Calling all Station Hosts!#
Station Hosts are local businesses and organizations that provide free breakfast to bicyclists, walkers, and scooterists on Wednesday, June 28, 2023. Station Hosts propose an outdoor, public location to pop-up and provide breakfast, swag, and camaraderie for Fort Collins active modes users. Acting as a breakfast station host is a great way to show your support for Fort Collins' bicycling culture and will connect you to possibly hundreds of community members.
Station Hosts agree to cohesive guidelines outlined in our Station Host Toolkit. Hosts may also partner with other organizations to help share breakfast costs and spread work loads among other groups. The City provides marketing materials and coordinates the overall event.
Check out our Station Host Toolkit, and when you're ready, sign up to host! The call for station hosts ends on Wednesday, May 31, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. Contact AnnMarie Kirkpatrick for assistance.
Mark Your Calendar: Bike to Work (or Wherever) Day 2023#
Every June, Colorado celebrates Bike Month and here in Fort Collins, we love anything that highlights and promotes people who ride bicycles.
The 36th annual Summer Bike to Work (or Wherever) Day will be held Wednesday, June 28, 2023 from 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. or 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. for afternoon stations.
Closing ceremonies for Summer BT(W)D will be at Foothills Mall on the lawn from 9:45 a.m.-10:15 a.m.
What is Bike to Work (or Wherever) Day?
Some have described it as "Fort Collins' best holiday". Others love the celebration of people who ride bicycles. Some hosts want to contribute to our Platinum-designated bicycle culture and community. During BT(W)D, community members are encouraged to travel by bike wherever they're headed, be it work, errands, to drop kids to daycare, or just for fun. Participants who ditch the car in favor of a bicycle can find free breakfast located all around Fort Collins. Some participants try to hit as many stations as possible. Others are happy to find a scenic spot to comingle with a few other folks. The point is to get on your bike wherever you're headed that morning!
Check back periodically for the most up to date information, including our Call for Station Hosts and Station Host Resources, public health guidance, and more.
What to Expect#
Here's what you can expect when participating in a Fort Collins Bike to Work (or Wherever) Day event.
- Free breakfast: If you show up to any Bike to Work (or Wherever) Day breakfast station, you can expect to find free breakfast (while supplies last). Each station does breakfast differently and while there is no standard approach, you can expect a variety of foods and beverages.
- Comradery: Fort Collins' trails and bikeways are frequently full of bikes on Bike to Work (or Wherever) Days. You can expect lots of smiles, waves, high fives, and connections to other folks who value bicycling as a way of life in Fort Collins.
To follow the rules: While Bike to Work (or Wherever) Days are all about fun, please do mind all traffic rules and laws. Plus, go the extra mile to be courteous to fellow participants. For a refresher on laws, rules, and etiquette when riding, visit our Rules of the Road page. A few common pointers include:
- Mind dismount zones in Old Town and CSU.
- Use an audible signal before passing anyone on a trail or street.
- Always pass to the left of others.
- Slow your roll, especially on trails. All Fort Collins trails include a courtesy speed limit of 15 miles per hour.
- Signal your intentions, including turns and stops.
- People who have never ridden and people who ride all the time: Bike to Work (or Wherever) Days are for everyone! There will never be a prerequisite to have experience riding a bike regularly to participate. In fact, we hope Bike to Work (or Wherever) Days are a way to get new regular riders. If you know the ropes, be patient with new cyclists. If you're new, ask questions or contact us if you need clarification. We're always here to help.
- Plan for the weather: Our summer event can be mild in the morning, but temperatures often peak in the afternoon. Bring water, sunscreen and maybe a change of clothes to stay cool and comfortable. In the winter, there may be icy or snowy conditions and temperatures may be low. Visit our Bike Winter page for tips on preparing for our winter event.
- You may find a new way to get around: After participating in a Bike to Work (or Wherever) Day event, you may decide that riding a bike is easier, more efficient, and just plain more fun than driving.
- You don't need to be going to work: Expect to participate even if work isn't your destination! You can be riding anywhere, even for fun, to participate and score free breakfast during Bike to Work (or Wherever) Days.
- To be counted: In exchange for free breakfast, we'll ask you to take a brief survey. Each station will have information about the survey, and we'll post it to our Bike to Work Day page. You'll also be counted at each station you stop at. This is to help us estimate participation and plan better next time. Plan to help us!
- Get tuned: Some stations include local bike mechanics who can check out your bike. See more info below.
Bike Mechanics at Bike to Work (or Wherever) Day#
Is your bike in need of a little love? If you choose to participate in Bike to Work (or Wherever) Days by bike, several stations typically include a local bike mechanic who is happy to check over your bike. They'll conduct a free safety check and make minor adjustments to help you enjoy a more comfortable ride.
If your bike is in need of more serious attention, station mechanics can help you identify issues so you can make an appointment at a full-service provider to get you safely back to riding on a regular basis.
Bike mechanics at Bike to Work (or Wherever) Day are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Bike mechanics may not be able to fix major issues during the event. Check the Station Map (when available) to find a station with a bike mechanic.
Pro tip: stations with mechanics will be identified on the map with different icons. Check back this spring when we post our Official Breakfast Station Map.
Need a bike? Check out SPIN#
To participate in Bike to Work (or Wherever) Days, all you need to do is go car-free! Running, walking, and biking are all acceptable.
Consider Fort Collins e-bike and e-scooter share program if you're in need of a mobility device during Bike to Work (or Wherever) Day.
Keep in mind that e-scooters are prohibited on Fort Collins paved and unpaved trails. E-bikes are prohibited on unpaved trails, but allowed on all paved trails.
Internal Celebrations Toolkit#
Maybe hosting a Bike to Work (or Wherever) Day breakfast station just isn't in the cards for your organization this year.
Check out our Celebration Toolkit for ideas of how you can modify your Bike to Work (or Wherever) Day celebrations and tailor them for a more intimate engagement for just neighbors or employee-only celebrations.
Resources to Get You Riding#
Whether you're riding for exercise, to the grocery store, library, neighborhood park, or just getting some fresh air in our beautiful city, get out there and ride! If the trails become crowded, consider using one of many low-stress on-street bikeways. Learn more about on-street bikeways here.
If you're interested in riding more, but have questions or concerns, let us help you. Check out our online resources or email us to help you choose routes, tips for safe and legal cycling, clothing ideas, or how to efficiently use your bike for multiple errands.
For families, we also have online resources from our Safe Routes to School program available here. We have resources for all school ages, including elementary, middle school, and high school aged youth.
Check out our Shift Your Ride webpage for even more information on mobility options beyond the automobile!
Program Assistant, FC Moves
If you are a business interested in being a part of Bike to Work (or Wherever) Day, please join our Business Outreach mailing list.