This newsletter was originally sent on Jan 13, 2010.

Bike Winter Fort Collins Continues...

Warm temperatures are melting snow and ice and it's wet and sloppy on the roads.  Although a grease mark from your bicycle's chain ring is considered to be fashionably chic these days, bicyclists can stay dry and keep clothing clean by installing fenders on your bike.  Please use caution when riding in the early morning or after the sun goes down in the evening.  Melting snow and ice can refreeze during these times and cause slippery conditions on the roads and paths.  Become a Fort Collins Smart Bicyclist! Click here to learn how to ride effectively and safely in Fort Collins.

Upcoming Events

January 14th - Bike Lunch Talk - 12:00pm - 1:00pm - New Location! Become Fit (1611 S. College Ave - Suite 2A) Bring a lunch and join us while we explore the topic of Women and Cycling.  Come learn why women are considered to be indicators of a bicycle friendly community.  Presented FC Bikes.

January 17th - Cyclocross Fundraiser - Fort Collins Cross would like to raise funds to send local junior Skyler Trujillo to represent the USA at the World Championships in Tabor, Czech Republic.  Check out event details on YGR! This will be a fun and very worth while event to support.  Presented by Fort Collins Cross. 


January 19th - FC Bike Library Open House – 5:00pm – 7:00pm.  Gardens on Spring Creek (2145 Centre Ave). Witness the dazzling lights at the garden while you learn about and provide input for the FC Bike Library.  Presented by the City's FC Bikes program and Bike Fort Collins.

February 4th - A Mid-Winter Night's Dream - A Cycling Social - 6:00pm at the Agave Room at the Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant.  Movies, Summer Treats, and interview with Fort Collins' very own 2009 National Road Champion Meredith Miller.  Check out YGR to view flyer.  Presented by Your Group Ride and the Rio Grande.   

Additional Winter Riding Tips and Resources 

~ Check out Ryan Scalva's winter riding tips presentation

~ Where do you ride when it snows?  Check out bicycle commuter priority Snow-plow routes


~ Report hazards, debris, snow, and ice in the bike lane.

Quick tips:

1. Ride in the same direction of traffic.

2. Ride with bright, reflective clothing and bike lights at night

3. Always wear a helmet

4. Be careful of low-angle sun during the winter months as motorists may not be able to see you

5. Cross perpendicularly at railroad tracks - the tracks can be extremely slippery when wet.

6. Obey the rules of the road

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