Use Pace Bike Share this Bike to Work Day!

Did you know there are 42 Pace Bike Share stations in Fort Collins? If you commute into Fort Collins for work or just want to try Pace (plus load up the front basket with free breakfast), we’ve put together a few stations to check out a bike, and where the closet coffee, treats and burritos happen to be for Bike to Work Day June 26. For a full station map, check out the Pace app for real-time updates.

The best part about Pace? Pace bikes can be locked to any public bike rack.

Even that one right outside your office. 

Gardens on Spring Creek Pace Station 

Closest bike to work day stations: 

  • Centre Ave at 425 W Prospect Rd. (#44)
  • Mason Trail at Spring Creek Trail Intersection (#45)
  • 2201 S College Ave. (#46)
  • Spring Creek Trail at Lilac Park (#47)
  • S Shields St. at Rolland Moore Dr. (#51)
  • Spring Creek Trail at Rolland Moore Park (#52)
  • Spring Creek Trail at 1601 W Drake Rd. (#53)

Hickory Street or The Lyric Pace Station

Closest bike to work day stations: 

  • Poudre Trail and Lee Martinez Park (#7)
  • Jax Outdoor Gear (#30)
  • Fort Collins Bike Co-op (#31)
  • 428 Maple Street (#8)
  • New Belgium Brewing (#28)
  • E Vine Drive and Redwood Street (#29)

Harmony Pace Stations near Hewlett Packard (HP) or  DC Oakes Brewhouse and Eatery

Closest bike to work day stations: 

  • SW corner of E Harmony Rd and Snow Mesa Drive (#64)
  • 2720 Council Tree Ave #166 (#65)
  • 3105 E Harmony Rd (#67)
  • E Harmony Rd and Lady Moon Dr. (#68)

Pace Station at EPIC, located off the Power Trail

Closest bike to work day stations: 

  • Spring Creek Trail at S Timberline Rd. (#38)
  • Power Trail at EPIC (#39)
  • Power Trail and E Drake Rd. (#60)
  • Spring Creek Trail at Welch St. (#40)
  • Spring Creek Trail at S Lemay Ave. (#41)
  • Spring Creek Trail SW of Poudre Trail Intersection (#37)
  • Power Trail at Centennial Rd. (#61)
  • Power Trail north of Horsetooth Rd. (#62)

Don’t forget to plug in BIKEFC for $10 credit for first time users and hashtag #ridepace so we can keep up with your adventures! 

For a detailed Bike to Work Day station map and the station #’s that correlate to the above, click here

2019 Candidate Questionnaire: Noah Hutchison, Councilmember District 2

As a heads up, this election will be mail only. By March 18 all registered voters will be mailed their ballots and will need to be returned to the City Clerk by 7 p.m. on April 2. 

All voters will be electing a new mayor, and voters in Districts 2, 4 and 6 will be electing representatives. In addition to those elections, voters will be presented with ballot and financial issues, or initiated, referred ordinances and/or resolutions. 

As your local bicycling nonprofit, Bike Fort Collins feels informed voters are an important mechanism to support safe enjoyable roads for ALL cyclists in our community. Each election year there are candidates for both local offices and local ballot measures that could have some impact upon our bicycling environment. With the objective of educating voters on local candidates views towards bicycling, we’ve sent a short questionnaire to this years candidates. The questions and responses are below are from Noah Hutchison, Councilmember District 2.

Bike Fort Collins cannot take any official position endorsing candidates, this is information for you to potentially consider when making your own decisions.

QUESTIONS IN BOLD AND ANSWERS IN REGULAR TEXT:

Do you regularly ride a bicycle?

Absolutely!

If so, where is your favorite place to ride?

I love riding up the Poudre Canyon and back from here in Midtown.  Can’t think of a better ride but I ride everywhere.

What do you feel are the top two barriers to bicycling in Fort Collins?

Infrastructure. This is the most bike friendly city I have ever lived in and it’s amazing, but there are areas of town that lack the basic infrastructure needs for citizens to bike safely and enjoy the quality of life individuals in other areas of town experience.

Education.  While many people understand the bikeways of Fort Collins, many do not.  As a result, this create a barrier for people to have individual or family experiences on a bike in our city.

What should be the City’s role in supporting transit as a safe, affordable, efficient and convenient travel option for people of all ages and abilities?

I believe the City of Fort Collins should support transit in this way for every person as a function of local government.  I feel the incorporation of the transit master plan and more into the City Plan was a good integration step in this direction.

Do you support paid public parking? Please explain your reasoning.  

There always need to be a balance when it comes to decisions for paid public parking.  Citizens should be able to engage in basic functions of our city without having to pay for a parking spot.  However, paid parking is a necessary component of a city in balancing economic and environmental priorities as well as for the practical fact that the city does not always own the land where parking garages and other structures are (i.e. civic parking center downtown).

Vision Zero

The Transportation systems section of our new City Plan draft refers to developing a safety enhancement action plan for all modes based on the City’s commitment to Vision Zero. Denver has adopted a Vision Zero action plan including mandatory progress reporting.  

Should the City of Fort Collins have a formal role supporting, implementing, and reporting on Vision Zero?

I think this could be a beneficial plan for us to pursue as a city.  I’d be most interested in what the citizens think. It would obviously need to go through our normal processes and be beneficial across the board for our city.

