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Classes and Events

The Bicycle Ambassador Program offers cycling education about a variety of topics and in various formats including presentations, classes and at events.

  • Our 1-1.5 hour presentations are great for lunch-and-learns at businesses and for group meetings. Request presentations via the online request form or attend one of our regularly scheduled sessions open to public at various locations around Northern Colorado.

    How to register for classes open to the public:

    • Fort Collins – Register via the City of Fort Collins Recreator – links provided below – or by calling 970-221-6655.
    • Loveland – Register via the links provided below or by calling 970-221-6987.
    • Greeley – Register via links provided below or by calling 970-221-6987.

    Bicycle Friendly Driver Certification Course

    Do you ever wonder how to safely navigate the roads when people on bikes are present? In this presentation we will discuss traffic safety laws and responsibilities for both cyclists and motorists, shared responsibilities and how to avoid crashes or conflicts.

    Fort Collins Sessions

    • Monday, May 8, 5:00-6:30 PM, 281 N College Ave. Register Here
    • Thursday, June 15, 5:00-6:30 PM, 281 N College Ave. Register Here
    • Monday, July 10, 4:00-5:30PM, 281 N College Ave. Register Here
    • Wednesday, August 30, 6:00-7:30PM, Poudre Valley Hospital, Register Here

    Loveland & Greeley Sessions

    Interested in starting the Bicycle Friendly Driver program in your community? Visit the Bicycle Friendly Driver program website to download the toolkit.

    “I bet you save a life everyday with the stuff that you teach.”

    – Whose Lane is It?: Sharing the Road with Cyclists Presentation attendee

    New in 2017! Bikes and Burritos

    FC Bikes and Lee’s Cyclery are partnering to get you ready to roll in time for Bike to Work Day. Enjoy burritos and learn how to use your bike for everyday transportation and check out gear to make your trips comfortable, convenient and fun!

    • Monday, June 19, 7:30-9:30PM, Lee’s Cyclery 931 E. Harmony Road, Register Here

    Go By Bike: Everyday Cycling

    Whether you are traveling to work, running errands or traveling to visit friends you can Go By Bike! In this presentation we will discuss the benefits of using a bike for transportation and show you how to make it possible. Join us to learn what to ride, what to wear, what to carry, how to carry your stuff, route selection and safety techniques. We will also provide information about local classes, events and other cycling-related resources.

    Fort Collins Sessions

    Loveland & Greeley Sessions

    “I fully intend to ride a bunch and I feel way more confident about it now!”

    – Go By Bike: Everyday Cycling Presentation attendee

    Go By Bike: Cycling with Children

    Do you want to commute, run errands or travel to school by bike with your children? In this presentation we will give you tips and tricks for how to get the whole family rolling. You will learn about the benefits of cycling with children, kid-friendly gear and clothing, safety considerations, route selection, and how to teach children the rules of the road through bicycling.

    Fort Collins Sessions

    Loveland & Greeley Sessions

    • Thursday, March 16, 2016, 4-5pm, at Loveland Public Library, registration not required. Please bring a bike and helmet if you would like to participate in the on-bike portion of the class.

    Go By Bike: Women on a Roll

    Join us for an engaging presentation where you will learn tips and tricks for women interested in bicycling. Learn about women’s specific clothing and gear, where to ride, tips for biking with children, safety tips and how to connect with local women’s cycling clubs and organizations. We will also provide you with ways to make your ride more comfortable, convenient and fun!

    Fort Collins Sessions

    • Wednesday, May 31, 2017, 5:30pm-8:30pm, at REI. Register Here starting Feb. 2, 2017 at 7am. In this session of Women on a Roll participants will learn about the latest gear designed specifically for women and will then go on a 60-minute ride on local trails and bike network routes. The ride will be followed by social time and refreshments at a local establishment.

