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July 15 2014
July Momentum Newsletter

 

 FC Bikes is proud to introduce the first ever ciclovia-type event to Fort Collins THIS SUNDAY!  Check out this video to see the world's largest event in Bogota, Colombia where they close 70 miles of streets every Sunday and every holiday to cars and open them up to the people for walking, biking, and playing in the street.  We hope that our Open Streets event brings just as much excitement as it does down south and that you will join us as we explore our streets in a new way.

 

With Zumba classes, yoga in the streets, painting classes, bike races and more, there is something for everyone!  So join us this Sunday from 10am to 3pm for Open Streets and 'come play in the street.'

 

 City Bike Projects & Programs  

Open Streets is Coming!

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

FC Bikes is encouraging the public to get out and play in the streets with a new exciting city event. Aptly titled Open Streets, the initiative encourages community participation and healthy living by temporarily closing city blocks to motorized traffic and opening it to physically active forms of transportation and fun activities for residents of all ages.   

 

The atmosphere will be fun and festive. The public can walk, bike, skate and more in a safe and comfortable environment, while enjoying a large number of diverse activities. Planned activities include: painting, yoga and Zumba classes, Frisbee, mini massages, bicycle obstacle course, games, scavenger hunt, product sampling, food, music and more! There also will be free injury consultations and vision screenings available.

 

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 still in need of  volunteers to help support this amazing new event.  Click here to sign up to be a volunteer.

 

Bike Plan Open House

Wednesday, July 30 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm at Lincoln Center, Columbine Room

  • Learn about the draft Bicycle Plan
  • See a citywide map of proposed bicycle improvements and future connections
  • Review recommendations in the draft plan including education programs and wayfinding strategies
  • Provide input on all of the above and more!
Can't make the Open House?
Visit the Bike Plan booth at our Open Streets event on Sunday, July 20, to learn about the plan and provide input, fcgov.com/openstreets.
 
For more information, please visit fcgov.com/BikePlan or call 970.224.6058.

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.

 

College Avenue Transportation Study-Midtown in Motion-Seeks Public Input

Feedback collected through August 15 

The City of Fort Collins invites the community to help us shape the future of College Avenue. The City has launched an interactive website survey at midtowninmotion.com to provide an opportunity for you to share your ideas on ways to transform College Avenue.  

 

Midtown in Motion is the second phase of the Midtown Plan and was launched at the end of 2013.  It is the implementation step stemming from the Transportation Master Plan.  Among the goals of the Midtown in Motion plan are to develop design concepts that increase mobility and safety and transform College Avenue into a "world class" street. Community input on how we can improve College Avenue for cyclists, pedestrians, and cars collected through the online survey will help us define this vision.

 

For more information on this planning effort, visit fcgov.com/MidtowninMotion or provide your feedback virtually at MidtowninMotion.com.

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

 

Blue Light Awareness Evening Ride

Thursday, July 17 at 8:00pm at the Gearage Outdoor Sports

Midnight Sun is hosting an blue light awareness campaign ride. For more information about their Blue Light Campaign, visit http://www.midnightsuninc.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.

 

FAB Rides

Thursday, August 14 at 6:00pm at Lee Martinez Park

All are welcome to join our family-friendly bike rides around Fort Collins.  Click here to view the flyer. For more information, see our FB page or email us at fabridesfoco@gmail.com.

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
Did you know?  You can fit 15 bikes in ONE car parking space!
Denver's 1st on-street bike corrals on Pearl Street!

 

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. 

 
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