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Winter Bike to Work Day Participant Survey

Winter Bike to Work Day Participant Survey
 

Did you participate in Winter Bike to Work Day on Wednesday, December 11, 2019? If so, take our quick survey in exchange for free breakfast. 

Our survey helps us accurately estimate overall event participation. In addition, you input is very helpful to us so we can ensure the best Bike to Work Day experience. 

Take our survey here by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 18.

Winter Bike to Work Day, Dec. 11

Winter Bike to Work Day, Dec. 11
 

The 13th annual Winter Bike to Work Day will be held Wednesday, December 11, 2019 between 7:00 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.

In 2019, we expect to see more than 2,000 people hop on two wheels to ride to work, school, or anywhere! Cyclists can stop at free breakfast stations where your business or organization provides breakfast, camaraderie, fun, and more.

Check out our 2019 Breakfast Station Map.

Tip for Icy Cycling

Tip for Icy Cycling
 

Winter Bike to Work Day on the second Tuesday of December is a great reason to ride a bike in colder weather. One of the main challenges of winter riding is icy conditions. Luckily in Fort Collins, ice and snow don't usually stick around for more than a few days. Still, ice can appear without warning, so here are a few tips to learn before you head out for all season cycling.

  • Pick your route carefully as some neighborhood streets are still impacted by the last storm. Consider a route the City’s Streets Department prioritizes for snow removal. These streets will be the most snow free – find more information on how the City prioritizes snow removal and a map at  https://www.fcgov.com/streets/snow-ice. Multi-use trails can be a great option, too! Trails are cleared by our Parks Department simultaneously while our Streets Department clears streets. That means trails can be a better option than streets, especially soon after a storm hits the area. 
  • Go around icy patches if you have time and it’s safe to do so. If you can't avoid the ice, don't make any sudden moves – downshift, go slowly, and ride it out in a straight line. If you are uncomfortable at any time, remember you can walk your bike on the sidewalk to get around difficult areas.
  • Wider tires are better – more surface area gives you better traction. You can do this by decreasing the pressure in your tires, but be sure to not let too much air out. Find the lowest pressure recommended by the manufacturer listed on the side of your tire.
  • Give yourself extra time so you aren’t stressed and in a hurry when dealing with winter conditions.
  • Some bike facilities may be icy, so you can take the lane to avoid icy bike lanes, just like you would to avoid gravel or other hazards in the road. 
  • Want to learn more? Sign-up for the City’s Cycling in Winter Course
  • Come across an area needing more attention? If you come across an area on the street or trails that needs extra attention after an initial clearing, you can report issues to Access Fort Collins. 

Gear Up for Winter Cycling

Gear Up for Winter Cycling
 

Year-round cycling is possible in Fort Collins, and we're offering programming to help.

Light Up the Night

Free bike light giveaway, just drop in. Stay bright with free lights. 

Nov. 7, 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Northside Aztlan Center, 112 E. Willow St.

Dec. 5, 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Northside Aztlan Center, 112 E. Willow St. 

Cycling in Winter

Interested in riding year-round, but not sure how to prepare for the colder season? Learn more during our in-person class.

Oct. 24, 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at CSU. Sign up today.

Nov. 7, 5:30-7:00 p.m. at Northside Aztlan Center, 112 E. Willow St. Sign up today.

Dec. 5, 5:30-7:00 p.m. at Northside Aztlan Center, 112 E. Willow St. Sign up today. 

Events

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Classes


Bike Basics 1

December 17th, 2019 5:30pm at 220 N. Howes St., Unit B

Get a free patch kit and tire levers in this basics workshop, you will get hands-on experience with bicycles, parts, and tools to help you become a more comfortable bicycle owner and operator. Unlike an automobile, bicycle maintenance can be much more approachable and instructors are excited to pass on their experience to you! The topics for this session include anatomy of bicycles, basic/quick inspection, fixing flats, and chain maintenance. The workshop is intended to allow plenty of time for questions and hands-on experience(s). Location: Garage on 220 N. Howes St., Ste B What to Bring: 1) Your bike 2) Headlamp (to provide better personal lighting) 3) Clothes that can get dirty


Bike Fixn' 1 (Bike Basics 1)

December 23rd, 2019 5:30pm at 220 N. Howes St., Unit B

Get a free patch kit and tire levers in this basics workshop, you will get hands-on experience with bicycles, parts, and tools to help you become a more comfortable bicycle owner and operator. Unlike an automobile, bicycle maintenance can be much more approachable and instructors are excited to pass on their experience to you! The topics for this session include anatomy of bicycles, basic/quick inspection, fixing flats, and chain maintenance. The workshop is intended to allow plenty of time for questions and hands-on experience(s). Location: Garage on 220 N. Howes St., Ste B What to Bring: 1) Your bike (optional) 2) Headlamp (to provide better personal lighting) 3) Clothes that can get dirty


Bike Fixn' 2

January 6th, 2020 5:30pm at 220 N. Howes St., Unit B

Get a free patch kit and tire levers in this basics workshop, you will get hands-on experience with bicycles, parts, and tools to help you become a more comfortable bicycle owner and operator. Unlike an automobile, bicycle maintenance can be much more approachable and instructors are excited to pass on their experience to you! In this class we will discuss more complex topics of owning and doing basic adjustments on your bicycle . The workshop is intended to allow plenty of time for questions and hands-on experience(s). Location: Garage on 220 N. Howes St., Ste B What to Bring: 1) Your bike (optional) 2) Headlamp (to provide better personal lighting) 3) Clothes that can get dirty


Cycling in Winter

January 14th, 2020 5:30pm at 215 N. Mason Community Room

Interested in riding year-round, but not sure how to prepare for the colder season? Learn tips and techniques to help you ride safely, confidently, and comfortably. Topics include what to wear, what to ride, safe winter bike handling, route selection, and winter bike maintenance.


Bicycle Friendly Driver

January 16th, 2020 5:30pm at 215 N. Mason Community Room

Discuss traffic safety laws and responsibilities for both cyclists and motorists, shared responsibilities, and how to avoid crashes or conflicts. Earn a Bicycle Friendly Driver certification upon completion of the course.



Winter Cycling Resources

Check out the resources below for more helpful tips and tricks to make your winter riding experience more comfortable and fun.

Can’t squeeze an in-person class into your schedule? Check out our Winter Bicycling 101 video and en Español

Prepare This Winter For Bike Spring

Prepare This Winter For Bike Spring
 

Winter blues got you down? Visit Bike Spring for classes and events to help you welcome warmer weather. Brush up on your bicycling safety skills, find a class to get the whole family rolling into spring, and join us for special events all season long!

Contact Us

For businesses interested in hosting a Bike to Work Day breakfast station in the future, please subscribe to our business email list (form at the top right of this page).

For more information on Winter Bike to Work Day, please contact Nick Heimann at bmhlaW1hbm5AZmNnb3YuY29t or at 970-416-2628.

For more information on bicycling class offerings, contact PGFjbGFzcz0=">YmljeWNsaW5nQGZjZ292LmNvbQ==.