Who We Are

Bike Fort Collins is…

We are a Northern Colorado based advocacy group dedicated to increasing participation in active transportation, advancing culture and policy changes to create safer streets and communities, while also creating a culture that is inclusive and empowering of all bike riders, regardless of ability or identity. In other words:

more bikes • safe streets


BFC Staff

Dave Dixon

Executive Director

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Dave is a seasoned business development, marketing, and sponsorship/fundraising executive with nearly 25 years of experience leading and collaborating with a wide range of companies and community groups. Among those companies and groups, Dave served as the President for Denver Active 20-30 Children’s Foundation Board, as well as chaired its flagship fundraising event, The Denver Polo Classic—one of the largest charitable Polo tournaments in the country. Contact him at dave.dixon@bikefortcollins.org.

 

Biking, Fort Collins

CRC: Open Position

Community Relations Coordinator 

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Sarah Grace Hafen

Active Living Program Manager 

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Sarah’s passion for cycling began in 2011 as an Intern at Community Cycles, the Boulder based bicycle cooperative. In 2014, she graduated from Northern Arizona University with a double major in Spanish and Anthropology. Sarah’s desire to learn more about Latin America led her to live in Chile for three years where she worked, among other things, as a bicycle tour guide in a vineyard. Sarah is currently pursuing a Master of Social Work at Colorado State University. When not riding her bike, you may find her at the Fort Collins Bike Co-op where she is the Latinx Program Coordinator.  Contact her at sarahgracehafen@gmail.com.

Why She Rides
“I ride because cycling brings me closer to the person I want to be. The movement of the bicycle and the scenery whizzing by allows me to calm my thoughts and focus on the joy of the moment.”
 
 

Rosalie Samaniego

Interim Safe Routes to School Instructor Coordinator

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Rose is compassionate about helping individuals on their journey to living a healthy and balanced life.  After 34 years of assisting people in achieving their goals in higher education, she returned to school and earned certificates in Reflexology, Jin Shin, and Aromatherapy.  She currently is completing her degree in Integrative Health Professions. As a skilled practitioner, Rose understands the value of listening to one’s body and strives to help each person achieve this; working with integrity, compassion, respect, and safety for each person, she has transferred this work ethic to her role with Safe Routes to School as well as other events in which she is involved. Contact her at roseflora6@gmail.com.

Why She Rides

I ride because it is a great way to see and hear the natural beauty surrounding us.  Also, it reminds me of my childhood – carefree and fun!” 

 


Safe Routes to School Instructors 


BFC Board

Dan Coogan

Dan Coogan

President

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Dan’s transportation advocacy began in Eugene, OR in 1992 as a co-founder of the Center for Appropriate Transport (CAT), a nonprofit community center dedicated to bicycles and alternative transport. As a project of CAT, Dan started the country’s first cargo bike delivery service, PedEx.  Logging over 12,000 miles a year making commercial deliveries provided a unique perspective as to the importance an advocacy organization can have in making a city safe and enjoyable for cyclists. As part of the Resource Development Committee, Dan has focused on developing our new membership program.

Why He Rides

“I fell in love with biking at a very early age. As a teenager stuck in the suburbs, I craved a driver’s license for independence. I quickly realized that driving around wasn’t nearly as much fun as riding my bike. Soon after getting my license I bought my first nice road bike and have never stopped riding. I rode a tandem cross-country for my honeymoon and two decades later I am still married and still riding a tandem. Although I enjoy riding all types of bikes I can usually be seen on my gravel bike.” 

 

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Mark Brewer

Treasurer

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Mark moved to Fort Collins 2011 after instantly falling in love with the City and its cycling culture during a vacation trip to Fort Collins in 2008.  Once he moved, he started exploring by bike as much as possible, and also started to see how many people were using bikes for their main form of transportation. He also began to notice the large number of homeless and lower income residents who use bikes as their main source of transportation. He knew he had to do something. So in 2016 he started the Homeward Alliance Bike Repair Program (HABRP), a group of volunteer bike mechanics who provide free bike repair to those in need.  HABRP is still growing and evolving today. To continue his love of bicycle advocacy, he joined the BFC board in 2017 to lend  voice and energy to help advocate for safer cycling and better access for all those living in the Fort Collins area.  He feels that BFC is an important driver of positive change for the local cycling community, and is  honored to be a small part of that change.   
Why He Rides
“I love to ride bikes and have since I was a kid.  I enjoy the absolute feeling of freedom on a bike.  I love to explore by myself and with others.  My inclination is to take the road less traveled as much as possible and to do it on my bike!”  

