W. Mulberry Street Project Coming this Summer
Beginning this June, the City will be implementing improvements along W. Mulberry St. between Overland Tr. and Jackson Ave. as recommended in the 2017 Old Town Neighborhoods Plan and 2014 Bicycle Master Plan. The W. Mulberry St. Project aims to address safety concerns and improve conditions for corridor users through the addition of a center turn lane, crossing improvements, and protected bike lanes. The lower traffic volumes along this section of W. Mulberry St. allow for one travel lane in each direction, while the new center turn lane provides for safer and more convenient left turns to residential driveways and local streets, and can help traffic flow by removing turning vehicles from the travel lane. Space gained from the reduction in lanes will be utilized to enhance bicycle mobility, while also increasing the buffer between the sidewalk and travel lanes.
Construction Update: Beginning the week of July 22, sections of W. Mulberry Street, between Overland Trail and Jackson Avenue, and S. Impala Dr. will be fully closed to allow for resurfacing and restriping. Additional information will be available on the project webpage linked below.
Let us know what you think about bicycling along W. Mulberry St. by taking our brief questionnaire. We'll issue another questionnaire once the project is complete to measure changes in perception about riding bicycles along W. Mulberry St.
Ride the Route at Open Streets, September 9
Come Ride the Route at Open Streets on Sunday, September 9. Between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., Ponderosa Dr. Hampshire Rd., from Rogers Park to Blevins Park, will be closed to cars and open to car-free fun, free activities, and much more!
Grab a bike and a friend and explore 2 miles of Open Streets. Visit each of five Activity Plazas located along the event route. Each Plaza features multiple food trucks, live music at many, arts and cultural activities, and free fun for everyone.
Fort Collins Bike Share - changes on the way!
Over the past few days, you may have noticed those white Zagster bike share bikes are no longer in the Fort Collins Bike Share racks. Why? We're expanding! Beginning in early June, Fort Collins residents and visitors will have more options for traveling around town by Bike Share. We're adding 23 new bike share stations at key locations around town and 110 new bikes! While this remains a dock-based bike share program, you will have the flexibility to end your trip at any public bike rack around town truly expanding the flexibility and convenience of Fort Collins Bike Share. The system, still owned by Zagster, will be branded Pace. More information will be available soon, but for now, download the Pace app to get a head start on the summer riding season!
Bike Summer Neighborhood Events
Where will you ride this summer? How about your own neighborhood? Check out our upcoming events in neighborhoods around Fort Collins. We’re providing free bike tune-ups, games, guided rides and fun!
Are You Ready To Take The Big Jump?
Fort Collins was one of 10 cities in the nation selected to participate in PeopleForBikes’ (PFB) Big Jump Project with the goal of getting more people on bikes. Through this three-year initiative, we will work with community organizations, leaders and residents to implement a comprehensive bicycle program in Northwest Fort Collins with the goal of creating a safe, connected, comfortable and vibrant environment for bicycling. Learn more about the project and how to get involved at fcgov.com/BigJump.
Ride Smart Drive Smart
Ride Smart Drive Smart is an education, enforcement and encouragement initiative developed by FC Bikes in partnership with Fort Collins Police Services. The initiative is designed to educate both cyclists and motorists how to safely and lawfully share the roadways, encourage smart riding and driving behavior and enforce laws for safety.
Look for the Ride Smart Drive Smart van around town where we will be doing field education and events. Learn how to Ride Smart and Drive Smart in our free classes offered year round.
Take a Bicycling Class
FC Bikes' Bicycle Ambassadors encourage people to ride their bikes safely and confidently. The program offers a variety of classes and encourages people to become ambassadors of safe cycling in Northern Colorado.
- Smart Cycling (formerly Traffic Skills 101)
- Learn to Ride for Adults
- Bicycle Friendly Driver
- Bicycle Traffic Citation Course
- And many others, including seasonal classes and classes for women!
Bike Safety Summary
Did you know?
Overall bike crashes increased from 2015 to 2016. However, they are lower than the peak in 2012, and severe crashes have seen a general downward trend. Compared to 2012, overall crashes are down 11% andsevere crashes are down 32%.
The first step to make our roads safer is to understand how many and what types of crashes occur in Fort Collins. By carefully reviewing traffic data and crash reports, we are able to determine safety trends and identify priorities. Take a look to see how we are improving safety across Fort Collins and understand how these trends enable us to focus our safety and prevention efforts.
2016 Bicyclist And Pedestrian Counts Infographic
Thank you to all the volunteers who helped with our 2016 Bicyclist and Pedestrian Counts! Check out our Infographic for some interesting trends. Stay tuned for more information as we gear up for another round of Counts this fall!
Like Us On Facebook And Follow Us On Twitter!
FC Bikes is jumping on the social media train and now has our own Facebook and Twitter page! Please like our page to stay up-to-date on projects, upcoming events, how to get involved in the local bicycle scene, and lastly, industry and partner news. You can find us at FC Bikes Facebook and FC Bikes Twitter.
Trail & Road Closure
For the latest info, check out detours posted on the City's Trail System Status Page. Sign up to receive notifications regarding trails in your area. For on-street maintenance projects, check out the Street Maintenance Program's page. Cyclists should always adhere to construction closures and posted detours. These are put in place for your safety.