Safe Routes to School: Fall Semester Wrap-up

Fall Semester Wrap-up

Safe Routes to School programming wrapped up the Fall semester last week at Johnson Elementary School! This semester, SRTS reached 2,000 students at 13 different schools in Fort Collins, and checked 1,282 bikes for any maintenance issues thanks to support from Recycled Cycles, Peloton, Trek, Brave New Wheel, VeloFix, Homeward Alliance Bike Repair Team, Joseph Moore, Stuart Culp, John Byers, and the UC Health bicycle emergency response team made up of Lizzie, Drew, Zach and Kip. 
 

After School Bike Club

Thanks to funding from the FoCo Fondo Fest, put on by Zack and Whitney Allison, and Jake Arnold, Safe Routes to School was able to resume Bike Club at Lincoln Middle School for the Fall semester. Over 15 students attended the Bike Club, who, over a four-week span, jelled into a well-lubed team of cyclists riding 15 miles on the last day! Students ranged from not knowing how to ride a bike on day one to very experienced riders. No matter their ability, students got to enjoy an after-school club that involved a healthy activity in a safe, welcoming space. We can’t wait for a Spring Club, and hopefully additional funding for more clubs in more schools.
 

Walking Club

Thanks to Rose Samaniego, SRTS Instructor and Master Naturalist, a walking club was started at Putnam Elementary. Students in this club learned about nutrition, hydration, proper foot wear and clothing. They were also taught ways to walk in any sort of weather and how to be a safe walker (how to cross a street and what to watch out for when walking). Club sessions start by walking around the school yard, and then venturing out for a mile. By the end of the sessions, students were walking 3 to 4 miles! We can’t wait to continue this program to help more students. 
 

Union Pacific Foundation Grant

We are excited to announce that we received a 20k grant from Union Pacific Foundation that will encourage safe behaviors and prevent accidents through education and awareness, particularly projects which focus on rail, driver, bike, and pedestrian safety through our SRTS program. This funding will allow for the possible expansion of SRTS programming to more high schools in Fort Collins and to schools outside the city limits. 

What’s Next?

Watch for next semesters expanded schedule on school rotation, plus information on after-school clubs, bike field trips and more. Safe Routes to School programming depends on donations and volunteers in order to operate. Consider volunteering or donating today by contacting Dot at dotdickerson@msn.com. 

Support Bike Fort Collins this Colorado Gives Day!

We have some exciting news…

For the first time in our history, Bike Fort Collins will be participating in Colorado Gives Day!

What is Colorado Gives Day? 

Colorado Gives Day is an annual statewide movement to celebrate and increase philanthropy in Colorado through online giving. For the ninth year, Community First Foundation and FirstBank are partnering to present Colorado Gives Day. On December 4, all around Colorado, community members and businesses will come together to support nonprofits across the state. 24 hours of supporting organizations who make great things happen in your community. 

Why support Bike Fort Collins? 

Our mission is to get more bikes on safer streets, all while advocating for equality and inclusion in cycling. From educating youth through Safe Routes to School programming; to providing access to bicycles through the Pace Bike Share; to hosting no-drop group rides; and through our grant-funded programming that allows us to go into lower-income communities to provide free helmets, lights, education and bicycle repair, Bike Fort Collins is for all cyclists, no matter their ability, income level or age. 

We can’t do what we do without support, and that is why this Colorado Gives Day, we are asking for any amount of donation so that we can continue to fulfill our mission. 

Additionally, we are also looking to expand our Safe Routes to School programming outside of the limits of Fort Collins, and need monetary support to do so.

To schedule your donation BEFORE December 4, visit our Colorado Gives Day page here

Thank you so much for your support, and ride on.   

 

Safe Routes to School: Always (Safely) Rolling

The Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program isn’t just busy in the school year, the summer is also a crazy time of year as we strive to get more kids on bikes safely! Read on to learn more about all we were up to this summer.  

Summer School: Preschool Safe Routes

This summer SRTS provided safety lessons to preschoolers in the Fullana program at Bauder and Beattie elementary schools. Eight students became new riders during this three-day program.

SRTS also spent time with preschoolers and students up to 10-years-old at Teaching Tree Early Childhood Learning Center. For the older group of students, they were taken on bike rides along the Poudre Trail, with a mandatory stop for rock skipping and toe dipping. The younger kids stayed on campus and rode balance bikes, stopped at stop signs and practiced looking both ways when crossing in the crosswalk.

Youth Creating Places

New this summer: Colorado State University’s Institute for the Built Environment and Urban Lab implemented the first ever tactical urbanism group specifically designed for students ages 12 and older.

What is tactical urbanism? It’s a practice that simulates how most cities are built. A piece-by-piece process that is especially popular in developing nations.  

What is the Institute for the Built Environment? IBE creates meaningful projects, builds team alignment and supports future leaders.

This summer program, titled “Youth Creating Places” aimed to inspire young minds to explore the city-scape, identify locations for improvements, plan some changes, design them, and finally build their own unique neighborhood ‘pop-up.’ The group of 17 succeeded in making improvements to Soft Gold Park.

In partnership with SRTS, children learned the importance of transportation in the project. One week of the program was dedicated to bike skills, safety and learning the rules of the road on the road. Along with the learning, the riders got to stop at the Poudre River for rope swinging and swimming.

Cycle hard play hard.

Hickory Park Celebration

In June, SRTS, along with the City of Fort Collins, Kaiser Permanente, La Familia, Create Places, Bike Fort Collins, and Larimer County to host the first ever “Open Streets” along Hickory Street in north Fort Collins. This event celebrated the partnerships in this neighborhood, the opening of the first Pace Bike Share station in this neighborhood, and the Active Living Program provided by Bike Fort Collins and Kaiser Permanente. SRTS provided a rodeo for youth during this event.

FoCo Fondofest

On August 4, thanks to Zach and Whitney Allison, and Jake Arnold, over 350 cyclists rode 12 – 100 miles on scenic gravel roads around Larimer and Weld Counties to raise $1,532 for Safe Routes Afterschool Bike Clubs. Special shoutout to the Allison-Arnold team and Source Endurance for the support, and a very fun ride! To learn more about the FoCo Fondofest, visit https://www.focofondo.com/events

Photo by Dion Dolva

SRTS Instructor Gathering

Did you know that Bike Fort Collins has a talented team of 20 trained SRTS instructors? These amazing people work hard during the spring and fall semesters cramming three to four Elementary Schools and four to five Middle Schools into a few short months of decent weather.

After the semester is over, the SRTS instructors deserve a celebration at the lake… which they happily accept.

Interested in Getting Involved?

Learn more about the SRTS program by visiting http://bikefortcollins.org/programs/safe-routes-to-school-2.

Learn more about volunteering by contacting Dot at dotdickerson@msn.com.

Why volunteer? Volunteers enhance the experience for all students and improve the overall success of the program.

Not able to volunteer but want to help fund the SRTS programming and instructors? Consider donating today! Learn more at http://bikefortcollins.org/support-bfc/give.