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Bike Winter

Gear up for bicycling year round with classes, special events, and resources for winter riding.

Winter Bicycling Classes

To register for classes, and for full details, visit the City of Fort Collins Recreator. Note: Some users experienced difficulties registering for our bicycling education classes. The link above has been updated to reflect a more direct route to register for class. Simply copy and paste the reference number provided for each class below into the Activity Number Search field at the Recreator site

Bicycle Friendly Driver Certification Course (formerly Sharing the Road with Cyclists): Recreator Activity Number 109592 | Thursday 2/11 4:30-6:00 PM at Northside Aztlan Center Monday 3/7 4:00–5:30 PM at EPIC Center | Wednesday 3/30 7:00–8:30 PM at Foothills Activity Center. Do you ever wonder how to safely navigate roads when cyclists are present? In this presentation we discuss traffic safety laws and responsibilities for both cyclists and motorists, shared responsibilities, and how to avoid crashes or conflicts.

Smart Cycling (formerly TS101): Recreator Activity Number 409590 | Saturday 2/20 8:15 AM–4:30 PM at Westbridge Medical Suites Saturday 3/26 8:15 AM-4:30 PM at Westbridge Medical Suites. This fun course is for beginners, returning, and seasoned cyclists. Gain confidence to ride safely and legally in traffic or on trails. Learn on-bike handling skills, crash avoidance techniques, and how to conduct bicycle safety checks. 

Everyday Cycling: Recreator Activity Number 109591 |  Monday 3/7 6:30–8:00 PM at Edora Pool Ice Center | Wednesday 3/30 4:30–6:00 PM at Foothills Activity Center. Whether you are traveling to work, running errands, or traveling to visit friends, you can Go By Bike! Learn the benefits of using a bike for transportation and how to make it possible. Learn what to ride, what to wear, what to carry, how to carry it, route selections, and safety techniques.   

Cycling in Winter |  Interested in riding year-round, but not sure how to prepare for the colder season? Learn tips and techniques to help you ride safely, confidently, and comfortably. Topics include what to wear, what to ride, safe winter bike handling, route selection, and winter bike maintenance. Cycling in Winter course offerings have concluded for the season. Check back in 2016 for future offerings. 

To register for classes, and for full details, visit the City of Fort Collins Recreator online unless otherwise noted. Copy and paste the Reference number associated with each class, and enroll for the date and time you wish to participate. 

Special Events

Mark your calendar for winter bicycling fun all season long. Check out what is going on this year.

Bike Winter Celebration | Friday 2/5 6:00–9:00 PM at Wolverine Letterpress and Publick House 316 Willow Street. Celebrate year-round cycling! Join us for festivities and to see the Bike Winter Photo Contest exhibit. Bring the entire family for free fun! 

Bike Winter Photo Contest | Thanks for submitting your photos to our Bike Winter Photo Contest! Entries have closed. Check out the submissions on FC Bikes' Facebook page and see the top photos on display at Wolverine Letter Press and Publick House during the month of February. The top three photos will win a special prize to be awarded during our Bike Winter Celebration on 2/5.     

Light Up the Night |  Did you know that front lights are required on bicycles at night? Are you in need of a light? Stop by one of our “Light Up the Night” events to receive important cycling related information and a free light to keep you riding bright (while supplies last). Fun and free for the entire family! Light Up the Night events have concluded for the season. Check back in 2016 for more offerings. 

Winter Bike to Work Day | Similar to the Summer edition, Winter Bike to Work Day - organized by FC Bikes - features stations throughout Fort Collins that provide breakfast, coffee, bike repairs, and fun to reward those who arrive by bike. Winter Bike to Work Day 2016 will be Wednesday, December 14.

Holiday Lights by Bike | Join the FC Bikes Bicycle Ambassadors for a tour of some of the best holiday lights in the city - by bike! Enjoy hot drinks and treats after the tour. Missed our inaguarl Holiday Lights by Bike? No problem! Check out our route map and enjoy a festive ride before the holiday season ends.

Winter Cycling Resources

Check out the resources below for more helpful tips and tricks to make your winter riding experience more comfortable and fun.

Can’t squeeze an in-person class into your schedule? Check out our Winter Bicycling 101 video and en Español

Prepare this winter for Bike Spring

Winter blues got you down? Prepare now with these classes help you prepare for warmer weather riding. 

Cycle Touring Basics: Recreator Activity Number 209593 | Wednesday 4/13 6:30-8:00 PM at Senior Center. Pedal to your next faraway destination! Learn about which bikes can be used for touring, various types of panniers and trailers, camping equipment, and clothing. Discuss training, bike touring maps, and other essentials to get you out on your first bike tour. Registration opens 2/18, mark your calendar!

Everyday Cycling: Recreator Acitivty Number 209591 | Monday 4/18 6:30-8:00 PM ay Northside Atzlan Center, Tuesday 5/10 5:00-6:30 PM at Senior Center. Whether you are traveling to work, running errands, or traveling to visit friends, you can Go By Bike! Learn the benefits of using a bike for transportation and how to make it possible. Learn what to ride, what to wear, what to carry, how to carry it, route selections, and safety techniques. Resgistration opens 2/18, mark your calendar!

May is Women's Month | Join us for classes tailored to women and deleivered by women to offer insightful tips in a comfortable envrionment. Learn to Ride for Women: Every Wednesday in May, 5/4-5/25 6:00-7:30 PM at 215 N Mason St. Women on a Roll:  Tuesday 5/10 7:00-8:30 PM at Senior Center. Resgistration opens 2/18, mark your calendar! Women Ride on Wednesdays all month long! Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for ways to get involved.

Contact Us

For businesses interested in hosting a Bike to Work Day breakfast station in the future, please subscribe to our business email list (form at the top right of this page). For more information on Winter Bike to Work Day, please contact Nick Heimann at or at 970-416-2628. For more information on bicycling class offerings, contact Jamie Gaskill-Fox at or at 970-221-6987.

News Updates For Businesses

Stay informed about opportunities for businesses to support cycling in Fort Collins (i.e. Bike to Work Day, National Bike Challenge, and more!) by signing up for our FC Bikes Business Newsletter.