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Winter Bike to Work Day, December 11
Fort Collins' 13th annual Winter Bike to Work Day is coming Wednesday, December 11. Between 7:00 and 9:30 a.m., ride your bike over 40 free breakfast stations.
You don't need to work on December 11 to celebrate one of Fort Collins' "favorite holidays". Whether you're retired, in school, work at home, or have errands to run, Bike to Work Day is for you!
Here is our Official Breakfast Station map, available for download or web viewing. On our Facebook event, we will also post additional helpful information, such as which stations will feature foods for participants with dietary restrictions. Many of your favorite stations are returning in 2019, and others are new to this year's event.
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.
E-bikes on Fort Collins trails
On April 16 the Fort Collins City Council approved a one-year electric assist bicycle pilot program that will allow e-bikes on paved trails in Fort Collins beginning May 1, 2019.
The change is prompted by a new state law allowing e-bikes on trails unless otherwise restricted by a local jurisdiction, and the growing popularity of e-bikes. The City’s Bicycle Advisory Committee, Transportation Board and six other City Boards passed recommendations in support of a pilot program to allow and evaluate e-bikes on paved trails.
The pilot program includes:
- One-year trial period beginning May 1, 2019
- Class 1 and Class 2 e-bikes only (electric assist provided up to 20 mph)
- All paved trails (no unpaved trails)
- Extensive education and evaluation
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.