If so, what should that role be?

It seems the city would be the driver if they pursued Vision Zero.  However, just like anything we do, collaboration and communication would be key to achieving this goal.  This is partnering with our citizens and the businesses/organizations in our city they lead.

Distracted Driving

What is your opinion of the Distracted Driving Bill (SB 19-012), currently under consideration in the State legislature?

I support the Distracted Driving Bill.  I believe there are a number of individuals who use their phones every day while driving.  While many would not like this because of the perceived inconvenience it would cause, I value people and the safety of people is for sure on the line when someone is using their phone in a distracting way while driving.

Infrastructure

Significant areas of our local community have gaps in local bicycling and walking infrastructure. In addition to the safety hazard they discourage residents from these activities.

How would you approach filling in those infrastructure gaps?

I would continue to support the areas we know lack infrastructure.  I can personally think of areas right now as someone who bikes all around Fort Collins as I prepare for triathlons.  They most certainty would have to be prioritized but then addressed is a common sense and cost-effective way. People love biking in Fort Collins so I would want to continue to maintain this opportunity for every individual as we continue to grow as a community.

2019 Candidate Questionnaire: Emily Gorgol, Councilmember District 6

As a heads up, this election will be mail only. By March 18 all registered voters will be mailed their ballots and will need to be returned to the City Clerk by 7 p.m. on April 2. 

All voters will be electing a new mayor, and voters in Districts 2, 4 and 6 will be electing representatives. In addition to those elections, voters will be presented with ballot and financial issues, or initiated, referred ordinances and/or resolutions. 

As your local bicycling nonprofit, Bike Fort Collins feels informed voters are an important mechanism to support safe enjoyable roads for ALL cyclists in our community. Each election year there are candidates for both local offices and local ballot measures that could have some impact upon our bicycling environment. With the objective of educating voters on local candidates views towards bicycling, we’ve sent a short questionnaire to this years candidates. The questions and responses are below are from Emily Gorgol, Councilmember District 6.

Bike Fort Collins cannot take any official position endorsing candidates, this is information for you to potentially consider when making your own decisions.

QUESTIONS IN BOLD AND ANSWERS IN REGULAR TEXT:

Do you regularly ride a bicycle?

Yes! I bike to work, for leisure and recreation (mostly in the Spring/Summer/Fall). I also raced collegiate for CSU and PSU (Portland State University).

If so, where is your favorite place to ride?

Along the Horsetooth Dams out to Masonville.

What do you feel are the top two barriers to bicycling in Fort Collins?

Connectivity/Infrastructure. There are some areas of town that don’t connect well or have bicycle friendly streets to ensure safety and comfort.

Cost- Although we have great cycling advocate groups and businesses that help reduce cost burden, cost is still a barrier to bicycling.

What should be the City’s role in supporting transit as a safe, affordable, efficient and convenient travel option for people of all ages and abilities?

Providing safe routes and transit opportunities that are accessible and encourage travel options for all residents. In addition, working with and understanding the barriers that community members face when trying to use alternative modes of transportation to better align infrastructure and services. The city does a great job promoting cycling through events (bike to work day, etc) and safe routes to school.

Do you support paid public parking? Please explain your reasoning.  

Yes, it can help recoup costs and may encourage use of other modes of transportation.

Vision Zero

The Transportation systems section of our new City Plan draft refers to developing a safety enhancement action plan for all modes based on the City’s commitment to Vision Zero. Denver has adopted a Vision Zero action plan including mandatory progress reporting.  

Should the City of Fort Collins have a formal role supporting, implementing, and reporting on Vision Zero?

Yes.

If so, what should that role be?

This is a local and regional and will need many partners to support and work towards this goal. The city can act as a convener and collaborator as well as provide the platform for reporting.

Distracted Driving

What is your opinion of the Distracted Driving Bill (SB 19-012), currently under consideration in the State legislature?

I support this bill. Drivers should not be using their phones while driving, it is too dangerous.

Infrastructure

Significant areas of our local community have gaps in local bicycling and walking infrastructure. In addition to the safety hazard they discourage residents from these activities.

How would you approach filling in those infrastructure gaps?

The updated City Plan and Master Transit plan have outlined areas of improvement to support bicycling and walking infrastructure. I would work with community members to ensure that we are prioritizing the gaps and addressing the issues in an equitable way so all residents have access to safe opportunities.

2019 Candidate Questionnaire: Joe Somodi, Councilmember District 1

As a heads up, this election will be mail only. By March 18 all registered voters will be mailed their ballots and will need to be returned to the City Clerk by 7 p.m. on April 2. 

All voters will be electing a new mayor, and voters in Districts 2, 4 and 6 will be electing representatives. In addition to those elections, voters will be presented with ballot and financial issues, or initiated, referred ordinances and/or resolutions. 

As your local bicycling nonprofit, Bike Fort Collins feels informed voters are an important mechanism to support safe enjoyable roads for ALL cyclists in our community. Each election year there are candidates for both local offices and local ballot measures that could have some impact upon our bicycling environment. With the objective of educating voters on local candidates views towards bicycling, we’ve sent a short questionnaire to this years candidates. The questions and responses are below are from Joe Somodi, Councilmember District 1.

Bike Fort Collins cannot take any official position endorsing candidates, this is information for you to potentially consider when making your own decisions.

