These rides are intended to encourage, engage, advocate, generate goodwill and build bicycle culture and community.

R.A.T. (RIDE-AROUND-TOWN) RIDES – October 19, 2022

Black Bottle Brewery –  Meet at 5:15 p.m, for a 5:30 p.m. rollout

RAT Rides are advocacy rides with a heavy emphasis on fun. They are casually paced, 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.

BFC representatives capture any ride notes and details from what is observed or identified and forward them on to the appropriate entities. Any big comments, issues, or ideas from the rides are communicated on our blog or via social channels. Ride routes are focused on fun as much as trying to finding any areas for cycling safety improvement. Route ideas or suggestions welcome.

The only requirements are wearing helmets, obeying road laws for bicyclists, and having fun.

Did you miss a R.A.T. Ride?  No worries, click on a date below to see the route and read the notes:

May 6, 2021  |  July 28, 2021  |  October 21, 2021  |  May 11, 2022  August 17, 2022

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This year’s Ride of Silence will take place on Wednesday, May 18th. Gathering at Woverine Farm at 5:45pm for a 6:00pm rollout. During this casual paced, no-drop, one hour ride we will visit the site of both bicycle fatalities in 2021. At this time we will dedicate a ghost bike for each life senselessly lost. Ending at Wolverine Farm, we invite you to enjoy a beverage and join us upsairs for sharing and reflection. 

The Ride of Silence is a nationally recognized event that takes place the third Wednesday in May each year.

  • Day: Wednesday, May 18, 2022
  • Location: Wolverine Farm (316 Willow St, Fort Collins, CO)
  • Time: 5:45pm gathering and 6:00pm rollout

    From the official Ride of Silence website:

    “-Ride of Silence will traverse and unite the globe as nothing before it. Cyclists will take to the roads in a silent procession to honor cyclists who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roadways. Although cyclists have a legal right to share the road with motorists, the motoring public often isn’t aware of these rights, and sometimes not aware of the cyclists themselves.”

    In accordance with the recommendations of the Ride of Silence website, we alwasys ask that you follow these ride guidelines:

    • Remember and honor those who’ve been hit & killed while riding or seriously injured
    • Ride slowly and a relatively short distance – this is not a race
    • Wear a helmet & obey road laws for bicyclists

    TOUR DE PI(E) RIDE – MARCH 14, 2022

    Happy Pi Day! It’s your favorite mathematical constant event, Tour de Pi(e)!

    The annual Tour de Pi(e) will take place on Monday, March 14th, 2022 and includes three stops featuring three premier pie makers in Fort Collins. Join us on this wonky math day as we wind through town for 10ish miles, enjoying the perfect ratio of pie and beverage along the way. Your registration will include one savory supper pie from Waltzing Kangaroo and two slices of dessert pie from Me Oh My and the Bread Chic as well as a post ride beer at Wolverine Farm…. oh and lots of math geek, bike riding, pie eating good times!

    Hurry! Early bird registration ends on Friday, March 4th at $25/rider… register after this date and tickets jump to $30/rider.


    * As always, helmets & lights required and rules of the road observed. woot!

    Velotines Alleycat

    Join us (virtually) for this year’s Velotine’s Alleycat event on Thursday, February 17th! Let the Velotine’s (untimed) Alleycat self-guided tour empower you as you ride around town to checkpoints highlighting our city’s historic hotspots as they relate to the Black/African American, Hispanic, women, and LGBTQ+ cultures.

    The below checkpoints offer you the opportunity to explore our city’s history by bike with a focus on marginalized genders, including women, non-binary and trans folx. Althouth this year’s event is virtual, we look forward to compiling our shared experiences on the Bike Fort Collins website. Please feel free to remain annonymous or not, depending on your preference by submitting your ride pics and insights HERE.


    *Please note: If you find that the link has connected to the incorrect location, please scroll to the appropriate location. 

    This event is to honor and empower marginalized genders, including women, non-binary and trans folx. We are grateful for the continued collaboration of Bike Fort Collins, FC Moves, Fort Follies, Bike Ride For Black Lives and Ride For Racial Justice.

    Alleycat: An alleycat is the bicyclist’s word for a scavenger hunt competition, and during the self-guided Velotine’s Alleycat we do not use time as a measurement of winning, we use experience. Everyone that participates is a winner! Please share your pics and reflections HERE.


    New in 2020, given the pandemic, we created the “Virtual” Turkey Hot Lap Challenge that could be done on an individual basis (in keeping with social distancing protocols) to help celebrate Thanksgiving.

    How many hot laps do you have in you?! Each participant logs as many Turkey Hot Laps of a set course as they can anytime on Thanksgiving or Black Friday and they earn a chance to win prizes. This year they were from New Belgium and Topo Designs

    Click here for details and more information as we approach Thanksgiving each year.

    Bike the Lights RIDE

    Bike the Lights is a Fort Collins holiday favorite. Following a different route each year, this annual ride takes a leisurely tour of some of our town’s best holiday light displays. We also encourage festive attire and bicycle decoration for added good cheer. 

    This year, the 2021 tour will leave from Alleycat Coffee House (120 1/2 W. Laurel St.) at 6pm on Thursday, December 23rd and wind through the Old Town West neighborhood! A family friendly affair, we will ride at a kid friendly pace with route distance not to exceed 5 miles. Please be sure to arrive early and enjoy a warm beverage at Alleycat before our 6pm roll-out. Happy holidays, dress warm and we hope to see you there! (Note: Helmets required and rules of the road followed)

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