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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!

Colorado Safety Stop

Thornton is a Safe Stop City.

Read more about the regulation of bicycles approaching intersections in Thornton’s City Code Section 38-492.

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. 

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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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