Public, Society Benefit
Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Bicycle Advocacy is at Bike Fort Collins' core, representing anyone who rides a bike in Fort Collins and Northern Colorado, as a collective voice for more bikes and safe streets. The catalyst for BFC's 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. We were at the forefront of local bicycling related issues then, and we make it a priority to stay there now.
Hispanic, Latino Heritage
Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent
Our Active Living program enables Bike Fort Collins to leverage its passion for bicycling to promote and improve health, inclusion and safe access to active transportation, and a sense of community in northern Fort Collins communities. It began as grant work awarded in 2016, where BFC committed to a multi-year program engaging the north Fort Collins community-the Poudre Valley Mobile Home Park (PVMHP)-to increase the number of people walking, biking, and using alternative or active transportation.
Since then, while we have concluded the work associated with that grant, our work to promote and improve health, inclusion and safe access to active transportation, and a sense of community in northern Fort Collins continues-particularly in low-income areas. We have been worked with the Larimer County Department of Health & Built Environment and the City of Fort Collins's FC Moves department to: create a Spanish Bicycle Resource webpage as a quick and easy source of information for the Latinx community; develop Spanish SRTS videos to help mitigate safety concerns for middle school students wanting to ride their bikes to school; execute an eBike pilot program that provides free eBikes to low income essential workers; and implement an Asphalt Art program to use street murals to help build community while improving streets' safety.
Community, Business & Industry
Bicycle Friendly Business is part of the League of American Bicyclists' Bicycle Friendly America (BFA) program. "Bicycle Friendly" certifications can be earned by states, communities (cities), universities and businesses. Organizations within these categories can apply and earn levels, such as Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum. Bike Fort Collins has invested in a development program that provides workshops, mentorship, and application support and review to interested bike friendly businesses. The Bicycle Friendly Business Development team provides these services has been critical to Fort Collins reaching its current level of participation. And we remain excited to ramp up the efforts to enlist more businesses, help ranked businesses to keep climbing in their certifications, and engage platinum-level businesses to share their expertise and experience.
Up until January 2021, the City of Fort Collins had more certified Bicycle Friendly Businesses than any other city in the country, regardless of size. While we still have the second most, this status is largely attributed to BFC's recruitment efforts, helping to also support the City's and Colorado State University's platinum level status as a Bicycle Friendly Community and Bicycle Friendly University respectively (under the League of American Bicyclist's same BFA program).
Recreation & Sports
Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Hispanic, Latino Heritage
Bike Fort Collins has played a pivotal role with bike sharing in Fort Collins dating back to 2008 when BFC was contracted by the City of Fort Collins to form and opened Fort Collins Bike Library (FCBL). FCBL entailed a fleet a bikes of all sizes that could be rented by the hour, or even up to several days; and paved the way for the bike share model seen in most cities today.
In 2016, Fort Collins migrated to that model, and BFC's role evolved from operator (even for the first system under a national vendor, Zagster) to a more grass roots promotional role. And, in early 2020, Zagster left the market, shutting down all operations due to COVID-19.
Since then, through an RFP process, the City of Fort Collins has engaged with a new bike share operator, SPIN, who also provides the city's eScooter service as well. BFC's role is still one of more grass roots promotion, hosting and facilitating demo events to educate the community on how to use the new bike share system.
Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Children (4-12 years)
Safe Routes to School (SRTS) is a nationwide effort to get more children biking and walking to school to benefit their health, academic achievement and the environment.
The City of Fort Collins contracts Bike Fort Collins to deliver all the SRTS curriculum and instruction via a regular school rotation program for all Poudre School District (PSD) schools within the city limits. Minimally, SRTS instructors will visit each elementary school at least once every three years and each middle school and high school at least one time annually. The education program consists of classroom bicycling safety instruction, on the bike handling skills development, and actual road rides. The program also provides mechanical assistance to ensure students' bikes are in safe working order. Bicycles are provided to those who do not own their own through a fleet of bicycles owned by the City of Fort Collins.
Through the years, from this type of programming, BFC has help conceive of additional programming, such a Bicycle Friendly Driver program, which has since been adopted by not only organizations like Bicycle Colorado, but nationally through the League of American Cyclists. Bicycle Friendly Driver is also now taught as part of our high school SRTS curriculum.
In 2020, to augment our SRTS efforts and in response to not being able to deliver the traditional SRTS programming due to mandated remote learning in schools as a result of COVID-19, BFC partnered with peer non-profit Wish for Wheels and introduced "Wish for Wheels Foco," an endeavor to provide a free bike and helmet to every 2nd-grader in PSD's six (6) title 1 schools.
In a typical year, SRTS reaches nearly 14,000 students and distributes hundreds of free bike helmets to K - 12 students and their parents. Curriculum is taught to over 20 schools representing over 7,000 students who receive education via helmet fittings, bike-ped safety units in PE classes and after-school programs, Family Bike Rodeos, B.I.K.E Camps and similar activities.
In 2020 and 2021, Bike Fort Collins funded 257 and 304 bikes and helmets respectively as part of "Wish for Wheels Foco" and, in 2021, successfully provided a bike and helmet to each 2nd-grader in PSD's six (6) title 1 schools.