These rides are intended to encourage, engage, advocate, generate goodwill and build bicycle culture and community.
R.A.T. (RIDE-AROUND-TOWN) RIDES
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 the BFC Facebook page. Ride routes are focused on fun as much as trying to finding any areas for cycling safety improvement. Route ideas or suggestions welcome.
All rides are currently on-hold during the pandemic. Watch here, our eNewsletter and social media outlets for the date of the next scheduled ride, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. The only requirements are wearing helmets, obeying road laws for bicyclists, and having fun.
The next RAT Ride is May 6 – Beaver’s Market – 5:30 pm
TOUR DE PI(E)
It’s your favorite mathematical constant event, Tour de Pi(e)!
Join us (virtually) on Sunday, March 14th for an 8 mile ride leaving from Beaver’s Market located at the corner of Shields St and W. Mountain Ave. Let the folks at Beaver’s know you completed the ride and enjoy $3 off their famous Village Pie Maker pies!
This year’s route includes two of Fort Collins protected bike lanes on Mulberry and Vine. It is a family friendly route; however, caution should be given for the brief section on Overland Trail.
Galentines Bike Ride RSVP HERE
Join us for a virtual Galentine’s Bike Ride as we celebrate friendship. This event is for people of marginalized genders, including women, non-binary folx, and trans men*. We are grateful for the continued collaboration of Bike Fort Collins, FC Bikes, the Hex Wenches, Fort Follies, and the Sugar Beets as well as the recent addition of Bike Ride For Black Lives and Ride For Racial Justice.
This year’s Galentines ride will be a “self guided adventure”, culminating with a Galentines Zoom gathering on Saturday, February 13th at 5:30pm. The Galentines Bike Ride route will follow the same format as in years past with suggested ride window beginning February 6th and ending February 13th. We invite you to follow the route and enjoy your self guided adventure at your own pace. New for this year, each partnering organization will highlight a different equity topic. Resources and reading materials will be posted here, on the Galentine’s Bike Ride page and we will have an opportunity for casual conversation around each topic at our Zoom gathering on Saturday, February 13th. Fun drawings and giveaways to be had for those who attend!
Each equity highlight listed below is represented by one of our partnering organizations and includes a link providing more background information to help promote education and awareness around each issue. If you plan to join us on the February 13th Galentines zoom gathering, please try to give these a read so we can all have a good conversation session on these issues. The more we learn, the more we talk with eachother, the more we understand and connect.
Racial Equity – Bike Ride for Black Lives & Ride for Racial Justice
Gender Equity – Hex Wenches
Transportation Equity – Bike Fort Collins
Check this page and social media for further updates and we look forward to seeing you all on February 13th at 5:30pm!
*Because trans women are women they aren’t referred to separately. We have only singled out trans men here because they are marginalized, while cis gendered men are not. We do not mean to insinuate that trans men aren’t men. This is an event for all trans folx, in addition to others who are marginalized genders.
RIDE OF SILENCE
Bike Fort Collins invites you to participate in the Ride of Silence with us each year. It’s always held on the 3rd Wednesday in May.
This year, the event was held virtually on May 20, 2020, beginning at 7 p.m. where participants did their rides individually.
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
TURKEY HOT LAP CHALLENGE
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.
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