If you ever bicycle through or to the downtown Fort Collins area, please take this survey that the city is hosting. There are a lot of questions about buildings and parks, but there are also some about bike facilities and parking. The survey takes about 15-20 minutes to complete, but it’s a great way to let the city know what you think about improving bicycle safety and accessibility in our downtown area.

There’s also a survey on the W. Elizabeth Enhanced Travel Corridor Plan. This is a chance to give input that could lead to some significant changes and improvements along that street.

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Events – Bike News and Views


– August Events –

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USA Pro Challenge Celebration – Wednesday, August 19, 5:30 – 8:30 pm, 1601 W. Drake Rd.

Join FC Bikes for a fun-filled, family-friendly evening to celebrate the 2015 USA Pro Challenge.  The evening will feature a bicycle rodeo, bike and helmet giveaways, food and more! See the flyer above for more info.

Women & Trans* Wrenching Night: Drive Train – Thursday, August 20, FC Bike Co-op, 6:30-9pm

Always wanted to know how to fix a flat, adjust your brakes, or re-grease your hubs? Come learn how in this women-led, 6-class series. No registration necessary. Just bring your bike!

This week we’ll cover the drivetrain…that’s all those messy metal bits around your chain. We’ll learn about chain and cog maintenance and, if you’re up to the challenge, some more fine tune adjustments.

The Bike Co-op is located at 331 N. College Ave. See the event page on Facebook for more info.

Adult Learn-to-Ride a Bicycle (Women only) – Thursdays, August 20 – September 10, 5:30-7pm, Recreator Course #409591-01

Regardless of your age, it’s not too late to learn to ride a bicycle! Learn to ride a bicycle through a safe, easy, and effective method. Students learn to balance, pedal, start, stop, steer and how to properly fit and wear a helmet. No fee. Sign up through the Recreator (course number 409591-01).

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9th Anual Tour de Farms – August 22 – Loveland to Fort Collins

Join the Sustainable Living Association on August 22nd  for the 9th annual Tour de Farms. Riders will be able to join on a leisurely 8 mile tour to various farms and gardens and greenhouses. Visit cutting edge urban agriculture projects, hear presentations from farmers, gain useful tools and knowledge for your own garden, find out ways you can support area efforts to strengthen our local food system.

Plus, you can stay connected to your new gardening and biking community with a discussion forum only available to tour participants. Tour de Farms highlights important elements of sustainable communities and our local living economy. Enjoy the future of food!  Cost $25 per person, tour limited to 50 people includes lunch. Get more info on their event page. 

USA Pro Challenge – Stage 6 – August 22 — Loveland to Fort Collins

Pedal Fort Collins is a blog that focuses on transportation, which means races and rides aren’t usually included here. But this is a national level bicycling event and it’s going to be taking place, in part, right here in Fort Collins – which means bike parties galore. So I’m including it in the calendar on behalf of its overall cycle-fest attributes.

For general information about the race in Northern Colorado, check out the USA Pro Challenge NoCo page on Facebook. Or take a peek at the timeline of events that the city has put together

Volunteers are needed to help make the Pro Challenge run smoothly through Northern Colorado. If you are interested in volunteering, sign up here. The will be a volunteer meeting on Monday, August 10 from 6 pm-8 pm at McKee Building Exhibition Hall A at the Ranch (5280 Arena Circle, Loveland, CO). The meeting will be recorded for those that can’t make it.

New Belgium Bike-in-Movie – August 27, 7pm.

Doors open at 7 p.m. for the show, which will start at dusk. “Boyhood” will be shown. Food trucks and beer will be available, with proceeds from beer sales benefiting Wolverine Farm Publishing, set to open a Letterpress & Publick House later this fall in the Fort Collins River District. Entrance for the films costs $2 at the door, and guests are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets.


– September –

New Belgium Bike-in-Movie – September 3, 7pm.

Doors open at 7 p.m. for the show, which will start at dusk. “Raiders of the Lost Ark” will be shown. Food trucks and beer will be available, with proceeds from beer sales benefiting Wolverine Farm Publishing, set to open a Letterpress & Publick House later this fall in the Fort Collins River District. Entrance for the films costs $2 at the door, and guests are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets.

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Tour de Fat – time to get your crazy on!

Tour de Fat – Saturday, September 5th, Civic Center Park, 9am.

The 16th annual Tour de Fat starts at 9am with registration. The parade begins at 10am. And festivities begin in Civic Center Park as the parade ends. Register now! And if you’re interested in a free t-shirt and a couple of free beers, consider signing up as a volunteer.

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Adult Learn-to-Ride a Bicycle – Wednesdays, September 9 – September 30 (no meeting on the 23rd), 5:30-7pm, Recreator Course #409591-02

Regardless of your age, it’s not too late to learn to ride a bicycle! Learn to ride a bicycle through a safe, easy, and effective method. Students learn to balance, pedal, start, stop, steer and how to properly fit and wear a helmet. No fee. Sign up through the Recreator (course number 409591-02).

Open Streets – Sunday, September 20, on Remington between Mountain and Lake, 10am – 3pm.

Open Streets is coming to Remington Street Sunday, September 20! Open Streets is becoming a staple in Fort Collins event culture, with more than 7,000 people attending the event along W. Elizabeth in June. But, Open Streets wouldn’t be successful without our Superhero Volunteer Team. FC Bikes is seeking volunteers for the September event, and there are positions available for everyone. From set-up and break-down to helping at information stations, visit fcgov.com/openstreets/volunteer.php for more information and a list of all available volunteer positions. Swag and lunch are included for all volunteers.

Traffic Safety 101 – Saturday, September 26, 8:15am – 4pm, Westbridge Medical Suites

Traffic Skills 101 is a course for beginners, returning and seasoned cyclists alike that will give you the confidence to ride safely and legally in traffic or on the trail. You will learn how to conduct bicycle safety checks, on-bike skills and crash avoidance techniques. We recommended this 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. Sign up through the Recreator. More information and a link to the Recreator page on the city’s website.


– October –

Bike Prom – Saturday, October 7, Downtown Artery.

Bikes ‘N Ales – date and time TBA.


– November –

Northern Colorado Bike & Walk Conference – Thursday, November 5, 7:30am – 4:35pm, Student Center, UNC Campus, Greeley
Presented by NoCo Bike & Ped Collaborative: Join us and national expert, Mark Fenton, to learn how biking and walking can affect economy, health, transportation and much more.  For more information and to register visit:cpra-web.org/event/NOCOBikeWalkConference

Traffic Safety 101 – November 14, 8:30am – 4pm.


nbc-offsite-imageNational Bike Challenge! – May 1st to September 30th

The National Bike Challenge is an opportunity for cities and states to compete against each other in terms of bike miles and bike trips logged. You can pick a team, a workplace, and a school to log miles for. Bike Fort Collins and the FC Bike Library have a combined team you can join.


– Bike News and Views –

America’s First Protected Intersection is Open in Davis – and working like a charm“, by Michael Andersen, a Green Lane Project staff writer, and found on the People for Bikes website. (August 11, 2015)

Want a bike path? Crowdfund it, by Amanda Albright, Bloomberg News, as found in the Chicago Tribune (August 12, 2015).

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