This newsletter was originally sent on Jun 7, 2012.

JUNE is here! And that means it's Bike Month!
On Tuesday, June 5, Mayor Weitkunat officially proclaimed June as Bike Month!
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In other bike news...

Local and State Policy Makers To Take a Bike Ride Together, Plan for New Bike Routes

The Bicycle and Pedestrian Education Coalition (BPEC) has invited local and state leaders on a bike ride to occur Friday, June 8, 1:30-3:30pm.


The goals of the ride are to:

• Raise awareness about the Bicycle Ambassador Program, co-managed by BPEC and the Fort Collins FC Bikes program

• Help nurture good will among our communities’ leaders

• Demonstrate how trails and infrastructure work together to create safe routes for bicycling

• Show where more connectivity – especially between Fort Collins and Loveland – could enhance our region’s bike-ability.


The last point will be fleshed out at the end of the ride when BPEC will facilitate a mapping session with the North Front Range Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO). Participating leaders and community members will have the opportunity to lend their input about the regional bike plan being developed by the MPO. The mapping exercise will take place from 4-5pm in the Coors/HP Room at McKee Medical Center. The mapping exercise is open to the public.


The route will begin at the Poudre Fire Authority Station #3, 2000 Mathews Street, Fort Collins, and include multi-use trails, bike lanes on city streets and county roads. The route is approximately 16 miles (one way). Experienced cyclists and BPEC members will lead the ride, which will be fully supported by electric-assisted bike trailers (Ridekicks), e-bikes from Small Planet e-Vehicles, sag wagons (VanGo

vans) and more.


Participants include State Representatives Randy Fischer and John Kefalas, Fort Collins Mayor Karen Weitkunat, Fort Collins City Council Members Gerry Horak, Ben Manvel and Lisa Poppaw, Loveland Transportation Board Member Irene Fortune and Loveland transportation planners.


Ciclismo Youth Foundation is Fundraising!
The Ciclismo Youth Foundation, 501(c)(3) (CYF) wishes to create a “Bike Library” for local youth who need access to a safe, reliable, competition-quality bicycle. CYF is a local non-profit foundation and their mission is to create and promote opportunities to get kids on bikes in our community.


CYF currently hosts 13 local weekday races (where all kids 18 and under race for free). They host a “Summer Program” (where kids of all ages learn competetive riding skills, nutrition strategies and build character). They also support local high school student-athletes who compete in the Colorado High School Cycling League (


Their next goal is to create a sustainable Bike Library Program to support local youth riders at our events and in our programs.

Visit to learn more!

Healthy U series launches with event for bikers who crave more

Who wouldn't want to get some tips from a pro or two?


The Healthy U event series kicks off the summer with a focus on biking and how to take your biking skills to the next level.


Rev Up Your Ride will feature a panel of fun and engaging health experts who will share their guidance about training techniques, injury prevention, what you can do to optimize your rides, what your body needs to perform at a higher level and more.


The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 12, in the lower level outdoor courtyard at Medical Center of the Rockies, 2500 Rocky Mountain Ave., Loveland. Space is limited.


Panelists include:

This free event is open to riders of all levels. Whether you are an occasional weekend rider in the city or an adventurous mountain bike racer who lives on wheels, we have tips you can use. Come prepared to participate and share your own successes and experiences with others who love biking, too.


The Healthy U event series is a lineup of free, monthly public events and discussions presented by University of Colorado Health experts in casual and interactive settings. For more information, call 970.237.7101 or email

Used Bike Drive for Bike Month

The Bike Co-op is running a month-long used bike donation drive during June to encourage people to donate bikes.  They have an upcoming shipment in July for their Ghana Bikes program that needs an influx of donations in order to collect enough bikes to fill a half container.  These bikes should be serviceable in order to be included in the shipment.  Any bikes below that standard will be recycled.


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