Stacy Sebeczek: From Bike Library to Pace Bike Share

Stacy Sebeczek loves costumes. She also loves bikes.

And she really loves biking in costumes.

Stacy is one of those people who makes you want to bike. Her energy is contagious, her ideas inspiring and her passion for this community of Fort Collins infectious.

While her road to Local Market Manager at Zagster was a ride she didn’t intentionally mean to start, once she set the pedals in motion, she knew she would never stop.

“Once I married my passion of bikes with my professional work life, something shifted in me,” Stacy said.

And, accurately enough, the shifting occured while working at a brewery that was founded on two-wheels: New Belgium Brewing.

After being tasked with the promotion of a scavenger hunt on bikes, Stacy fell into the bike community, and with it crashed into the next opportunity that set her path of working with bikes in real motion.

In 2012 the Bike Library, which started in 2008 thanks to collaboration from Bike Fort Collins, City of Fort Collins, Downtown Fort Collins Business Association, Colorado State University, Fort Collins Bike Co-op and New Belgium Brewing, found itself needing new leadership. It was a no brainer to offer that torch to Stacy.

“My purpose was, and is, to get people riding bikes,” she said. “It’s hard to say no to that job.”

Especially when you love what you are doing. Since the beginning of her career, and now with her role with Zagster, Stacy works with community members to get people on bikes.

“Everyday my work is compelling because of the great people I get to talk to who are excited about bikes,” Stacy said.

Even though her days revolve around bikes, she does get the occasional flat tire, both literally and figuratively.

“Some days test you mentally and physically,” she said. “But even then, you make it across the finish line and you find yourself becoming super stoked and proud.”

Super proud, like the time she was racing the Downieville Classic and suffered a mild concussion with 17 miles left in the race. The concussion, mixed with excruciating heat and an empty water bottle created a huge recipe for disaster.

“I just kept thinking: I’m never going to make it out of this,” she said.

Yet she did, the recipe of disaster baking into a complete success.

Luckily, not all rides have finished with that level of uncertainty. Like the time she did a 90 mile loop of Pennock Pass for her bachelorette party.

In costume, of course.

“It was just a bunch of ladies pedaling in costume,” she said. “We partied hard and then cruised down after sleeping at the top of the pass. We made those 90 miles feel like 20.”

Making 90 miles, or tasks, feel like 20 is a regular occurrence for Stacy.

The first day I met her, she had cruised all over town, checking out the Pace bikes, and yet she sat down with me for hours, talking about bikes, learning about me and being completely focused on the task at hand… even if there were a million other things she needed to tune-up.

In her new role at Zagster, she’ll have lots of wheels to spin and gears to shift. But, just like everything else she’s faced when she jumped on this bike of her career, she’s ready for the task.

“I’m so excited to work with local partners who are proud of the cycling culture here in Fort Collins,” she said. “They are supportive of the bike culture and that helps make my job so enjoyable. This new program (Pace) has a lot of potential for the community; it’s not just a novelty but a true transportation solution. And I can’t wait to show people that.”

Can’t wait being a 100 percent true statement.

“The biggest challenge for me is patience,” Stacy said. “There is only one of me and so many people I want to connect with. I want to do it all right now, but I need to be mindful and realize I can’t do everything today. “

A slow climb, with extraordinary views at the top.

“Fort Collins is such a diverse community, with so many great organizations,” she said. “I just want every organization talking to each other in order to create impactful collaboration with reduced duplication.”

If anyone can complete that task, it’s Stacy.

“During my time working with bikes, I’ve got to meet so many people (from such organizations like Bike Fort Collins, FC Bikes, CSU and New Belgium) who are so committed to making the Bike Share work, and that makes things easy for me to love what I do,” she said.

Interested in partnering with the Pace Bike Share? Contact Stacy at ssebeczek@zagster.com.

And don’t forget to ride up with a bottle of Juicy Haze from New Belgium with you, it’s her favorite.

Fort Collins Bike Share is Now Pace

Bike Sharing in Fort Collins will be easier than ever before thanks to Pace, the nationwide dockless bike sharing service for smart cities and colleges.

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Originally launched in 2016 as an evolution of the Fort Collins Bike Library, the Fort Collins Bike Share has expanded and improved to become Pace Fort Collins – a modern, dockless bike sharing platform.

Pace, a product of Zagster, is now live in eight markets across the U.S. and offers more than three million residents, students and visitors the ability to explore their cities and towns by bike for just $1 per trip.

