This Spanish Bicycle Resource page is a library of information created by Bike Fort Collins in conjunction with the Larimer County Department of Health and the Built Environment to assist the Spanish speaking community in finding information, learning about and safely riding bicycles for transportation, fitness, and fun.
Visit this page frequently, as the intent is for this library of resources to evolve and grow over time as we learn of the community’s needs and wants, as well as add new content that we either find or create.
Please feel free to email us at email@example.com with any ideas or suggestions.
FINDING THE RIGHT BIKE
Not sure of the right bike for you? Or where to get one locally? Below are some video resources to help you shop for and determine the right bike for you.
Check out these two videos on shopping for the right bike.
BIKE SHOPPING FOR WOMEN
Check out these two videos that are specific to finding the right bike for women.
Not only is knowing how to safely ride a bike important, but understanding the rules of the road and how to navigate the roadways, bikeways, bike lanes and bike trails is just as important. Below are resources where you can learn these things by either watching, reading, or signing up for bicycle safety classes.
The City of Fort Collins offers a couple of great classes that go over bicycling skills and the rules of the road separately. Click on the links below to learn more.
- Smart Cycling – Road Skills: Smart Cycling is a course for moderately experienced, returning and seasoned cyclists alike that will give you the confidence to ride safely and legally in traffic or on the trail. You will learn how to conduct bicycle safety checks, on-bike handling skills and crash avoidance techniques. The class consists of approximately 6 hours of bike handling skills practice and a ride on city streets and trials. We recommended this class for adults and youth above age 14 (ages 12-14 can be accepted upon instructor approval). Participants should be prepared to ride their bicycle as there is a riding portion to this class. A helmet and bicycle in good working condition are required. A water bottle is recommended.
- Smart Cycling – Rules of the Road: Learn how to ride safely and legally in traffic or on trails. Discuss rules of the road related to cycling, how to conduct bicycle safety checks and how to fit and wear a helmet. Note: this is a lecture style class. Bikes not required.
The City of Fort Collins also offers a Bike Buddy Program that matches you with a Bicycle Ambassador who can help you with things like:
- Selecting a comfortable route
- Riding safely in traffic
- Fixing a flat
- Choosing gear for your commute
- Riding in inclement weather
- Taking your bike on the bus (bike-n-ride)
- Other tips and techniques
If you are interested in taking one of these classes or participating in the Bike Buddy Program, please contact Brook Bettolo with the Larimer County Department of Health & the Built and Environment via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) in order to gain access to translation resources.
NAVIGATING THE CITY
It’s not enough to simply know how to ride a bike. Knowing how to safely navigate the city by bicycle is equally important for your safety. Directly below is a link to the state of Colorado’s Bicycle Manual, as well as some videos to help educate you on the rules of the road and how to safely get around the city.
BIKE SAFETY FOR KIDS
We all want to make sure our children are safe on their bikes. It’s important they are learning proper skills, the rules of the road, and the safest routes to take to school at an early age, as well as making sure their bike and helmet fit properly. Below are some links to information on local Safe Routes to School programming within the Poudre School District, as well as other online Safe Routes to School resources and instructional videos. (Note: Links below not en espanol)
- Safe Routes to School Program (Ask your school’s PE teacher when the Safe Routes to School program is scheduled to your school again)
- Safe Routes to School Online Resources (for all grade-levels)
- Safe Routes to School Online Instructional Videos
“ACTUAL” SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL
Watch these videos that demonstrate, from a rider’s point-of-view (POV) the safest routes for each of the following schools, using bike trails, bikeways and the safest bike lanes available:
WHAT’S THE SAFEST WAY TO SCHOOL?
Watch how to ride to Blevins, Webber, Boltz, and Lincoln Middle Schools, and Fort Collins High School from the student’s point-of-view (POV)
PROPER BIKE EQUIPMENT SIZES AND FITTING
See the video below for how to ensure you have the proper helmet fit for your child. Watch this section for more equipment fitting videos and tips in the future (including how to ensure the proper bicycle fit for kids).
DOES YOUR CHILD’S HELMET FIT CORRECTLY?
This video shows you how to make sure your child’s helmet fits properly.
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