Bike Fort Collins Announces Interim Executive Director

Bike Fort Collins (BFC) continues to evolve as an organization. This past year we’ve increased our efforts supporting transportation equity; continued to educate Poudre School District students; promoted bike share use for adults of all income-levels; and encouraged local business support for their employee and customers’ bicycling efforts.
When our previous Executive Director left at the end of 2017, BFC felt we could not financially afford a replacement at that time. In January of last year, Bruce Henderson volunteered to step down as Board President and become Operations Manager, focusing on the key management tasks. 
Upon evaluating this change one year later, Bruce’s role has continued to evolve. While overall BFC management is more controlled, the focus on leadership was unfortunately not given the time it needed. Less time was devoted to driving the organizational vision and direction; on strong strategic communication; cultivating strategic partnerships; and developing that strong recognizable organizational image.
Hiring a full time dedicated Executive Director, who can provide an important leadership focus, is in the best interest of BFC. 
Unfortunately, BFC is still not in a position of being able to afford a full-time dedicated Executive Director. Our best estimate is having the funds available  in two to three years. Recognizing a greater leadership focus is essential in the interim, and so the BFC Board has approved changing Bruce’s title from Operations Manager to Executive Director.
Bruce will focus more time on leadership, and less on management. As a result of this change,  you, the community, should see more local visibility from BFC,  more accessibility, and more public opinions on important local issues. 
As needed, BFC may optionally decide to supplement some of our management operations with contract help. 
As noted, we expect to hire a full-time Executive Director within two to three years. At that time, Bruce will switch back to a more operational role.
Questions, comments or interested in getting involved in some way? Feel free to email BFC at, or contact Bruce directly at

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 ( 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 

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.   


2018 Election: County Commissioners and State Transportation Propositions

This Year Election Day is Tuesday November 6!

County clerk’s throughout the state have already begun mailing out ballots. While Coloradans can register and vote through Election Day, October 29 is the last day to register and receive a mail-in ballot. 

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 County Commissioner candidates. The questions and responses are below.

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

County Commissioner Candidate Questionaries 

Candidate: John Kefalas

Where is your favorite place to ride your bicycle?

I mostly ride my bicycle for commuting purposes such as when I need to be on the CSU campus. That said, I enjoy riding and running along the Poudre Trail – starting in Martinez Park and heading mostly west and sometimes east.

Recently a Fort Collins cyclist, Gary Moody, died in a tragic accident in the Berthoud area. What could be done to make our roads safer for all modes of transportation?  

Yes, the death of cyclist Gary Moody is a tragedy, and accidents between cyclists, pedestrians and motor vehicles happen all too often. Generally speaking, I would work to expand commuter and recreational bicycle ridership through public awareness and safety campaigns and improvements to our transportation infrastructure. In 2010, I sponsored HB-1147, the Bike Education and Safety Act (CRS 43-1-120), which provided safety curriculum for the schools and codified CDOT’s directive regarding bicycle and pedestrian safety, and I would follow up with CDOT’s pedestrian/bicycle safety coordinator to assess how we’ve implemented this law and where there are existing gaps. I would work closely with schools and safe routes to school programs, Bike FC and other stakeholders to assess specific problem areas where safety is an issue as a way to prioritize our responses. I would have the county participate in public awareness education campaign for drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists – use of helmets, following the rules of the road, distracted driving, 3-foot passing law. These are some ideas.

Do you support adoption of a local Vision Zero policy for the county, and why or why not?

Yes, I support adoption of a local Vision Zero policy for the county and the region to achieve zero traffic fatalities and severe injuries for all road users – bicyclists, pedestrians, drivers and transit users; seems to me we should include animals.

There are many bicycling infrastructure gaps between cities and unincorporated areas of Larimer County. How would you collaborate with cities to bridge those gaps? 

There are serious problems with traffic congestion and public safety on our roadways. We need to continue improving and maintaining our local and state roads and bridges, continue the progress on I-25 lane expansion and Hwy 34 repair work through the Big Thompson Canyon so people can get to work and school on time.  Nevertheless, as we grow, we can’t just pave our way out of congestion and accidents. I would use the Larimer County Transportation Master Plan as a guiding document and work with all the public and private-sector stakeholders including NFMPO, local jurisdictions, educational systems, businesses, law enforcement and community groups to ensure that our regional efforts are aligned, complementary and comprehensive. A perfect example of such collaboration is the Long View Trail – Fort Collins, Larimer County and Loveland.  I am interested in developing multi-modal transportation systems that serve everyone, including people who can’t or don’t drive, to connect our cities, towns and counties efficiently and conveniently.  I am interested in supporting state efforts to establish a phased-in front range commuter/passenger rail system. I’m interested in revisiting the pros/cons of establishing a Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) that could include a regional light-rail system and other effective mass transit options while advancing smart/sustainable growth best practices such as Transit Oriented Development (TOD) that includes affordable housing.  I am interested in work with local public and private-sector transportation and health care providers to consider service delivery systems that improve our para-transit, Non-Emergency Medical Transportation (NEMT), and Non-Medical Transportation (NMT) services for aging adults and persons with chronic medical conditions.  As mentioned, I wish to expand commuter and recreational bicycle ridership.

