City, CSU celebrate Bike Safety Week Sept. 18-24
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- Jill Marx, Public Relations Coordinator , 970-221-6951, am1hcnhAZmNnb3YuY29t
The City of Fort Collins and Colorado State University (CSU) are working together to educate residents about bicycling safety during the month of September.
Throughout the month, education and enforcement will take place in areas with high bicycle use as well as at locations with historically higher crash rates as determined by data compiled annually by the City’s Traffic Operations department.
Bike Safety Week
Bike Safety Week, Sept. 18-24, is part of Ride Smart Drive Smart, an initiative developed collaboratively by FC Bikes and Fort Collins Police Services to increase road user safety through education and enforcement. CSU is joining the effort for the second time this September.
During Bike Safety Week the City and CSU will work to educate drivers and bicyclists about safe practices. This fall, road users will learn how to avoid one of the most common bicycle/motor vehicle crashes, which is often the result of wrong-way riding, as well as other behaviors that increase risk of bicycle-related conflicts.
Bicycle Ambassadors Outreach
FC Bikes’ Bicycle Ambassadors and/or City of Fort Collins’ Police Services will be present at various times throughout the week at key events and locations for educational outreach:
- Sept. 18 – at Open Streets on Linden Street near Buckingham (fcgov.com/openstreets)
- Sept. 21 - Mason Street (late morning) and Springfield Drive (evening)
- Sept. 22 – Springfield Drive
- Sept. 23 – Mason Street
- Sept. 23 – Friday Foliage Ride (fcgov.com/bikeautumn)
In addition, the Bicycle Ambassador program is offering a two-part Smart Cycling class Sept. 22 and 24. The class is free to the public; registration is available at fcgov.com/bikeautumn.
On-Campus Bike to Breakfast
CSU will educate students and community members at three Bike to Breakfast events during the last two weeks of September. CSU RAMbassadors, CSU police, ASCSU members and other transportation staff from the university will inform students about important infrastructure and safety issues and will reward cyclists with free breakfast. Station times and locations are:
- Sept. 15, 7:30-9:30 a.m. – Plum Street and Meridian Avenue
- Sept. 22, 7:30-9:30 a.m. – South Drive and Meridian Avenue
- Sept. 29, 7:-9:30 a.m. – Pitkin Street at the Center Avenue Mall
The following week and throughout the season, Fort Collins Police Services and the CSU Police Department will enforce bicycling-related safety issues in the community and on campus.
Visit fcgov.com/fcbikes for more information.