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Gordon McLaughlin

Vice President

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Gordon has traveled around the world enjoying diverse communities and thriving cycling cultures. Settling in Fort Collins, Gordon has been impressed by the strong sense of community and believes cycling is an important part of fostering that vigorous community spirit. As a young professional, Gordon is excited to collaborate with local government entities on cycling issues and engage with a new generation of cycling advocates.
Why He Rides
“Cycling has allowed me to explore my community, connect with new friends, live more sustainably and push my own limits. Whether commuting to work, getting an adrenaline fix on the trails around Horsetooth Reservoir, burning a few calories up Rist Canyon, or weekend cruises around town; I’m always at my best when on a bike.”

Karen Douglas

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 Karen is an accomplished corporate attorney, currently serving as Associate General Counsel with Otter Products in Fort Collins. She is also a former co-owner and co-operator of several small businesses. Karen is an avid runner and cyclist, and believes in being an active volunteer for nonprofit organizations. When Karen is not working on legal matters for Otter Products, you can find her camping, cycling, paddle boarding, hiking, or visiting a local brewery. She is thrilled to serve on the BFC board and has done so since November of 2018.
Why She Rides
“I love riding my bike everywhere not only because is it better for Fort Collins, for the earth, and for my health — both mental and physical — but because I get my workout while I commute!”

Chris Sugai

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Chris has been the President of Niner, Inc. since 2005. Previously, he was the owner of Solar Art Window Films in Los Angeles, a company he founded 1985. Chris has been an avid cyclist his entire life. He raced BMX bikes in his early teens and has been an avid rider of mountain and road bikes for the last 30 years. Chris served on the board of People Plus, a volunteer executive group of the American Red Cross for five years as well as a volunteer for the YMCA youth group. Chris has an AA in Economics from California State University Northridge. He is married and has a 12 year old daughter.
Why He Rides
I have always loved cycling in all its many forms.  My wish is to spread this passion to everyone I meet. My hope is to see Fort Collins become the Netherlands of cycling in North America.”

Kelly McDonnell

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Rick-Arneson

Rick Arneson

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Arne started his cycling early as a pro,  delivering 62 daily newspapers from a 20 incher: Schwinn Stingray. Sub zero temps and no lights on the bike through a Wisconsin winter developed look, listen and feel sensibilities that serve him well as a rider even today.  He  just never stopped riding. He rode and camped. Arriving in Fort Collins in the early 80’s with wife Shelly, he started his commercial print sales career one that  continues to this day. Together they built their careers and raised two lovely daughters and continued to ride. He finished 4 Ragbrais (Registers Annual Bike Ride Across Iowa); a tour through Puglia Italy; and many morning rides along the dams of Horsetooth reservoir. He knew there was more, and decided to join BFC as a board member. Now Arne devotes his time and energy to giving  back to the cycling community. 

Why He Rides

“I ride because it reveals the best version of myself.”

 

Aaron Buckley 

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Aaron is an Active Transportation Professional for Colorado State University in Parking and Transportation Services. In this position he works on employee transportation options and programming; non-motorized infrastructure; and non-motorized data collection. Previously, with the North Front Range Metropolitan Planning Organization he managed the development of the 2016 Non-Motorized Plan while helping coordinate the Northern Colorado Bike and Ped Collaborative. He holds a master’s degree from the University of Idaho in regional planning, is a League of American Bicyclists, League Cycling Instructor; Fort Collins Bicycle Co-Op Board Member; City of Fort Collins, Bicycle Advisory Committee Vice Chair; and a Fort Collins Bicycle Ambassador.

Mary Taylor  

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Mary has been cycling for about eight years, starting with commuting to school and work, and now going on epic adventures and mountain bike rides across the country. Throughout the last five years, Mary has been involved in Bike Fort Collins, Fort Collins Bike Library, the Bike Co-Op, Fort Follies, and organizing grassroots bike races and various women’s educational clinics. Mary is excited to collaborate with Bike Fort Collins and is interested in starting a bikepacking series for high school and middle school young women.

Why She Rides: 

“Riding bikes gives me the confidence to push the boundaries I and others have set for me and my female peers. I love the feeling of freedom and pure joy that riding bikes give me.”

Jennifer Hoover

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Jennifer is a Virginia native living the dream in Colorado with her husband and three children. She is a Board Certified Lactation Consultant and maternal-child-health specialist working with families in Fort Collins. Jennifer picked up a road bike on a whim while visiting friends back east and immediately fell in love. She adamantly denied any interest in mountain biking until a trip to Costa Rica where she discovered she might love that even more! Jennifer was inspired to join Bike Fort Collins after a close call with a big truck reminded her there is still work and education to do, even in this bicycle friendly community. She hopes to make bike riding in our city safer and more accessible for people of all ages and abilities.

Why She Rides: 

“Riding my bike connects me to that happy feeling of childhood when my bike was my fun, my freedom and my passport to adventure in my small rural hometown. When I am on my bike, the stress of life melts away and brings me peace in the midst of a full and sometimes chaotic life.”

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