This newsletter was originally sent on Sep 19, 2008.

Fort Collins has been been awarded
the Gold level Bicycle Friendly Community designation by the League of American Bicyclists!

Fort Collins solidified its place among the nation’s most bicycle friendly communities when the League of American Bicyclists announced Fort Collins achieved Gold Level designation in the Bicycle Friendly Community program. 

The announcement, which occurred earlier today, recognized Fort Collins’ efforts to promote bicycling and plans to continually improve the ease, convenience, and safety of traveling by bike.

This award is a result of strong local partnerships and community support.  The bike organizations, bike shops, and citizens have worked hard to create one of the best bike community’s in the nation.

Fort Collins is one of nine other U.S. communities with the gold level designation. Other gold level communities include, Corvallis, OR; Madison, WI; Palo Alto, CA; Stanford University, CA; San Francisco, CA; and Tucson/East Pima Region, AZ; Seattle, WA, and Jackson, WY.  There are only three other communities that have attained the platinum level designation: Portland, Oregon, Davis, California, and Boulder, CO (also just awarded).  The Bicycle Friendly Community program uses a level rating system: honorable mention, bronze, silver, gold, and platinum. 

The elite nature of this award reinforces the City's reputation as a leader in environmental stewardship and creating healthy, vibrant communities.  Fort Collins’ strong biking culture, including hundreds of miles of bike trails and lanes, is often cited as an important component to our quality of life and our community’s ability to retain and attract quality employers and their employees.

Hot off the heels of this announcement, the City of Fort Collins and partnering organizations already have plans to pursue the platinum level designation.  We’re proud of this accomplishment and we know that we have the right plans, the right infrastructure, and the right partnerships to reach that platinum level and beyond.

~Sustainable Living fair is this weekend! Ride your bike or FREE Fort Collins Biodiesel Shuttle Buses ...FREE Bike Valet Parking courtesy of the Fort Collins Bike Co-op
Visit the festival site more info

~Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day On Sat, Oct. 4th, DPMBP invites you to bring a kid to Lory State Park for National Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day! Other IMBA clubs and patrols around the globe will also celebrate the fifth annual National Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day. The event provides a great opportunity to help kids have fun. Whether you bring a few kids -- or a few hundred -- outdoors on their bikes you'll be helping the next generation gain an appreciation for the healthy, low-impact activity of mountain biking. So bring a kid and come on out, registration deadline is Sept. 27th.

~ NBB Cyclocross Races are on this fall.  Races will begin Tuesday Oct. 7th and continue every Tuesday in Oct.  4:30-~6:30. Check out the new flyer!

~International Walk and Bike a Child to School Day  Oct. 8th

~Bike Tour of Local Champion Trees- Oct. 11th - City Forester, Tim Buchanan leads an easy six mile (one-way) bike tour featuring a dozen notable trees of Fort Collins neighborhoods.  Participants will receive information on over 30 notable trees in Fort Collins that are rare, unusual, unique or one-of-a-kind. Tour begins at City Park pool (City Park Drive and Bryan Street) and ends at downtown Library Park.  Dress for the weather, bring a water bottle and snack. Registration required through the Gardens on Spring Creek, 2145 Centre Ave or 970-416-2486. Fee: $5 member; non-member $10, five years of age and under free.  Instructor: Tim Buchanan


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