QUESTIONS IN BOLD AND ANSWERS IN REGULAR TEXT:

Do you regularly ride a bicycle?

I love riding my bike! One of my primary motivations for moving to Fort Collins was the outdoor lifestyle. Being able to bike as often as possible is important to me. After we moved to our home near Vine and Timberline, I was disturbed by how disconnected we were from the rest of the community. I tried to become comfortable with the commute into Old Town, but have found travel on Vine too dangerous. After an inquiry to the city staff, I learned that we are at least five years out from realizing full connectivity of bike trails in our community. Since that time, I’ve tried to get comfortable commuting on Vine, but the volume of traffic and narrow shoulder prohibit safe bicycling. I regularly ride my bike around Fort Collins, but I feel safer transporting my bicycle into the center of the City in my vehicle to avoid the dangerous trip down Vine Street. This awareness has motivated me to elevate improvements in bicycle connectivity throughout Fort Collins and its neighboring communities.

If so, where is your favorite place to ride?

My favorite places to ride are the Spring Creek and the Poudre River Trails. I find them (particularly the Poudre River Trail), meditative on a warm summer evening. I also really enjoy the area around Horsetooth Reservoir, and have managed to ride all the paved trails in that area. They are truly one of the highlights of living in Fort Collins. In good weather months, I regularly ride the dedicated bike trails. On occasion, I take my bike on mountain bike trails on the perimeter of town. I am increasing my capabilities on more and more challenging terrain.

What do you feel are the top two barriers to bicycling in Fort Collins?

Safety and Connectivity

While many in Fort Collins have easy, safe access to bicycle paths, lanes, etc., many still lack connectivity to safe options for riding a bike on a daily basis. I think there is still plenty of room for improvement to ensure that Fort Collins becomes even more bikeable than it is today.

Safety is the primary concern. Although paved trails transverse high traffic areas, but there are gaps in dedicated space for bikers. More emphasis must be placed on driver awareness of bikers/bike lanes. As the city grows I believe there is more work that can be done to make Fort Collins the best and safest place to be on a bicycle. Programs like Safe Routes to School is a program that offers opportunity to build on for the rest of the community.

The sense of community around bicycling is one of the great strengths of Fort Collins. It is perhaps the most uniquely identifying characteristic of our city.

What should be the City’s role in supporting transit as a safe, affordable, efficient and convenient travel option for people of all ages and abilities?

The transportation system in Fort Collins is in desperate need of improvement. Bus schedules, routing and frequency are a serious concern for students, employees, and the aging population. They would likely use the system if it were available, affordable and convenient. MAX has proven to be a huge success, and could be expanded along with the trail system, availability of shared/rental bikes across the city, and education campaigns.

Making Fort Collins more bike, bus and walking friendly, will be a significant contribution to improving community health and the achievement of the important goals laid out in the city’s Climate Action Plan.

Do you support paid public parking? Please explain your reasoning.

I believe that the issue of paid public parking is an important component of the overall transportation plan. The City must decide where and how to locate paid parking. Area businesses, revenue streams and traffic congestion must be considered in the ultimate placement. I am still considering the options and gathering more information, public input, and data on what the best long-term options are for the City.

Vision Zero

The Transportation Systems section of our new draft City Plan refers to developing a safety enhancement action plan for all modes based on the City’s commitment to Vision Zero. Denver has adopted a Vision Zero action plan including mandatory progress reporting.

Should the City of Fort Collins have a formal role supporting, implementing, and reporting on Vision Zero?

Absolutely! The goal of zero injuries and deaths to pedestrians and bicyclists should be a top priority for the City of Fort Collins.

If so, what should that role be?

The City of Fort Collins should be a leader in local and regional efforts to achieve the objectives of Vision Zero. I believe the City can provide leadership in this role by leveraging its existing human capital and expertise in the local non-profit sector, bicycling clubs, etc. One important aspect of the City’s role should be to maintain efficiency among the various departments of City government such as Police, Transportation Planning, and Parks and Recreation. As a member of the City Council, I would also work to secure funding for the implementation of new safety measures through existing grants from state and federal agencies. I would encourage transparency in all aspects of this process – from the planning of annual goals to the implementation of new safety strategies and reporting of annual achievements and missed opportunities. Additionally, I would like to see statistics publicly reported in newspapers, Facebook, and other media to ensure the community is aware of the status of the program. The status of community safety must be communicated to the widest possible audience.

Distracted Driving

What is your opinion of the Distracted Driving Bill (SB 19-012), currently under consideration in the State legislature?

I am in full support of the hands-free regulation outlined in this bill. Similar to the Vision Zero commitment outlined above, I believe bicycle and pedestrian safety should be a top priority to our growing population. Driving while distracted by phones and other handheld technology is simply unacceptable and requires firm regulation and enforcement/penalties to stop injuries and deaths.

I have a close friend who was hit by a distracted driver while he was on a bicycle. The incident has been life-changing for him and those close to him.

As outlined in SB 19-012, I believe the problems related to distracted driving will only get worse if we don’t establish strict guidelines now. Using hand-held devices while driving is a primary offense. I am aware of studies that clearly demonstrate the negative impact of distracted driving (up to 8 times higher risk of being involved in an accident). I believe this bill is a good step in the right direction, and one that will bring increased public awareness to this important issue. A weakness in the bill is that talking on hands-free devices, while safer, still results in distracted driving and an increase in vehicular accidents. However, I recognize banning all mobile conversations is unlikely and enforcement of this would be nearly impossible.

