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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 in place prohibiting riding a bicycle on sidewalks or pathways and Thornton has not adopted any ordinances prohibiting riding a bicycle on sidewalks or pathways. So, it is legal to ride a bicycle on the sidewalk in Thornton!

Colorado Safety Stop

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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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Bicycle-involved crashes continued to show a decline in 2020. While the COVID-19 pandemic did alter traffic conditions for much of 2020, the decline in bicycle-involved crashes may still be attributable to the Colorado Safety Stop and the increasing availability of on-street bike lanes (the number of miles of on-street bike lanes in Thornton has increased 88% in the last 5 years!). The research of bicycle-involved crashes continues to be ongoing.

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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 for a high quality of life by being responsive to the physical and human requirements of its citizens through innovative leadership and planning. The City of Thornton is a supporter and member of Bicycle Colorado.


Where can I secure my bicycle?​

Find out where bike lanes and racks are located within the city here.


What is Colorado Safety Stop?
Cycling in and around Thornton
Bicycle Colorado