    Loveland & Greeley Sessions

    Go By Bike: Cycling in Winter

    Interested in riding year-round but not sure how to prepare for riding in the colder seasons? In this presentation a Bicycle Ambassador will provide you with tips and techniques to help you ride safely, confidently and comfortably in the winter. Topics will include: what to wear, what to ride, safe winter bike handling, route selection, winter bike maintenance and more!

     

    Go By Bike: Cycle Touring Basics

    Have you ever dreamt of traveling by bicycle but weren’t quite sure where to start? This presentation will get you prepared to pedal the miles to your next faraway destination. You will learn about which bikes can be used for touring, various types of panniers and trailers, camping equipment and clothing. In addition we will discuss training, bike specific maps, and other essential gear and resources to get you out on your first bike tour.

    Fort Collins Sessions

    Loveland & Greeley Sessions

    Are you interested in hosting a presentation at your business or organization? Fill out the following request form and we will be in touch soon!

    Bicycle Traffic Citation Class

    This class is for individuals who received a citation related to bicycling and are fulfilling diversion or sentencing requirements. The Bicycle Traffic Citation Diversion Program offers cyclists and motorists the opportunity to learn bicycle-related laws, tips for safe cycling and driving and how to share the road to make it safe for everyone.

    Upcoming Sessions

    • Friday, April 28, 2017, 8:30-10:00am, 281 N College Ave., Conference Room A Register Here
    • Friday, July 28, 2017, 8:30-10:00am, 281 N College Ave., Conference Room A Register Here
    • Friday, October 27, 2017, 8:30-10:00am, 281 N College Ave., Conference Room A Register Here

     

    REQUEST A PRESENTATION
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    Bicycle Friendly Driver Certification Class

    The Bicycle Friendly Driver program is a 1.5 hour interactive class, taught by Bicycle Ambassadors, aimed at educating all drivers on the best and safest ways to share the road with people on bikes. Developed by FC Bikes in collaboration with Bike Fort Collins, the class addresses:

    • Common crashes and how to avoid them
    • What’s legal and what’s not legal, for both motorists and cyclists
    • Why people on bikes “take the lane” and what motorists should do in response
    • Why sharing the road is the safest alternative for both motorists and bicyclists
    • How to navigate bicycle related infrastructure such as: sharrows, bike boxes, and green lanes

    Upon successful completion of the class, participants receive a Bicycle Friendly Driver certificate and sticker which can be displayed on their vehicle.

    Business Sessions

    Fill out the online form to request a Bicycle Friendly Driver class at your business.

    REQUEST A BICYCLE FRIENDLY DRIVER CLASS

     

    Public Sessions

    Fort Collins Sessions

    • Monday, May 8, 5:00-6:30 PM, 281 N College Ave. Register Here starting Feb. 2, 2017 at 7 AM
    • Thursday, June 15, 5:00-6:30 PM, 281 N College Ave. Register Here
    • Monday, July 10, 4:00-5:30PM, 281 N College Ave. Register Here
    • Wednesday, August 30, 6:00-7:30PM, Poudre Valley Hospital, Register Here

    Loveland & Greeley Sessions

    • Check back in Spring 2017 or request a class here

    Interested in starting a Bicycle Friendly Driver program in your community? Visit the Bicycle Friendly Driver program website to download the toolkit.

    NEW CLASS! Back on the Bike

    Each session in this 4-week series is designed to help you get re-familiarized with cycling gear and to build your confidence both on and off the bike. During the series you will visit a local bike shop and learn how to best communicate with a bike mechanic. You’ll learn how to conduct a bike safety pre-ride check and property fit and wear a helmet. You will practice basic bike handling skills and finish the series with a comfortable, fun ride on local bike trails and city streets.

    • Mondays, April 24 – May 15, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM, Locations for each session vary. Register Here starting Feb. 2, 2017

    Smart Cycling (formerly Traffic Skills 101)

    Smart Cycling is a course for cyclists of 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 skills and crash avoidance techniques. We recommended this class for adults and youth above age 14. 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.

