At first, people thought we were crazy for hosting a Winter Bike to Work Day, but it has quickly become one of our community’s favorite cycling events! And Bike Winter continues to grow as the City of Fort Collins’ FC Bikes program has created a campaign of events, resources and tips to keep you riding safe and warm through the winter months. Once you give it a go, you will realize how easy and fun it is to ride in the winter. Please join us – be seen, be heard and don’t let winter slow you down!
Join us in Updating the City's Bike Plan!
FC Bikes is updating the City's Bicycle Plan and we want your help! Take our online survey by December 14 to provide input on the future of bicycling in Fort Collins! 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.
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 in traffic 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 December 14, January 11, and March 8. Register online for an upcoming course and someone will be in touch to confirm your interest.
Stop as Yield Law
This memorandum provides an overview of the Stop as Yield law which was researched by City of Fort Collins staff and the City's Bicycle Advisory Committee. Included in this memo is a chart outlining potential strengths, limitations, opportunities and weaknesses associated with implementing a Stop as Yield law in Fort Collins. This chart is intended to be an objective summary of the information and feedback collected to date around the concept.
Trail and Road Closures
The Poudre Trail remains closed from Lions Open Space to I-25. Due to flooding, erosion and tree instability, we urge you to stay off the Poudre Trail at this time. Please visit the trail status/closure page for updated information on trail closures and detours.
FC Bikes also encourages cyclists to respect County road closures and rebuilding efforts, please read County road closure information.
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.
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. Sign up now!
The 2013 Bicycling Guide to Northern Colorado is here! Inside you'll find great information about the upcoming USA Pro Challenge and other exciting bicycle events and classes slated for 2013. RIDE 2013 is complete with inspiring stories about the Bicycle Ambassador Program, the Fort Collins Bike Library, and the future of bicycling and the Mason Corridor, to name a few.