Bike Fort Collins supports all forms of alternative transportation. What do you feel is the importance of regional transit in Northern Colorado? 

I believe I have answered this question in #4, and I would add that we need to collaboratively develop a regional and statewide multi-modal transportation system for many reasons including: air quality and public health, public safety and traffic congestion; provision of transportation choices especially with changing demographics – aging in place, reducing energy use in the transportation sector, etc.

Candidate: Sean Dougherty

Where is your favorite place to ride your bicycle?

I really like the Long View Trail.  It allows scenery and a leisurely pace, which is good for both avid cyclists and weekenders out for a couple of miles.

Recently a Fort Collins cyclist, Gary Moody, died in a tragic accident in the Berthoud area. What could be done to make our roads safer for all modes of transportation? 

I think bicycle/vehicle safety is more than just roads. It’s also awareness.  All parties need to be aware of what’s around them, at all times.  I ride a motorcycle, and have found that I, too, need to be hyper aware, due to autos not noticing me on the roadways.  On the County side of things, I was recently involved in revising the Transportation Master Plan, and this Plan calls for widening arterial roadways throughout the County, when road projects are being completed. Please see this link for more information.

Do you support adoption of a local Vision Zero policy for the county, and why or why not?

I think that Vision Zero is an aspirational goal, but could be considered unrealistic due to costs and physical limitations, especially in the mountainous areas of Larimer County. I would be happy to work with County Staff and residents to investigate further.

There are many bicycling infrastructure gaps between cities and unincorporated areas of Larimer County. How would you collaborate with cities to bridge those gaps? 

Larimer County needs to be the convener between all municipalities in the County, for many reasons, including infrastructure.  Some of the more noticeable gaps in bicycle infrastructure occur in the Growth Management Areas, which are unincorporated parts of the County, but are dedicated to Municipal expansion.  This leaves the question of who will take on the expense and construction of these improvements.  Sometimes it will takes development to improve the roadways, in other circumstances, the County and the Municipality will need to work together.

Bike Fort Collins supports all forms of alternative transportation. What do you feel is the importance of regional transit in Northern Colorado?

Regional Transit can mean many different things.  Inside Municipal limits, it could mean a public transportation service.  In the County, it could mean car-pooling or vehicle sharing.  It can also mean rail or air passenger service.  One option for the County to prepare for the residents needs is to work with the North Front Range Metropolitan Planning Organization (NFRMPO) towards seeing what is feasible and wanted in the region.  This could include dedicated parking and pickup/drop-off service for Bustang, possible future rail service, or more viable arterial roadways that can accommodate different types of transportation (bicycle, auto, bus, etc.)  We have a ways to go, but the County has a seat at the table with the NFRMPO and all of the municipalities in Northern Colorado, and these conversations are occurring monthly. I encourage anyone who wants to attend these meetings to please do so, and get involved with what the future will look like in our region!

Ballot Propositions

There are two statewide ballot propositions dealing with transportation this year. Both of them deserve your scrutiny; they have very different approaches to funding.

Proposition 110 or “Let’s Go Colorado”  

Proposition 110, also known as “Let’s Go, Colorado,” focuses on raising revenue allocated for the state highway fund (45%), for statewide multimodal transportation options (15%), and for local transportation priorities decided by cities (20%) and counties (20%). Funding would come from a state sales tax increase of 0.62 percent, or about 6 cents for every 10 dollars spent in Colorado. Such a tax increase is expected to generate $767 million in the first year; with 15% specifically for multimodal transportation options such as bicycling, transit and walking, and the additional potential for funding from cities and counties based on their priorities.

Bicycle Colorado has stated they believe Proposition 110 has the potential to improve everyday life for Coloradans by creating healthier communities.

