This spring, in partnership with community organizations, FC Bikes will launch an initiative to encourage more women to bike. In 2009, a report from the League of American Bicyclists (Women Bike) identified five key strategies for increasing women's participation in bicycling, specifically the "5 C's": comfort, convenience, confidence, consumer products and community. Through classes, events, rides and more, FC Bikes will use the 5 C's framework to break down barriers to bicycling and get more women rolling on two wheels! Join us for these upcoming events:
- Weekly Rides starting May 1
- Women on a Roll Bike Expo on May 4
- Cyclofemme on May 11
- Learn 2 Ride! Classes on May 17 and June 14
National Bike Challenge Starts May 1!
The National Bike Challenge is a nationwide event uniting thousands of current bicyclists and encouraging countless new riders. In its simplest form it is a logging center for users to record miles ridden and be part of the national community of bicyclists. It is a free and easy way to challenge yourself, colleagues and the greater community to ride more. Users compete on a local, state and national level. The Challenge aims to unite 50,000 riders to pedal 30 million miles from May 1, 2014 until September 30, 2014. Now in its third year, the challenge is a successful partnership between the League of American Bicyclists and Kimberly-Clark's Scott Natural Brand. Find out more.
Upcoming Bike Lunch Talk
May 7 BLT: BICYCLE AMBASSADOR PROGRAM Since its launch in 2012, the Bicycle Ambassador Program (BAP) continues to provide encouragement and education about safe cycling to hundreds of people. Two years later, there are about 30 trained Bicycle Ambassadors giving "Lunch & Learn" presentations, staffing informational booths at community events and serving as courtesy patrol ambassadors while out riding. But we need more people to help educate the masses. Learn how you can help. RSVP now.
RSVP now and be eligible for door prizes! Presentations take place on the first Wednesday of each month from 12:30-1:30pm at 281 N. College Ave. in Conference Room A. Please bring your lunch to enjoy during the presentation.
FREE Traffic Skills 101 Class!
Traffic Skills 101 (TS101) is a course for beginners, returning and seasoned cyclists alike that will give you the confidence to ride safely and legally on the streets or on the trail. You will learn how to conduct bicycle safety checks, on-bike skills and crash avoidance techniques. We recommended this 7.5-hour class for adults and youth above age 14. Participants should be prepared to ride their bicycle as there is a riding portion to this class. A helmet and bicycle in good working condition are required. A water bottle is recommended.
FC Bikes sponsors this class the second Saturday every other month, free to those who pre-register. Snacks, lunch and course materials are included. Upcoming dates include May 10, July 12, Sept. 13 and Nov. 8. Register online for an upcoming course and someone will be in touch to confirm your interest.
Become an Official Bicycle Ambassador
Become a volunteer Bicycle Ambassador and help encourage people to ride their bikes and/or to share the road with bicycles lawfully and safely. The Bicycle Ambassador Program is co-managed by FC Bikes and the Bicycle and Pedestrian Education Coalition. Check out our website at www.bicycleambassadorprogram.org to sign up!
Join us in Updating the City's Bike Plan!
FC Bikes is updating the City's Bicycle Plan and we want your help! To stay informed and get the latest news, please subscribe to Momentum, our e-newsletter about biking in Fort Collins. We'll use the e-newsletter to announce your opportunities to help shape the future of bicycling in our city. Please encourage your friends, neighbors, co-workers and all others who might be interested in the future of bicycling in Fort Collins to join us! Please visit fcgov.com/BikePlan.
Trail & Road Closures
In preparation for the installation of the Spring Creek Overpass Bridge, a segment of Bay Road and the Mason Trail between Niswender Road and Prospect Road will be closed beginning Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 for MAX construction activities. This closure will be in effect until late January. For the latest info, check out detours posted on the City's trail status/closure page and current Poudre River Trail closures.
PLATINUM Bicycle Friendly Community, Awarded May 2013
"A bicycle culture is key in defining the fabric of what makes Fort Collins a great place to live, work and play. We know it is a primary means of transportation for many, a major form of recreation for most, and a significant factor in attracting new businesses and new residents," stated Mayor Weitkunat. "Our City works alongside many community organizations to build a seamless bikeway network and ensure a safe cycling community. We are proud to accept this Platinum designation. Bicycling is a community value and a way of life in Fort Collins."
On February 26, 2013, FC Bikes proudly submitted an application to the League of American Bicyclists to be considered for their Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) Program. The BFC Program offers national recognition for communities that actively support bicycling. A Bicycle Friendly Community welcomes cyclists by providing safe accommodation for cycling and encourages people to bike for transportation and recreation. Check out the video we produced to supplement our application.