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May 19, 2014
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 June is quickly approaching and it is officially BIKE MONTH! 


City Bike Projects & Programs

Summer B.I.K.E. Camp now co-sponsored by SRTS
Weekly starting June 2 through July, weekdays from 8:30am to 12:30pm

If you have children or know of children who might benefit from learning more about fun, safe biking this summer, tell them about B.I.K.E. Camp, co-sponsored by the City's Recreation Department and Safe Routes to School.


B.I.K.E. Camp will be offered this summer for eight straight weeks, starting the week of June 2 and ending the week of July 29. Each of the eight camps runs from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Each camp will be led by an SRTS Instructor/League Cycling Instructor, who will teach campers about safe bicycling and take them on rides on the Spring Creek Trail and Poudre River Trail.


B.I.K.E. Camp costs $120 per child, and scholarships are available - making the camp affordable for all Fort Collins families. Children ages 6 years to 11 years are welcome to enroll.


For more information, contact Tyler Robertson at or Nancy Nichols at You can also find details in the Recreator magazine, available throughout the community in print form or online at


Bike Month Kick Off Ride

Monday, June 2 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm at Oak Street Plaza

Join FC Bikes as we kick off Bike Month!  Starting at Oak Street Plaza, we'll take a leisurely ride down the Mason corridor, through CSU on the new trail and back to Old Town on part of the Open Streets route.  We'll culminate at Coopersmith's and enjoy some appetizers after the ride. For more information, please contact Becky Moriarty at

Women's Learn 2 Ride! Series
Saturday, June 14 from 10:00am to 12:00pm, Location Rocky Mountain High School

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:   


27th Annual Bike to Work Day

Wednesday, June 25 from 6:30am to 9:30am with stations located all over town

Mark your calendars for another great Bike to Work Day!  Fort Collins' Bike to Work Day is a biannual event to encourage people to bicycle for transportation, experience the benefits of riding a bike, highlight Fort Collins' extensive bike routes, and demonstrate that bicycling is an easy, fun and healthy means of traveling around the city. Information will continue to be posted on our website at: 


FREE Traffic Skills 101 

Saturday, July 12 from 8:15am to 4:00pm at PVH EMS-Ambulance Offices, 3509 S. Mason St., Ste. 1

LAB Traffic Skills 101 (TS101) is a course for beginners, returning and seasoned cyclists alike that will give you the confidence to ride safely and legally on the streets or on the trail. You will learn how to conduct bicycle safety checks, on-bike skills and crash avoidance techniques. We recommended this 7.5-hour class for adults and youth above age 14. Participants should be prepared to ride their bicycle as there is a riding portion to this class. A helmet and bicycle in good working condition are required. A water bottle is recommended. 


FC Bikes sponsors this class the second Saturday every other month, free to those who pre-register. Snacks, lunch and course materials are included. Upcoming dates include July 12, Sept. 13 and Nov. 8. Register online for an upcoming course and someone will be in touch to confirm your interest.


Open Streets

Sunday, July 20 from 10:00am to 3:00pm on segments of E. Laurel St. and Whedbee St.  

Open Streets is an initiative that promotes healthy communities by creating temporary car-free streets, so that people may use them for walking, bicycling, dancing, playing, and socializing. With more than 100 documented initiatives in North America, Open Streets are increasingly common in cities seeking innovative ways to achieve environmental, social, economic, and public health goals.


FC Bikes is excited to introduce this event to Fort Collins and we invite you to join us this July to see your neighborhood streets in a new light!  Open Streets is free and open to the public.  For more information, check out our website at


Get Involved
National (& Local!) 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. 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. Sign up now to be automatically entered into the local challenge. For more information or to sign up, please visit: 
Short Track Races presented by Ciclismo Youth Foundation
Tuesdays, May 20, May 27, June 3, June 10 from 4:00pm to 8:00pm at New Belgium Brewery
The Ciclismo Youth Foundation welcomes you and your family to join us for a local Tuesday night racing tradition on the grounds of New Belgium Brewery. We have categories for ALL ages and abilities. All kids 0 to 18 years of age race for FREE! Adults are only $12!   


Online Registration: This year we have implemented a new timing system with computer chips to enhance our race-day experience for our participants. In order to accomodate our system, we are asking all paying adults to pre-register on-lineNOTE** There will still be on-site registration for all kids (non-paying) categories. 

Ride of Silence
Wednesday, May 21 at 6:45 pm at City Park Shelter #7

The Ride of Silence is an international bicycle ride in memory of those who have been killed or injured while cycling.  Join cyclists worldwide in a silent slow-paced ride in honor of those who have been injured or killed while cycling on public roadways.  Please pass this on to others you think might be interested in participating. The ride will take place rain, snow, or shine - please watch the weather and come prepared. Helmets and lights required!


Visit the Ride of Silence - Fort Collins, Colorado Facebook events page to find out more and to RSVP. Learn more about the Ride of Silence by visiting their websiteIf you would like to bring a photo or other information in memory of someone who was killed while cycling, please bring it and we'll post it at the shelter.

For more information, please contact Sue Ballou at or (970) 493-7550. 


Weekly Ride Sally Rides! 

Thursday, May 22 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at TBD

Ride, Sally Rides (RSR) are a weekly opportunity for women to get together and spend time in the saddle. We are not a new bike club. We are riders, racers, students, moms, locals, visitors, and friends who want to pedal together on Thursday evenings. This is simply a weekly excuse to branch out of our social networks to experience new rides and new people in and around Fort Collins. 

This week's ride:

A moderate, 20 mile road commute led by FAB 5 and SRTS.

Check the Bicycle Ambassador Program's calendar for more information on each week's ride. To lead a ride or to join the weekly ride notification list, contact:


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  Registration closes May 30.  To register, complete this application and send it to Ariell at the League, Cost: $300.  For more information about the class, please contact Megan Hottman at
Bike News You Might Have Missed 
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:  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  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

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
A cyclist, in 1935, shelters from the rain while traveling on an asphalt road. Photo: Getty Images.
19th century cyclists paved the way for modern motorists' roads: Car drivers assume the roads were built for them, but it was cyclists who first lobbied for flat roads more than 100 years ago!



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


Becky Moriarty

FC Bikes Program Specialist

O: 970.224.6112

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