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March 11, 2014
March Momentum Newsletter

I am not going to lie, it's been a busy couple of weeks between the Colorado Bike Summit last month and the National Bike Summit last week, but well worth it!  It is always inspiring to be surrounded by like-minded leaders in the industry who are also advocating for a safer environment for cyclists. The Summit began with the Women's Bicycling Forum, an encouraging day of presentations and speakers all focused on engaging and elevating more women in bicycling in the U.S.  How appropriate that we are kicking off our very own Women on a Roll initiative this Spring! It all starts with our Women on a Roll Bike Lunch Talk on April 2 and will be followed by a women's bike expo, family-friendly community rides and learn to ride classes beginning in May.  Details will be posted here: www.fcgov.com/bicycling

City Bike Projects & Programs

Community Bicycle Master Plan Open House

TOMORROW! Wednesday, March 12  from 4:00 to 7:00pm at Lincoln Center, Columbine Room 

The City is developing a Bicycle Master Plan to shape the future of bicycling in Fort Collins, and we want to hear from you! This plan will build upon all of the great things about biking in Fort Collins and will establish a blueprint for realizing a world-class city for cycling, where people of all ages and abilities can safely and comfortably ride a bicycle. Join us at the Bike Plan Open House to learn about new strategies for improving bicycling and share your ideas to help create a more bikeable community. With great giveaways and interactive activities, you won't want to miss it! For more information, please visit our website:  www.fcgov.com/bikeplan.

Show us where you ride!

Available until March 21

Check out our online WikiMap, a map-based tool for you to give us your input. Show us where you ride, problem areas, recommended locations for bike parking and bike share stations, and upload photos. 

 
 
 
 

Traffic Skills 101 Course 

LAB

Saturday, March 29 from 8:15am to 4:00pm at CSU Lake Street Parking Garage

This FREE course, based on the League of American Bicyclists curriculum, covers sharing the road, rules of the road, bicycle safety checks, on-bike skills and crash avoidance techniques.  FREE lunch and materials are included for those who register. 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  
Women on a Roll! Bike Lunch Talk
Wednesday, April 2 from 12:30pm to 1:30pm at 281 N. College Ave. Conference Room A
Join us for an engaging presentation on tips and tricks for women interested in riding a bike. Learn about what to wear, what to ride, tips for biking with children, local women's cycling clubs and organizations and much more!  Please note, men are more than welcome to attend.  Please RSVP here and be eligible for door prizes! 
Bike Ambassador Program Bike Lunch Talk
Wednesday, May 7 from 12:30pm to 1:30pm at 281 N. College Ave. Conference Room A

Got a beef with bicycists? Be part of the solution. Become a Bicycle Ambassador.

Launched in spring 2012, the Bicycle Ambassador Program (BAP) has provided encouragement and education about safe cycling to hundreds of people. Two years later, there are about 30 trained Bicycle Ambassadors giving "Lunch & Learn" presentations, staffing informational booths at community events and serving as courtesy patrol ambassadors while out riding. But we need more people to help educate the masses. Learn how you can help. Please RSVP here and be eligible for door prizes!
Get Involved
Women's Wrenching Nights
Every other Thursday, starting March 13, from 6:30pm-9:30pm at the Fort Collins Bike Co-Op, 331 N. College Ave.
Each session will consist of an instructional demonstration of bicycle mechanics, followed by shop time where participants can work on their own bikes or on Co-Op projects.  Each night will focus on one specific aspect of bike maintenance, such as 
brakes, wheels or derailleur gearing. FREE! Donations welcome. No registration necessary.  Click here for the event poster. Please email kaceylunderwood@gmail.com with questions. 
Fort Collins Bike Library Season Opening  FC Bike Library
Friday, April 4 
A joint project of Bike Fort Collins and the City of Fort Collins' FC Bikes program, the Bike Library provides free bicycles to Fort Collins visitors and community members for up to three days; after that, it's just $10 per day.  Check out our new location at the Downtown Transit Center. For more information, please visit www.fcbikelibrary.org.
Fort Collins Gear & Bike Swap
Sunday, April 27 from 11am to 5pm Gearage Logo

The Gearage is excited to host the 2nd Annual Fort Collins Gear & Bike Swap in collaboration with the Fort Collins Food Coop Earth Day. The Bike Swap and Earth Day Event will take place in the heart of old town Fort Collins, closing off Mountain Ave. between College and Remington. There will be live music, vendor booths, food, educational demos & of course, good-times. The event is FREE to all attendees. 

 

Vendor space is available for business, teams, non-profits, and individuals to sell their gear and advertise their services. To register for a swap space contact The Gearage at 970-416-6803 or  thegearage@gmail.com. You can also follow the event on Facebook. The Fort Collins Gear & Bike swap is a great place to find a deal on a new bike and score a good deal on some outdoor gear.

National Bike Challenge
May 1 through September 30
The National Bike Challenge is a nationwide event uniting thousands of current bicyclists - and encouraging countless new riders. In its simplest form it is a logging center for users to record miles ridden and be part of the national community of bicyclists. It is a free and easy way to challenge yourself, colleagues and the greater community to ride more. Users compete on a local, state and national level. The Challenge aims to unite 50,000 riders to pedal 30 million miles from May 1, 2014 until September 30, 2014. Now in its third year, the Challenge is a successful partnership between the League of American Bicyclists and Kimberly-Clark's Scott Natural Brand. For more information or to sign up, please visit: https://nationalbikechallenge.org/  More details to come about a collaborative local challenge. 
 
Be a Bike Ambassador . . . if you dare!
BAP

Bicycle Ambassadors learn about safe cycling and have opportunities to share that knowledge with others. You can engage at a variety of levels. Check out the new website and become an ambassador today! www.bicycleambassadorprogram.org

 

Bike News You Might Have Missed 
Resources
Register your Bike
In the event that your bike is ever stolen, registering your bike can help our police department to identify and return the bike to its proper owner.  Register your bike today at: https://secure.fcgov.com/bicycling/.  You'll need to list your serial number, make model and any other unique features about your bicycle.  The more details the better.  If you need to change, update or access your registration in the future, please email net@fcgov.com.  If you bike is stolen, please note on the police report that your bicycle was registered and they will be able to access your information. 
Report an Abandoned Bike
The Fort Collins Bike Co-Op, the City of Fort Collins' FC Bikes program, and the Police Department have partnered to keep bicycles out of the landfill and to get them back on the road.  If you come across a bike that you believe has been lost or abandoned, the Bike Co-Op will take care of it and get it back to its owner or back on the road. Please note, the bicycle must have been in the same location for over 48 hours. For more information or to report an abandoned bike, please visit: FC Bike Co-Op Abandoned Bike Report Form
 
Request a Presentation
BAP

Bicycle Ambassadors want northern Colorado to be the safest place to ride a bike, whether on the streetor a trail. We train people of all ages and abilities to become ambassadors of safe cycling. Afterwards, they work to reduce the number of motor vehicle/bicycle/pedestrian crashes in our community by increasing knowledge and awareness about how to ride and share roads and trails safely.

What do we offer?

  • One-hour bicycle safety education presentations for kids, families, businesses, senior groups or any group of six or more people.
  • Education at community events. We can staff a booth, set up a bike skills course and more!

To schedule a presentation or request Bicycle Ambassador presence at a community event, contact us.  Presentations are FREE, but donations are greatly appreciated!

Just for Fun
 

 

 

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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