Proposition 109, or “Fix Our Damn Roads”

This Proposition proposes borrowing up to $3.5 billion from the state treasury for road and bridge expansion, construction and maintenance. Fix Our Damn Roads aims to widen roads, and specifically states that the money may not be used for transit projects. That would include no bicycling projects. Because this proposition supports motor vehicles only, it address only 1 of the 3 triple bottom line sustainability items.

Bicycle Colorado has stated they do not support Proposition 109 since it would not contribute towards providing healthier communities.

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

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

Learn more about volunteering by contacting Dot at

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

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

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.


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

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 ( 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

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 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.

Looking Ahead to Big Opportunities and Big Changes for BFC in 2018


The news has been trickling out for some time now, but in an effort to not crowd out our other exciting December news like our Bohemian Foundation Pharos Grant award, and our end of year fundraising, I held off on making this formal announcement till now. Today, January 5th, is my final day at Bike Fort Collins. In December, I accepted a position in San Jose with California Walks. I’ll be spearheading their vision zero campaign and working to make the south bay safer, healthier, and more sustainable.

I can’t tell you exactly what’s next for Bike Fort Collins regarding succession and leadership. Stay tuned for more on that in the coming weeks, but I wanted to leave folks with a few stray thoughts I have about my tenure and the future of the org and the region.


When I arrived in Fort Collins, 13 years ago, it was supposed to be a pit stop. I’d just spent most of my 20s in Chicago, where I’d fallen in love with bikes & transit, urbanism, multiculturalism and activism. Eventually the weather got the better of me- as it gets the better of so many former Chicagoans- and my newfound love of cycling. So I packed up and headed west, in search of my next (warmer) urban adventure.

But that trip stopped short when my Fort Collins recharge accidentally morphed into marriage, parenthood, homeownership, and, eventually, an unlikely career change that allowed me to finally take a public role in a conversation that I’d long felt passionate about.

Just over two years ago, I accepted the position of executive director at Bike Fort Collins and set out to explore three important questions:

  1. What is the role of a bike advocacy nonprofit in a platinum rated bike friendly city, where the city’s own effort to promote bikes is better organized and resourced than the nonprofits’?
  2. How can we call ourselves a bike friendly city at all, when that experience of bike friendliness is so wildly disparate between neighborhood, without asking serious and sometimes uncomfortable questions about root causes and historic inequality?
  3. Why are the neighborhoods and individuals whose health, safety and access to opportunity are so tenuous, also so under-represented in conversations about transportation and the built environment’s impact on health, safety and opportunity.

Meanwhile, along with these lofty existential questions, I was tasked with plotting a course towards long term revenue sustainability for the org. Like so many nonprofits, a succession of volunteer leaders and informal accounting and operating plans had left me with an org with a lot of passion and goodwill, but without a strong brand identity- without a distinct and resonant vision that would sustain our work.


This has been a joyous, stressful, challenging, and inspiring couple of years. At the end of it, at the dawn of a new year, we as a city and as an organization have a greater sense of how interconnected the threats to our long term vibrancy and health are. From affordability to growth to transit to pollution to social segregation to immigration and more. Its clearer than ever that real sustainability means not just environmentalism but also social and economic health and justice (what good are bike lanes when the workforce increasingly can’t afford to live close enough to ride to work?)

We’ve asked tough questions of our leaders, our community partners, the public and most importantly, of ourselves. In an era of uncertainty, its increasingly clear that technology alone won’t save us, that Washington won’t save us, that our fate as a community is in our hands, that being engaged in local budgets, in City Plan, in boards and commissions, in local nonprofits, in local and regional elections, is non-negotiable. Even at a moment when Northern Colorado feels relatively prosperous and seemingly insulated from many of the marquee threats in the US in 2018, there are clouds of uncertainty on our horizon. The world our children will inherit is being forged in small ways every day both through our deliberate plans and though inattention to creeping threats. That shouldn’t be frightening, but it should be sobering.


A close friend of mine asked me recently what is MY vision for Fort Collins in 20 or 30 years. This conversation was inspired by our divergent views of Elon Musk’s efforts to bring vacuum tube transit to the front range. If I didn’t buy Musk’s vision of salvation through innovation, what did I believe in?

Its not that I don’t believe in innovation. The way we move, communicate, allocate resources, combat disease are changing at a breakneck pace. But I think that history has shown that technological prognostication is a fool’s errand. Technology and culture inevitably zig and zag and have unintended, unforeseeable consequences- some good, some bad. If you ask me my vision of a healthy future city, I won’t spin stories of exotic vehicles or magical healthcare breakthroughs, or new ways to generate power or grow food. Though we will certainly continue to see all of those. I’ll say, simply: my healthy future city is one where the priorities and vision are created collaboratively, by everyone who lives here, not by those who have the most, and therefore have the most to protect. Technology might help us answer questions, but without community engagement and empowerment, without INCLUSIVE leadership, how can we know we’re asking the right questions in the first place?

