We are a Fort Collins/Northern Colorado-based nonprofit bicycle advocacy and bicycle education 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, initially advocating that City Council fund a Bike Coordinator position at the city.
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.
In partnership with the city, BFC opens 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 coordinates successful campaigns advocating further bicycle safety to State legislators (SB-148, the Bicycle Safety Bill; HB-1094, Cell Phone Bill).
BFC launches the “You Know Me” Campaign to put faces to the riders in our community.
BFC partners with the City and Poudre School District to begin delivering the K-12 Safe Routes to Schools program, serving over 7,000 students annually.
BFC Initiates Bike RACKS (Random Acts of Cycling Kindness) program distributing free bike lights to riders in need.
BFC hosts a Town Hall Meeting largely in response to the death of a cyclist on Kechter Bridge, leading to a number of initiatives, including the development of the Bicycle Friendly Driver program.
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 fully outsourced and operated by Zagster, opening up even more stations and opportunity for biking in Fort Collins. BFC’s maintains a role to promote ridership, as well as help procure sponsors.
BFC concludes its 3-year grant from the Kaiser Permanente Foundation to increase access to safe routes and active transportation modes for residents of the Poudre Valley Mobile Home Park, while also addressing safety and accessibility barriers–that it began in December 2016.
Following a suspension of service implemented in March 2020 out of caution and safety for the community given the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Pace Bike Share operator, Zagster, announces it is shutting down all bike share systems nationwide.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to get kids outdoors and active during remote learning, BFC brings Wish for Wheels Foco to the Poudre School District–a program to provide all second-graders within PSD’s six Title 1 schools with a new bike and helmet.
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.