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March 15, 2013
March Momentum Newsletter

Today started as such a beautiful, warm day to get out and ride.  Unfortunately, the day has been turned upside down: in case you have yet to hear, a fire has broken out in Lory State Park.  For updates on the story, visit the Coloradoan page:  Be careful out there riding as the air is already filled with smoke. Keep your thoughts with our brave firefighters and let's all hope this fire gets under control quickly.
Local Bike Events   

CSU Circuit Race and Criterium

Saturday and Sunday, March 16-17

For more information, check out this flyer.


FC Bikes Manager Candidates Meet & Greet

Thursday, March 21 from 5:30 pm to 7 pm @ 281 N. College Ave. 

The City of Fort Collins will be hosting an open house for the community to come meet the final four candidates who applied for the FC Bikes Manager position.  Join us Thursday night in Conference Room A at 281 N. College Avenue. 

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Mountain Bike Patrol Kick Off Meeting

Tuesday, March 26 at 6:30pm @ Old Town Library

Being a mountain bike patroller is probably not what you think. Join us for a full informational session. 6:30pm - 8:30pm at the Old Town Library - Community Room Combo.  Please check back for additional details.


Safe Routes to School Instructor Training

Saturday, March 30 from 9am to 2pm

As a SRTS instructor, you can help the City's Safe Routes to School program and Bike Fort Collins' Community Cycling School with education and encouragement programs such as:

  • Bike & Pedestrian Safety Education in school PE classes SRTS
  • After-school Bike Clubs
  • Family Bike Rodeos
  • Bike Trains and Walking School Buses
  • Bike & Walk to School days

In this training, you will learn more about SRTS and its implementation, teaching skills, how to build a Bike Rodeo, and the specifics of a bike-ped PE curriculum.


Free for pre-approved participants; lunch providedFollowing the training, there will be lots of apprenticeship and work opportunities this spring.


If you would like to register for the course, please contact Bevin Barber-Campbell (970.482.3080) or Nancy Nichols (970.416.2357) by March 25:


Fort Collins Bike Library Grand Opening

Friday, April 5

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Fort Collins Gear & Bike Swap

Saturday, April 13 from 10am to 4pm @ 244 N. College Ave.


Got Gear?  Join the Gearage for the Fort Collins Gear and Bike Swap. Buy, Sell, Trade, and connect with the Fort Collins outdoor community.

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When: April 13th, 2013 from 10 to 4pm

Location: The Gearage & Pateros Creek Parking Lot
 244 N. College Ave

Contact: or 970-416-6803.


Roll Into Spring: Lunch and Learn Presentation

Tuesday, April 23 from 11:30 am to 1 pm

Learn how to make your workplace more bike-friendly. Snacks provided.RSVP to Sponsored by the Bicycle Ambassador Program:


Roll Into Spring: CSU's Pedal for Pizza

Wednesday, April 24 from noon to 2 pm @ Meridian Ave. & University Ave.

Ride your bike and be rewarded for your efforts. Thanks for helping to create an environmentally sustainable campus and safe cycling environment. Sponsored by the Campus Bicycle Advisory Committee ( and Bicycle Ambassador Program (


Roll Into Spring: Neighborhood Open Garage

Wednesday, April 24 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm @ 222 Laporte Ave.

Open bike garage, music, refreshments and giveaways. Sponsored by the Bicycle Ambassador Program:


Bicycle Colorado Gala Celebration

Friday, April 26 from 6 to 9:30pm in Denver

Help continue to improve bicycling across the state by attending the annual Bicycle Colorado Gala Celebration fundraiser.

The Gala is a festive celebration of bicycling and all proceeds benefit Bicycle Colorado's efforts to build a more bicycle-friendly Colorado.  

This year's event will feature:

  • Gorgeous venue and fun auctioneer 
  • The Tipsy Trailer!
  • More party, less program
  • Heavy appetizers and an open bar with wine and beer
  • Fabulous auction items during the live and silent auctions
  • Legendary athletes, community leaders, bicycling champions and cycling supporters from across Colorado

The event kicks off at 6 PM, beginning with a silent auction and food and drinks. Our live auction promises to be fun and fast again this year, with a great array of items. You'll have plenty of time for socializing throughout the evening!  

Tickets are only $45 for Bicycle Colorado members and $55 for non-members.   For more information, visit:


Friends of Lory Trail Day

Saturday, April 27 

Help work an the trail and ride after!  For more information, please visit: 


Belle Starrs' 3rd Annual Spring Fling

Saturday, April 27 starting at 7 pm @ Bar SS


Join us for the 3rd Annual Spring Fling hosted by the Belle Starrs.  The disco rodeo themed bike celebration will include dancing, live music and fun out at the Bar SS in Laporte, Colorado.  For more information, please visit:




Traffic Skills 101 Course

May 11 at 281 N. College

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 or 970.416.2357.


