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August 15 2014
August Momentum Newsletter


On July 30, the City hosted its second Bicycle Master Plan Open House to share initial Plan recommendations and seek input. The Open House materials are available for download on our website. We will continue to take input over the course of the next month as we refine recommendations and develop the Draft Bicycle Master Plan. The Draft Plan will be posted on the website in September and open for public comment at that time.

 

Thanks for all who attended and provided feedback!  Weren't able to attend?  Check out our website to review all of the public house materials at fcgov.com/bikeplan.

 City Bike Projects & Programs  

Volunteer for Bicycle and Pedestrian Counts!

September 9, 11, 13 at various times

Come join the fun!  Volunteers are needed to fill 126 two-hour shifts over the course of three days: September 9, 11 and 13.  Volunteers are welcome to sign up for multiple timeslots. Please see here for the list of dates, times and map of locations.

 

We're asking all volunteers to join us Thursday, September 4, 6-7 p.m. for a brief REQUIRED training session in the Community Room at 215 N. Mason Street, Fort Collins.  Pizza and drinks will be provided in appreciation of your efforts to support the Bicyclist and Pedestrian Counts.  If you are unable to attend this training session, please contact Amy Lewin at alewin@fcgov.com or 970-416-2040 to make other arrangements.

 

We greatly appreciate your help in this important event!  To sign up, please visit our VolunteerSpot website: vols.pt/DrroL6

 

 

Provide Input to Improve Everyday Walking & Biking in Colorado

Deadline: September 20

Communities in Colorado are creating ways for Coloradans to travel safely and conveniently on foot or by bike. Kaiser Permanente Colorado is investing in safer and more accessible transportation options for Colorado's residents and workforce. 

 

Tell us about your community, the ways you move around, and ways to improve the environments where you live and work by taking this brief interactive survey.

 

September Opens Streets Rescheduled for 2015

The second Open Streets event, originally proposed for September 14 on West Elizabeth Street has been postponed and will be rescheduled in 2015.

 

The rescheduled West Elizabeth event will include elements custom-tailored to the location and the season. The new time will also allow better coordination with the many other events and activities taking place across the City.

 

"While we were looking forward to hosting our follow-up event this fall," said Becky Moriarty, FC Bikes Program Specialist, "by rescheduling until next year, we will be able to revisit the plans to ensure the second event is as successful, if not more so, than our first." For more information about Open Streets or updates on the 2015 schedule, please visit www.fcgov.com/openstreets.
Get Involved

Bicycle Farm Tour

Wednesdays in August at 5:00pm at Funkwerks, 1900 E. Lincoln Ave

Join Funkwerks for FREE farm tours on bicycle.  Meet each Wednesday at 5:00pm at the brewery and follow the guided tour to that week's select local farm.  For more information, click here.  Reserve your spot by calling 970.482.FUNK.

 

CSU Ram Welcome Bicycle Education Volunteers Needed!

Thursday, August 21 from 9:30am to 12:30pm (lunch provided!)

CSU

We are looking for volunteers to help us provide onsite bicycle education to our incoming freshman who are moving in on Thursday August 21st. At varied locations throughout campus, we will station people to help encourage students to safely travel across campus on their bicycle. Specifically we are looking to educate them on proper use of multi-modal paths, dismount zones, and stopping/signaling at stop signs. We also want to educate them on safely securing their bicycles on campus, recommending for them to get a U-lock, and reminding them to register their bikes with CSUPD.

 

If you are interested in learning more about this volunteer opportunity, please contact me at amanda.fitzpatrick@colostate.edu or (970) 491-7600. We look forward to welcoming incoming students and would love for you to help us educate them on safe cycling.  

 

Fort Collins Tour de Fat

Saturday, August 30 at 9:00am at Civic Center Park

The Fort Collins Tour de Fat is almost here, and this year is going to be the biggest yet. Are you getting antsy just thinking about it? Preregister now and receive limited-edition TdF schwag before it's all gone. For more information, check out their website. 

 

ALL proceeds go to local nonprofit cycling related organizations!  Join in the fun and help support Bike Fort Collins, Overland Mountain Bike Club and Fort Collins Bike Co-op. Want to volunteer?  Sign up here!

 

Great Outdoors Colorado Colorado Needs your Expertise!

Dates throughout month of August

Great Outdoors Colorado, which invests a portion of state lottery revenues into state parks, local parks, open space, trails and wildlife, is conducting a listening tour across the state in August to gather input for its 2015 strategic plan.

 

Sessions will be held between Aug. 5 and 28th in the following remaining cities Lamar, Pueblo, Salida, Sterling, Aurora, Golden, and Denver. To learn more about GOCO and find the meeting location closest to you, visit goco.org. Refreshments will be provided, as well as door prizes, so please RSVP to let them know if you'll join them!

 

FAB Rides

Thursday, September 11 at 6:00pm at English Ranch 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.

 

 

First Annual "Race" to Repair

Sunday September 28 fron noon to 3:00pm in Greeley, CO

Turn Around Bikes is proud to present and host this unique, fast paced event. Race to Repair is a competitive bicycle repair race that is open to the public, hobby bicycle mechanics, and professional bicycle mechanics.  The winner of the Race to Repair event will be named "Northern Colorado's Fastest, Finest, and Best Mechanics" for 2014. Click here for the flyer.

Rules:
  • Each team must have no more than 3 people (competing solo or as a pair is OK)
  • Each team must bring their own bicycle tools
  • Each team must bring their own bicycle stand and truing stand (if desired)
  • Each team member must sign a liability waiver before the race begins
The teams will compete to repair and build as many bicycles as possible in a 3 hour period.  Whichever team repairs the most bicycles in the 12-3 PM time space will be named "Northern Colorado's Fastest, Finest, and Best Mechanics" for 2014.  For more details and to register, please visit this website

 

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

Bike News You Might Have Missed 

August 14: The Summer of Demos: One-day protected bike lanes sweep across America

August 12: Not a single person has died using bike share in the US

August 12: Stephen's Picks: Family Bike Nights, Run for Hope

August 11: Investment in transportation saves money spent on health

August 11: We need more Open Streets!

August 8: Copenhagen builds bicycle bridge

August 6: Biking is one of the most income-diverse activities in the country

August 4: Bike co-op buys property from conservation center

August 4: Bike plan focuses on creating low-stress routes

July 28: Fort Collins tries buffered bikes lanes to boost safety

July 28: Rise to top bike town requires new way of working

July 25: Denver City Councilman: Why don't more African Americans ride bicycles?  

July 24: Cycling event forced to move as Boulder Valley Velodrome hits another snag

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
Yay Colorado!

 

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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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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