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Walking in Fort Collins#

As identified in the City Plan, the City of Fort Collins and FC Moves supports walking as a safe, easy and convenient travel option for all ages and abilities by working to build a connected network of sidewalks, paths, and trails.

Walking Tours: Downtown#

People walking downtown

Check out this creative list of walks you can do in Old Town. 

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Walking Tours: Sustainable Landscapes#

Cactus and Rock Garden

Take a self-guided tour of sustainable landscapes in Fort Collins.

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Benefits of Walking: Health#

The feet of a person walking on grass.

Walking is one of the healthiest activities for all ages and abilities. Walking for 30 minutes a day or more on most days of the week is a great way to improve or maintain your overall health. Some of the benefits include:

  • increased cardiovascular and pulmonary (heart and lung) fitness
  • reduced risk of heart disease and stroke
  • management of conditions like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes
  • stronger bones and improved balance
  • increased muscle strength and endurance
  • reduced body fat.

Benefits of Walking: Community#

Two people walking on the sidewalk.

Walking builds community. It's a great way to meet neighbors and get to know your City. Some ideas to make your walk more social include:

  • Schedule a regular family walk
  • Look for the self-guided nature walks that have been set up in many parks.
  • Ask neighbors or friends if they would like to join you on your walks.
  • Think of starting a walking group

Current Walking Programs and Projects#

Pedestrian Needs Assessment

Pedestrian Needs Assessment

This project provides a complete City sidewalk inventory, identifies sidewalk inadequacies, and access needs under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements. For more info click here.

Staff has implemented a methodology and analysis program used to prioritize pedestrian projects. This program takes into account a variety of factors such as, but not limited to, demand, corridor function, and high priority areas.

Pedestrian Plan

Active Modes Plan

The 2022 Active Modes Plan is the currently adopted pedestrian plan for the City of Fort Collins. The plan incorporates not only pedestrians, but also bicycles and micromobility devices such as skateboards and scooters. Click here to check out the Active Modes Plan


Safe Routes to School

The City's Safe Routes to School program works with strategic partners such as Poudre School District and Bike Fort Collins to increase the number of students safely walking, bicycling and taking the bus to school. Whether through bicycle and pedestrian safety classes, improved sidewalks and bike lanes, or enforcing school-zone speed limits and other "traffic calming" in school areas, our community is working together to make walking, bicycling or taking the bus a great choice for kids!