By Tessa Greegor
FC Bikes program manager
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.
On July 30, the city will host a Bicycle Master Plan Open House to share initial recommendations for the future of bicycling, based on best practices from around the world and input from around 2,000 local residents who’ve shared their thoughts through community bike audits; an online survey and WikiMap; a citywide transportation open house; a bike plan update open house; a visioning workshop with advocates, city departments, and business leaders; an interactive exhibit at the Lesher Middle School Tour de Fit; and most recently, Bike to Work Day.
We also are taking into account recommendations made by the League of American Bicyclists, or LAB, bicycle friendly community specialist, who recently was in town. He toured Fort Collins by bike, both solo and with a group of stakeholders. Afterward, he shared many suggestions about how Fort Collins can improve conditions for all levels of cyclists.
At the open house, you'll have the opportunity to learn about the city's proposed approach to developing a low-stress bicycle network, including recommended locations for future improvements and state-of-the-art bikeway designs to create a comfortable environment for bicycling. We'll share strategies for developing a wayfinding system to help people safely navigate to destinations around town; new bicycle program ideas to increase safety and promote a culture of respect and responsibility among all transportation system users; how we're proposing to advance public transit through an expanded bike share system; and much more.
Stop by anytime between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the Columbine Room at the Lincoln Center for an engaging, informative and family-friendly open house. And, of course, it will be another chance for you to make sure your voice is heard.
If you can't make it to the open house, bring your family and friends to the city's inaugural Open Streets event on Laurel and Whedbee from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. FC Bikes will have a Bicycle Master Plan booth at the event. It will be another place you can share your thoughts about our new bicycling plan. The Open Streets event also will feature fun and healthy activities that will take place in the street. You won't want to miss it.
For more information about the Bicycle Master Plan, visit fcgov.com/bikeplan, and to learn more about Open Streets, visit fcgov.com/openstreets.
Tessa Greegor is the FC Bikes program manager, a Bicycle Ambassador (www.bicycleambassadorprogram.org) and a League Cycling instructor.
Tonight at Worlds we'll be doing the OCD (Owl Canyon, Dirt, Dairy Dams) route. Weather permitting of course.
The Bs will roll at 535 and the As will roll two minutes later. Whoever gets to the Cement Plant first, wins that portion of the ride. We'll regroup and head out after the Bs have been at the Cement Plant for 2 minutes. (full stop)
The rest of the ride is no holds barred all the way to the top of Stadium Hill.
The only exception is the short section along 287 which is strictly neutral. Absolutely no attacking or raising the pace along the highway.http://bit.ly/1dw07x5
WOR ride leaving the Pro Velo parking lot at 5:30: route suggestion....
Will post info when provided.
Via The Friends of Lory State Park: http://loryfriends.org/
Don’t you all think it’s about time for some ice cream? We do! Come support the Friends of Lory, raise funds for the environmental education program, and enjoy ice cream on Monday, August 4 from 6:30-8:30 pm at Lory State Park, Soldier Canyon Group Picnic Area. Download our event flyer and help us share the news about this event. Suggested donation is $5 per person/per serving or $20 for a family! We are seeking volunteers to help with the event too. Please sign up on SignUpGenius. The event is held on Colorado Day, allowing free entry to all CO State Parks, including Lory!
Locally owned and operated Noosa Yogurt continues its support of cycling by signing on as title sponsor of a professional cyclocross team. Noosa is also the title sponsor of the City Streets Crits and the presenting sponsor of the First City Cycling Team, host of the City Streets Crits. The Boulder based team will be owned and managed by its two racers, Meredith Miller, formally of Fort Collins, and Allen Krughoff.
Read the full press release below.
Boulder, CO – July 28, 2014 – Allen Krughoff and Meredith Miller announced today that they have signed Bellvue, Colorado-based Noosa Finest Yoghurt as title sponsor for the newest cyclocross program in professional cycling. Krughoff, formerly of Raleigh-Clement, and Miller, formerly of California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized, will function as team co-owners and team co-managers while racing a domestic schedule for the 2014/2015 cyclocross season.
“Having been with Cal Giant since I first started racing ‘cross, this is all a really big change – but it’s an exciting one,” said Miller. “I’m stepping into unknown territory in owning and running a team, and it definitely comes with a new sense of responsibility to our partners and the sport. We’ve only signed Noosa for one year, but it’s my hope that we’re laying the foundations for a program that will grow. I’d love to see us add more riders to the program as early as next season.”
“As part of an established program, you have much less to worry about but also much less control,” said Krughoff, echoing Miller’s sentiments. “It’d be far easier to join an established program and be told where to be and when to be there, but this has been much more exciting as everything has started to come together. Both Meredith and I are going to take a lot of satisfaction in making our partners happy and racing fast this year, knowing we made it all happen.”
Krughoff and Miller considered Noosa an obvious choice when searching for a title sponsor for their program. The young company, a collective of Aussie ex-pats and Colorado natives who have brought the best tasting Aussie style yoghurt to the U.S., has been involved with the sport on the local level for several years.
Arguably the hardest of the 3 YGR times trials, the Double Damn Dams Time Trial Series pb Backcountry Delicatessen is back for its 4th year. We'll be firing off riders every 30 seconds from the corner of Dixon Canyon Rd and Overland Trail (Near Hughes Stadium). Races will be held on THURSDAYS August 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th. First rider off at 530. Basic entry is $10.00. $5.00 for college students and the unemployed. Juniors are FREE.
Course info: Start at the intersection of Dixon Canyon Rd and Overland Trail, head West up Stadium Hill, head North along the dams until the Bellvue city limit sign, perform a 'U' turn at the sign, continue back across the dams and finish at the mailboxes at the top of Stadium Hill.
Course Map available here: http://www.yourgroupride.com/index.php/local-races/double-damn-dams-time-trials/223-double-damn-dams-map
Registration will be here: http://www.yourgroupride.com/index.php/local-races/double-damn-dams-time-trials
Wavier will be here: http://www.yourgroupride.com/index.php/local-races/double-damn-dams-time-trials
What you need to know:
All ages and abilities are welcome.
First rider off at 530. Riders off every 30 seconds.
Male and female Aero and Eddy Merckx categories.
Aero= time trial bikes.
Eddy Merckx= road bike with no aero gear.
Registration is ONLINE ONLY and will open the Wednesday before and remain open until 4pm race day.
One waiver for the entire series. Save and reuse your bib # each week.
12.4 Mile course. Map available on YGR.
Basic entry is-$10.00. College kid/ unemployed-$5.00. Junior- FREE.