    Fort Collins Sessions

    • Saturday, April 8, 8:15 AM – 4:30 PM, Westbridge Medical Suites, Register Here starting Feb. 2, 2017

    New to 2017! Smart Cycling: Road Rules

    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.

    • Thursday, June 8, 5:30-9:00PM, 281 N. College Ave. Register Here
    • Tuesday, July 18, 5:30-9:00PM, Summitview Church, Register Here

    New to 2017! Smart Cycling: Road Skills

    Learn on-bike handling skills and build confidence for riding with traffic on roads and trails. Practice crash avoidance techniques on-bike then take your skills handling skills, crash avoidance techniques, and how to conduct bicycle safety checks. Note: Bicycles and helmets required and can be provided if needed. Contact 970-221-6987 to reserve

    • Saturday, June 10, 8:30AM-1:00PM, Westbridge Medical Suits, Register Here
    • Thursday, July 20, 4:30-9:00PM, Summitview Church, Register Here

     

    “Overall this is a great program for any bicyclist (novice to advanced). It really has helped me improve my biking and driving skills!”

    – Smart Cycling Class participant

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    Adult Learn to Ride a Bicycle

    Regardless of your age, it’s not too late to learn to ride a bicycle! Adult Learn to Ride is a course for adults (+14 years) interested in learning how to ride. Through a safe, easy, and effective method, students learn how to balance, pedal, start, stop and steer a bike. You will also learn how to properly fit a helmet and will leave with a new set of skills and access to resources to continue to improve.

    Bikes and helmets provided if unable to bring your own contact: (970) 221-6987.

    • Multiple Part Class: Wednesdays, July 5-26, 5:00-6:30PM, 220 N. Howes St. Unit B, Register Here

     

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    Adult Learn to Ride a Bicycle for Women

    Regardless of your age, it’s not too late to learn to ride a bicycle! Adult Learn to Ride for Women is a course for adult women (+14 years) interested in learning how to ride. Using a safe, easy, and effective method a female instructor will teach you how to balance, pedal, start, stop and steer a bike. You will also learn how to properly fit a helmet and will leave with a new set of skills and access to resources to continue to improve.

    • Thursdays, May 4 – May 25, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM, 220 N Howes St., Unit B. Register Here starting Feb. 2, 2017 at 7 AM
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    Members of the Bicycle Ambassador Program will be providing cycling education and fun at the following events:

    Winter Wonderland Rides

    Join Bicycle Ambassadors for fun rides around Fort Collins to try out new bicycle infrastructure, enjoy winter weather riding, and build community. Each ride features a different route and ends at a destination where participants can warm up and socialize to kick off the weekend.  NOTE: Bicycle and helmet required.

    • Friday, February 17, 2017,  5:15pm-6:30pm, location TBA, Register Here

     

    Bike Winter Celebration

    Celebrate year-round cycling with festivities and see the Bike Winter Photo Contest top photos on exhibit. No registration required.

    • Friday, February 24, 2017, 6:00pm-9:00pm at Wolverine Farm Letterpress and Publick House

    More Info

     

    Summer Bike to Work Day

    More Info – 2017 info coming soon!

     

    Open Streets

    Play in the street with us again in 2017! Check More Info on past Open Streets events

     

    Annual Holiday Lights by Bike

    Decorate your bike and tour the best holiday lights in the city. After the tour, enjoy hot drinks and treats. NOTE: Bicycles and  helmets required.  Cyclists should plan to ride 5-6 miles round-trip.

    More info coming Fall 2017

    Light Up the Night: Bike Light Giveaway

    Front lights are required on bicycles at night.  If you are in need of a light, stop by for a free bike light. NOTE: While supplies last.

    More Info Coming in the Fall 2017

    Winter Bike to Work Day

    The 10th annual Winter Bike to Work Day in 2016 was a huge success! Similar to the summer edition, Winter Bike to Work Day features stations throughout Fort Collins that provide breakfast, hot drinks, and fun rewards to those who arrive by bike.

    More Info Coming in the Fall 2017

     

     

  • Click here to access the NoCo Cycling Calendar