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Dearest Bike Friends:


There’s no denying it, fall is upon us!  Shorter days, cooler mornings and changing colors of the leaves remind us that the end of the year is quickly approaching and soon enough it will be winter. Mornings require more layers while afternoons still call for the lighter summer garb. No complaining here though. After one of the hottest summers on record, I’m thoroughly enjoying the daily pendulum swing of temperature. It makes bike riding so much more pleasurable when I can arrive at destinations without being sweat soaked and dehydrated.

As we transition from summer to fall, be aware that Colorado is perfectly positioned on the Earth to experience low sun angles that cause blinding light conditions in the early mornings and evenings. Take extra caution to make sure other users of the roads and trails see you and that you see them.

Fall also offers many events and opportunities to get involved in the bicycle community. So check out what our great city has to offer, get involved and keep on riding!

Kindest regards,

Becky

Local Bike Events

FORToberfest

fortoberfest2012.pngFriday & Saturday, September 21-22, 2012

FORToberfest is a funky hometown celebration that will bring together the three most popular elements of our Fort Collins culture in this new fall event: bicycles, beers and bands. It’s  designed as a “backyard” festival with a relaxed and familiar hometown feel. The festival organizers remind people to wear sunscreen to enjoy the beautiful Colorado sunshine safely.  Please leave all pets at home as no pets are allowed on festival grounds. Attendees are encouraged to hang out and enjoy entertainment all day, plus the restaurants and shops in historic downtown. People are encouraged to come in costume, so dress up, tune up your bike, and get yourself Downtown!

·         Friday: 5-10:30pm at Old Town Square

·         Saturday: 11am-10:30pm at Old Town Square and Linden St. & Walnut St.

For a schedule, link to volunteer, and more information about the event, please visit: http://downtownfortcollins.com/dba.php/fortoberfest/. 

Bike-In Cinema at New Belgium Brewing

Thursdays, 8-10:30pm @ 500 Linden Street

nbbcolor.jpgYEAH!  It’s back again and will be better than ever! Grab your cruiser, your bar bike, your fixie, your trike, load the fam in the Burley trailer and head on over to New Belgium at dusk every Thursday for films, brews and good times…the way they were meant to be – car free.  All beverage proceeds at the bike-in movies go to local non-profits and generally exceed $10,000 every season. It’s a great way to support our community. But perhaps the best part is watching  everyone ride away on their bicycles after the shows with lights flashing and bells ringing



September 20:   The Last Waltz

  • September 27:   Chinatown
  • October 4:         Animal House

FC Bike Library Bike Prom

Saturday, October 13, 2012 from 8:30pm-1:30am @ TBD

bike library new.pngBike Prom is an annual fundraiser for the Fort Collins Bike Library and a unique celebration of bicycles, beverages, prizes and community.  This year, the Fort Collins Bike Library is partnering with Scavenger Hunt Brewstyle.  Participants set out on a pre-dance adventure, completing the brewery checkpoint challenges, drinking signature craft brews and collecting trip souvenirs.

Please contact Stacy Sebeczek for more information at stacy@fcbikelibrary.org or at 970.481.5577.  Don’t forget to ‘like’ Fort Collins Bike Library on Facebook!

USGP of Cyclocross SmartWool Cup

Saturday & Sunday, October 13-14, 2012

The second stop of the USGP of Cyclocross – the Fort Collins Cup – blasts off the starting line on October 13 and 14, 2012. Fort Collins and Colorado is home to a number of cyclocross standouts, including Olympian Georgia Gould, Meredith Miller and up and coming U23 racer Skyler Trujillo. This battle for hometown bragging rights always makes for an amazing day of racing.  

The course is challenging, but the viewing is easy!  Come on out, cheer on racers and grab some of the great food from our featured vendors. Remember, our weather quickly changes, so bring clothes for all seasons.

Finally, volunteers are needed during race week help set the course. For more information, check out: http://www.usgpcyclocross.com/index.php.

