With the arrival of spring, we are beginning to see large numbers of trail enthusiasts heading out to partake of our local trails.
As a mountain bike patroller in Fort Collins with Overland Mountain Bike Club’s Diamond Peaks Mountain Bike Patrol, I am excited to get back out on the trails to ride and help trail users and our regional land agencies. Read more…
Spring break is around the corner, and many families are gearing up to ski in the nearby mountains or bask in the warm sunshine of a faraway ocean beach.
If you, on the other hand, plan to stick around town, don’t think for a minute that you can’t have a great adventure nevertheless.
Do you want to save time, money and have your bike perform better and last longer? Here are a few simple safety and maintenance tips that will keep your two-wheeled machine happy and will make your ride safer and smoother.
Before each ride, conduct a pre-ride safety check and do a little maintenance that will help prevent many issues that could arise on the road or trail. I like to use the League of American Bicyclists’ (bikeleague.org) “ABC Quick Check” to make sure my bike is ready to ride. The ABC Quick Check also is taught as part of cycling-related courses offered by the FC Bikes Bicycle Ambassador Program (bicycleambassadorprogram.org).
Some of you may know me. I’m a mom, a Colorado State University employee, a neighborhood leader and a bicyclist. I drive a car sometimes, too.
Lisa Butler is a doctor, a foodie, and she too is a bicyclist. She also drives a car now and then. Richard Taranow is a restaurant owner, brother, uncle and bicyclist. And he loves cars — fast ones.
We are just a few of the many faces of the Fort Collins bicycling community. But just because we often prefer to ride bikes doesn’t mean we completely alienate ourselves from other motorists.
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…
By BAP Admin
While the MAX and the extension of the Mason Corridor have been in operation for several months, the multimodal corridor continues to function as a living laboratory with the city and Colorado State University as we seek new ways to improve the design and function of the corridor to serve all users.
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.”
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.