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Zagster ends Pace bike share due to COVID-19
Zagster informed the City on Wednesday, May 27, that the COVID-19 pandemic had adversely affected its business and that Pace bikes and stations would be removed beginning Thursday, May 28. Zagster had already suspended Pace services on March 27.
The contract between the City and Zagster was due to expire in August 2020, and City staff are preparing an RFP (request for proposals) for a new program.
Under the terms of the contract, the City may seek refunds for some costs, including bikes sponsored by the City and other businesses and organizations in Fort Collins. The City is committed to working with Zagster proactively in a positive way while also focusing on the interests and needs of residents, current sponsors and partners, and taxpayers.
Introducing Bikeway Bingo
Looking for something fun and active this summer? Explore and learn about Fort Collins’ family-friendly bikeways, parks, natural areas, neighborhoods, and public art using a series of 5 Fort Collins Bikeway Bingo Challenges. Complete all 5 and you’ll be able to expertly navigate Fort Collins’ extensive bikeway network! For tips, route maps, and bicycling resources before your roll, check out the rest of our website.
Postponed: Bike to Work Day 2020
Fort Collins' 2020 Bike to Work Day event is postponed until September 22, 2020. We're working hard to ensure that our modified event is safe, inclusive, and celebratory. We'll introduce our plan early in the summer. Check back for updates.
Meanwhile, check out the resources we've complied on our website, from online classes and free educational curricula, to new ideas for places to ride around Fort Collins and fun ways to keep exploring our community by bike.
Low-stress Bike Network Guide
Bicycling is a great form of exercise and recreation that can be done while maintaining safe social distances and adhering to local health guidelines regarding COVID-19. As Fort Collins' paved and soft-surface trails experience increased use during this time, we encourage you to explore other great on-street bike routes near your home. Fort Collins is a Platinum-rated Bicycle Friendly Community and maintains more than 200 miles of dedicated bike lanes and 50 miles of marked or signed bike routes .
There are ample opportunities for you to walk and bike along comfortable low-stress streets close to home. What’s more, traffic volumes are down, offering even more incentive for you to explore our great on-street bike networks.
Learn from Home Resources
For many of us, bicycling is an essential form of transportation and recreation. Here are some educational resources you can access from home to help you keep riding safely.
Remington Bike Counter
Have you biked by the Remington Bike Counter along the Remington Bikeway (between Lake and Pitkin)? Check out the data from the counter using this public counter webpage.
E-bikes on Fort Collins paved trails
On April 21 the Fort Collins City Council approved City and Traffic Code updates to allow Class 1 and Class 2 e-bikes on paved trails following the completion of the pilot program, which was implemented this past year. During the pilot program, staff and volunteers collected extensive data and public input regarding e-bikes on paved trails.
National Bike Challenge
The National Bike Challenge starts May 1 and runs through the end of September. Are you up for the challenge? Whether you've been riding through 2020 already, or have interest in riding around your neighborhood, for recreation, or transportation, the National Bike Challenge can be an easy online platform for you to use.
Sign up today to start tracking your miles and progress towards personal goals, stoke some friendly competition with friends and neighbors or colleagues, and you could win prizes based on your riding habits!
To start, sign up online today, and encourage a friend to sign up, too. Let's show the nation what bicycling in Fort Collins is all about! If you're you'd like to connect with us to learn more about places to ride or tips from regular cyclists, email us at YmljeWNsaW5nQGZjZ292LmNvbQ==.
Remington Street Closure
Beginning in mid-February, existing storm drainage pipe will be replaced along three blocks of Remington Street (from Spring Park Drive to Prospect Road) with large diameter storm pipe and new inlets at the Stuart and Parker street intersections. Each block will be fully closed from 6 to 10 weeks, with partial road closures also occurring on adjacent blocks. A detour route or a dedicated bike lane will be provided during the closure -- please follow the detour signs and be mindful of the construction zone.
Downtown Dismount Zone Expansion
In October 2019, the Downtown Dismount Zone was expanded after 10 years. What's changed? In addition to the existing dismount zone, the following streets have been added:
- N. College Ave. north from Laporte Ave. to Maple St./Jefferson St.
- Pine St. north from Walnut St. to Jefferson St.
- Linden St. north from Jefferson St. to the Poudre River Trail.
