The Bike Art Show is next weekend! Don’t miss this chance to grab a beverage, listen to great music, buy a one-of-a-kind bike helmet, and support the Fort Collins Bike Library all at one time. See below for more info.

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Also, Bike Fort Collins kicked off their updated You Know Me, I Ride a Bike campaign at Odell’s Brewing on Wednesday night. You might remember some of the images from their old campaign, or the video that went along with it. Be watching for the new images to show up on local billboards, posters, and other areas around town.

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Haven’t signed up for the National Bike Challenge yet? Whaaaaaaat?!!! Go do that, then come back and glance through all the bike related events coming up in July. (If I missed any, please let me know. meg@urbanfortcollins.com .)

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– July Events –

BikeArtShow-3July2015Bike Fort Collins Art Show – Friday, July 3, Downtown Artery Café during 1st Friday Gallery Walk

As part of the First Friday Gallery Walk, Bike Fort Collins is hosting a Bike Art Show at the Downtown Artery Café. Beer and wine will be available for sale. (25% of sales will go to BFC.) There will be visual art/dance performances a live band and more. Make a one-of-a-kind painted bicycle helmets your own and support Bike Fort Collins.

Adult Learn to Ride Class – July 9 & 16, 6 – 7:30pm

Regardless of your age, it’s not too late to learn to ride a bicycle! Adult Learn to Ride is a free class by the City of Fort Collins for adults (+14 years) interested in learning how to ride. Through a safe, easy, and effective method, Students learn how to balance, pedal, start, stop and steer a bike. You will also learn how to properly fit a helmet. Many learn to ride a bicycle while taking this class, and we’re confident you will too! You will leave with a new set of skills and access to resources to continue to improve.

If you do not have a bike or helmet we can provide them for use during the class. Contact jgaskill-fox@fcgov.com or 970-221-6987 if you need a bike and/or helmet.

Register for Adult Learn 2 Ride through the Recreator

Family Bike Ride to the Watson Fish Hatchery – Saturday, July 11, 10am – 1pm

All ages are welcome to join this family, fun-filled guided bike ride on the Poudre Trail hosted by FC Bikes. We will ride 10-miles round trip. Pack a lunch to enjoy at the half-way point at the Watson Fish Hatchery. Please be sure children are will and able to ride all 10 miles, either with their own bike or with a tag-a-long or trailer. Bike and helmets are required. Cost $12

Register through the City of Fort Collins Recreator (Recreator Program Number 309992-01)

Traffic Safety 101 – Saturday, July 18, 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.

FoCo Cafe’s 2015 Bike-In Music Festival at Shire CSA – July 19, 3 – 7pm, 713 E. Prospect

Bicycle-in for great music, food, and beer on beautiful Shire CSA. Experience the best of Fort Collins in one Sunday afternoon! Gates open at 2:30pm, music begins at 3:00pm and the event will happen Sunday, July 19, rain or shine! Only 300 tickets will be sold, so this will be an intimate experience! Get all the details on the event page on Facebook.

Bikes-n-Ales – July 24th – 26th.

Bike Fort Collins is holding its third Bikes-n-Ales event. You pay upfront for 3 tokens (or a little more for the tokens and a commemorative pint class) then you bike around to participating brewers and get a pint for each token. BFC members get an extra token for the same amount of money. The goal isn’t to drink all the beers at once. BFC encourages cyclists to bike responsibly. But you use a token or two each day and visit the various businesses around town. To find out more, check out the event page on Facebook.


Adult Learn to Ride Class – August 6 & 13, 6-7:30pm.

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, helmet giveaways, food and more!

USA Pro Challenge – Stage 6 – August 22 — Loveland to Fort Collins (I know. This is a race, not a transportation event. But it’s also a celebration of bikes event. So I’m including it here.)


Tour de Fat – September 5th

Open Streets – Sunday, September 20, probably on Remington between Mountain and Lake.

Traffic Safety 101 – September 26, 8:30am – 4pm.


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 –

Lyric releases rendering for new N. College theater, by Erin Udell of the Fort Collins Coloradoan (June 23, 2015). Did you catch that there’s going to be a drive in theater… for bikes?!!!!!  How cool is that?

Check out the Bike to Work Day photo gallery on the Coloradoan.
I’ve ditched the road and trail updates section. Instead I’m going to build a Quick Links box next week that will help you to find that same information through the city or county websites.

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