there was a slight uptick between 2022 and 2023, the trend for bicycle-involved crashes continues to be downward, with bicycle-involved crashes decreasing by 35% over the past 5 years. Thornton's number of miles of on-street bike lanes has increased 66% in the last 5 years, which may be influencing the downward trend. 

A line graph showing the total crashes involving bicycles in Thornton between 2019, with 20 crashes, and 2023, with 13 crashes.
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Our mission as a community is to ensure the availability of a broad range of services using all available public and private resources. Thornton will provide a high quality of life by being responsive to its citizens' physical and human requirements through innovative leadership and planning. The City of Thornton is a supporter and member of Bicycle Colorado.

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