TS101 Course

Saturday, november 10, 2012, 8am-4pm

This FREE course, based on the League of American Bicyclists curriculum, covers sharing the road, rules of the road, bicycle safety checks, fixing a flat, on-bike skills and crash avoidance techniques, PLUS lunch and materials. It’s recommended for students above the age of 14 years. For more information and to RSVP, contact Molly North at mnorth@fcgov.com or 970.224.6112.

League Cycling Instructor Seminar

Friday, Saturday & Sunday, October 19-21, 2012

If you are an experienced cyclist who’s taken the Traffic Skills 101 course and would like to teach others how to bicycle safely please consider becoming a League Cycling Instructor (LCI). As an LCI, you can help Fort Collins become a safer bicycle community and help us move toward the Platinum Level Bicycle Friendly Community award. For information about the national LCI program visit: http://www.bikeleague.org/programs/education/.

·         Location:           TBD

·         Instructor:         Preston Tyree

·         Registration:      $300

o   Friday:              5-9pm

o   Saturday:          8am-1 hour after sunset

o   Sunday:            8am-3pm

For more information or to sign-up, contact Molly North at mnorth@fcgov.com or 970.224.6112.

National Bike Events

Interbike

September 19-21, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada

Join local Fort Collins manufacturers Big Shot Bikes, Niner Bikes, Panda Bicycles, Ridekick International and Swobo, at Interbike, at the premier cycling trade event in North America. With more than 750 companies representing more than 1,200 brands, it’s a one-stop opportunity to connect with the entire industry, discover emerging trends and learn new business ideas at Interbike University. Pick your passion and find your people. From BMX to Triathlon, to OutDoor Demo and beyond. Interbike is more than just about the companies attending, it's about the company you'll be keeping. And it only happens once a year. Go for the culture, stay for the show. For more information, visit their website at www.interbike.com.

Local Bikes News You May Have Missed

9.8.12: On the bike: Cyclocross a great way to get into cycling

http://www.yourgroupride.com/news-and-events-for-module-publishing/132-news-and-events-/1376-on-the-bike-cyclocross-a-great-way-to-get-into-cycling

9.1.12: Tour de Fat rolls through Old Town in style, about 20,000 strong

It was another success year for Tour de Fat.  For post-event coverage, check out this article from the Coloradoan: http://www.coloradoan.com/article/20120901/NEWS01/309010014/Tour-de-Fat-rolls-through-Old-Town-style-about-20-000-strong

8.31.12: Fort Collins ranks 11th in America’s Top 50 Bike-Friendly Cities

To determine the top 50 bike-friendly cities for 2012, Bicycling Magazine evaluated cities with populations of 95,000 or more, using data provided by the Alliance for Biking and Walking and the League of American Bicyclists, as well as input from local advocates and bike-ped coordinators. To make the list, a city must possess both a robust cycling infrastructure and a vibrant bike culture. Read on to find out how Fort Collins stacked up: http://www.bicycling.com/news/advocacy/america-s-top-50-bike-friendly-cities

8.26.12: Christian Vande Velde wins the USA Pro Challenge overall title in Denver

Missed the USA Pro Challenge?  Check out the coverage from the Denver Post.  If you were lucky enough to be a spectator at this fabulous event, then you know how exciting and exhilarating the competition was.  Now let’s work together to bring the 2013 route through Fort Collins!! http://www.denverpost.com/usapro/ci_21405038/usa-pro-challenge-denver-vande-velde

8.9.12: Fort Collins Requiring More Bike Parking Spots

Check out this coverage of the new land use code in Fort Collins that requires new developments to have more bicycle parking: http://denver.cbslocal.com/2012/08/09/fort-collins-requiring-more-bike-parking-spots/.

