History


OUR HISTORY

The Start of a Long Ride

Bike Fort Collins formed in 2005 as our active bicycling population flourished and support dwindled. Community members recognized a need for programming and education. To fill this need, BFC organized to make safe and enjoyable cycling a priority in Fort Collins. In the following years, BFC has been dedicated to problem solving, education, and riding.

2005, September—BFC forms to fill a need in the community.

2005-Present—BFC works with our city’s Bike Coordinator to determine, enforce, and advise on community ordinances that protect cyclists and pedestrians alike.

2006, July—BFC earns non-profit status.

2006, Fall—BFC begins a strong partnership with New Belgium Brewing’s Tour de Fat. Tour de Fat is Fort Collins’ largest cycling event and BFC’s biggest fundraiser. This relationship has secured BFCs outreach and educational efforts.

2006, BFC opens the unique Fort Collins Bike Museum, a museum without walls publicly displaying beautifully restored antique bicycles throughout our community.

2008, April—Opened the Fort Collins Bike Library where community members and visitors can check a bike out for free and travel Fort Collins the way it is meant to be traveled.

2008, May—Awarded an REI grant to open the Community Cycling School, a volunteer-led educational outreach program designed to encourage and enable people to ride their bike more often.

2008, Fall—BFC cosponsors fundraising to benefit the Rebecca Allen Scholarship; Ms. Allen was killed in July 2008 while riding her bicycle. These efforts succeeded in raising awareness around cycling safety.

2009, April—BFC coordinates successful campaigns advocating further bicycle safety to State legislators (SB-148, the Bicycle Safety Bill; HB-1094, Cell Phone Bill).

2009, June—BFC launches the “You Know Me” Campaign to put faces to the riders in our community.

2012, Spring—BFC partners with the City and Poudre School Disctrict to deliver the K-12 Safe Routes to Schools program.

2012, Fall—Initiates Bike RACKS (Random Acts of Cycling Kindness) program distributing free bike lights to riders in need.

Always Climbing, Never Coasting

In our short history we have reached some high goals, but we cannot coast. Our organization is driven by dedicated and willing members who see where we can make a difference—where we can affect positive change. We need our community to call attention to new issues; and we need volunteers to teach, staff events, and celebrate cycling in order to bravely stretch this timeline into Fort Collins’ future.