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!
Volunteers who sign up for two shifts will automatically receive a $10 DBA gift card. All volunteers will be eligible to win one of three $75 DBA gift cards.
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.
Design Bicyclist and Pedestrian Safety Signs for Our Community
We are looking for K-8 students in Fort Collins to help us design our next bicyclist and pedestrian safety signs. Download the following template and use it draw a picture of one of the two concepts highlighted in this safety campaign:
- Slow Your Roll, Yield to Pedestrians
- Look Twice for Bicyclists When Crossing the Bike Lane
Submit designs by September 5 (email or in person) or September 9th (drop off by 9 a.m. at the FC Bikes booth at Open Streets). Community members will vote for their favorite designs at the FC Bikes booth at Open Streets on September 9. Winning designs will be made into signs that will be displayed in various locations in the community.
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.
2018 Fort Collins Employee Travel Survey!
During the months of September and October 2018, the City of Fort Collins is conducting an employee travel survey targeting employees who work in Fort Collins (residents and non-residents) to understand modal share and trip-making behavior for their work commute and the trips they make during the workday. The information gathered from this project will be used to assist transportation planning and evaluation.
On behalf of the City, National Research Center, Inc. will provide links to employees, via their employers, to access the survey online or through an app (iOS and Android). If a participant chooses to complete the study by app they will be asked to download the app, agree to tracking and be tracked starting with that acceptance and until the end of the next full 24 hour day. Their trips will be imputed and they will be prompted to fill in details (mode, purpose, number in car, etc.) for each completed trip. On opening the app they will also be asked some background questions about their workplace and household. Employers will have the option to request paper versions of the survey, if their employees are not computer-based.
A report of findings will be completed in November 2018.
The employer company name is used to distinguish statistical sub-groups of participants from the rest of responders. This is important as it is needed to ensure the responses will be representative. While answers may be associated with a particular company, they are not associated with an individual’s name, which the survey will never ask for.
Privacy and Confidentiality
The data collected through this survey will be kept in strict confidence and results will only be reported in aggregate; for example, in statements like “33% of respondents drive a SUV”. This means that individual answers and travel behavior will never be reported. The dataset will retain the answers to the survey questions and the geographic locations visited throughout the tracking day, but specific places visited will never be analyzed or reported. Location information will only be used to verify the distance traveled.
This data will not be shared with any other parties or used for any other purpose.
If you have questions or comments about this survey, please contact Amanda Mansfield at YW1hbnNmaWVsZEBmY2dvdi5jb20= or 970-416-2040.
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.
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.