Colorado State University Bike News

Alternative Transportation Fair

Thursday, September 20, 2012 from 10am-3pm @ Lory Student Center Plaza

Please join us to help further promote modes of alternative transportation on our campus community. We'll have a variety of vendors promoting their specific modes of transportation. We'll also have some giveaways as well as a bike mechanic on site. Sponsored by Parking Services, ASCSU, Off-Campus Life.

Contact Amanda Wambolt at amanda.wambolt@colostate.edu or 970.491.7600 for more information.

On-Campus Bicycle Breakfast Stations

Thursdays in September

Bike to campus on Thursday mornings in September and receive free breakfast when you stop by the Bike to Breakfast tents.  Listed below are the stations that will be open from 7:30-10:00am:

·         September 20: The Oval

·         September 27: Center & Pitkin St.

For more information, visit www.bicycle.colostate.edu.

4th Annual Ram Bicycle Classic

Sunday, September 23, 2012

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Join hundreds of other cycling enthusiasts in this year's new Ram Bicycle Classic, Sunday, September 23, starting and ending on the Colorado State University campus in Fort Collins. This one-day recreational ride in the scenic foothills of Larimer County features four different routes: 100-mile, 65-mile, 35-mile and an 11-mile family ride.

Upon finishing the ride, participants are invited to join the after-ride party, which includes a complimentary lunch, beverage garden, live music, door prizes and Bike Expo.

A free Family Bike Rodeo will take place from 11am to 2pm at the start/finish area, sponsored by the City of Fort Collins Safe Routes to School Programs, the Bicycle and Pedestrian Education Coalition and Recycled Cycles. 

The event benefits CSU’s Global Social & Sustainable Enterprise Master’s Program, supporting student scholarships and summer field work in developing countries. For more information and to register: www.rambicycleclassic.org

CSU Student Cross-Country Mountain Biking Trip

Saturday, October 20, 2012 from 8am-6pm

This introductory course is designed to teach you the basic skills of cross-country mountain biking. We will travel 25 miles north of Fort Collins to Soapstone Prairie Natural Area on the border of Colorado and Wyoming. This is a 28 square mile natural area with human history from 12,000yrs ago, along with some of the best cross-country mountain biking in Northern Colorado. We will choose a trail based on the groups experience and interest level, but trails vary from the 5 miles to 12 miles (with connections to much more).

  • Where: Soapstone Prairie Natural Area
  • Cost: $30 (Includes transportation, food and instructors)
  • Registration Deadline & Pre-Trip Meeting: Thursday, October 18 @ 6pm

For more information and to register, please visit: http://campusrec.colostate.edu/OutdoorProgram/Cross-CountryMountainBiking.cfm.

CSU Student Intro to Downhill Mountain Biking Class

Sunday, October 21, 2012 from 9am-6pm

This introductory course is designed to teach you the basic skills of downhill mountain biking. We will meet at the Rec Center and transport you to Lory State Park for a fun day of mountain biking. We will start the day at the Mountain Bike Park where you will learn the basics of balance and biking technique on a flat/controlled environment. You will learn skills to travel over bridges, logs, and other obstacles you might see on the trail. After that, we will begin the climb uphill (note- this part is strenuous and requires a good level of physical fitness). Then the fun part- you will get the chance (under the watchful eye of your instructors) to cruise downhill and enjoy the thrill of mountain biking above beautiful Horsetooth Reservoir. No prior mountain biking experience is necessary. Actual distance traveled will depend on the group's interest and skill levels, but should be between 4 and 8 miles.

  • Where: Lory State Park
  • Cost: $30 (Includes transportation, food and instructors)
  • Registration Deadline & Pre-Trip Meeting: Thursday, October 18 @ 7pm

For more information and to register, please visit: http://campusrec.colostate.edu/OutdoorProgram/IntroToDownhillMountainBiking.cfm.

