Bike Winter Fort Collins
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- Becky Moriarty, Bikes Program Specialist
- City of Fort Collins
At first, people thought we were crazy for hosting a Winter Bike to Work Day, but it has quickly become one of our community’s favorite cycling events! Bike Winter continues to grow as the City of Fort Collins’ FC Bikes program has created a campaign of events, resources, and tips to keep you riding safe and warm through the winter months. Once you give it a go, you will realize how easy and fun it is to ride in the winter. Please join us – be seen, be heard, and don’t let winter slow you down!
Bike to Work Commuter Challenge: The Commuter Challenge hosted by the City of Fort Collins FC Bikes Program is a friendly competition amongst local businesses to encourage people to bike to work during the month of December. It is a great way to create a new habit of bicycling through the winter and to reward those who already do. For more information or to sign up your company for the Challenge, visit fcgov.com/commuterchallenge.
Bike Lunch Talk: This Brown Bag Bike Lunch Talks (BLTs) offer Fort Collins residents an opportunity to learn about local bike projects, programs, and issues as well as a forum to share bicycle related information and big ideas. Join us Wednesday, Dec. 4, 12:30-1:30 p.m. at 281 N. College Ave., Conference Room A as we discuss the update to the Bike Plan, give tips on winter cycling, and provide information about the Bike to Work Commuter Challenge. RSVP at surveygizmo.com/s3/1411884/december-bike-lunch-talk-rsvp.
Winter Cycling 101: Join us for a presentation on how to ride in the winter, including proper clothing and equipment to use to make riding during the colder months enjoyable, safe and comfortable. This presentation will be Wednesday, Dec. 4, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. at Odell Brewing Community Room, 800 E. Linden Ave. RSVP at surveygizmo.com/s3/1430168/Winter-Cycling-101-RSVP.
Light up the Night: This year we have partnered with Colorado State University and the Bicycle Ambassador Program to host more bike light giveaway stations. As the hours of daylight dwindle, cyclists need to make an effort to ride bright. Stop by Friday, Dec. 6, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. to receive a new bike light or replacement batteries for your bike light. Three locations are participating: The Bike Library Kiosk in Old Town Square, the CSU Rec Center, and Council Tree Library at Front Range Village, 237 Linden.
Winter Bike to Work Day: Join us for the 7th Annual Winter Bike to Work Day (WBTWD) on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 7:00 - 9:30 a.m. It’s just like the summer event, but cooler! Free breakfast stations will be set up around town rewarding people for choosing to bicycle to work. To pre-register, check out the map of stations, and view the list of hosts, please visit fcgov.com/bikewinter.
Bike Fort Collins Afternoon Soiree: Come celebrate winter cycling and help raise money for children’s bike giveaways. Join us Wednesday, Dec. 11, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. at the Bike Library Kiosk in Old Town Square. Soiree followed by bicycle caroling through Downtown Fort Collins.
Traffic Skills 101: Traffic Skills 101 (TS101) is a course for beginners, returning and seasoned cyclists alike that will give you the confidence to ride safely and legally in traffic or on the trail. You will learn how to conduct bicycle safety checks, on-bike skills and crash avoidance techniques. We recommended this 7.5-hour class for adults and youth above age 14. Participants should be prepared to ride their bicycle as there is a riding portion to this class. A helmet and bicycle in good working condition are required. Class will be on Saturday, Dec. 14, 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at Westbridge Medical Suites, 1107 S. Lemay Ave. To sign up for the course, please complete the form at surveygizmo.com/s3/1320807/TS-101-Class-Sign-Up.
Bicycle Snow Removal Routes: The Streets Department has created a bike route snow removal map for cyclists. Plan your snow day route accordingly: fcgov.com/weknowsnow
Report Bicycle Hazards: Help keep our City’s bike lanes and trails clear of snow, ice and debris by reporting bike hazards: clients.comcate.com/newrequest.php?id=150.
Trail Construction and Closures: Stay up-to-date on trail closures and construction and plan your route accordingly: fcgov.com/parks/trail-status2.php.
Ten Tips for Winter Cycling
- Be careful of low angle sun during winter as cars may not be able to see you.
- Wear bright, visible clothing
- When riding at night, ride with front and rear lights.
- Always wear your helmet. You may need to change the sizing pads in your helmet or remove them entirely to fit your winter headgear. Some hats are made specifically to fit under helmets. Try taping over the vents in your helmet if your head gets too cold.
- Take extreme caution of slick train tracks during wet, winter weather. Slow your speed and cross at a 90 degree angle (straight across).
- Wide tires with widely separated knobs work best on snow. Studded tires improve traction on ice. Use low pressure: start with 15-20 psi and experiment for yourself.
- Try to pedal smoothly and relax your upper body, especially on ice and soft snow. When the bike starts going sideways, make small corrections rather than over steering and weaving down the road.
- Cycling generates a lot of heat so clothes that are warm and comfortable have to control the buildup of heat and moisture as well as insulate and protect from wind.
- If you're riding in a headwind or falling snow, you'll find eye protection very helpful.
- Store your bicycle indoors to protect it from the elements. Plus, you’ll find that a warm saddle is more enjoyable to ride in the morning.
For more information about Bike Winter events, please visit fcgov.com/bikewinter.