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June 16, 2014
June Momentum Newsletter

 

With summer road work in full swing, the City is working hard to take these opportunities to improve and expand its bicycle network. We're testing new ideas to Fort Collins, like green bike lanes on Harmony and buffered bike lanes on McMurray by Kruse Elementary, to improve the safety and comfort for everyone on the road.  We'd love to hear your thoughts about these new facilities to make sure we're on track to reaching our vision of a world-class city for bicycling for people of all ages and abilities. 

 

Harmony Rd. green bike lane
McMurry buffered bike lane

 

 

City Bike Projects & Programs  

FC Bikes is Hiring!

Deadline:Friday, June 20

FC Bikes is looking for qualified candidates to apply for our part time FC Bikes Program Specialist position.  This position will support the current Program Manager, Tessa, and the current Program Specialist, Becky, in the Education and Outreach aspect of our department. Click here for the full job description. Visit of our website at www.fcgov.com/jobs to apply.   

  

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. Check out website to pre-register, see the map of stations and view the list of hosts: www.fcgov.com/bikemonth.

 

Online Survey for the West Central Area Plan

Survey expires on Monday, June 30 

How do you envision the next 15 to 20 years in the West Central Area? The City is currently updating the long-range plan for the neighborhoods south and west of the CSU main campus. Share your ideas through the online survey now! The survey will be available through June 30. Questions or comments? Contact Rebecca Everette at reverette@fcgov.com or 416-2625.

  




Bike Parking Program
First round of applications due for review on June 30

FC Bikes has launched a new Bicycle Parking Program including a new Bike Rack Grant Program (available to non-profits) and an On-street Bike Corral Application Program (available to business applicants). The new webpage also includes online applications for requesting sidewalk bike racks and maintenance of existing City racks.

 

The City will accept applications for the different bike rack programs on an on-going basis, however will only review and install bicycle racks twice per year.  Review of the first set of applications will begin on June 30, 2014.  Visit: http://www.fcgov.com/bicycling/parking.php

 

Open Streets is Coming!

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 www.fcgov.com/openstreets.

 

We are looking for interested partners to host booths along the route, as well as over 200 volunteers to help support the event.  To sign up to host a booth, please submit this application to isis@mantoothcompany.com.  Click here to sign up to be a volunteer.

 

Summer B.I.K.E. Camp now co- sponsored by SRTS 

Weekly 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 trobertson@fcgov.com or Nancy Nichols at nnichols@fcgov.com. You can also find details in the Recreator magazine, available throughout the community in print form or online at fcgov.com/recreator.

  
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: https://nationalbikechallenge.org/ 

  

Weekly Ride Sally Rides! 

Every Thursday thru October 

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. 

 

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: RideSallyRideFoCo@gmail.com

 

2nd Annual Fort Collins Gear & Bike Swap

Sunday, July 20 from 11:00am to 5:00pm

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.

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 or Sign up to Volunteer
BAP

Bicycle Ambassadors want northern Colorado to be the safest place to ride a bike, whether on the street or 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!

Check out bicycleambassadorprogram.org for more information.

Just for Fun

 

In 1817, Karl von Drais, a German baron, invented a horseless carriage that would help him get around faster. The two-wheeled, pedal-less device was propelled by pushing your feet against the ground, The machine became known as the "draisine," and led to the creation of the modern-day bicycle.

 

 

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

 

 

In This Issue
Trail & Roadway Alerts
Transfort wants to remind cyclists to not ride on the MAX guideway.  This space is meant for buses only and is dangerous for cyclists to use.  Please use the Mason Trail which runs parallel to the guideway. 



Poudre Trail is OPEN!
Please adhere to any closure signs that might be up due to flooding.


For more trail construction and closure information, please visit Parks' Trails page.
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