Infrastructure

Significant areas of our local community have gaps in transport options as well as bicycling and walking infrastructure. In addition to the safety hazard they discourage residents from these activities.

How would you approach filling in those infrastructure gaps?

All neighborhoods deserve safe access to reliable infrastructure – including bicycling and walking. I am in full support of expanding the infrastructure to bring accessible bicycling and walking to every neighborhood in our city. Our city is growing and that is our current reality. Managing growth to enhance the lives of all in our community is one of the key pillars of my platform. I advocate for a city budget that will keep pace with existing and future growth.

Improving infrastructure requires thoughtful community consultation, planning and sufficient funding. Identifying high priority infrastructure needs in and around existing neighborhoods is an important step in addressing this problem. I would advocate for the implementation of rigid standards for all future neighborhood development that include incorporation of safe bicycle options, such as streets with bike lanes or bike paths parallel to sidewalks.

2019 Candidate Questionnaire: Julie Pignataro, Councilmember District 2

As a heads up, this election will be mail only. By March 18 all registered voters will be mailed their ballots and will need to be returned to the City Clerk by 7 p.m. on April 2. 

All voters will be electing a new mayor, and voters in Districts 2, 4 and 6 will be electing representatives. In addition to those elections, voters will be presented with ballot and financial issues, or initiated, referred ordinances and/or resolutions. 

As your local bicycling nonprofit, Bike Fort Collins feels informed voters are an important mechanism to support safe enjoyable roads for ALL cyclists in our community. Each election year there are candidates for both local offices and local ballot measures that could have some impact upon our bicycling environment. With the objective of educating voters on local candidates views towards bicycling, we’ve sent a short questionnaire to this years candidates. The questions and responses are below are from Julie Pignataro, Councilmember District 2.

Bike Fort Collins cannot take any official position endorsing candidates, this is information for you to potentially consider when making your own decisions.

QUESTIONS IN BOLD AND ANSWERS IN REGULAR TEXT:

Do you regularly ride a bicycle?

Yes.

If so, where is your favorite place to ride?

Around my neighborhood with my son, the Power Trail, Spring Creek Trail, and Poudre River Trail.

What do you feel are the top two barriers to bicycling in Fort Collins?

Safety on the roads and weather.

What should be the City’s role in supporting transit as a safe, affordable, efficient and convenient travel option for people of all ages and abilities?

The City needs to take a leading role in how we transform our transportation needs. It is imperative that when doing any sort of transportation planning the city and its staff consider the different options for all of our travelers despite what they are using to travel and also keeping one eye into the future for what other options may become available.

Do you support paid public parking? Please explain your reasoning.  

As our city gets larger, paid public parking will become a reality. I do support it as a way to encourage alternate forms of transportation but I am also well aware how annoying it can be. What needs to happen in tandem with paid public parking, though, is plenty of other options to get to one’s destination.

Vision Zero

The Transportation systems section of our new City Plan draft refers to developing a safety enhancement action plan for all modes based on the City’s commitment to Vision Zero. Denver has adopted a Vision Zero action plan including mandatory progress reporting.  

Should the City of Fort Collins have a formal role supporting, implementing, and reporting on Vision Zero?

This seems like a great idea but it would appear that the jury is still out on if it is working or not. The City of Fort Collins should definitely take this plan into consideration and learn from Denver. There is a part of me that is thinking, “Why would you need a plan such as this to commit to zero traffic fatalities? Shouldn’t that be a goal always?”

If so, what should that role be?

To expand on that, I think that in any transportation decisions, alternative forms need to be considered and safety should be a top priority. We should be looking at fatalities and the patterns of where and when they occur on our roads, and tackle those challenges first. As alluded to above, I don’t think that a formal plan should be necessary to make this a top priority for our community.

Distracted Driving

What is your opinion of the Distracted Driving Bill (SB 19-012), currently under consideration in the State legislature?

I think that the issues this bill are trying to solve are real but that our elected officials need to take a close look at how successful these bills have been in other states as well as if they are unintentionally, but inherently, discriminatory. The first offense seems fairly steep for those on a limited income – why not make the first offense a warning with a coupon for one of the hands free devices for those with older cars?  

Infrastructure

Significant areas of our local community have gaps in local bicycling and walking infrastructure. In addition to the safety hazard they discourage residents from these activities.

How would you approach filling in those infrastructure gaps?

The city needs to systematically and logically look at the network (or lack thereof) of alternative forms of transportation and start to attach the pieces where the web that fall short. This will take time, but if done properly the result would be amazing.

Q&A with Platinum Bicycle Friendly Business: velofix

velofix of Colorado was recently named a Platinum Bicycle Friendly Business by the League of American Bicyclists. As one of four Platinum awards in Colorado, we talked with Trent, owner in Colorado, to see how they got that designation, and tips on how other businesses in the area can follow suit.

How does it feel to have earned Platinum designation?

It feels great and honestly a little humbling. I felt that we had a strong application but it was definitely a bit of a surprise (albeit a very good one) to learn that we are now one of only three Platinum level businesses in the entire state. It is certainly an honor, but I must also admit that it comes with a certain level of pressure, as I feel that we need to step things up even further in order to justify the designation.