- Laporte Ave. west from N. College Ave. west to N. Mason St. (on the south side of the street)/Downtown Transit Center (on the north side of the street).
Pavement markings and signage are now in place. Please dismount from bicycles, scooters, skateboards, and other non-motorized/micromobility devices when on the sidewalk in these areas (ADA exempt). Refer to our Bike Map for nearby on-street infrastructure.
Electric Scooters are Here!
The City of Fort Collins and Colorado State University (CSU) are proud to announce that we are partnering with Bird for a 12-month e-scooter share pilot program. Bird, the founder of shared e-scooters, began offering its safety-focused, environmentally friendly service via the Bird app to Fort Collins and the CSU campus on October 23, 2019.
Bird, the City and CSU will lead an ongoing e-scooter safety education campaign to familiarize the community with the rules of the road and best practices for responsible use of Bird.
Bird can be reached via email (aGVsbG9AYmlyZC5jbw==) or phone (1-866-205-2442) for any questions or concerns about the program or service. Individuals can also report any poorly parked Birds or damaged Birds to the company through Community Mode, an in-app reporting feature available to anyone who has the Bird app downloaded.
To get answers to frequently asked e-scooter questions, visit the City’s e-scooter web page at fcgov.com/escooters.
To learn about additional exciting work the City is doing to promote electric vehicles and implement the Electric Vehicle Readiness Roadmap, visit fcgov.com/evrr.
Bike Ped Improvements Coming Soon to NW Fort Collins!
This summer and fall the City of Fort Collins will be working on several new connections for pedestrians and bicyclists in northwest Fort Collins near W. Vine Dr. and Taft Hill. These projects will improve safety and connectivity to schools, the Poudre Trail, the Boys & Girls Club and other nearby destinations.
The following projects are included:
- A paved trail connecting between Lincoln Middle School/Lancer Drive and the Poudre Trail.
- A soft-surface trail connecting between Taft Hill and Vine in the Puente Verde Natural Area (west of Lancer).
- A protected bicycle and pedestrian lane on the south side of Vine connecting from the Puente Verde Natural Area trail to Hannah Drive.
- A protected two-way bike lane on the eastern leg of Lancer connecting Vine to Lincoln Middle School and the new Poudre spur trail.
- New or upgraded pedestrian and bicycle crossings at Vine and Lancer, and on Taft Hill connecting the new Puente Verde Natural Area trail and an existing trail on the west side of Taft Hill Road.
Construction is expected to begin on these projects later this summer and will likely carry through early 2020.
New Bike and Pedestrian Crossing coming to Laporte & Loomis
Constructed in conjunction with a Utilities project this summer, the City has completed a new pedestrian and bicycle crossing at the intersection of Laporte Avenue and Loomis Avenue. This project completes a recommended crossing improvement identified in the City's 2014 Bicycle Master Plan helping bicyclists cross Laporte Avenue when traveling along the Loomis low-stress corridor. This enhanced crossing replaces the existing mid-block pedestrian signal west of Loomis Avenue, and includes a pedestrian-activated flashing beacon, crosswalks and curb extensions to help pedestrians and bicyclists cross the arterial.
Shields and Magnolia Bicycle and Pedestrian Signal Project
The City will be installing a signal dedicated for pedestrians and bicyclists crossing Shields at Magnolia. This project helps complete the Magnolia Bikeway, a Safe Routes to School Corridor, and the continuation of the W. Mulberry east-west bike route. The selected design is anticipated for construction in summer 2020.
Borrow our Bicycle Ambassadors
Get your business, organization, scout troop, HOA members or any other group pedaling! Members of our Bicycle Ambassador team will provide your group with customized programming to fit your needs. Examples include:
- Classes (classroom style or on-bike)
- E-bike demos
- Bike rodeos
- Safety presentations
Bike Buddy Program
Need help in learning the ins and outs of bicycle commuting? Whatever your situation, a BIKE BUDDY can help get you bicycling to work, school or wherever you’re heading.
The program matches you with a trained Bicycle Ambassador who can help with:
- Selecting a comfortable route
- Riding safely in traffic
- Fixing a flat tire or other basic bike maintenance
- Choosing gear for your commute and more!
Take a Bicycling Class
FC Bikes offers classes to the general public to encourage people to ride their bikes safely and confidently. Classes include:
- 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!
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.
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.
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.