Registration Open: 40 in the Fort

June 29 at Lory State Park

The third annual "40 in the Fort" Endurance Mountain Bike Race will be held on June 29, 2013 at Lory State Park in Fort Collins. Come experience on of the Front Range's toughest mountain bike races. 40 miles, nearly 9000 vertical feet of lung-busting, leg-searing climbs and grin inducing descents. Once again we will be holding the regular two lap 40 mile individual race and the Just for Fun team race where a team of two riders ride one 20 mile lap each simultaneously.  Either race is a great test of your physical endurance, mental toughness and mountain bike skills.

The race benefits Overland Mountain Bike Club, the premier mountain bike advocacy organization for Northern Colorado and Southern Wyoming. For more information and to register, please visit: 

Bike News You Might Have Missed 

Get Involved!

Join the Ladies Only Bicycle Association!

Classes start March 16

The Ladies Only Bicycle Association, or LOBA's, is getting started up again.  The purpose of the club is to help women who have either never ridden, or haven't ridden in a while, to back back on their bikes and get comfortable riding.  Five classroom meetings and some preparatory rides have been scheduled to lead up to the Fort Collins Cycling Club's Spring Warm Up.  Check out the schedule here.  For more information, please contact Cindy Laupa at 970.690.5853. 


Donate a New Bike

Deadline: April 13

The Matthews House Community Life Center, in partnership with the Fort Collins Chamber of Commerce Leadership Fort Collins Program, to launch a Bike Bank. This Bike Bank will be instrumental in assisting at-risk youth and families enrich their lives by offering free transportation to and from work, school, doctor's appointments, the Food Bank, Social Services and other locations. But they need help stocking the Bike Bank. Please consider donating a bike(s) that are new and approximately $150 value. Donations can be made through Rachel Hassell at Recycled Cycles, 4031 South Mason Street, 970-223-1969, Bikes will be delivered to the CLC at their SpringFest on April 13, 2013.  The SpringFest will be held at 220 N. Grant Avenue, Fort Collins, CO 80524 from 11am-2pm and is open to the public.


Volunteer with the Fort Collins Bike Library

Do you want to help more people get on bikes? Do you enjoy wrenching on bikes? Become a volunteer Bike Librarian!
Sign up here to get in on our first wave of training.

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CSU Commuter Air Pollution Study

Volunteer for a CSU research project evaluating commuters' exposures to air pollution.  Please check out the attached flyer for details.  The researchers are particularly interested in participants that live and/or work in central and south Fort Collins.  Email Maggie.Clark@ColoState.EDU for more information.

Bicycle Friendly Business Program
Deadline: June 20, 2013
Calling all local businesses: apply to be a designated a Bicycle Friendly Business!  
The Bicycle Friendly Business (BFB) program recognizes employers' efforts to encourage a more bicycle friendly atmosphere for employees and customers. The program honors innovative bike-friendly efforts and provides technical assistance and information to help companies and organizations become even better for bicyclists.
For more information and to start your application, please visit: League of American Bicyclists: Bicycle Friendly Business Program.

Volunteer for the Fort Collins Stage of the US Pro Cycling Challenge

Event Date: August 24, 2013


Stage 6 of the USA Pro Cycling is going to be a major undertaking. It will take between 600 and 800 volunteers to get all 17 teams safely from the start in Loveland up to Estes Park and back down to the finish Fort Collins.  Positions will include but are not limited to, course marshals, city ambassadors, VIP relations, venue set up and tear down.


For more information, please visit the official website:





Street Closures

Prospect Road Closed at BNSF Tracks

March 4-April 14

Beginning March 4, Prospect Road will be fully closed on either side of the BNSF railroad tracks, between College and Centre Avenue, for approximately 6 weeks. Crews will be working 7 days a week, 12 hours a day (from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.) to accomplish all that needs to be done in Prospect Road as quickly as possible. Access to businesses on Prospect within the closure area will be maintained throughout construction, and signs will direct drivers to nearby businesses. Detour routes will be posted; please allow extra time to reach your destination.

Conditions and access change regularly through construction, and the schedule is subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances and extreme weather.  Please give yourself extra travel time when navigating detours! 

For additional information, view the Prospect Closure Map and read the FAQ's.

Ongoing: Shields Street Bridge Replacement

September 2012-June 2013

* NOTE TO BICYLISTS: You can and should take the lane when riding through this construction zone.

 shield street bridge

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:

Fun Facts
Did you know . . .
In 1936, Fred Birchmore of Athens, GA was the first person to ride a bicycle around the world.  Even more impressive is that he rode on a single-speed, 42-pound Reinhardt named after Alexander the Great's horse, Bucephalus. The 25,000 mile ride was a 2 year endeavor for the 25 year old.  April 15th, 2013 will mark the 1 year anniversary of his passing.  He was 100 years old at the time of his death. For more information on this amazing cyclist, visit



Becky Moriarty

FC Bikes Intern

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