What are some ways that velofix Colorado is Platinum Bicycle Friendly?

Well, it certainly doesn’t hurt that bikes are our business! The mission of our mobile bike shop is to identify barriers that might keep people from riding their bikes, and then do whatever we can to help people overcome them. Our goal every day is to keep as many bicycles as possible in top working order – through convenience, quality, and a personal touch. A bike that is safe and working its best is more fun to ride – and this alone will prompt people to ride more frequently. We also enjoy inviting our customers into our mobile shop and answering any maintenance questions they have, as we work on their bikes. If they can learn something about how to maintain their bikes themselves, then perhaps they will feel more comfortable riding on a regular basis. We also enjoy partnering with other businesses to help them be more bicycle friendly themselves. We do this by offering our services to their employees onsite, offering basic bike maintenance classes, etc. We regularly support bicycle advocacy groups and several non-profit organizations that host cycling-related fundraising events, and we also enjoy volunteering our services and expertise to help bring bikes and bike maintenance to otherwise underserved communities and groups of people. To sum it up, we love bikes and we love sharing our passion with others.

Tips for other BFB’s on how to increase their bicycle friendly status:

In my interactions with a number of businesses, what I have found is that it often takes just one passionate staff member to really change a culture and make it easier/more appealing for people to commute to work by bicycle. Without that point person, however, it seems that the process of change and promotion of a bicycle-friendly work place can tend to get lost in the shuffle of daily tasks and other duties. Try to think outside of the box. Sponsor events that get staff members involved and will not only encourage them to ride, but will have a community outreach effect that will get others interested in bicycling as well.  How can they encourage their staff to ride to work more? That is something that is great for the environment as well as for business – as a healthier staff is more engaged and more productive while at work. Offer bike maintenance, offer a bike or fleet of bikes for employee use. Make it as simple as possible for people to ride their bikes – both staff and customers. Sometimes it just takes embracing a mindset and following through with a couple of small but creative initiatives that don’t even have to cost the company anything. Then, once people realize the positive benefits of bicycling, the momentum just builds from there.

Favorite thing about being a part of this community?

For starters, Fort Collins has more designated Bicycle Friendly Businesses than any other city in the country – of any size. That is really something to be proud of, and speaks volumes to how ingrained bicycling is in our community. It is supported by the city itself, as well as a plethora of organizations and businesses. As someone who loves talking about bicycles, it is always easy to find someone to talk to. The fact that we have so many bicycle friendly businesses and organizations in our community seems to be contagious and breed a drive to continuously improve, rather than get complacent and adopt a “we’re-good-enough-already” attitude.  I love that. Not to mention that on most days of the week there are multiple group rides of all skill levels, so no matter what kind of riding you do, there will always be someone to enjoy it with.

Most rewarding experience with a customer:

I consider it a great day any time we have the opportunity to service a bike and see the customer come back from a test ride with a smile on his or her face and exclaim something to the effect of, “Wow, it rides like it is brand new again!” We have had the privilege of working on a variety of bikes, including those of National Champions, World Champions, and even Olympians. However, I would say that the most genuinely rewarding experience that comes to mind was a service that we performed shortly after we started operations in 2016. A lady saw our van and asked about our business. When I told her of our mobile, at-your-door service, she got excited and explained that she had always loved riding her bike but had not done so for nearly two years because it had a flat tire and she was too intimidated to take it into a bike shop and explain that she did not know how to repair the flat tire. As a result, her bike had just been sitting unused in her garage. She scheduled an appointment, we went out and tuned up her bike, repaired her flat, and invited her into the van to watch the entire process so that she might be able to repair her own flat tire when it happened again in the future. I will never forget the joy on her face as she got back on her bike and pedaled it around once we were finished. That was so cool, and also a very eye-opening experience for me that, in many ways, modelled our mission of identifying those barriers that keep people from bicycling more, and doing whatever we can to overcome them.

Bike Fort Collins <3's You: Valentine's Day Ride Contest

Love riding your bike? Loving having fun? Loving winning prizes? 

If you said yes to any of those things, we’ve got a fun Valentine’s Day contest for you! From today until February 14, draw a HEART while riding your bike (using any GPS service, including Strava, Garmin, Map My Ride, etc.) send a screenshot to Bike Fort Collins (info@bikefortcollins.org) and you’re entered!

Interested in more ways to enter to win? Ride a Pace Bike while drawing your HEART and you’ll be entered THREE more times. Just send a photo of you riding a Pace bike along with your route screenshot. 

So, what’s the prize? Staying in theme with Valentine’s Day, the prize pack includes: 

2 Pace Bike Share coffee mugs 
2 Fort Collins Passports (BOGO drinks all over town) 
2 Bike Fort Collins t-shirts 
2 Passes to the Denver Zoo 

 

Plus, bragging rights. 

What are you waiting for, go ride your bike!

Safe Routes to School: Fall Semester Wrap-up

Fall Semester Wrap-up

Safe Routes to School programming wrapped up the Fall semester last week at Johnson Elementary School! This semester, SRTS reached 2,000 students at 13 different schools in Fort Collins, and checked 1,282 bikes for any maintenance issues thanks to support from Recycled Cycles, Peloton, Trek, Brave New Wheel, VeloFix, Homeward Alliance Bike Repair Team, Joseph Moore, Stuart Culp, John Byers, and the UC Health bicycle emergency response team made up of Lizzie, Drew, Zach and Kip. 
 

