Singletrack Sidewalks (STS)

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The Golden Giddyup, a local non-profit focused on trail stewardship in the Golden area, has proposed a new project for riders of all ages in the Golden community. This project would build single-track sidewalks - natural surface trails - next to existing paved bike paths to provide a place for young and beginner riders to experience mountain biking, although the trails would not be exclusively limited to beginner riders.

The proposed Singletrack Sidewalks pilot project (STS) would stretch from Apex Park to 6th Avenue along the bike path on city property. This pilot would be constructed by the Golden Giddyup Trail Team in partnership with neighborhood organizations and the City of Golden Parks staff.

The City of Golden is interested in gathering input from the community for this endeavor PRIOR TO taking any action. Please read the Golden Giddyup's updated full proposal and the supporting information provided on these pages, including detailed descriptions and maps of each proposed trail segment, then tell us what you think!

In order to provide additional information requested by interested citizens, City staff has recently added links to 22 documents in the Project Proposal & Supporting Documents section of this page. These documents contain minutes of Board meetings and staff reports that show the history of this proposed project. We encourage everyone to provide comments here, on the Guiding Golden webpage.

The Golden Giddyup, a local non-profit focused on trail stewardship in the Golden area, has proposed a new project for riders of all ages in the Golden community. This project would build single-track sidewalks - natural surface trails - next to existing paved bike paths to provide a place for young and beginner riders to experience mountain biking, although the trails would not be exclusively limited to beginner riders.

The proposed Singletrack Sidewalks pilot project (STS) would stretch from Apex Park to 6th Avenue along the bike path on city property. This pilot would be constructed by the Golden Giddyup Trail Team in partnership with neighborhood organizations and the City of Golden Parks staff.

The City of Golden is interested in gathering input from the community for this endeavor PRIOR TO taking any action. Please read the Golden Giddyup's updated full proposal and the supporting information provided on these pages, including detailed descriptions and maps of each proposed trail segment, then tell us what you think!

In order to provide additional information requested by interested citizens, City staff has recently added links to 22 documents in the Project Proposal & Supporting Documents section of this page. These documents contain minutes of Board meetings and staff reports that show the history of this proposed project. We encourage everyone to provide comments here, on the Guiding Golden webpage.

Guest Book

After reviewing the Singletrack Sidewalk proposal, we want to hear your thoughts.

This is such a FANTASTIC proposal/idea! Yay Golden!

Ksburns about 3 years ago

Looks good! Build away.

Nlsw09 about 3 years ago

First of all, thanks to the Giddyup crew and the City for proposing this project and collecting feedback from the community here! I fully support the STS and think these trails would be a great addition to our community by making mountain biking more accessible to younger and beginner riders. To me, this project is all upside really.

berniusk about 3 years ago

Great idea. Should reduce congestion on the paved trails as well.

Blitz123 about 3 years ago

This is a great idea which should get utilized well. Having kids, this makes me excited for the prospect of a safe, well thought out way to get them onto trails.

DSR about 3 years ago

As a father of 2 and a resident of Eagle Ridge I welcome this awesome idea with open arms!!!! I live on the edge of where this path is proposed and nothing would make me happier than looking off my deck and seeing the joy on people’s faces as the have a blast on these trails! Keep up the good work and keep these fantastic ideas coming. Change is good!!!

adamgr74 about 3 years ago

This is a fantastic idea that supports our community, families, and children. I live near Eagle Ridge and fully support this plan. This is exactly what is needed to help enhance our pathways, and I hope to see more ideas like this in the future.

goldenresident about 3 years ago

The Singletrack Sidewalks concept has enjoyed great success in Eagle, CO and other communities, and I feel that if built well and used considerately these trails would be an asset to the Golden community. In addition to providing trails for younger and beginner riders, I feel these segments have the possibility of reducing user conflict and encouraging families to get outdoors more.

emchute about 3 years ago

I think this is a great idea. I have ridden similar trails in Eagle and it is nice for bikes to get off side walks and onto dirt. I would use it when riding from my house to the apex trail system.

Johntempleton about 3 years ago

I'm in love with this idea. My 2 year old twins are just getting started on their striders and a local, nearby place for them to start practicing on dirt would be great for our family. Something we could really use nearby are beginner trails for non-MTB-ing partners and children to start on that aren't crazy steep or technical, and this seems like a wonderful place to put something like that.

hirschmj about 3 years ago

Beginner or not, this is a fantastic idea. Wildlife does not reside right next to the path in any case. Very little vegetation is disturbed by adding a trail which is a low cost addition to our outdoor enthusiast community. My house backs directly onto Kinney run, and I am full support of this. There are bikers who go too fast regardless of the situation and they will only go faster on pavement, dirt is an area to use caution and “slow down” signage can be implemented easily if that’s an area of concern. This project should definitely be approved. What a great addition to our community, I’d love to see more ideas like this come to our town.

guappy17 about 3 years ago

This is an excellent idea. Although myself and most mountain bikers use caution while passing pedestrians on paved trails it continues to make most nervous and sometimes very afraid. This would be a good way to alleviate that. Also, these trails would be great for our kids here in Golden who love to mountain bike but are not quite up to climbing a mountain quite yet. This would definitely be an asset to our wonderful community!

Mtb girl about 3 years ago

Single track sidewalks provide opportunities for beginning riders to learn valuable skills and more advanced riders transitions between home and trail. They additionally leave the sidewalks open to pedestrians providing a safer environment for everyone. STS are a welcome addition to the City of Golden, Colorado. I appreciate the detailed proposal and can clearly see how this will be an asset to the community.

Jeff about 3 years ago

As an avid mountain biker, this does not interest me personally but I am very much in support of this -- specifically I see this as a great addition to Golden's path/trail system for kids and beginners. It's the outdoor access, active community and family friendly environment that made me choose Golden and the Heritage neighborhood specifically. The mere fact Golden is considering this is great. Making it happen would be outstanding.

justinwhall about 3 years ago

Seems like a great cheap and easy thing to do while alleviating congestion. Like any trail, be respectful, cautious and yield.

Sleepy7 about 3 years ago

Already the speeds down the Kinney run trail are much to fast. I have nearly been hit by bike riders cutting through the park and jumping the hill by the school, yes this has happened on more than one occasion. I'd be supportive of it if we can get some precautions to slow riders down on the paved trail used frequently by people walking to town and in the winter almost exclusively by widelife to migrate and calf. Would be better to move the proposed single or dual track to cut across from Apex up Defrance Street and follow the base of Lookout/zion across school of mines property and connect in with 19th Street . Just food for thought.

ApexSmith about 3 years ago

Decent idea, but not thought out. The claim is it is for kids and beginners. Is it one-way? Mtn bikers bomb down the path on those sections as is. Putting them on single track would be quite unsafe for the designed users. Either needs to be double track or one direction.

amchaffee@gmail.com about 3 years ago

Designed and built correctly, and used respectfully, these will be a wonderful addition to Golden's trail system. I can only hope we do more of them in other needed places to promote non-motorized traffic and connect trails and trailheads.

Climberbiker about 3 years ago

This seems like a no-brainer. Inexpensive, easy to build/maintain trails that can be utilized by lots of bikers as well as minimize paved bike path conflicts.

cjcrashesalot about 3 years ago

I think this is a great plan. It follows existing paved sections so does not add any more disruption to the natural areas we all love. And it gives kids the chance to try something new.

gantoun about 3 years ago