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Archive for the ‘Advocacy’ Category

Bike to Work Day 2012

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Bike To Work Day logoJune 27th is bike to work day here in Fort Collins.  We know what many of you are thinking, “Hey Bike Co-op, isn’t every day bike to work day?”  and you’re right, but June 27th is a special bike to work day.  There will be tons of businesses with booths setup around town handing out free breakfast to cyclists.  Then after work, there are parties at a lot of the breweries in town.  You can kind of think of it as your bike commute birthday with wonderful presents.  Take a look at this years poster/map to find some stations near you.

EDIT: There is much more information over at Your Group Ride

Support the extension of the Poudre River Trail

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

Arapaho Bend Banner

River Bluffs

If you’re familiar with the Poudre River Trail, you know that there is a large gap between Fort Collins and Windsor.  There is a petition making the rounds that proposes to close this gap.  If the grant for this project is landed the Poudre trail will be connected between Arapaho Bend Natural Area and River Bluffs Open Space among other things.  So, make sure you sign the petition at the following link.

Read more here (yourgroupride.com)

Bike Co-op recognized with Environmental Stewardship Award

Monday, December 12th, 2011

Ben Gannon accepted the Environmental Stewardship award on behalf of the Bike Co-op and all of our recycling volunteers.

The Board of Larimer County Commissioners today announced the 2011 Larimer County Environmental Stewardship Awards. These awards, began in 1995, are given each year to honor the environmental efforts of county residents, businesses and organizations. To date 58 awards have been presented to programs, people and organizations since the program began 17 years ago. Today five more recipients are added.  Winning programs are innovative and proactive, and show exceptional effort and concern for stewardship of the environment of Larimer County.

The County’s volunteer-citizen Environmental Advisory Board reviews the nominations and makes recommendations to the Commissioners who determine the recipients.
The Fort Collins Bicycle Co-op, for their comprehensive actions designed to make bicycles and bicycle riders sustainable. These efforts include: bicycle safety education for children, such as the bike rodeo and helmet distribution; repairing and returning refurbished bikes that were abandoned or unclaimed to the community and to Ghana as part of the village bicycle project; recycling the steel, aluminum, and rubber from worn out bikes; and, embracing the principle of sustainability and providing an important example.

Thanks to all the volunteers who make this happen for our community!

More details about additional recipients here:

With My Own Two Wheels

Monday, November 21st, 2011

With My Own Two Wheels - Movie PosterThe Bike Co-op is proud to announce two Fort Collins screenings of the feature length documentary With My Own Two WheelsTwo Wheels weaves together the stories of five individuals across the globe into a single narrative about the bicycle as a vehicle for change. The documentary was shot on location in Zambia, Ghana, India, Guatemala and California.  Each screening will be followed by a question and answer session with the Producer/Co-director of the film Jacob Seigel-Boettner.

The screenings will take place at 7:00pm on December 7th and 8th at The Lyric Cinema Cafe.  Tickets for each night can be purchased before the event for $10 at the Bike Co-op or  The Lyric Cinema Cafe.  Tickets will also be available at the door for $15.  Seating is limited, so buy your ticket early.   Each ticket purchase includes a complimentary New Belgium Beer (For those of legal drinking age).  Hey, $10 for a movie and a beer!  Just try to find a better deal.

All proceeds raised from the two night event will help to support the Fort Collins Bike Co-op and World Bicycle Relief

Sponsored by Poudre Valley Health Systems and New Belgium Brewery.

Movie Trailer

Is Bicycle Safety Town Coming to Fort Collins?

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

City Council has asked City staff to write a Bicycle Safety Education Plan. They have also asked that this plan consider whether we should build a bicycle “safety town.” The plan is underway and will be completed in March of 2010.

For a preview of what a bicycle safety town might look like, take a look at these photos from Peoria, Illinois. This bike safety town, run by the Peoria Parks District is almost four acres in size and has close to 4,000 feet of bike lanes available. The parks districts runs classes for elementary school children and you can book the safety town for a birthday party during the summer. Seems to us the possibilities are endless!

For more photos of Peoria’s Bike Safety Town click here:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/expeditionplus/sets/72157625730513841/