For me, Bike Fort Collins is not a platform for celebrating or mythologizing bikes as a lifestyle or identity. There are plenty of amazing clubs and teams that convene around “bike culture”. We are dedicated to working with communities and community organizations and asking how active transportation can serve a larger strategy for addressing their specific challenges and reaching their potential. We want to ensure that the countless community members who rely on bikes for transportation and recreation have as much say as the bike nuts do.

On this, my final day at BFC, I look back at my time here and feel we’ve made big advances in our understanding of all of these challenges. As I turn over the keys to the next person lucky enough to steer this organization, I’m confident that they will inherit an org with a strong vision, a healthy financial future, a respected, credible voice, and a critical role in a number of local coalitions working hard to ensure a safer, healthier more inclusive future for Northern Colorado.

I’ve left our board a list of suggestions and priorities that I’m sure they will sort and parse, but I know a few big action items for 2018 will include informing the City Plan process, informing the 2019-2020 FC City budget. and diving into the 2018 midterm elections where there are several impactful local and county races where we think we can both inform candidate platforms and educate the public about where various candidates stand on active transportation and built environment issues.

We will continue to grow our flagship Safe Routes to School program. we will continue to promote and grow our national leading Bike Friendly Business network, we will continue to run the Fort Collins Bike Share as the technology and policies around bike share changes seeming daily, we will continue our direct service programs like our Neighborhood Active Living Plan, Upshift, and Chain Reaction, and we’ll continue to promote our busy calendar of rides and events like the Ride of Silence, RAT Rides, Tour de Farms, Ride with Pride, and of course Tour de Fat. The people who run these programs, and who sit on our board are amazing, talented visionaries and I know they’ll continue to work tirelessly to get more people on bikes, build safer and healthier streets and neighborhoods, and strive for an advocacy platform that is inclusive and empowering of Fort Collinsers of every ability, gender, race, age and identity.

As for me, I am looking forward to a change of scenery and catching my breath. This last two years was a tremendous honor, but running a small nonprofit takes a lot out of you, and my tank was pretty low going in, after years of organizing races and rides and writing about cycling in Fort Collins. It has been tough on my body and spirit, and I look forward to being a smaller part of a larger org and city, where I can continue to learn and grow, but also work on balancing work and life better (and maybe even spend a little more time on the bike).


Happy New Year,


Chris J Johnson



One BFC Board Member’s Reflections on Untokening

by Katherine Vega – BFC Board Director 


Untokening+1.0+webThere were two things I loved most growing up as a kid in Lincoln Heights, a neighborhood 10 minutes from downtown Los Angeles. The first was going to Lincoln Park with my mom and dad and the second was playing games with my neighbors after school. We lived in a small cluster of homes tucked between two clothing factories (but everybody knew they were sweatshops) on Main Street, one of the busiest streets in the neighborhood. Surrounding us were a variety of warehouses, car shops, and factories like El Dorado, a tortilla factory we’d visit at least once a week. There was a liquor store just down the block where I’d get Big Stick popsicles and a small market across the street where we could get bread and peanut butter. None of us were allowed to play in the front of the houses unless someone was watching us. It wasn’t just to protect us from the speeding cars, buses, and 18-wheelers on the 4-lane wide road, but also to keep an eye on any potential danger in the neighborhood from local drug addicts, winos, strangers, and also drive-bys on occasion. I was only a kid so I didn’t understand why I had all these strict rules to follow. I just wanted to play with my friends and run around until dark. So every night, we’d rush through our homework and knock on each other’s doors to get the game started. That car-packed driveway and dusty backyards made one big playground where we’d run, pedal, and climb until our moms yelled for us to come in for the night.

Fast-forward 20 years. I’m at Untokening California in a room full of black, indigenous, and people of color who are sharing their stories of tokenization and oppression within their mobility planning, advocacy, and policy-making professions. Every single one of us has an experience to share or allude to despite our generation gaps, genders, and current city of residency. For many of us, this is the first time in a long time that we’ve felt comfortable and safe to be our full selves. We list out all the forms of oppression that have controlled us and continue to destroy our communities: patriarchy, white supremacy, xenophobia, ableism, classism, heteronormativity, Manifest Destiny, and the list continues. We acknowledge every single form of oppression and choose not to submit to them. We hear from several inspiring leaders who work with California communities to address a range of issues from providing feminine care to homeless women to advocating policy makers to raise the minimum wage. At last I’m among professionals who look like me, understand my upbringing, and are working passionately to fight for their communities. I’m safe to think, act, and say what I truly feel here.

