This newsletter was originally sent on May 26, 2011.

Bike Summer Fort Collins Kicks Off with Mia Birk

The City of Fort Collins’ FC Bikes program is pleased to present the 2011Bike Summer Fort Collins campaign.   Bike Summer Fort Collins was created to help residents of Fort Collins experience the freedom and joys of bicycling for both recreation and transportation. 


Bike Summer Fort Collins is about helping residents transition into cycling as a way of life while providing them with the skills and education to bicycle safely and confidently along streets and trails.  It’s also a celebration of our local cycling culture and to embrace the many social, environmental, and economic benefits that bicycling offers. 


Mia Birk, former Bicycle Coordinator for the City of Portland, Oregon; president and founder of Alta Planning + Design, and author of her new book, Joyride: Pedaling Toward a Healthy Planet will officially kick off Bike Summer Fort Collins activities. 


“Mia Birk is a pioneer and active leader in working toward advancing the goals of safe cycling throughout cities in North America.  We are excited to learn from Mia’s experiences and to share innovative, best planning practices with both residents and officials throughout municipalities in the Northern Colorado region.  Her latest book provides the inspiration and ‘know how’ to help transform our social and physical infrastructure to accept and accommodate cycling as a viable form of transportation”, says Dave “DK” Kemp, Bicycle Coordinator for the City of Fort Collins. 


Official Bike Summer Fort Collins Kick-off Events - Sponsored by New Belgium Brewing:


Presentation and Book Signing with Mia Birk

June 9, New Belgium Brewing, 7:00 – 9:00pm

Former Bicycle Coordinator from Portland, OR and author of Joyride, Pedaling Toward a Healthy Planet

This event is limited to the first 100 registrants.  RSVP to or call 224-6112


Joy Ride with Mia Birk

June 10, New Belgium Brewing, 5:00pm

It’s the Bike Summer Fort Collins Kick-off and New Belgium’s 20th anniversary so let’s celebrate both.  Wear your oldest piece of New Belgium garb for our leisure ride!  Ride starts and ends at New Belgium Brewing Company. 


View a list of Bike Summer Fort Collins events, including Bike to Work Day at:


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