Springtime means flowers bloom and more people ride bikes, so it’s the perfect time to hone up on bike safety techniques, rules of the road and basic bike maintenance skills. Fort Collins residents can do all three during “Roll Into Spring” week, April 23-27.
FC Bikes, in partnership with the Bicycle and Pedestrian Education Coalition (BPEC) and the Bicycle Ambassador Program they co-manage, are hosting a week of fun bicycle events to encourage more people to ride and to do so safely. Highlights for the week include:
Lunch & Learn Presentation: Enjoy Your Bike, Wheel to Wheel
Learn how to make your workplace more bike friendly. Snacks provided.
When: Tuesday, April 23, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Where: Westbridge Medical Suites, First Floor Conference Room, 1107 S. Lemay Ave., Fort Collins
Hosted by the University of Colorado Health and its HealthyU program.
RSVP required! Email aW5mb0BiaWN5Y2xlYW1iYXNzYWRvcnByb2dyYW0ub3Jn
Pedal for Pizza
Ride your bike and be rewarded for your efforts. Help to create an environmentally sustainable campus and safe cycling environment.
When: Wednesday, April 24, Noon-2 p.m.
Where: CSU, Meridian Avenue & University Ave.
Co-sponsored by the Campus Bicycle Advisory Committee.
Neighborhood Open Garage
Free basic bike repairs, route planning, music, refreshments and giveaways.
When: Wednesday, April 24, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Where: FC Bike Library, 222 Laporte Ave.
Alternative Transportation Fair
CSU encourages students to consider driving less and walking, biking and busing more. Learn more about options on and around campus.
When: Thursday, April 25, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: Lory Student Center Plaza
Friends of Lory Trails Day
Trail maintenance and improvements at Lory State Park.
When: Saturday, April 27, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
When: Lory State Park - Soldier Canyon Group Picnic Area, 708 Lodgepole Dr., Bellevue
Reservation required at overlandmtb.org. Sponsored by Overland Mountain Bike Club in partnership with Lory State Park. Lunch provided!
Belle Starrs' 3rd Annual Spring Fling
Disco Rodeo! Dancing and fun. Live music by the Mother Pluckers and Blue Grama. $5 cover includes a drink ticket.
When: Saturday, April 27, 4 p.m.
Where: Bar SS, 3311 W. County Rd. 54G, Laporte
“These types of events are a fun way to engage Larimer County residents in safety education. And with more cyclists riding than ever before, educating motorists, cyclists and pedestrians on how to share the road and avoid crashes is critical,” according to FC Bikes Interim Program Manager Molly North.
BPEC is recruiting more Bicycle Ambassadors to serve the Fort Collins community; they will provide safe cycling education for children, youth, families, motorists, seniors and all adults through Neighborhood Open Garage events, Bicycle Ambassadors provide free, basic bicycle maintenance training, route finding, helmet fitting and safety education. Patrol Ambassadors encourage and reward safe cycling behavior, and educate using “teachable moments” when they ride the city’s trails and streets.
To learn more about the Bicycle Ambassador Program, volunteer as an ambassador, or request a Lunch and Learn presentation, bike rodeo or BPEC presence at an event, visit bicycleambassadorprogram.org, email aW5mb0BicGVjbGFyaW1lci5vcmc=
or call 970-495-7503.
For information on volunteering or the City’s efforts in safe transportation to school, visit fcgov.com/saferoutes
or call 970-416-2357.