We are a Northern Colorado based bicycle nonprofit advocacy organization dedicated to bicycling and other active modes of transportation, and our mission.
MORE BIKES. SAFE STREETS.
Bike Fort Collins’ mission is to increase participation in active transportation and advance bicycle culture and policy changes, creating safer streets and communities, while also creating an inclusive and empowering culture for all bicyclists, regardless of ability or identity.
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, Bike Fort Collins 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.
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.
BFC earns non-profit status.
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 helped secure BFC’s outreach and educational efforts.
BFC opens the unique Fort Collins Bike Museum, a museum without walls publicly displaying beautifully restored antique bicycles throughout our community.
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.
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.
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.
BFC launches the “You Know Me” Campaign to put faces to the riders in our community.
BFC coordinates successful campaigns advocating further bicycle safety to State legislators (SB-148, the Bicycle Safety Bill; HB-1094, Cell Phone Bill).
BFC partners with the City and Poudre School Disctrict to deliver the K-12 Safe Routes to Schools program.
BFC Initiates Bike RACKS (Random Acts of Cycling Kindness) program distributing free bike lights to riders in need.
Fort Collins starts a Bike Share program, closing the Fort Collins Bike Library.
Awarded a 3-year grant from the Kaiser Permanente Health Foundation to increase access to safe and accessible routes for residents of the Poudre Valley Mobile Home Park and increase use of active transportation modes while also addressing safety and accessibility barriers that residents face in getting to school or nearby businesses.
The Bike Share program becomes Pace Fort Collins, a dockless bike share program, opening up even more stations and opportunity for biking in Fort Collins.
ALWAYS CLIMBING NEVER COASTING
Since our formation, we have reached some high goals, but we cannot coast. BFC 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 continue 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.