From BMA Facebook Page
Remember Chapman Drive? It's a 2.5 mile road that goes from the Red Lion Inn in Boulder Canyon to the top of Flagstaff Mountain. This was one of the "regional connector" trails that was left open as an opportunity for cyclists at the end of the West TSA process. The good news is that City open space recently purchased the land necessary to open this road to the public. And work on the Chapman Drive bridge is almost complete. The bad news is that the trail will initially open to only hikers and equestrians.
Bike access will require more analysis and public input on how to introduce bikes to this corridor. BMA supports staff's approach because opening the road to bike traffic has the potential to cause significant user conflict due to the large speed differentials between downhill cyclists and all other users (including uphill cyclists). BMA would like to see bikes allowed uphill on the road and downhill on a parallel singletrack trail. We'd also like to see how close we can get to connecting Chapman Drive to Walker Ranch in order to make this part of a true regional trail connector. Engaging in this conversation will require some time and effort by staff as well as encouragement from the public (that means us).
In the meantime, please spread the word that even though horses and hikers are going to get access immediately, it is going to take some time to get access for cyclists on Chapman Drive. City open space wanted to tell the cycling community about this first, so we pass this information on in good faith that we are going to get a good result from the City of Boulder. In the mean time, let's stay away from this road until we have a chance to have a real conversation with staff about how to do it right.