While Bike Fort Collins is proud of all its great programs that serve the community, Bicycle Advocacy is at our core, representing you and anyone who rides a bike in Fort Collins and Northern Colorado, as a collective voice for more bikes and safer streets.


The catalyst for Bike Fort Collins’ formation in 2005 was to advocate that the Fort Collins City Council fund a paid bicycle position on the city staff to promote bicycling and bicycle safety. Needless to say, we were successful and all these years later, we take pride in the strong relationship we maintain with the city and that position, which has now grown into its own department. 

We were at the forefront of local bicycling related issues then, and we make it a priority to stay there now. In an effort to do so, and be able to proactively advocate on behalf of all cyclists in Fort Collins and the Northern Colorado community, Bike Fort Collins is a member of, or a BFC representative sits on numerous committees and groups, including but not limited to the following:


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  • The Northern Colorado Bike & Ped Collaborative
  • Larimer County Built Environment Leadership Team
  • Colorado State University Bicycle Advisory Committee (CBAC)
  • City of Fort Collins Bicycle Advisory Committee (BAC)
  • City of Fort Collins Downtown Dismount Zone Task Force
  • City of Fort Collins Downtown Mountain Avenue Reshaping Project – Steering Committee
  • City of Fort Collins Parks & Recreation Master Plan Update – Stakeholder Group
  • Urban Renewal Authority North Fort Collins Investment Planning – Stakeholder Group


A sampling of past bicycle safety efforts BFC has intiated or advocated for include: 

  • “On Your Left” Bike Bell Distribution
  • Installation of North Fort Collins Bilingual Wayfinding Signage
  • Conception of the Bicycle Friendly Driver Program
  • Chain Reaction Program for Offenders in Bike Related Crashes
  • Law Enforcement Code Training
  • Town Hall Meetings
  • Candidates for Elected Office Interviews on their position on Bicycle Issues
Bike Fort Collins also shows its support for projects or initiatives aligned with our mission through the submission of Letters of Support for projects or programs that will ultimately benefit the bicycling community. Some past Letters of Support have included support for:
  • Allowing Class 1 and Class 2 eBikes on Paved Trails in Fort Collins
  • The construction of Phemister Trail Connection
  • The addition of Transfort Sunday Bus Service
  • A grade-separated crossing at Harmony Road and the Power Trail
  • The Oakridge Crossing
  • Colorado State University’s New Student Bike Safety Education Module
  • The Big Jump
  • Plug Into Nature in Northwest Fort Collins
  • CDOT Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) Funding for the North College Avenue Sidewalk Installation


Some current bicycle safety or bicycle growth efforts that BFC is leading or involved include:
  • Ensuring PSD students (who don’t take the bus) will travel school as safe as possible in fall 2020
  • New/Updated and more communicative County & State Highway Road Signage
  • A New Downtown Bike Park
  • Urban Singletrack Connectivity


RAT Rides are a way for our members and the community to participate in our bicycle advocacy efforts. They are casually paced, fun-rides designed to explore different areas across Fort Collins from a bicycle safety lens. Friendly, experienced ride leaders set a no drop, no attitude pace, and make frequent stops to smell the flowers and talk about road conditions, infrastructure, traffic volume, etc. RAT Rides explore a different low-stress bike route each time and every ride ends with libations at a local watering hole. Learn More

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