ABOUT

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.

2005, September
2005 – Present
2006, July
2006, Fall
2006
2008, April
2008, May
2008, Fall
2009, June
2009, April
2012, Spring
2012, Fall
2016, April
2016, December
2018 Summer

2005, September

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.

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 helped secure BFC’s 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, June

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

2009, April

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

2012, Spring

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

2012, Fall

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

2016, April

Fort Collins starts a Bike Share program, closing the Fort Collins Bike Library.

2016, December

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.

2018 Summer

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.

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS & KEY SUPPORTERS