It’s difficult to explain exactly how it feels to be me living in the seemingly prosperous, white-dominated town of Fort Collins. FoCo is a desirable place to live, no doubt, with its beautiful parks, amazing bike paths and trails, and cute shops up and down College Ave. People are so nice and neighborly that I still can’t believe it’s genuine. Yet, something is missing in all this. Where are the communities of color? Why do I rarely hear non-English languages being spoken when I walk down the street? Where are my people? And why aren’t people asking these same questions? And this is when I realize how much of a minority I truly am here. Privilege has allowed so many people here to sit comfortably in the status quo for a long, long time. I guess when you have everything you need to be happy and healthy, there really is no incentive to rock the boat. So, Fort Collins becomes the ‘#10 Healthiest Place to Live in America’ and for the privileged populations here, this recognition rings true. But what about the rest of the community? What about the people who have to make a choice between buying groceries and keeping the heat on in the winter because they only make $9.30 an hour? What about the families who can’t afford stable housing so they have to find shelter at a church or mission or really any place that will take them in for the night? How can we say that we’re one of the healthiest places to live when people in our community, our own neighbors, are struggling to get by on the daily?

I chose to share my short story with you so that you can see a snippet of my childhood. I don’t want you to sympathize with me. I want you to look through my eyes even if only for a few minutes. Even if I grew up in Los Angeles, there are many parallels between the community I grew up in and the marginalized communities here in Fort Collins. Can you start to identify the multiple challenges we faced living in my neighborhood? Can you feel the anxiety my parents had when it came to protecting me from literally everything in my environment? And most importantly, what would you do to make any of it better? Where would you start? These questions are important because they paint the complex picture of all the social determinants that impact individual health and wellbeing within a given community. You can’t choose any one thing to fix and see that it all gets better. No, you have to look at many factors and look deeper into all their relationships. From unlivable wages and housing instability to environmental racism and disinvestment. It’s not easy. These issues are so deeply rooted in communities like mine that most would give up on making any change. But mobility justice and health equity are worth fighting for despite how long or dangerous the path may be. Untokening+1.0+web7

I recognize that Fort Collins has deeply rooted exclusive practices that have created health disparities in marginalized communities throughout Fort Collins. Regressive policies and continued disinvestment in low-income communities and communities of color have perpetuated health inequalities and further marginalized these communities. So what do we do? I say we, because to change these systemic issues we need a collective voice and force to change how things are done. If we truly want to live in an equitable and inclusive community, we have to demand it and fight for it. I didn’t make up this goal of living in an equitable and inclusive community. I heard this vision from many community members over and over in community forums throughout Fort Collins. People truly want to see change and understand the connection between their individual health and the health of their community.

This vision of equity and inclusion is exactly why I have chosen to stay and invest in Fort Collins. Fort Collins is my new community and I want to have a part in shaping its future. There is no short-term solution to achieving equity here or anywhere. It is a battle for incremental change over time that can impact hundreds, even thousands of people if the right policy or process is changed/implemented. It starts with asking communities what their vision is for their neighborhood and including them in the planning process. If they envision safer sidewalks to walk their kids to school, then we work with them to develop a plan that improves pedestrian infrastructure and safety. If they envision more frequent public transit so they can navigate their daily tasks more efficiently, then we work to connect them with local transit providers to identify possible solutions. We move away from the broken model of community and transportation planning to one where communities have a seat at the decision-making table. No more conversations about them without them.Untokening+1.0+web13

As a public health practitioner and woman of color, this is challenging work. I am a minority in almost every health and transportation-focused workplace and organization in Colorado. I can never truly relax in my own skin. For the past few years, I only brought parts of myself to my work places. At one point, I even felt that I was losing my culture. I had been this partial person for so long to survive in this white-dominated place that I forgot who I was. However, during this journey, I gained incredible friends and allies who share the same passion for equity and community-driven processes. One of these allies is Bike Fort Collins and wow do I appreciate this organization. BFC actually sponsored me to attend Untokening because they recognized my need to connect with other people of color within the mobility and transportation equity field. And that was exactly what I needed to rejuvenate my soul and keep this fire burning in me. So thank you BFC for investing in me and providing me an opportunity to feel balanced again. Clearly, I am not alone in this fight. I am part of a network of professionals, nonprofit leaders, and community members who work day in and day out to improve heath and wellbeing for all people in Fort Collins. We value each of our unique perspectives and lived experiences because that is what connects us all. We also lift each other up when we need it most. And the best part is that this network is open to any and all people who see the importance of putting people first in the fight for equity.