After School Bike Club

Thanks to funding from the FoCo Fondo Fest, put on by Zack and Whitney Allison, and Jake Arnold, Safe Routes to School was able to resume Bike Club at Lincoln Middle School for the Fall semester. Over 15 students attended the Bike Club, who, over a four-week span, jelled into a well-lubed team of cyclists riding 15 miles on the last day! Students ranged from not knowing how to ride a bike on day one to very experienced riders. No matter their ability, students got to enjoy an after-school club that involved a healthy activity in a safe, welcoming space. We can’t wait for a Spring Club, and hopefully additional funding for more clubs in more schools.
 

Walking Club

Thanks to Rose Samaniego, SRTS Instructor and Master Naturalist, a walking club was started at Putnam Elementary. Students in this club learned about nutrition, hydration, proper foot wear and clothing. They were also taught ways to walk in any sort of weather and how to be a safe walker (how to cross a street and what to watch out for when walking). Club sessions start by walking around the school yard, and then venturing out for a mile. By the end of the sessions, students were walking 3 to 4 miles! We can’t wait to continue this program to help more students. 
 

Union Pacific Foundation Grant

We are excited to announce that we received a 20k grant from Union Pacific Foundation that will encourage safe behaviors and prevent accidents through education and awareness, particularly projects which focus on rail, driver, bike, and pedestrian safety through our SRTS program. This funding will allow for the possible expansion of SRTS programming to more high schools in Fort Collins and to schools outside the city limits. 

What’s Next?

Watch for next semesters expanded schedule on school rotation, plus information on after-school clubs, bike field trips and more. Safe Routes to School programming depends on donations and volunteers in order to operate. Consider volunteering or donating today by contacting Dot at dotdickerson@msn.com. 

Support Bike Fort Collins this Colorado Gives Day!

We have some exciting news…

For the first time in our history, Bike Fort Collins will be participating in Colorado Gives Day!

What is Colorado Gives Day? 

Colorado Gives Day is an annual statewide movement to celebrate and increase philanthropy in Colorado through online giving. For the ninth year, Community First Foundation and FirstBank are partnering to present Colorado Gives Day. On December 4, all around Colorado, community members and businesses will come together to support nonprofits across the state. 24 hours of supporting organizations who make great things happen in your community. 

Why support Bike Fort Collins? 

Our mission is to get more bikes on safer streets, all while advocating for equality and inclusion in cycling. From educating youth through Safe Routes to School programming; to providing access to bicycles through the Pace Bike Share; to hosting no-drop group rides; and through our grant-funded programming that allows us to go into lower-income communities to provide free helmets, lights, education and bicycle repair, Bike Fort Collins is for all cyclists, no matter their ability, income level or age. 

We can’t do what we do without support, and that is why this Colorado Gives Day, we are asking for any amount of donation so that we can continue to fulfill our mission. 

Additionally, we are also looking to expand our Safe Routes to School programming outside of the limits of Fort Collins, and need monetary support to do so.

To schedule your donation BEFORE December 4, visit our Colorado Gives Day page here

Thank you so much for your support, and ride on.   

 

Safe Routes to School: Always (Safely) Rolling

The Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program isn’t just busy in the school year, the summer is also a crazy time of year as we strive to get more kids on bikes safely! Read on to learn more about all we were up to this summer.  

Summer School: Preschool Safe Routes

This summer SRTS provided safety lessons to preschoolers in the Fullana program at Bauder and Beattie elementary schools. Eight students became new riders during this three-day program.

SRTS also spent time with preschoolers and students up to 10-years-old at Teaching Tree Early Childhood Learning Center. For the older group of students, they were taken on bike rides along the Poudre Trail, with a mandatory stop for rock skipping and toe dipping. The younger kids stayed on campus and rode balance bikes, stopped at stop signs and practiced looking both ways when crossing in the crosswalk.

Youth Creating Places

New this summer: Colorado State University’s Institute for the Built Environment and Urban Lab implemented the first ever tactical urbanism group specifically designed for students ages 12 and older.

What is tactical urbanism? It’s a practice that simulates how most cities are built. A piece-by-piece process that is especially popular in developing nations.  

What is the Institute for the Built Environment? IBE creates meaningful projects, builds team alignment and supports future leaders.

This summer program, titled “Youth Creating Places” aimed to inspire young minds to explore the city-scape, identify locations for improvements, plan some changes, design them, and finally build their own unique neighborhood ‘pop-up.’ The group of 17 succeeded in making improvements to Soft Gold Park.

In partnership with SRTS, children learned the importance of transportation in the project. One week of the program was dedicated to bike skills, safety and learning the rules of the road on the road. Along with the learning, the riders got to stop at the Poudre River for rope swinging and swimming.

Cycle hard play hard.

Hickory Park Celebration

In June, SRTS, along with the City of Fort Collins, Kaiser Permanente, La Familia, Create Places, Bike Fort Collins, and Larimer County to host the first ever “Open Streets” along Hickory Street in north Fort Collins. This event celebrated the partnerships in this neighborhood, the opening of the first Pace Bike Share station in this neighborhood, and the Active Living Program provided by Bike Fort Collins and Kaiser Permanente. SRTS provided a rodeo for youth during this event.

