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April 15, 2014
April Momentum Newsletter

This past weekend, FC Bikes hosted a League Cycling Instructor (LCI) Seminar, a weekend long training for those interested in teaching bicycle safety to children as well as adults.FC Bikes, Safe Routes to School, and Colorado State University collectively provided 11 scholarships for local participants. We are happy to announce that we have 12 new LCI's in Fort Collins (and 1 in Longmont), adding to the 18 we already have!

 

Interested in becoming an LCI?  Check out the League's website with information and program requirements.  Another Seminar is happening in Golden, CO this June.  See below for more information. 

City Bike Projects & Programs

West Central Area Plan-Walking Tours & Wikimap

April 21-26

Join us for a Walk 'n' Talk on the future of the West Central Area! The West Central Area Plan generally encompasses the neighborhoods south and west of the CSU main campus. During the week of April 21-26, we will be conducting a series of walking and biking tours of the neighborhoods, commercial districts, and corridors that make up this area, and we want to hear your thoughts. Sign up for one or more tours now - including a bike tour along the Spring Creek Trail.  

Can't make it on one of the tours? Request an additional tour time, or share your comments on our online WikiMap . Questions? Contact Rebecca Everette at reverette@fcgov.com or 416-2625.

Weekly Ride Series

Starting Thursday, May 1 at 4pm at the Downtown Transit Center

Join friends and community members for a weekly family-friendly ride series.  Join us at the first ride on May 1 at 4pm to learn more about the details and how you can stay involved!  The ride will depart from the Bike Library located at the Downtown Transit Center.  If you'd like to go but don't have a bike or a helmet, let us know and we'll make sure you're ready to roll!  Join us on the first ride and learn what's in store for future rides throughout the summer.

Women on a Roll! Bike Expo
Sunday, May 4 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm at Gardens on Spring Creek
The Women's Bike Expo will feature local clubs, free helmets, kids' activities, women-oriented bike gear and local bike shops to help you feel confident and comfortable riding a bike.  In addition, a series of short classes (like fix-a-flat) and rides will take place over the course of the day. More information available here. Whether you're new to cycling or an expert rider, we'll have something for everyone. Visit  fcgov.com/bicycling for all the Women on a Roll events. 
Cyclofemme
Sunday, May 11 

Celebrating women and cycling, around the world, one day a year. Join the community on May 11 for bicycle rides of different styles - there's bound to be one that fits your needs!

For ride details, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/cyclofemmefortcollins

  • Family-friendly leisure ride
  • Mountain Bike ride   
  • Road ride

The day of CycloFemme festivities will conclude at New Belgium Brewery for social hour (2-4 pm) - share stories from your day, see pictures and meet other people to continue the riding experience throughout the year!

Women's Learn 2 Ride! Series
Saturday, May 17 from 10:00am to 12:00pm at Fort Collins High School
Saturday, June 14 from 10:00am to 12:00pm, Location TBD

Whether you're 18 or 80, it's not too late to learn to ride a bicycle! Learn 2 Ride! (L2R) is a free women-oriented, 2-hour class for adults (+14 years) interested in learning how to ride. Through a safe, easy, and effective method, L2R students learn how to balance, pedal, start, stop and steer a bike. You will also learn how to properly fit a helmet. Most people learn to ride a bicycle while taking the class, and we're confident you will too! You will leave with a new set of skills and access to the resources you need to continue to improve.

  

A bicycle and a helmet are required. Don't have one? Don't worry! Just note in your registration that you need a helmet and/or a bicycle and we'll provide it for you.

  

Registration is required! Attendance is limited to 30.  Register here: http://fcgov.Learn-2-Ride-FoCo.sgizmo.com/s3/.   

Get Involved
Women's Wrenching Nights
Thursdays, April 24, May 8 & May 22, 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 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. 
League Cycling Instructor Seminar
Friday June 20-Sunday June 22 in Golden, CO
LAB League Cycling Instructors (LCIs) are certified to teach the Smart Cycling classes to children as well as adults. Their goal is to help people feel more secure about getting on a bike, to create a mindset that bikes are treated as a vehicle, and to ensure that people on bikes know how to ride safely and legally.  LCIs are members of the League and have completed an intense 3-day seminar training. Our certified instructors are active within the bicycling community and are covered by the League's liability insurance. For more information, please visit http://bikeleague.org/content/become-instructor.  Registration close May 30.  To register, search for the Golden event on the Seminar Schedule. Cost: $300.  
 
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!

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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

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