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Archive for March, 2010

Farewell Dan!

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

danThe Co-op would like to honor our good friend Dan B.  The real world is pulling Dan and his wife away to Baltimore to follow their careers.  Dan has sat on the Co-op Board of directors since it’s inception and has volunteered with the Co-0p since 2007.  The loss of Dan is a large one leaving some large shoes to fill.

During his time with us Dan was a shop head mechanic and the Co-op’s liaison to the city of Fort Collins  He helped create, and in some instances lead, many of the Co-op’s programs including, the lost and abandoned bikes program, BARS, VAC, and our PR group.

Thank you Dan for all of your hard work.  We look forward to your return in two years when you decide to move back. :)

Listening Sessions

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

bikesAs a part of our effort to provide community input to help Plan Fort Collins for the next 5 – 50 years, the Fort Collins Bike Co-op announces a series of community “listening sessions” or “Bike Town Meetings” to identify issues and opportunities for the future of bicycling in the city.

To gather as much public input as possible, the Co-op will hold nine public meetings over the next seven weeks.  The information we collect will be delivered to the Bicycle Advisory Committee, the Transportation Board, the planning team for Plan Fort Collins and other groups or organizations as appropriate.

Find out more about the Co-op Listening Sessions

Bicycle Army Ride

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

RidetoRawhideHave you ever been curious about what goes on up at the Rawhide Power Plant?  You’re in luck, the Wolverine Farm Bicycle Army is organizing a ride/tour to Rawhide. Make sure you RSVP soon, there’s only 50 spots available.  You can find more information in this Matterdaily Blog Post.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood Marks “End of Favoring Motorized Transportation”

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

Ray LaHood at Bike Summit, photo credit Jonathan Maus at Bike Portland

Generally, politicians and big businesses have the reputation of favoring the status quo, and generally resisting sweeping changes that would bring about increased efficiency and sustainability. However, with regards to transportation in the U.S., that might be about to change. (more…)

Trailer Design Contest

Friday, March 12th, 2010

Bike Trailer

Our friends at the The Growing Project are having a trailer design contest.  Their Glean team needs a way to transport the vegetables they harvest, and they would like to to transport them by bicycle.  That means they need some tough purpose-built trailers to get the job done.  This is where you come in!

There are three major goals for the trailers:

1)    Haul vegetables, fruit and other food from farms surrounding Ft. Collins to the Food Bank for Larimer County and other organizations serving the underserved

2)    Haul compost and materials yet-to-be composted

3)    Haul tools such as shovels, rakes, buckets, etc

So get those old mind gears churning, and lets crank out some trailer designs!

Trailer designs are due April 8th.  Designs will be displayed throughout April at The Bean Cycle before the design winners will be selected.  Winning designs will be built May 15th and 16th.

Learn all about the design challenge here.