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FRIENDS OF THE FORT COLLINS BICYCLE PROGRAM INC

More Bikes, Safe Streets

aka Bike Fort Collins

Fort Collins, CO

Mission

Bike Fort Collins is a northern Colorado based nonprofit advocacy group. We encourage more bicycling and active transportation, promote policies and infrastructure for safer streets, and create a bike culture that is inclusive of all riders, regardless of identity or ability.

Ruling Year

2006

Operations Manager

Bruce Henderson

Board President

Dan Coogan

Main Address

Po Box 1632

Fort Collins, CO 80522 USA

Keywords

bicycle safety advocacy health transportation encouragement fun

EIN

20-3797097

 Number

0671254868

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (W01)

Civil Rights, Advocacy for Specific Groups (R20)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

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Programs + Results

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Overall Bike Fort Collins is an advocate for active transportation. BFC works to encourage more people to ride bicycles and in turn promote improved bicycle and pedestrian safety in our community. We believe in developing life long bicyclists by starting with kids from kindergarten on up helping them develop the knowledge, skills, and experience to make them both confident and safe bicyclists. Fort Collins as a community wins many awards for bicycle friendliness and bicycle amenities, however this does not extend to all areas of our community nor to the entire population of Fort Collins. Many lower income, and sometimes physically separated areas of our community have very poor bicycling conditions. Often times this same problem applies to a lack of pedestrian infrastructure.

Our programs

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Fort Collins Bike Share

Safe Routes to School

Event Outreach

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Bike Fort Collins works to increase the overall numbers of bicyclists and eliminate bicycle-motor vehicle crashes. BFC's goal is to train every public school child in confident and safe bicycling from K-12. BFC is working with the Poudre Valley Mobile Home Park to assist residents in developing and implementing an Active Living Plan for their community.

As an independent, board governed NPO, Bike Fort Collins can provide leadership with regard to education, encouragement, and engineering components of the LAB Bike Friendly Communities programs. In addition to public outreach and collaborations with the city regarding bike share and youth bicycle safety, Bike Fort Collins is inspecting infrastructure and providing independent feedback to city staff. Bike Fort Collins has a contract with the City to deliver youth bicycle education in the local school district K-12 grades. The program consists of four elements: ensuring the kids have working bicycles , providing bicycle safety education, assisting with development of physical bike handling skills, and coaching on street rides to develop real world riding experience. Within the Poudre Valley Mobile Home Park we've established two coalition groups, one for youth residents and one for adults. We work with these coalition groups, as representatives of the larger community for developing Active Living Plans. We've organized a group of cross functional experts to collaborate investigating and implementing the Poudre Valley residents Active Living ideas and priorities.

Bike Fort Collins has a strong local social network, communicating with several thousand constituents multiple times per month. Over the years we've developed positive working relationships with critical community partners including the City Bicycling transportation team, the CSU (local University) Alternative Transportation team, Larimer County health services, Larimer County transportation, and the local school district. We employ a group of over 20 certified bicycle instructors and bicycle mechanics for our Safe Routes to Schools program. We continue to educate and develop the capabilities of these instructors. Many of our lower income and disadvantaged community members are primary Spanish speakers. We employ bi-lingual project managers, have funded the hiring of bi-lingual counter representatives for the local Bike Co-op (low income bike repair organization), and offered a cultural awareness workshop for all of our partners.

Overall eliminating bicycle traffic deaths is one very visible measure of progress. Trends demonstrating increased use of the city's bikeways and increased attendance at public bicycling events are key ongoing indicators. In collaboration with the City of Fort Collins bicycling organization we are all striving for a 5% bicycling mode share. We established a school rotation plan to cover the education of every child in Fort Collins that attend local public schools, once every three years.. Recognizing the local school district boundaries are larger than the city limits, we began this year to offer services outside of Fort Collins. When we launched out Active Living project in the Poudre Valley Mobile Home park two years ago, we collected base line data of residents bicycling, walking and public transit habits. We also leverage health equity scores from Larimer County health services. This year, we updated our data collection survey and began to capture new information for an interim update. Overall we are striving for 25% increase in bicycling and walking within the park.

BFC has hosted/participated in over 35 events this year to promote bicycling, encourage riders, and help build a solid bicycling community. Last year our Safe Routes to Schools program reached 13,433 students, serving 27 schools. We collaborated with city transportation, engineering, and parks to support sidewalk improvements, the installation of bicycle fix-it stations in all the middle schools, development of several arterial crossings as part of the local bikeway network, and development new recreational trail connectors. With our guidance the Poudre Valley Mobile Home park adult and youth residents both developed their Active Living plans and prioritized the items on their respective plans. BFC has hosted several social events and bike repair sessions within the park this year. We supported installation of a new volleyball court in a nearby park and organized volleyball competitions for the residents. BFC collaborated with 10 other partners in organizing a local Open Streets event focused on the culture, values and needs of this mobile home park community.

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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CEO OVERSIGHT

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ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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BOARD COMPOSITION

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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