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November 15, 2013
November Momentum Newsletter
Greetings!
December is quickly approaching and we are excited to roll out the Bike Winter campaign.  There are several events associated with the campaign so mark your calendars, bundle up and keep your wheels spinning.  
 
 
Cycling in the winter, while invigorating, is a different experience than bicycling in the summer. Shorter days, for example, mean you are more likely to be out riding at night.  We want to remind cyclists to ride bright: a front white light and red rear reflector are required by law when riding at night.    Check out  Light Up the Night if you are in need of lights and don't forget to attend our Winter Cycling 101 presentation on December 4 for more tips.  
 
Lastly, FC Bikes and the Bicycle Ambassador Program offer free classes and lunch presentations on how to ride in an urban environment.  If you or your business are interested in hosting such a presentation, please contact Kim Sharpe for more information, Kim.Sharpe@uchealth.org.

City Bike Projects & Programs

December Bike Lunch Talk 

Wednesday, December 4 from 12:30pm to 1:30pm at 281 N. College Ave. Conf. Room A

The 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 in December as we discuss the update to the Bike Plan, the Commuter Challenge and tips on riding in the winter.  Please RSVP here.   For more information, please visit www.fcgov.com/bikewinter.

  

Winter Cycling 101

Wednesday, December 4 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm at Odell Brewing Community Room

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.  Please RSVP here.

 

Light Up the NightLightUptheNight

Friday, December 6 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at Old Town Square, CSU & Front Range Village

BAPThis year we have partnered with Colorado State University and the Bicycle Ambassador Program to host more light giveaway stations.  As the hours of daylight dwindle, cyclists need to make an effort to ride bright.  Stop by one of the threeCSU locations to receive a new bike light or replacement batteries for your bike light.  Check out our website for more information at www.fcgov.com/bikewinter.

   

Bike to Work Day Breakfast Stations

Wednesday, December 11 from 7:00am to 9:30am

Join us for the 7th annual Winter Bike to Work Day (WBTWD).  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.  If bicycling in the winter sounds daunting, Winter Bike to Work Day is a great day to test the waters as you'll find hot coffee and warm breakfasts at every turn. Join your friends and neighbors and take on the Winter Bike to Work Day challenge! 

 

We encourage all patrons to pre-register for the event here, http://www.fcgov.com/bicycling/btwd/. While we still need participants to sign in at each station they visit, pre-registering will help speed up the process the day of the event.  Check out our website for more information at www.fcgov.com/bikewinter.

  

Bike Fort Collins Afternoon Soiree

Wednesday, December 11 from 4:30pm to 6:30pm at Old Town Square Bike Library Kiosk 

Celebrate winter cycling and help raise money for children's bike giveaways.  Soiree followed by bicycle caroling through Downtown Fort Collins.

 
 
Traffic Skills 101 Course 

Saturday, December 14 from 8:30am to 4:00pm at Westbridge Medical Suites

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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, contact Becky Moriarty at  rmoriarty@fcgov.com or 970.224.6112.  To sign up for the course, please click here 

  

Take our Survey!

Extended Deadline: December 14

Help shape the future of bicycling in Fort Collins! The City of Fort Collins is updating its Bike Plan and we want to hear from you. Take our online survey to tell us what would make bicycling more comfortable and convenient for you and your family in Fort Collins. Your input is valuable to this effort.  The responses from this short, 10-minute survey will help inform the recommendations that are made as part of the Bike Plan update process.  The survey will close December 10, 2013. For more information on the Bike Plan Update, please visit www.fcgov.com/bikeplan.

Get Involved
Donate to Bikes for Tykes
Every December, the Members of Realities For Children present Bikes For Tykes to local children who have suffered abuse or neglect. The Christmas Season can be a sad time of year for these local kids, so we come to brighten their day bearing gifts of bikes, helmets and safety gear! You can help us in our effort to reach them this Christmas Season, check out our website:
 

Shop at Whole Foods and support the Fort Collins Bike Library

Wednsday, December 18 at Fort Collins' Whole Foods

5% of the day's net proceeds benefits the Fort Collins Bike Library. This is a great opportunity to buy gift cards and stocking stuffers for those special teachers and friends in your life. 
FC Bike Library
Come on down on the 18th to enter the drawing for a $100 gift card - good at ANY Whole Foods - or a brand new bike from Bike Fort Collins! Drawing at 6pm. Need not be present to win! 

 
 
 
Donate to Restore Colorado Trails
October 26-December 27
Joing REI in helping Colorado and #ActiveBoulder restore Colorado Trails.  You can donate to the restoration efforts at registers in our Boulder, Westminster and Fort Collins stores.  For more information, check out our facebook page
 
Join the Fort Collins Commuter Study
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Colorado State University researchers want to study commuters' exposures to air pollution based on the route chose and whether you drive or bike.  Check out the study flyer or email commuter_study@colostate.edu for more information. 

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 Happy Friday!

   

 

 

If you have an event, class or news that you would like included in a future issue of the Fort Collins Momentum Newsletter, please email Becky Moriarty at rmoriarty@fcgov.com

Sincerely,

Becky Moriarty

FC Bikes Program Specialist

O: 970.224.6112

rmoriarty@fcgov.com

I Bike FC 

 

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