57th Street in north Loveland is a heavily traveled cycling thouroghfare for cyclists riding between Fort Collins and Loveland to prime riding country to the west and south. Masonville, Carter Lake, the Big Thompson canyon are all accessed through 57th Street because it avoids riding through Loveland. Most cyclists know about this route, but what many don't know is there's a nifty tunnel under Highway 287 just north of 57th St. but its virtually inaccessible from that road because its not been connected. The tunnel is part of a bike path that can be easily accessed at County Road 11 or 13 out by Boyd lake which is sweet, but the path abruptly ends about a 1/2 mile west of 287 on the ridge above the railroad tracks with no way to reaccess 57th street.
57th St. is especially trencherous for eastbound cyclists. The road is a rider's nightmare punctiated by chip seal shoulder drop offs, and recessed manhole covers that require you to swerve in and out of traffic since there's no paved shoulder around them. Then to top it all off, eastbound cyclists get to ride against traffic through a narrow divided offramp from Highway 287 so they can access an old path that connects to the tunnel under 287.
Epic Cycling Routes calls on Larimer County and the City of Loveland to expedite the completion of the bike path all the way out to Wilson Avenue in West Loveland, thereby providing a safe passageway for thousands of local cyclists. We will be contacting authorities in Loveland and Larimer Country about this. Check back here for updates and status.