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Can you Count?! Join us in our annual Bicyclist and Pedestrian Count Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday September 12, 14, & 16 (PDF)

Spotlight image: Can you Count?! Join us in our annual Bicyclist and Pedestrian Count Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday September 12, 14, & 16

We are counting on you to count for us! The City of Fort Collins is conducting our annual bicyclist and pedestrian counts throughout our community and are looking for volunteers. Help us understand and promote cycling and walking in Fort Collins!

Choose from a variety of two-hour shifts (7-9a, 12-2p, 5-7p) over the course of three days—sign up for one or more! 

 

To find out more information and to sign up click here

 

Volunteers are asked to attend a brief training session on September 6 (free pizza!), and will also be eligible to win one of many Downtown Business Association gift cards! Contact Lauren Nagle for questions or more information - bG5hZ2xlQGZjZ292LmNvbQ==.

Come join the fun! We greatly appreciate your help in this important event! 

Join us September 17 for our next Open Streets

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Thank you for coming out to Open Streets on June 4!  Mark your calendars for our next event on September 17, which will feature sections of the Pitkin Bikeway.  Thank you to all the Open Streets partners for your support!  Visit www.fcgov.com/openstreets to stay up-to-date on event information.

Walk & Wheel Skills Hub Launch

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Thank you for joining us at the Walk & Wheel Skills Hub Ribbon Cutting and Launch! Feel free to drop by one of our upcoming drop-in sessions where an instructor will be on-hand for any questions or skills training!  Thursday, September 7 and Thursday, October 5, from 4 - 6 p.m. 

The Skills Hub, located at Drake & Dunbar off the Spring Creek Trail, is a community bicycling and walking skills course designed to help people of all ages feel comfortable and confident navigating Fort Collins on two wheels and on foot. The Hub also brings together other innovative demonstrations, partnerships and Fort Collins initiatives, including Nature in the City and Art in Public Places projects.

 

 

 

 

Bike Autumn

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Autumn is a great season to get on a bike. Join us for a season filled with opportunities to enjoy Fort Collins on a bike. Roll with us during the FC Rides series, celebrate cycling at one of our events, take a free class to build your cycling skills and be a part of Fort Collins bicycling community. Find out more on the Bike Autumn site.     

Are you ready to take the Big Jump?

Spotlight image: Are you ready to take the Big Jump?

Fort Collins was one of 10 cities in the nation selected to participate in PeopleForBikes’ (PFB) Big Jump Project with the goal of getting more people on bikes.  Through this three-year initiative, we will work with community organizations, leaders and residents to implement a comprehensive bicycle program in Northwest Fort Collins with the goal of creating a safe, connected, comfortable and vibrant environment for bicycling. Learn more about the project and how to get involved at fcgov.com/BigJump.

 

Ride Smart Drive Smart

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Ride Smart Drive Smart is an education, enforcement and encouragement initiative developed by FC Bikes in partnership with Fort Collins Police Servcies. The initiative is designed to educate both cyclists and motorists how to safely and lawfully share the roadways, encourage smart riding and driving behavior and enforce laws for safety. 

Look for the Ride Smart Drive Smart van around town where we will be doing field education and events this summer. Learn how to Ride Smart and Drive Smart in our upcoming classes this summer during our Bike Summer class series.

Bike Safety Summary (PDF)

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Did you know?

Overall bike crashes increased from 2015 to 2016. However, they are lower than the peak in 2012, and severe crashes have seen a general downward trend. Compared to 2012, overall crashes are down 11% andsevere crashes are down 32%.

The first step to make our roads safer is to understand how many and what types of crashes occur in Fort Collins. By carefully reviewing traffic data and crash reports, we are able to determine safety trends and identify priorities. Take a look to see how we are improving safety across Fort Collins and understand how these trends enable us to focus our safety and prevention efforts.

Fort Collins Bike Share

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Have you had a chance to test out Fort Collins Bike Share?  With more than 90 public bikes placed at 17 stations around town, bike share combines the flexibility and freedom of a bicycle with the accessibility of public transportation. In 2016, the Fort Collins Bike Share Program served more than 5,000 trips across 2,600 members. Stay tuned for more information on program expansions and sponsorship opportunities!

 

Remington Bicycle Counter

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Have you had a chance to get counted on Fort Collins' new bicycle counter?  Check it out on the Remington Bikeway just north of Lake Street.  If you're riding in the northbound or southbound bike lane, look for your number on the display!  The counter displays the total number of bicyclists each day and over the course of the year.  Also, check out the data online here: http://fortcollins.visio-tools.com/

2016 Bicyclist and Pedestrian Counts Infographic

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Thank you to all the volunteers who helped with our 2016 Bicyclist and Pedestrian Counts! Check out our Infographic for some interesting trends. Stay tuned for more information as we gear up for another round of Counts this fall!

Become a Certified Bicycle Friendly Driver

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Launched in December 2015, the Bicycle Friendly Driver Program has become the number one class offered by the FC Bikes Bicycle Ambassador Program. Nearly 900 drivers have been certified. Find out more about how you can become a certified Bicycle Friendly Driver.

FREE Education Classes!

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FC Bikes' Bicycle Ambassadors encourage people to ride their bikes safely and confidently. The program offers a variety of classes and encourages people to become ambassadors of safe cycling in Northern Colorado.    

  • Smart Cycling (formerly Traffic Skills 101)
  • Learn to Ride for Adults
  • Bicycle Friendly Driver
  • Bicycle Traffic Citation Course
  • And many others, including seasonal classes and classes for women!

For more information on class offerings or to sign up, please visit the Classes and Events page on the Bicycle Ambassador Program website. For current seasonal classes, visit our Bike Winter page.

City of Fort Collins named Platinum Bicycle Friendly Business

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The City of Fort Collins Administrative Campus has been awarded by the League of American Bicyclists as a Platinum Bicycle Frienldy Business, joining 27 other Platinum businesses across the nation, and Fort Collins' own New Belgium Brewing Co. as the only two Platinum designaded Bicycle Friendly Businesses in Colorado. Fort Collins leads the nation with 50 designated Bicycle Friendly Businesses, joining more than 1,100 Bicycle Friendly Businesses across the country.

For more information on other Bicycle Friendly Businesses in Fort Collins and Colorado, or to apply for Bicycle Friendly Business designation, visit The League of American Bicyclists. 

Like Us on Facebook and Follow Us on Twitter!

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FC Bikes is jumping on the social media train and now has our own Facebook and Twitter page! Please like our page to stay up-to-date on projects, upcoming events, how to get involved in the local bicycle scene, and lastly, industry and partner news. You can find us at FC Bikes Facebook and FC Bikes Twitter.

Trail & Road Closures

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For the latest info, check out detours posted on the City's Trail System Status Page. Sign up to receive notifications regarding trails in your area. For on-street maintenance projects, check out the Street Maintenance Program's page.  Cyclists should always adhere to construction closures and posted detours. These are put in place for your safety. 

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