Lastly, it is important that you know that I get to decide whether or not to share more of my story with you. That’s because my history is my power. I should not be expected to share knowledge freely when asked. When I trust you, when you have proved to me that you are my ally and/or my friend and you value what I have to say, then I will share my experiences and learnings. I am one of many people of color in this town who have a powerful history of survival and resilience that empowers us to keep going. It is not enough to have good intentions when working in our communities. You need to prove that you are trustworthy and dedicated to fighting this long fight with us. If you are not up to the challenge then please step back. Do not try to put band-aids on these large, systemic problems. But do try to learn more about our struggle. Ask questions and create safe spaces to have deliberate conversations with loved ones, friends, and neighbors of all backgrounds. The more we have these conversations with one another, the greater our understanding becomes of the challenges impacting our diverse communities. And the more we communicate and collaborate across communities the greater our collective power is to demand for healthy and safe environments. We are stronger and more capable as a collective whole, which is why I ask you to fight with me. Together we can reclaim power and agency from the structures, policies, and programs that have divided our communities.


Cyclocross is Here!

With summer winding down the road racing season is over which means it’s time for cyclocross! Cyclocross racing, or “cross” for short, is one of the best disciplines for spectators. Thanks to generous land owners and hard-working volunteers Fort Collins has a steady stream of races over the next two months.

Cross is essentially a hybrid between road and mountain biking. The bikes look like beefed-up road bikes with knobby tires. The courses are mostly unpaved but still relatively smooth, wending through grassy fields and over various obstacles. Riders complete multiple laps around a 1-2 mile loop with races lasting 20-90 minutes.

Colorado women duking it out in the 2014 edition of Cross of the North
Colorado women duking it out in the 2014 edition of Cross of the North

The short courses make the races easy to watch, but it’s the obstacles that keep things exciting. Event organizers include stairs, steep hills, tight turns on side-slopes, sand pits, and wooden barriers to challenge the competitors. These sections force each racer to choose between hopping off their bike and running or attempting to ride and risking an embarrassing crash. That leads to a steady supply of excitement and comedy for the spectators, like this impressive display of bike handling:

Or this less impressive attempt at a running barrier hop (fortunately Joey was unhurt):

Spectators usually congregate around these obstacles, offering hearty encouragement and good-natured heckling. Some even hand up cups of beer or dollar bills to see which riders will risk a mistake for the token reward. Cowbells compliment the cheers, creating a distinctly “cyclocross” atmosphere.

Fort Collins cross racing is already underway. Local rider and all-round cycling supporter Ronny Bush is hosting Crazy Joe Cross races which continue through next Tuesday (Sept 19). These grassroots races are friendly community events with separate races for different experience levels including first-time racers looking to try out the sport.

The Ciclismo Youth Foundation will be organizing another round of beginner-friendly races at New Belgium every Tuesday in October (3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31th). The Ciclismo races benefit the foundation which promotes youth racing in Fort Collins, and they include free categories for children of all ages, including a “Strider Bike” category for toddlers. With the last race of the series falling on Halloween you can expect a party atmosphere and plenty of costumes!

Those Tuesday night races serve as a test run for Fort Collins’ biggest race of the year. On November 11th & 12th First City Cycling Team will host Cross of the North, also at New Belgium. The weekend races always take the competition and revelry to a higher level. Athletes from up and down the front range will converge on New Belgium to battle it out for cash prizes, USA Cycling series points, and of course bragging rights. In addition to top notch races for both beginner and advanced riders there will be food trucks and beer (it’s at a brewery, after all). Come enjoy the party atmosphere and cheer our FoCo men and women!

Shiny Tape for your Shiny Bike

Here at Bike Fort Collins we take a very broad, long term view of bike safety and how to improve it: we’re more concerned with land use and city planning than bike helmets and safety vests. That work will ultimately provide a safer, more pleasant community for everyone. In the meantime, we’re well aware of the immediate safety concerns that cyclists encounter, so here’s a handy trick to make your bike a little more visible on the road at night.

