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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.

    To view upcoming sessions for the presentations listed below, visit the FC Bikes Bike Autumn Webpage.

     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

    • Wednesday, August 30, 6:00-7:30PM, Poudre Valley Hospital, Register Here

    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

    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.

    “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.

    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!

    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

    Do you dream of traveling by bicycle but aren’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.

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

     

    REQUEST A PRESENTATION
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    To view the schedule of upcoming classes visit the FC Bikes Bike Autumn Webpage.

    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

    • Wednesday, August 30, 6:00-7:30PM, Poudre Valley Hospital, Register 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.

    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

    New for 2017 – we’ve broken Smart Cycling into two sessions. You can take just the Road Rules (lecture style class), just the Road Skills (on-bike class) or both. If you successfully complete both sessions you can earn a Smart Cycling certificate of completion.

    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.

    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

    “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.

     

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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.

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    Members of the Bicycle Ambassador Program will be providing cycling education and fun at the following events:

    FC Rides Series

    Join Bicycle Ambassadors for fun rides around Fort Collins to try out new bicycle infrastructure, enjoy seasonal riding, and build community. Each ride features a different route to explore neighborhoods around the city.  NOTE: Bicycle and helmet required.

    View Upcoming Rides

     

    Open Streets

    Play in the street with us this season! Visit the Open Streets website to learn more.

    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

    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

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