Thank you, Fort Collins, for a fantastic Winter Bike to Work (or Wherever) Day on Feb 9! A special thanks to our 100+ local businesses and organizations that served as station hosts, providing free breakfast and treats!
We had over 2100 participants choose to ride their bike, walk, or use another form of active transportation.
Our five participating schools saw 560 students and teachers walk or bike to school!
Congratulations to our 9 Gold Bicycle Friendly Businesses who were recognized during Closing Ceremonies.
Thank you to all the business who donated prizes to our participant survey. We value your contributions to our event and to our community.
Winter BT(W)D Closing Ceremonies on Olive St#
Winter Bike to Work (or Wherever) Day closing ceremonies will be held on Olive St. between Mason St. and College Ave. following Winter BT(W)D from 9:45 - 10:15 a.m. on February 9, 2024.
The ceremony will also include a few words from Councilmember Emily Francis, music by Crispy Watkins, and recognition of our Fort Collins businesses who have reached Gold level status as a Bicycle Friendly Business.
Winter BT(W)D Station Map is here!#
Fort Collins' Winter Bike to Work (or Wherever) Day is almost here! Our official BTWD Station Map for Winter BT(W)D on February 9, 2024, is ready for you! Check it out.
You can also download a PDF version of our BTWD Station Map.
This year, we have 48 stations, hosted by over 100 local businesses and organizations, including six schools planning to pop up all around Fort Collins. Breakfast will be available until gone between 7–9:30 a.m. and afternoon stations will be open from 4–6:00 p.m.
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 - Winter 2024#
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!