So, what’s new? The new Pace Fort Collins bike share program gives riders 250 bikes to choose from, more than doubling the fleet size as compared with the previous program. The new system also allows riders to park their bike at any public bike rack in the city, not just at designated stations, allowing for a more convenient, easy and worry-free riding experience. There are also more than 20 new stations, giving riders even more opportunities to use bike share for both transit and recreation.  

New stations, including a station at the Hickory neighborhood in north Fort Collins, were made possible thanks to generous local organizations who look at the bike share program as a valuable way to get around. Sponsors of these new stations include Colorado State University, Kaiser Permanente, UCHealth, Elevations Credit Union, Odell Brewing, New Belgium Brewing, Dellenbach Motors, and Housing Catalyst.

So, how do you start riding? It’s as easy as downloading an app to your smartphone!

To start, find the free Pace bike share app in the App Store or Google Play. Once the app is downloaded, and a rider profile (name and email) is created, riders will then be prompted to enter their credit card information, any promo codes, EBT card membership info or sign up for the cash payment option. (More info on all of these options can be found at ridepace.com/pledge.)

Wait, let’s back up. Did we just say cash? You bet!

A new, exciting development in the Pace Fort Collins is the ability for riders to use cash to pay for rides. To use the cash option, you will first need to call or email Pace support (ridepace.com or 833-321-PACE) to gain approval to enroll. Once access is confirmed, login to your Pace app to see a barcode linked to your account. Take this barcode to any 7-11, Family Dollar, or CVS to purchase ride credits with cash.

And then hop on a Pace bike and start exploring!

The fun doesn’t stop there though. The new Pace bikes also allow for holding rides using the integrated cable and wheel lock ring. Need to stop for a bite or coffee? No problem, simply “hold” your ride in the app, lock up and then resume riding to your final destination (which doesn’t have to be a designated station)!

Costs of riding is also affordable. All rides cost $1 per half hour (the first 30-minute ride for every new user is free) while a yearly membership is only $29 per month. Additionally, promo codes and free ride time is available throughout the year, look for these codes and opportunities on our Facebook, Instagram and through volunteer newsletters.

Side note for safety: don’t forget your helmet! While Pace Fort Collins does not come with helmets, helmets can be purchased easily by visiting the Visit Fort Collins office in Old Town or Maxline Brewing located off of the Mason Trail.

Fort Collins is a great place to explore by bike, and while the new Pace Fort Collins has helped expand the availability of bikes over the city, there are still places that would benefit from having stations just a hop, skip and a jump away. If your organization is passionate about sponsoring a Bike Share station, please email us at info@bikefortcollins.org.

Not interested in sponsoring but want to get more involved? No problem! Consider purchasing ride time for your employees, participating in digital campaigns, attending local Pace Fort Collins events, holding a Bike Share 101 demo at your office, hosting a group ride or initiating a Bike Share wellness incentive program. Have other ideas? Feel free to email us at info@bikefortcollins.org. We love and appreciate all bike questions!

So, what’s next? In the coming weeks we have several local events to increase excitement and ridership of the new Pace Fort Collins. We hope to see you at one of the events listed below, or would love to have you volunteer with us to help spread the word (and get some free ride time so you can have your own fun in the sun on two-wheels)!

Events happening soon include…

Fiesta de Movimiento Comunitario de Hickory Street

When: June 16

Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Where: Soft Gold Park, 520 Hickory Street

Why: Celebrating the new Hickory Pace Fort Collins station sponsored by Kaiser Permanente

Bike to Work Day

When: June 27

Time: 6:30 – 9:30 a.m.

Where: Stations will be all over Fort Collins and Bike Fort Collins will be partnering with Create Places at the Lyric Cinema, at 1209 N. College Ave., to serve tamales to hungry cyclists!

Why: Celebrating biking to work and the option to use Pace Fort Collins to get there!

Bike from Work Bash

When: June 27

Time: 4-7pm

Where: Odell Brewing, 800 E Lincoln Ave.

Why: Enter to win a free bike and other prizes. All proceeds from the drawing support the many programs of Bike Fort Collins! Enjoy the music and beer.

How to enter? Tickets to enter will be available at the door.

Winter Bike From Work Celebration

 

 

Ride your bike to Odell on Wednesday, December 9th to celebrate winter bike commuting! Reward yourself for layering up and braving the cold, snowy weather to get where you need to go on your bike with a free pint of Odell’s finest! From 4:00-6:00 pm, the FC Bike Library and Brave New Wheel will be there offering up cheers, high fives, free bike maintenance, and raffle tickets for an Odell bike jersey & gift pack and Brave New Wheel bike! All of the raffle ticket proceeds and $1 from each pint will benefit the Bike Library.

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