Published: Feb. 10, 2021

No matter how you choose to get around campus and Boulder, here are some tips to make your way more efficiently while physically distancing.

Student riding a bike past a Buff Bus on campusBuff Bus

The Buff Buses connect students living in Williams Village and Bear Creek to central campus. Download the Transit app or check the Buff Bus website for routes and schedules. Here are a few things to know about riding the Buff Bus this semester: 

  • Remember to physically distance while waiting for and riding the bus.
  • Wear a face covering (mandatory on Buff Buses and all public transit).
  • Plan ahead. Bus capacity limits have been reduced, and it may lead to longer wait and commute times. 

Bicycles

Commuting by traditional bike or e-bike are also great ways to get around campus while physically distancing. The CU Boulder Bicycle Program allows students to rent gently used but newly tuned bikes (while supplies last) on a semester basis. Students also have access to bikes with a free membership through the Boulder B-cycle bike sharing program, which will be introducing electric bikes to use for no additional cost beginning in March. Campus bike stations provide no-cost maintenance and repairs for registered bikes. 

If you plan to bike around campus, here are a few things to know:

  • Bike registration is required to access bike station services and can be completed online or at either bike station. Registration is done through Bike Index and has numerous benefits for no additional cost.  
  • Bike racks are located throughout campus, with covered bike parking at select locations. Remember to lock your bike to a bike rack and not to ADA rails, stair rails, trees, etc.
  • Use a U-lock to deter theft, install front and rear lights on your bike, and wear a helmet when you ride. Learn more about Boulder city bike laws and regulations.

Carsharing

Think of it as short-term car rental but with more locations. It’s great option for those that are car-free or choose to leave their vehicle at home but still need occasional access to a vehicle. Whether it's a small car, an all-wheel drive, a hybrid, or a small truck, there are a variety of carshare vehicles available on campus and throughout central Boulder and Denver. CU's Environmental Center subsidizes student access to Colorado CarShare and Zipcar. Visit their CU specific websites for complete details, age and eligibility requirements, locations and more.

Skateboard, scooter, mopeds, motorcycles and more

Non-motorized wheeled devices are allowed on paths and most sidewalks around campus but aren’t allowed on city streets. 

Motorized (electric) e-scooters, skateboards and one-wheels are not currently allowed anywhere on campus paths or sidewalks and may not be taken into or stored in any campus building or residence hall. Stand up e-scooters are allowed on streets with bike lanes and residential streets.

Motorcycles, sit-down scooters and mopeds (both electric and gas-powered) are allowed on city streets but are not allowed on campus sidewalks or paths. Students who bring a motorcycle, sit-down scooter or moped (regardless of engine size) to campus must purchase a special motorcycle parking permit and park only in designated motorcycle spaces.

RTD public transit

Easily travel around Boulder and Denver with your student bus pass. Your pass works on all RTD local and regional bus and rail routes and the SkyRide Bus to the Denver International Airport. Visit RTD’s website for bus schedules or use the Trip Planner feature.

Similar to the Buff Bus, RTD routes are operating with reduced capacity, and face coverings are required while waiting for and while using RTD bus transit. Real-time transit information is available by downloading the Transit App. Visit the RTD website for policy and service updates

Cars

Multiple visitor parking lots with hourly parking rates are available on campus. Download the ParkMobile app to pay for short-term parking hands-free. Call 303-735-PARK (7275) or email parking@colorado.edu with parking questions.

No matter how you get to campus, CU Boulder’s Environmental Center, Transportation Services and Parking Services are working to make your commute safer and more efficient, with a lower impact on the environment. For help with your commuting options, please reach out to our sustainable transportation team at buffscommute@colorado.edu. Commuter students can also sign up for emails with commuter-focused information from Off-Campus Housing & Neighborhood Relations.