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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
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
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.
February 26th, 2020 5:30pm at 281 North College
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.
February 28th, 2020 12:00pm
Get a free patch kit and tire levers when you attend this clinic! Topics in this clinic – How do you fix a flat tire or change a tube? How much air do you put in? Reading tire and tube packaging/sizes. Patching your tubes, which is both a money saver and a good roadside skill. In this basics clinic, 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, home bicycle maintenance can be much more approachable, and instructors are excited to pass on their experience to you! The clinic is intended to allow plenty of time for questions and hands-on experience(s). The target bike types for this workshop are the more traditional bicycles which you’d be likely to use for inexpensive transportation – rim brakes (not disc), non-electric, old mountain bikes, vintage bikes, and so on. Knowledge required before you attend: No requirements. Location: Within 1-block of City Hall (Old Town) What to Bring: 1. Your bike (optional) (or some photos of it) 2. Headlamp (optional, to provide better personal lighting) 3. Clothes that can get dirty and warm enough for a heated garage/warehouse 4. Reading glasses for seeing fine detail 5. Wear closed-toe shoes
Winter Cycling Resources
Check out the resources below for more helpful tips and tricks to make your winter riding experience more comfortable and fun.
- City of Fort Collins: Snow Removal Routes
- Bike Anchorage Winter Tips
- How to Bike Winter
- Tips for Riding your Bike All Winter
- Winter Cycling: How to Enjoy It
- Your Winter Biking Guide
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!
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.