Welcome Wagon/FAQ

Current League of American Bicyclists Report Card for Fort Collins

Current City of Fort Collins bike safety report

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Are you new in Northern Colorado? New to bicycles? Wanting to get involved but not sure where you fit or where to start? You’ve come to the right place.

If you’ve got a few minutes, check out audio from our February “Welcome Wagon” event, where we hosted all of the local bike orgs to let folks know what they all do and what they’re planning for 2017.


If you’re ready to get involved, here’s the down-low on the organizations and events that make NoCo one of the best bike communities in the world!

Click on the buttons below to connect with our partners and programs 

Bike Fort Collins 

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We’re your local advocacy nonprofit

Our vision is a northern Colorado where more people ride bike, our leaders  prioritize safer streets and neighborhoods, and our advocacy and culture reflect and include bicyclists of all ages, ientities, abilities and neighborhoods. Our work includes policy advocacy, public education and organizing, bike friendly business development, and fun community building events and rides. We’re always looking for volunteers to join the movement!

 

NoCo Bike Show

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NoCo Bike Show is Northern Colorado’s live (mostly) monthly bike community gathering. Join hosts Dan Porter and Chris Johnson for monthly news and updates on all things bike in NoCo. Plus features from local newsmakers and leaders and interactive games, prizes and trivia. Its great way to meet like-minded folks, get involved in events or volunteering, and have fun. Check out the homepage for audio highlights of previous installments.

 

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Your Group Ride

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YGR is Northern Colorado’s main source for info on recreational rides and races.

FCBikes

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FCBikes is the City’s bicycle division and  partners with BFC to bring Safe Routes to Schools to Fort Collins’ K-12 students and to offer the Fort Collins Bike Share to community members and visitors alike.  FC Bikes provides education, hosts events and rides, and works within the city government to grow bike culture and build safer streets.

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Fort Follies

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We seek to empower women in the Fort Collins area to be active and impactful members of our cycling community through riding, racing, and philanthropy. We strongly believe in a positive, supportive, and inclusive team, suited for women of all abilities and disciplines.

CBAC

Campus Bicycle Advisory Committee

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Our liaison with Colorado State University for campus and student-related cycling concerns.

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Overland Mountain Bike Club

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Offers great mountain-bike-specific programming and helps up support that community. Learn More >

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The Fort Collins Bicycle Co-op

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Our local shop/classroom/store/advice-giving/theft-fighting cooperative of bicycle lovers.

We also proudly support the Hex Wenches women and LGBTQ+ bike maintenance and repair series

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Pedal Fort Collins

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is dedicated to the idea that bicycling is for everyone. Used as a form of transportation, bicycling promotes activity in a sedentary world, sustainability in a consumer driven world, and community in an increasingly polarized world.

SRTS

Safe Routes to School

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Safe Routes to School is a national program sponsored locally by the City of Fort Collins.

Volunteering for SRTS is a great way to help make Fort Collins safer and healthier for generations to come!

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Fort Collins Bike Share

 

Fort Collins Cycling FAQs

How do I report a road hazard in Fort Collins:

The Access Fort Collins website and mobile app are great ways to report infrastructure issues

 

What plans exist for regional trail connections?

The North Front Range Metropolitan Planning Organization has a non-motorized plan that is the best resources for regional trail connectivity.

 

Whats the difference between “sustainable transportation”, “active transportation” and “alternative transportation”?

We think the words we use to describe the world have a profound effect on how we experience the world. When you reduce transit and bikes and walking to “alternatives”, that reinforces single occupancy automobiles as a norm.

If we want to promote healthier, safer, more affordable and inclusive transportation systems, we can’t live with that status quo.  bikes and buses are not alternatives, they’re rational, responsible choices which should be funded and prioritized and engineered appropriately. “Sustainable” and “active” are just two different ways of think about how different autocentrism (prioritizing the speed and convenience of cars) is from safer, healthier, more inclusive and affordable transportation systems.

 

Shouldn’t bicyclists pay registration fees to “pay their share” of roads?

This is a common question. Our colleague Meg Dunn of Pedal Fort Collins addressed this in some detail in a pair of blog posts. There are essentially 2 parts of the question:

  1. How are roads funded?
  2. Which road users are most expensive?

Most of our city and county street and road budgets come from sales and property tax, not gas tax and registration, meaning that we’re all chipping into the pot, and it should be obvious that cars put exponentially more stress on roads than bicycles do.  When you put those facts together, all other things equal, a bicycle commuter with the same size house and consumer habits as a driver is actually subsidizing the driver, not the other way around.  We’re happy to pay our own way and support infrastructure that keeps everyone safe, but we can put the notion that bicyclists are tax mooches to rest.

What about licenses for cyclists?

on a practical level, there are very few to no examples of places where licensing for bicycles has had a positive impact on traffic safety.  In fact, if safety is your goal, your number one priority should be making it easier for people to make choices other than single occupancy vehicles, whose crashes are the leading preventable cause of death of Americans, including children.  Why would we want to add barriers to making safer healthier choices? And lets keep in mind that in the US, we do require licenses to operate motor vehicles, and they’re still a public safety menace.  What evidence is there that adding the same barriers to bike riding would make streets safer? Besides, licensure is expensive. There are countless better uses of public funds if the goal is safety.  Like smarter, more complete streets, more comprehensive transit, and useful sidewalks for starters.