Bicycles are always sold with reflectors, but many riders remove them. Racers especially waste no time tossing out the stock plastic reflectors. It saves weight and improves wheel balance, but mostly the cheap reflectors just look out of place. Most of us don’t intend to ride our race bikes after dark anyway, but as summer fades into fall and the days get shorter, sometimes our evening rides push past sunset.

Luckily there’s a cheap, lightweight replacement: retro-reflective tape.

Retro-reflectors bounce light back towards its source. We see them all around us… stop signs, license plates, safety vests and even the silver stripes on running shoes.  They glow when our headlights hit them because they reflect that light right back to us. And because they’re available as tape, adding them to a road bike is cheap and easy:

Department and automotive stores usually carry both red and white. These rolls cost me $2 each:


If you’re concerned with aesthetics it’s worth planning where you’ll put the tape to complement the existing paint and decals. Wipe down the frame with a clean rag (and rubbing alcohol if you’ve got it) and carefully apply the tape. You can even fold tape back on itself to form little flags around your spokes. The spoke flags really stand out at night, but above 25 mph they tend to whistle, so I don’t use them on my road bike.

All of my bikes have at least some reflective tape. Here’s my town bike with red tape on the rear triangle and white tape on the fork. By day it’s unobtrusive, but in the dark it reflects the camera’s flash, making those stripes light up. Of course it will also reflect a car’s headlights back at to driver, complementing my bike lights and providing a backup if I’m caught out after sunset without them.

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And here’s what a driver will see if you’re caught out after dark with no lights at all:


In an ideal world it would be easy to ride at night without sharing space with cars. But in the meantime, this tape is a cheap way to make yourself a little more visible.

August Letter from the ED – A Big Thanks, and Lots of Fun Volunteer Opportunities


Cityplan Update

A few weeks back, we shared a call to action in defense of Cityplan.  The weeks leading up to that post and the weeks since have been a blur of activity- conversations with city council, city staff, within our advocacy committee, and coalition partners. We received word late that week that the effort paid off and that the Cityplan project budget has been significantly restored (final figures still to be determined), and that a focus on equity will be prioritized.

This is a pretty significant win for the future of Fort Collins.  As I mentioned in the previous post, the last city plan update (2011) does not include the word equity or equality, and makes only glancing references to social inclusion.  In the intervening years, its become increasingly clear that without equity and inclusion as bedrock principles of our comprehensive plan, we are compromising our future as a region by limiting the the voices, values and needs that inform this plan’s design.  And that means limiting who it serves.

Whether you are committed to the triple bottom line approach to sustainability (balancing economic, social and environmental health and justice), or sharply focused on one or another dimension of our resilience, or you just want to ensure Fort Collins stays safe for kids to explore, affordable for working families to work and live, and convenient and inclusive for seniors to age in place, city plan is a conversation and process that shapes the way our city grows, how we build, and most importantly, how we move and connect to eachother and to opportunity.

Over the next year and a half, the city and its partners- including Bike Fort Collins and many others- will convene a community-wide conversation about Cityplan.  The city has a signup list, to keep folks informed about the process, and starting next month, Bike Fort Collins will host a series of info and work sessions, designed to empower and engage neighborhood leaders to make sure that Cityplan includes voices promoting active transportation, and diverse, walkable neighborhoods. This will be an opportunity to both learn from experts, inform our leaders priorities, and have conversations with neighbors about how to align our policies and budgets with a vision of a healthy, safe and sustainable future for Fort Collins.

Thanks to everyone who called or wrote city council to fight for a more inclusive Cityplan.

CSU Stadium Opening Day Bike Support

If you attended the Stadium open house or even just saw the pics on social media, you know that bikes and transit are a big part of the plan to get people into and out of the stadium as efficiently as possible. However you feel about the new stadium, one thing is true- the new location makes it much more accessible for biking, walking, and transit use, and we are working with CSU to encourage as many folks to use active transportation as possible. To that end we’ll be on the ground on opening day, Aug 26th, and we’d love some volunteers to help things flow smoothly.  If you’re free for a few hours before kickoff and want to be a rolling ambassador and help direct folks to preferred bike parking, suggest routes, etc, we’ve got a volunteer signup sheet.  We’re still hammering out some details with CSU, but we expect that this will be a great benefit for Bike Fort Collins, and there could be some cool schwag and rewards for volunteering as well.


Farm Weekend!

