AUTUMN BIKING—Opportunities Abound!

By: Chris Johnson

Bike Autumn

Everybody knows that June is Colorado’s official bike month, but let’s get real: in FoCo every season is bike season. To celebrate the cooling temps and turning of leaves, the city’s FC Bikes program has a whole host of social bike events in October, including Fall Foliage Rides, and Art Bike Tour, a Halloween themed Zombie Safe Cycling class, and a Bike Autumn Photo Contest. fcgov.com/bicycling/bikeautumn.php.

 

City Budget Season – Sunday Bus Service

Autumn also means it’s city budget season. The budget is a daunting, 500 page document that we doubt you’ve read cover to cover. Thankfully, Bike Fort Collins is on the case.  In particular, there are three proposed budget offers relating to safer, more people friendly streets that are struggling and could use a little public support.

 

Transportation planning proposed 

• Expanding Transfort Service to Sunday

• Enhancement of FC Bikes (the City’s bike program) to continue to provide great programs like Open Streets and Bike to Work Day

• Creation of “FC Walks” a program that would do for pedestrian safety and access what FC Bikes does for bikes.

City Council loves to hear the voices of citizens, so if you care about these important programs, find your council member and drop them an email this month (final budget is ratified in early November) fcgov.com/council.

Cross of the North and New Belgium Cross

Last month, I teased you by heralding the coming of Cyclocross (CX) season.  Well, it’s definitely here now. What is Cyclocross? Think motorcross for bikes, on rigs that look like hybrids of sleek nimble road bikes and burly tough mountain bikes. Think mud, costumes, beer, good natured heckling, DJs, food trucks, all on spectator friendly closed loops.

Ciclismo Youth Foundation’s annual New Belgium CX series runs every Tuesday night in October.  As with all Tuesday night racing in NoCo, kids race free, no licenses are required, and no attitude is allowed.

Cross of the North (October 7-9) is NoCo’s long-running flagship event. Held over three days in early October, CotN includes everything from kids and beginner races to races where you can watch some of the best pros in the US (like Olympic and World Championship medalist Georgia Gould)  duke it out.  Food and Beer abound, as does the European festival atmosphere that is making Cyclocross the fastest growing and most accessible bike scene in the US. For more info on both, visit yourgroupride.com.

 

The Wind in her Hair

On Friday the 28th, Bike Fort Collins and Wolverine Farm are co-hosting a screening of the The Wind in Her Hair.  This documentary explores the ways cycling can enrich our sense of well-being and self-confidence. Groups such as Women Bike Chicago, VeloFemmes of Tacoma, Women Bike Missoula, and Ride Like a Girl have already screened the film for their groups. Additionally, The Wind in Her Hair has screened at the Oregon International Film Festival. More info at bikefortcollins.org.

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