In the News 8.13.12: CSU to add more bike fix stands across campus

Check out this article from the Coloradoan about the bike fix-it stands that are being installed across campus: http://www.coloradoan.com/article/20120813/NEWS01/308130021/CSU-add-more-bike-fix-stands-across-campus?gcheck=1&nclick_check=1

Visit www.bicycle.colostate.edu for the fall 2012 schedule of when volunteer bike mechanics will assist with repairs at the campus fix-it stands.

Get Involved

Please Take the Trails Questionnaire!

Survey Closes September 15, 2012!!

The City of Fort Collins wants to hear your thoughts on how well the current paved trail system works and how to improve it. Please follow this link to take the Paved Trails Questionnaire: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/992327/Trails-Questionnaire

Help PeopleforBikes.org earn a $250,000 grant

Voting Closes September 19, 2012!!

Most of the time when we rally our supporters, it has to do with a national bicycling issue. That’s the main reason we created PeopleForBikes.org—to allow individuals to speak with one powerful, united voice in support of better bicycling in America.

Today, however, we need action for another reason. Our parent foundation Bikes Belong is up for a $250,000 Chase Community Giving Grant. If we win the grant, $125,000 will go to help PeopleForBikes.org reach its goal of one million people (we are at 600,000 supporters now) and the other half will go toward our Green Lane Project, a new campaign to fast-track the installation of protected bike lanes in U.S. cities.

Here’s how you can help us win this $250,000 grant:

1. Go to the Chase Community Giving app on Facebook, enter Bikes Belong on Search Charities, then click Vote. (You can earn an extra vote by sharing through Facebook, Twitter, or emailing the link—if someone clicks on your link and votes, you get an extra vote.)

OR

2. Go to www.chasegiving.com, click on Vote Now, search for Bikes Belong, and then click Vote. (You must be a Chase customer to vote at this website.)

You can vote both ways, giving Bikes Belong double the votes. Voting ends September 19, so act now! With all of the important causes out there, wouldn't it be great to see bicycling recognized as one of them?

Volunteer to Conduct Trail Surveys

As part of the Trails Master Plan and the National Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation project, we are currently in the middle of our third round of trail counts and trail surveys and we can always use more volunteers! To sign up, please visit: http://www.volunteerspot.com/login/entry/782345631846414020.

·         Trail Survey Training:

o   Tuesday, September 18 from 5:15-6pm in the Community Room @ 215 N. Mason

·         Trail Survey Times:      

o   Thursday, September 20 from Noon-2pm

o   Thursday, September 20 from 5-7pm

o   Saturday, September 22 from Noon-2pm

For more information about the program, please visit: http://www.fcgov.com/parkplanning/trailplan.php or contact Amy Lewin at alewin@fcgov.com or 970.416.2040.

Track your rides on your phone & shape the future of bicycling in Fort Collins!

Colorado State University, the City of Fort Collins, and CanDo (Coalition for Activity & Nutrition to Defeat Obesity) are partnering to record the routes bicyclists in Fort Collins take for transportation and recreation.

Whether you’re an avid cyclist or an occasional fair-weather rider, the routes you choose provide valuable information to help determine the type and location of bicycle infrastructure for future projects.  Just follow these easy steps:

1.       Download the free CycleTracks app for your smartphone

2.       Carry your phone on your ride

3.       Improve cycling in your community

4.       Start tracking today!

The CycleTracks app, developed by the San Francisco County Transportation Authority, will anonymously log the general routes you ride. As a bonus, you’ll be able to review your trips right on your phone. Data collected is anonymous and participation is voluntary. No personal information is shared with the study team, only your route data.

Learn more at www.pvhs.org/cando or email cando@pvhs.org.

 

Did you know?

The longest trike tandem consisted of 93 tandemists and was almost 150 meters long (that’s almost 500 feet)!

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Until next time . . .

Keep on riding!  Let me know if you have any interesting stories, events, opportunities or fun facts related to the local Fort Collins bicycling community that could be included in upcoming issues of the Momentum newsletter.

 

Becky Moriarty

FC Bikes Intern

O: 970.416.2471

rmoriarty@fcgov.com


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