Volunteers Needed for 2018 Bicyclist and Pedestrian Counts
We are looking for volunteers for our annual September Bicyclist and Pedestrian Count. This is an exciting opportunity to generate the data needed to prioritize future improvements for those who walk and ride bikes in our community. This project supports our community's commitment to making active transportation a viable transportation option for our growing city. We’re excited to add new count locations in 2018 featuring the new connector trails to Loveland.
This year’s counts are Tuesday Sept. 11, Thursday Sept. 13, and Saturday Sept. 15. We are looking for volunteers to fill a nearly 200 2-hour shifts at several different intersections and trail locations throughout Fort Collins. Volunteers are welcome to work more than one 2-hour shift if they'd like! We are also asking volunteers to attend a brief but required training session Sept. 4 from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Upon signing up for a shift, you will automatically be signed up for this training session. Food will be provided.
Volunteers who complete the counts will also get a chance to win one of many Downtown Business Association gift cards and other prizes!
We’re changing the platform that we recruit volunteers on. Now, you’ll visit Engage, the City of Fort Collins volunteer portal. You can follow the links to access the 2018 Bicyclist and Pedestrian Counts:
For questions, contact Lauren Nagle by bG5hZ2xlQGZjZ292LmNvbQ== or at 970-221-6705.
Magnolia Bikeway: Shields and Magnolia Bicycle and Pedestrian Signal Project
Coming this Fall, the City will be installing a signal dedicated to pedestrians and bicyclists crossing Shields at Magnolia. This project will result in a signalized crossing to support the Magnolia Low Stress Bikeway, continuation of the W. Mulberry east-west bike route (under construction currently), and Safe Routes to School.
The design is called a "Toucan" signal, consistent with the signalized crossings installed as part of the Pitkin Bikeway project in 2017. The project includes: a new pedestrian signal and crosswalk, and a bicycle crossing and signal with a raised waiting area in the center of Magnolia. The Toucan design restricts vehicles exiting Magnolia to right turns onto Shields, however all other turning movements from Shields onto Magnolia will remain unchanged.
W. Mulberry Street Project Coming this Summer
Beginning in 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: Sections of W. Mulberry Street, between Overland Trail and Jackson Avenue, and S. Impala Dr. remain under construction. Please mind detours and traffic control. The project is expected to be complete by the end of August. Additional information will be available on the project webpage linked below.
Stop as Yield
In 2018, Colorado Senate Bill 18-144, “Concerning the regulation of bicycles approaching intersections,” was passed into law; this bill permits a municipality or county to adopt a local ordinance or resolution regulating the operation of bicycles approaching intersections with stop signs or illuminated red traffic control signals, and specifies the content of such local regulation. Under a local regulation, a bicyclist approaching a stop sign must slow to a reasonable speed and, when safe to do so, may proceed through the intersection without stopping. A bicyclist approaching an illuminated red traffic control signal must stop at the intersection and, when safe to do so, may proceed through the intersection. The bill sets the reasonable speed limit at 15 miles per hour. The state bill does not change the law in Fort Collins; rather, it provides consitent language for Colorado jurisdictions interested in establishing a "Stop as Yield" law.
In 2013, the City’s Bicycle Advisory Committee (BAC) initiated a discussion of the Stop as Yield law and expressed interest in further research of the topic and its application to Fort Collins. In October 2013, the BAC unanimously voted against the pursuit of a Stop as Yield law in Fort Collins at that time. A summary of the analysis if available here.
With the adoption of the new 2018 State law, the City's Bicycle Advisory Committee and Transportation Board are revisiting the topic. The BAC will be discussing this at their August 27, 2018 meeting.
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.