Bicycling in Downtown Fort Collins
The City of Fort Collins and local stakeholders are working to make bicycling safer for bicyclists and pedestrians in the downtown area. Bicycling on the sidewalks in the downtown area is prohibited. Police officers will ticket bicyclists and skateboarders for riding in the dismount zone. View the dismount zone map to the right.
Bicycling on College Ave. is legal but recommended for experienced bicyclists are who are comfortable riding with traffic. To access the downtown area on low-traffic streets North and South, please ride Mason St. (North only), Howes St. (south only), Remington St., and Mathews St. Low-traffic East-West connections to downtown include Laporte Ave. to Walnut, Mountain Ave., Oak St., Olive St. and Magnolia. Always be sure to carefully cross railroad tracks at a 90 degree angle as the tracks can be slippery and bumpy.
Alleyways also create excellent low-traffic bicycle connectivity throughout downtown, but be sure to watch for pedestrian, motorist, and other bicyclist activity. Ride predictably, respectfully, and always use hand signals, a bike bell, and bike lights (at night) when bicycling anywhere in the City of Fort Collins and always wear a helmet.
For a complete view of bike routes through the downtown as well as the perimeter of the dismount zone (see map below).