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. Class 1 and Class 2 e-bikes are defined as bicycles with an electric motor with a top speed of 20 miles per hour. All other e-devices or motorized devices (such as e-scooters and e-skateboards) are not allowed to be operated on the City's Parks and Natural Areas trails.
We would like to know if you've experienced a near-miss or a safety concern related to electric assist bicycles or other e-devices on Fort Collins' paved trails. Please use the link below to submit this information using Access Fort Collins. If you have been involved in a crash or if this is an emergency, please contact Fort Collins Police Services. If it is an emergency, please call 911.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
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.