As for many people here, the bicycle represents a critical means of transportation for people living within the north Fort Collins communities served by Vida Sana.
The University of Colorado Health program is a community coalition addressing health disparities among Hispanics, Latinos and low-income community members in north Fort Collins. Operating within the Coalition for Activity and Nutrition to Defeat Obesity (CanDo) and funded the state, Vida Sana helps connect residents in select Fort Collins communities with the resources they need to live a healthy and active lifestyle.
Does riding a bike in winter sound daunting?
Rest assured you are not alone if you answered yes to that question. Here are some ideas to overcome common barriers to bicycling year-round: Read more…
In the hospital the doctors told her it was the worst case of gallstones they had seen in 10 years. The doctors said they needed to do surgery, but they didn’t know if she would survive. The lifestyle Kyle Eustice was leading was literally killing her.
It is no secret that winter has come to Fort Collins. However, cold weather and short days don’t mean commuters need to put away their bicycles for the season.
While winter cycling may take a little extra preparation, it is well worth the effort. Proper clothing and accessories can make a world of difference in a bicyclist’s comfort level in cold weather.
Increasingly I hear from people who say they love riding their bikes on our trails, but are afraid to ride on the streets. Research has shown that this sentiment is common among the general population; a seminal study in Portland, Oregon found that nearly 60 percent of the population is interested in bicycling, but concerned for their safety (commonly referred to as the “Interested but Concerned” population).
Research shows that kids who get to school under their own power learn better than their peers who catch a ride. Results from the “Mass Experiment 2012,” a study of 20,000 Danish children ages 5-19, show, “Children who walk or cycle to school rather than being driven by their parents have an increased power of concentration and the effect of this ‘exercise’ lasts all morning.”
When you hear the phrase “public health,” what comes to mind — infectious disease control, community mental health programs, preventive medicine, flu vaccines? In fact, the way our cities are built and planned, especially our transportation systems, is a public health topic and can either support or deter healthy living.
Fort Collins’ reputation as a bike-friendly city has been elevated over the years in part due to a growing national enthusiasm toward bicycling and fitness, as well as a keen eye and a lot of heavy lifting on behalf of our local bike advocates and city staff. This is great on many fronts.
The city is developing a comprehensive Bicycle Master Plan to shape the future of bicycling in Fort Collins. The plan envisions Fort Collins as a world-class city for biking; a city where people of all ages and abilities have access to a comfortable, safe and connected network of bicycle facilities; a city where bicycling is an integral part of daily life and the local cultural experience.