There are obviously many books and maps available to the bicyclist, on general topics or focused on Colorado. Here are
a few I've run across, often from other independent publishers.
Bicycling Bliss: Riding to Improve Your Wellness
(by Portia Masterson)
Perhaps you remember Portia from her bike store in Golden (called Self-Propulsion), or
maybe you heard her talk about her bike trip across Mongolia. She has now switched gears, and has a book about
bicycling for your health and enjoyment. ISBN 0-9753868-0-8, list price $24.95
Guide to the Highline Canal by Denver Water Community
The Guide to the High Line Canal is a comprehensive, pocket-size
book. It offers both historical and geographical looks at metro Denver's urban
treasure, complete with mile-by-mile descriptions of the canal's tranquil
scenery, friendly wildlife and abundant flora. The guide suggests what to
look for, what to avoid, where to find the best sights and where to park.
This National Landmark Trail meanders 71 miles from Waterton Canyon, through
Denver and Aurora, to the Rocky Mountain Arsenal.
The guide sells for $4.50+ in area bookstores and retailers. Denver Water
also will sell the book by mail order for $3.50, plus $1 postage. Purchase the guide
by phone order or by linking to Denver Water's web site and going to the High Line
Canal page or bookstore page.
Urban Bikers' Tips and Tricks (by Dave Glowacz) covers "low-tech and
no-tech ways to find, ride, and keep a bicycle." This delightful book, with over 700
photos and illustrations, provides hints on buying and maintaining bicycles, as well
as how to deal with the traffic, thieves, and other situations that make bicycling in
the city such a task. Revised in 2004. ISBN 0-9651728-1-3, price $14.95
Many maps are available to locate the urban trails in Colorado.
The CITY OF DENVER BIKE MAP
shows Denver's entire system of bike routes
and major bikeways on weatherproof paper. Available for $6 postpaid from
Sharon Cordova, Denver Central Services, 201 W. Colfax Dept 905, Denver Co 80202, or call 720-865-7500.
For park maps of Jefferson County Open Space parks, call 303-271-5925. Office
hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Many of the trails are the result of lottery dollars put to work.
In conjuction with the Colorado Lottery, the Colorado Division of State
Parks and Outdoor Recreation has put together a series of 5 maps detailing
the available routes: Western Slope; Mountains; North Front Range;
South Front Range; and Denver area. They are available for free at many
visitor information centers, or you can contact the State Parks - 303-866-3437.
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