November Momentum Newsletter
I just got back from a wedding in New York City and let me tell you, those people are brave to bike around that metropolis! I fully intended to rent a bike during my visit but after one crazy cab ride, I couldn't muster up the courage. While I will commend them on their nifty bike painted bike lanes and bike specific lights, I came home much appreciating our 3 foot rule
! And have you seen the chains they use to lock up their bikes . . . no thank you! One u-lock is enough for me. How appropriate that it is November, when we celebrate Thanksgiving, because I would like to give thanks for the bicycling community of Fort Collins! I hope this find you all happily riding your bikes around our wonderful town. Be sure to check out the fun events and news below.
Local Bike Events
CycloCross Series at New Belgium Brewing
Sunday, November 4 & 11
Kids ride for free, adults $10.
- Start Time: Category
- 10:30am: Kids
- 10:40am: Beginners & Juniors
- 10:45am: High School
- 11:15am: Men A & Women A
- Noon: Open
For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Traffic Skills 101 Course-RESCHEDULED
Saturday, November 17 from 8am-4pm
If you were planning to take TS 101 on November 10, plan no more! Instead, the course will be offered on November 17.
This FREE course, based on the League of American Bicyclists curriculum, covers sharing the road, rules of the road, bicycle safety checks, fixing a flat, on-bike skills and crash avoidance techniques, PLUS lunch and materials. It's recommended for students above the age of 14 years. For more information and to RSVP, contact Nancy Nichols at firstname.lastname@example.org or 970.224.6112.
Winter Bike to Work Day Breakfast Stations
Wednesday, December 12 from 7-9:30am
Bundle up and ride to work, because its the one day this winter you'll really reep some benefits! The 6th Annual Winter Bike to Work boasts breakfast stations across the city to treat all our fabulous bike riders who ride to work. And this year we are partnering with Bike Fort Collins to help pull off this grand event. Check out the FC Bikes website for more information. If you are are business looking to sponsor a station, please contact Becky at email@example.com.
|Bike News You Might Have Missed 10.13.12: USGP of CycloCross SmartWool Cup Results
10.14.12: Bike Library Rolls into Transition
10.19.12: Study: Cycling Challenge Generated $100M for Colorado
10.25.12: Update from the Northern Colorado USAPCC Event Bid Commitee
IT's HERE! The Request for Proposal(RFP) has arrived and the bid committee is putting together an amazing proposal to secure a stage in 2013. The bid is due on November 16th and destinations will be awarded the first part of December. Our committee is strong and we are very confident we will be awarded a stage for next August!
For ongoing updates about the Northern Colorado USAPCC race bid or to become a sponsor or volunteer, please visit www.nococycling.com.
Bike to Work Worksite Challenge
4 Month Challenge from November 5-February 24
Do you want to enhance team spirit amongst your employees? Do you want to encourage your employees to be healthy, decrease their stress, help improve traffic flow, reduce parking congestion and improve air quality? If so, then the Bike to Work Worksite Challenge is for you! The Bike to Work Worksite Challenge (BTWWC) was created by to encourage the Fort Collins community to spend more time on their bikes. The challenge is a competition between local businesses to see who can get the most employees to ride their bike during the 16 week challenge time period. This winter's challenge will begin November 5 and end February 22. Each worksite will choose one day a week that they would like to track ridership. This day will be consistent for that worksite throughout the challenge period. Results will be posted on a bi-monthly basis. For more information email Becky Moriarty@ firstname.lastname@example.org.
Track your rides on your phone & shape the future of bicycling in Fort Collins!
Colorado State University, the City of Fort Collins, and CanDo (Coalition for Activity & Nutrition to Defeat Obesity) are partnering to record the routes bicyclists in Fort Collins take for transportation and recreation.
Whether you're an avid cyclist or an occasional fair-weather rider, the routes you choose provide valuable information to help determine the type and location of bicycle infrastructure for future projects. Just follow these easy steps:
- Download the free CycleTracks app for your smartphone
- Carry your phone on your ride
- Improve cycling in your community
- Start tracking today!
The CycleTracks app, developed by the San Francisco County Transportation Authority, will anonymously log the general routes you ride. As a bonus, you'll be able to review your trips right on your phone. Data collected is anonymous and participation is voluntary. No personal information is shared with the study team, only your route data.
Learn more at www.pvhs.org/cando or email email@example.com.
Ongoing: Shields Street Bridge Replacement
* NOTE TO BICYLISTS: You can and should take the lane when riding through this construction zone.
Over the next several months, the City of Fort Collins will be replacing a structurally deficient bridge on Shields Street just south of Rolland Moore Park. This bridge has the second lowest sufficiency rating of all the bridges inspected within the city.
Schedule: September 2012 to June 2013
Construction will occur in phases:
Phase 1: September 2012 to January 2013
- Northbound lanes of Shields will be closed first, and traffic will be diverted to the west side of Shields; one lane of travel will be open in each direction.
Phase 2: February 2013 to June 2013
- Southbound lanes of Shields will be closed and traffic will be diverted to the east side of Shields; one lane in of travel will be open in each direction.
Work zone notes:
- Lane closures will be static throughout each project phase
- Bicycles will be required to merge with automobiles in the work zone or follow signed detour routes to avoid traffic
- Pedestrian access will be available, but it will be restricted to designated areas
- Business access will remain open during construction.
For more information and to sign up for the e-newsletter updates, please visit: http://www.fcgov.com/engineering/shields-bridge.php.
Amount of Space Needed to Transport by Car, Bus or Bicycle
This picture, taken by the Press-Office City of Münster in Germany, demonstrates the amount of space required to transport the same number of passengers by car, bus or bicycle. http://www.unep.org/geo/geo4/media/graphics/Zoom/2.06.jpg
One last note, as the days get shorter, don't forget to stay visible. At least have a front and rear reflector attached to your bike: it's the law! Wear bright clothing, have side reflectors, use a headlamp: whatever helps you to be seen out there on your bike. Stay safe, stay warm and keep on riding!