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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 fall.
New Bike and Pedestrian Crossing coming to Laporte & Loomis
Constructed in conjunction with a Utilities project this summer, the City will installing 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 will replace the existing mid-block pedestrian signal west of Loomis Avenue, and will include a pedestrian-activated flashing beacon, crosswalks and curb extensions to help pedestrians and bicyclists cross the arterial.
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!
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
Electric Scooters Are Coming, and Fort Collins is Getting Ready!
As electric scooters (e-scooters) increase in popularity across the country, the City is laying the groundwork to ensure safe, effective, and sustainable operation here in Fort Collins. Successfully managed use of e-scooters could help fill first mile/last mile geographic gaps in the City's transit system, reduce motorized vehicle emissions, improve air quality, expand sustainable travel throughout Fort Collins, and provide additional sustainable travel options for those who are mobility-challenged.
City Council approved first reading, February 19, 2019, updates to City Code related to where shared mobility devices, including e-scooters, are allowed to park and a requirement that operators of these devices dismount in existing dismount zones. Council will vote on final approval at second reading on March 5, 2019. If the proposed Code updates are adopted by City Council, the City, in cooperation with Colorado State University, will administer a Request for Proposals inviting e-scooter companies to submit a proposed plan to develop, install, own, operate, and maintain an e-scooter share program in Fort Collins in spring 2019.
Stay tuned for more information about Code updates, e-scooter company selection, and guidance for e-scooter users.
Shields and Magnolia Bicycle and Pedestrian Signal Project
he City is planning to install 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 fall 2019.
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.