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.
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.
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. (Stream the movie here)
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.
BFC forms to fill a need in the community, initially advocating that City Council fund a Bicycle Coordinator position at the city. We were successful and that half-time position has since grown into the FC Moves/Active Modes 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.
BFC earns official 501(c)3 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 has played a significant role in supporting BFC’s educational and outreach efforts.
BFC opens the unique Fort Collins Bike Museum, a museum without walls publicly displaying beautifully restored antique bicycles throughout our community.
In February 2007 the Fort Collins Bike Co-op becomes an official project affiliated with BFC and acquires non-profit status under BFC’s umbrella.
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.
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.
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.
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 those who ride bikes in our community, highlighting their love for bikes and riding them.
The Fort Collins Bike Co-op applies for and receives its own 501c(3) non-profit status, and subsequently succeeds from BFC.
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.
BFC Initiates Bike RACKS (Random Acts of Cycling Kindness) program distributing free bike lights to riders in need.
At part of an estate gift and at a donor’s request, BFC commissions the design/build of a Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Bike Bus to be used to promote the active transportation of elementary children to school. BFC and the City took delivery of the Bike Bus in May 2015.
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.
The City of Fort Collins starts a Bike Share program, closing the Fort Collins Bike Library.
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.
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 (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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
BFC concludes Paint to Pavement project installations for a program it initiated the idea for back in late 2020. Working with the City of Fort Collins, BFC led the community engagement and execution of three (3) separate asphalt art installations in neighborhoods of historically underrepresented groups (HUGs) with a goal to improve the aesthetics and safety of their communities.
BFC advocates for Safety Stop (aka Stop as Yield or the Idaho Stop), with the addition of an age restriction, on its way to becoming a state law (HB-1028).
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.