There are several great events coming up including Tour de Fat and Open Streets! Plus the city has three important transportation related surveys that I’d encourage you to take.
Local News – Events – Bike News and Views
There’s a Transportation & Mobility survey for the Old Town Neighborhoods plan. You don’t have to live in Old Town to take this survey. If you ever travel — whether by car, bicycle, foot, bus, whatever — through Old Town, then you should take this survey. Click through to the Old Town Neighborhoods Plan page and look for the link to the “Part One: Transportation & Mobility survey”.
There’s a survey (that I hear is ending soon!) for the West Elizabeth Enhanced Travel Corridor Plan. Click through on the link and you’ll find a big green button to the survey.
And there’s a survey regarding pedestrian needs. This effects cyclists in two ways — sometimes we behave like pedestrians when, for whatever reason we need to take to the sidewalks, and sometimes pedestrians have no where else to walk except along the shoulder of the road, which means we might end up sharing space with them. In general, the better things are for pedestrians, the better they are for cyclists as well.
Town Hall Update
Bike Fort Collins and Your Group Ride held a joint Town Hall meeting on August 6th that was very well attended. (I counted 210 people before things got started, and folks kept rolling in.) A summary of what took place (pdf) is now available online.
Bicycle Friendly Businesses
And congratulations are in order to Rocky Mountain Recumbents, The Coloradoan, RB+B Architects, Recycled Cycles (two locations), DataSplice, Hewlett-Packard, the Lincoln Center, Nuance Chocolate and Snowbank Brewing Company for being added to the list of Bicycle Friendly Businesses in Fort Collins (or for moving up on the list). Woot! That puts us at 48 Bicycle Friendly Businesses, 2 Honorable Mentions, and 1 Bike Friendly University — in addition to being rated a Platinum level Bicycle Friendly Community.
– 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.
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.
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.
National 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 –
“You want a productive, happy workforce? Let them sweat“, by Emily Munroe, on the 8 80 Cities blog. (August 21, 2015) The idea behind Bicycle Friendly Businesses is that these employers encourage and enable their employees to use active transportation methods to get to work. This means encouraging bicycling, walking, and mass transit (which often includes a bit of a walk on either end).
“A 133-Billion-Pound Problem: How Bikes Are Fixing Denver’s Food Desert Issue, by Maranda Bodas, in 303 Magazine. (August 26, 2015). Denver Food Rescue has been using innovative solutions to meet the food needs of many impoverished Denverites. One of those innovation solutions includes using bicycles, which were found to be the most efficient, lowest cost solution to the problem of delivering fresh food to people living in food deserts.