FoCo Fondofest

On August 4, thanks to Zach and Whitney Allison, and Jake Arnold, over 350 cyclists rode 12 – 100 miles on scenic gravel roads around Larimer and Weld Counties to raise $1,532 for Safe Routes Afterschool Bike Clubs. Special shoutout to the Allison-Arnold team and Source Endurance for the support, and a very fun ride! To learn more about the FoCo Fondofest, visit https://www.focofondo.com/events

Photo by Dion Dolva

SRTS Instructor Gathering

Did you know that Bike Fort Collins has a talented team of 20 trained SRTS instructors? These amazing people work hard during the spring and fall semesters cramming three to four Elementary Schools and four to five Middle Schools into a few short months of decent weather.

After the semester is over, the SRTS instructors deserve a celebration at the lake… which they happily accept.

Interested in Getting Involved?

Learn more about the SRTS program by visiting http://bikefortcollins.org/programs/safe-routes-to-school-2.

Learn more about volunteering by contacting Dot at dotdickerson@msn.com.

Why volunteer? Volunteers enhance the experience for all students and improve the overall success of the program.

Not able to volunteer but want to help fund the SRTS programming and instructors? Consider donating today! Learn more at http://bikefortcollins.org/support-bfc/give.

We are excited to announce… our new logo!

Just like a bike that needs tuning, sometimes an organization needs one too. As Bike Fort Collins looks to grow and provide even more opportunities to get more people on bikes, we thought it was time to spruce up our image a bit.

Why this design? Thanks to local graphic designer Jarad Heintzelman’s creative gears, this logo was created to embody what Bike Fort Collins is: fun, modern and friendly. This design is simple, easy to read and highly adaptable for any situation.

We wanted to showcase that bikes should be approachable, easy to understand, and quite frankly: iconic and fun.

This logo embodies that vision while also allowing for variety, like different bike shapes and colors.

Like what you see? Be on the lookout for new Bike Fort Collins branded shirts and stickers.

In the meantime, we’ll see you on the trail. Happy riding!

Stacy Sebeczek: From Bike Library to Pace Bike Share

Stacy Sebeczek loves costumes. She also loves bikes.

And she really loves biking in costumes.

Stacy is one of those people who makes you want to bike. Her energy is contagious, her ideas inspiring and her passion for this community of Fort Collins infectious.

While her road to Local Market Manager at Zagster was a ride she didn’t intentionally mean to start, once she set the pedals in motion, she knew she would never stop.

“Once I married my passion of bikes with my professional work life, something shifted in me,” Stacy said.

And, accurately enough, the shifting occured while working at a brewery that was founded on two-wheels: New Belgium Brewing.

After being tasked with the promotion of a scavenger hunt on bikes, Stacy fell into the bike community, and with it crashed into the next opportunity that set her path of working with bikes in real motion.

In 2012 the Bike Library, which started in 2008 thanks to collaboration from Bike Fort Collins, City of Fort Collins, Downtown Fort Collins Business Association, Colorado State University, Fort Collins Bike Co-op and New Belgium Brewing, found itself needing new leadership. It was a no brainer to offer that torch to Stacy.

“My purpose was, and is, to get people riding bikes,” she said. “It’s hard to say no to that job.”

Especially when you love what you are doing. Since the beginning of her career, and now with her role with Zagster, Stacy works with community members to get people on bikes.

“Everyday my work is compelling because of the great people I get to talk to who are excited about bikes,” Stacy said.

Even though her days revolve around bikes, she does get the occasional flat tire, both literally and figuratively.

“Some days test you mentally and physically,” she said. “But even then, you make it across the finish line and you find yourself becoming super stoked and proud.”

Super proud, like the time she was racing the Downieville Classic and suffered a mild concussion with 17 miles left in the race. The concussion, mixed with excruciating heat and an empty water bottle created a huge recipe for disaster.

“I just kept thinking: I’m never going to make it out of this,” she said.

Yet she did, the recipe of disaster baking into a complete success.

Luckily, not all rides have finished with that level of uncertainty. Like the time she did a 90 mile loop of Pennock Pass for her bachelorette party.

In costume, of course.

“It was just a bunch of ladies pedaling in costume,” she said. “We partied hard and then cruised down after sleeping at the top of the pass. We made those 90 miles feel like 20.”

Making 90 miles, or tasks, feel like 20 is a regular occurrence for Stacy.

The first day I met her, she had cruised all over town, checking out the Pace bikes, and yet she sat down with me for hours, talking about bikes, learning about me and being completely focused on the task at hand… even if there were a million other things she needed to tune-up.

In her new role at Zagster, she’ll have lots of wheels to spin and gears to shift. But, just like everything else she’s faced when she jumped on this bike of her career, she’s ready for the task.

“I’m so excited to work with local partners who are proud of the cycling culture here in Fort Collins,” she said. “They are supportive of the bike culture and that helps make my job so enjoyable. This new program (Pace) has a lot of potential for the community; it’s not just a novelty but a true transportation solution. And I can’t wait to show people that.”

Can’t wait being a 100 percent true statement.

“The biggest challenge for me is patience,” Stacy said. “There is only one of me and so many people I want to connect with. I want to do it all right now, but I need to be mindful and realize I can’t do everything today. “

A slow climb, with extraordinary views at the top.

