ABOUT

We are a Fort Collins/Northern Colorado-based nonprofit bicycle advocacy and bicycle education organization dedicated to advancing bicycling and other active modes of transportation.

Mission

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. Put most simply: 

MORE BIKES. SAFE STREETS.

VISION

Bike Fort Collins’ vision is for Fort Collins to be the Amsterdam of the U.S. when it comes to bicycling.

We envision a day when we have comparable bicycle participation and an equivalent bicycle culture. While established in early 2020, we unveiled this vision as part of Colorado Bike Month in June 2021, by bringing the documentary film, Together We Cycle to town, chronicling the challenges and successes The Netherlands faced along their journey.

EQUITY & INCLUSION 

Bike Fort Collins is dedicated to ensuring More Bikes. Safe Streets. for everyone who lives, works or plays in Fort Collins, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, gender, socio-economic status or any other identity or background. With intention, Bike Fort Collins works to foster an inclusive community perspective to further promote bicycle friendliness. Our highest and best path provides a just and equitable future for everyone who rides our streets.

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 years since, 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, April
2009, June
2012, Spring
2012, Fall
2015, August
2016, April
2016, December
2018, Summer
2020, March
2020, May
2020, Fall
2021, January
2021, June

2005, September

BFC forms to fill a need in the community, initially advocating that City Council fund a Bike Coordinator position at the city. We were successful and that half-time position has since grown into a small department made up of several full and part-time staff members.

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 official 501(c)3 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 played a significant role in supporting BFC’s educational and outreach 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

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.

2008, May

BFC is 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 co-sponsors 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 those who ride bikes in our community, highlighting their love for bikes and riding them.

2012, Spring

BFC partners with the City of Fort Collins and Poudre School District to begin delivering the K-12 Safe Routes to Schools program, serving over 7,000 students annually.

2012, Fall

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

2015, August

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.

2016, April

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

2016, December

BFC is 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 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.

2020, March

BFC concludes its 3-year grant from the Kaiser Permanente Foundation (that began in December 2016) 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.

2020, May

Following a suspension of service implemented in March 2020 out of caution and safety for the community given the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Pace Bike Share operator, Zagster, announces it is shutting down all bike share systems nationwide.

2020, Fall

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.

2021, January

Originally introduced in 2009, BFC re-launches the “You Know Me. I Ride a Bike.”, a series that puts faces to impressive and influential individuals in the community who ride bikes, highlighting their love for bikes and for riding them.

2021, June

BFC unveils its new organizational Vision “to be the Amsterdam of the U.S.,” by bringing the Dutch documentary, Together We Cycle to the community as part of a virtual Bicycle Film Festival, which chronicles the Netherlands’ bumpy road to the bicycle-centric reputation it enjoys today.

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 the timeline aboe into Fort Collins’s future.

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS & KEY SUPPORTERS