Farm Weekend is less than two weeks away. Bike Fort Collins is still looking for volunteer support. Saturday morning’s Tour de Farms is a 40 mile scenic tour of the farms north of Fort Collins with a few stops along the way to enjoy farm hospitality and some local goodies.  Proceeds for this ride benefit Bike Fort Collins. We’re looking for a few folks to help register, lead the ride. and to greet folks at the farms.    Click HERE to volunteer at Tour de Farms

On Sunday, don’t miss the 3 Forks Progressive Farm Dinner.  This is a shorter, casual progressive farm dinner where you’ll enjoy multiple dinner courses at urban farms in Fort Collins.

Click here to purchase tickets to either the Tour de Farm on Saturday or 3 Forks Dinner on Sunday.

Tour de Fat is almost Here

If that wasn’t enough, we;re just THREE weeks away from 2017 Tour de Fat. A lot is changing at TdF this year, but one thing that will never change is the ALL HANDS ON DECK community support needed to pull it off. Tour de Fat is practically an official city holiday in Fort Collins and if you love bikes and love the work that our great bike nonprofits like Bike Fort Collins, Overland Mountain Bike Club, the Fort Collins Bicycle Co-op and Ciclismo Youth Foundation do to make this the best place in the word to ride, we could use your help. Its a super fun way to support bikes and have a blast doing it. Sign up to volunteer NOW. (rumor has it they throw a killer volunteer appreciation party, too).



August Featured Bike Friendly Business – Cranked Up Coffee

Larry Conlon and Cranked Up Coffee bike


Larry Conlon works the crowd with CSU's CAM the Ram and UC's Ralphie the Buffalo
Larry Conlon works the crowd with CSU’s CAM the Ram and UC’s Ralphie the Buffalo


Cranked Up Coffee bike
Cranked Up Coffee bike

One of the things Larry Conlon likes best about Fort Collins is the biking culture. Not only that, but people, here, love more than just craft beer—they love their coffee, too. An idea sparked, and Larry came up with a business plan that included biking and cold brew nitro coffee. He uses a front cargo bike to peddle his wares downtown, and sells wholesale to businesses in the area.


Larry has made many connections throughout the region by using local roasters to source the beans. He will roast his own beans for competitions, but likes the variety available through local businesses. Larry has taught himself everything he knows about the process and experiments with different beans to create a blend based on what will accompany the coffee.


Cold brew coffee has some interesting abilities that regular, hot brewed coffee doesn’t offer. For one thing, it can be dispensed using a tap.


Cranked Up Coffee is available at Lee's Cyclery
Cranked Up Coffee is available at Lee’s Cyclery

That means you can belly up to the bar at Tap and Handle and have cold, smooth coffee; or a beer/coffee blend. Larry’s Cranked Up Coffee can also be found at these locations.


Larry has added a few employees as his business has grown, but there are still aspects that remain a one-person job. Batch blending is all him. “I only take sips now, as I develop the blends. The first day I thought I was having a heart attack.” Larry remembers the early days, as he drank half glasses to taste; the caffeine creeping up on him. “I have a high tolerance now.” He says.


Creating cold brew coffee using a nitro process produces smooth, rich flavor and a creamy texture and bloom without the dairy. This process has been around for a while, but Larry’s particular style is a closely guarded secret. This unique taste and singular delivery system makes the business stand out. Larry created a niche in Fort Collins and has been growing his business ever since.


These aspects made Cranked Up Coffee a great candidate to become a Bike Friendly Business. Larry remembers being approached by Kurt Freiburg, who helps Fort Collins businesses apply for the designation, while he sold coffee downtown. Notably, Larry has managed to keep the business at about ninety nine percent motor vehicle free. He only uses a car for out of town events.


Larry Conlon and Cranked Up Coffee bike
Larry Conlon and Cranked Up Coffee bike

Even though the business is small, Cranked Up Coffee was awarded silver status with the first application. Larry has also added to his support of biking events which will allow him to level up when he applies for a BFB renewal.


Cranked Up Coffee is a unique business and it seems to be a perfect fit in Fort Collins. Every year Larry adds more variety and is always looking for ways to collaborate with other local businesses. He has embraced the Northern Colorado culture and has added to it with this business. His contributions add to our Platinum Bike Friendly City status and he wants to make sure, as the town grows, we stay focused on local flavor: including bikes.


If you’re interested in meeting Larry and finding out what makes his coffee so great, head over to the southwest corner of Mountain Ave and College, near Rare Italian; he can usually be located there (if not, you can watch for updates on Facebook). Check out the bike too, and find out if you can get free delivery to your place!


Cold brew coffee
Cold brew coffee
Cranked Up Coffee bike with installation
Cranked Up Coffee bike with installation