“Fort Collins is such a diverse community, with so many great organizations,” she said. “I just want every organization talking to each other in order to create impactful collaboration with reduced duplication.”

If anyone can complete that task, it’s Stacy.

“During my time working with bikes, I’ve got to meet so many people (from such organizations like Bike Fort Collins, FC Bikes, CSU and New Belgium) who are so committed to making the Bike Share work, and that makes things easy for me to love what I do,” she said.

Interested in partnering with the Pace Bike Share? Contact Stacy at ssebeczek@zagster.com.

And don’t forget to ride up with a bottle of Juicy Haze from New Belgium with you, it’s her favorite.

Fort Collins Bike Share is Now Pace

Bike Sharing in Fort Collins will be easier than ever before thanks to Pace, the nationwide dockless bike sharing service for smart cities and colleges.

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Originally launched in 2016 as an evolution of the Fort Collins Bike Library, the Fort Collins Bike Share has expanded and improved to become Pace Fort Collins – a modern, dockless bike sharing platform.

Pace, a product of Zagster, is now live in eight markets across the U.S. and offers more than three million residents, students and visitors the ability to explore their cities and towns by bike for just $1 per trip.

So, what’s new? The new Pace Fort Collins bike share program gives riders 250 bikes to choose from, more than doubling the fleet size as compared with the previous program. The new system also allows riders to park their bike at any public bike rack in the city, not just at designated stations, allowing for a more convenient, easy and worry-free riding experience. There are also more than 20 new stations, giving riders even more opportunities to use bike share for both transit and recreation.  

New stations, including a station at the Hickory neighborhood in north Fort Collins, were made possible thanks to generous local organizations who look at the bike share program as a valuable way to get around. Sponsors of these new stations include Colorado State University, Kaiser Permanente, UCHealth, Elevations Credit Union, Odell Brewing, New Belgium Brewing, Dellenbach Motors, and Housing Catalyst.

So, how do you start riding? It’s as easy as downloading an app to your smartphone!

To start, find the free Pace bike share app in the App Store or Google Play. Once the app is downloaded, and a rider profile (name and email) is created, riders will then be prompted to enter their credit card information, any promo codes, EBT card membership info or sign up for the cash payment option. (More info on all of these options can be found at ridepace.com/pledge.)

Wait, let’s back up. Did we just say cash? You bet!

A new, exciting development in the Pace Fort Collins is the ability for riders to use cash to pay for rides. To use the cash option, you will first need to call or email Pace support (ridepace.com or 833-321-PACE) to gain approval to enroll. Once access is confirmed, login to your Pace app to see a barcode linked to your account. Take this barcode to any 7-11, Family Dollar, or CVS to purchase ride credits with cash.

And then hop on a Pace bike and start exploring!

The fun doesn’t stop there though. The new Pace bikes also allow for holding rides using the integrated cable and wheel lock ring. Need to stop for a bite or coffee? No problem, simply “hold” your ride in the app, lock up and then resume riding to your final destination (which doesn’t have to be a designated station)!

Costs of riding is also affordable. All rides cost $1 per half hour (the first 30-minute ride for every new user is free) while a yearly membership is only $29 per month. Additionally, promo codes and free ride time is available throughout the year, look for these codes and opportunities on our Facebook, Instagram and through volunteer newsletters.

Side note for safety: don’t forget your helmet! While Pace Fort Collins does not come with helmets, helmets can be purchased easily by visiting the Visit Fort Collins office in Old Town or Maxline Brewing located off of the Mason Trail.

Fort Collins is a great place to explore by bike, and while the new Pace Fort Collins has helped expand the availability of bikes over the city, there are still places that would benefit from having stations just a hop, skip and a jump away. If your organization is passionate about sponsoring a Bike Share station, please email us at info@bikefortcollins.org.

Not interested in sponsoring but want to get more involved? No problem! Consider purchasing ride time for your employees, participating in digital campaigns, attending local Pace Fort Collins events, holding a Bike Share 101 demo at your office, hosting a group ride or initiating a Bike Share wellness incentive program. Have other ideas? Feel free to email us at info@bikefortcollins.org. We love and appreciate all bike questions!

So, what’s next? In the coming weeks we have several local events to increase excitement and ridership of the new Pace Fort Collins. We hope to see you at one of the events listed below, or would love to have you volunteer with us to help spread the word (and get some free ride time so you can have your own fun in the sun on two-wheels)!

Events happening soon include…

Fiesta de Movimiento Comunitario de Hickory Street

When: June 16

Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Where: Soft Gold Park, 520 Hickory Street

Why: Celebrating the new Hickory Pace Fort Collins station sponsored by Kaiser Permanente

Bike to Work Day

When: June 27

Time: 6:30 – 9:30 a.m.

Where: Stations will be all over Fort Collins and Bike Fort Collins will be partnering with Create Places at the Lyric Cinema, at 1209 N. College Ave., to serve tamales to hungry cyclists!

Why: Celebrating biking to work and the option to use Pace Fort Collins to get there!

Bike from Work Bash

When: June 27

Time: 4-7pm

Where: Odell Brewing, 800 E Lincoln Ave.

Why: Enter to win a free bike and other prizes. All proceeds from the drawing support the many programs of Bike Fort Collins! Enjoy the music and beer.

How to enter? Tickets to enter will be available at the door.