FRIENDS OF THE FORT COLLINS BICYCLE PROGRAM INC

More Bikes, Safe Streets

aka Bike Fort Collins   |   Fort Collins, CO   |  https://bikefortcollins.org/

Mission

Bike Fort Collins’s mission is to increase participation in active transportation and advance bicycle culture and policy changes, creating safer streets and communities, while also creating an inclusive and empowering culture for all bicyclists, regardless of ability or identity. At its essence, we simply refer to this as: More Bikes. Safe Streets.

Ruling year info

2006

Executive Director

Mr. Dave Dixon

Main address

Po Box 1632

Fort Collins, CO 80522 USA

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EIN

20-3797097

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (W01)

Civil Rights, Advocacy for Specific Groups (R20)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Overall Bike Fort Collins is an advocate for active transportation. We work 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 can't all afford to own, or don't have access to bicycles, and/or have very poor bicycling conditions. Often times this same problem applies to a lack of pedestrian infrastructure.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Safe Routes to School

In partnership with the City of Fort Collins's FC Moves department, Bike Fort Collins delivers bicycle safety education to Elementary, Middle School and High School students through the federal Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program.

Through a dedicated school rotation schedule, the Fort Collins SRTS program is delivered to students who go to a Poudre School District school residing within City of Fort Collins boundaries during Elementary School, Middle School and High School. At each level students receive a carefully crafted curriculum, integrated into the school day through PE classes, on how to bike and walk to school safely, as well as helping to hone bike riding and handling skills.

SRTS programming is also delivered via after school Bike Clubs, periodic Bike Camps, and Family Bike Rodeos.

The ultimate goal of the Fort Collins SRTS program is to reach a level where 50% of students within the city are biking or walking to school on a regular basis. Each year, the Fort Collins SRTS program educates over 7,000 students, conducts over 4,000 bike mechanic checks and logs over 30,000 aggregate miles of bike riding.

In 2020, in response to the pandemic, Bike Fort Collins aligned with Wish for Wheels, a Denver-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization to give brand new bikes and helmets to kids in low income communities. Utilizing Wish for Wheels's model, it bundled corporate philanthropy, team building, and employee engagement through building bikes for the kids and then delivering them to the schools.

Note: Budget listed is for 2020 CY.

Population(s) Served

Bicycle Advocacy is at the core of what Bike Fort Collins does and who it is. Bike Fort Collins was founded by advocating for the City of Fort Collins to fund a Bike Coordinator role on the city's staff. We consistently have our radar out for advocacy initiatives that align with “More Bikes. Safe Streets.” Examples include: Serving on area committees/leadership teams, representing bicycle community; being invited to take part in various task forces/committees/teams within the city and county to represent the voice of the bicycling community; advocating with the County/CDOT for new, more communicative road signage; dvocating with the City of Fort Collins for bicycle facility infrastructure improvements (before or during planning); spearheading a paint-the-pavement, or ”Creative Streets” initiative to paint costly infrastructure in lieu of curbing; and supporting more statewide advocacy initiatives, such as distracted driving bills, or bicycle right-of-way legislation.

Advocacy (Ride-Around-Town (RAT)) Rides: Bike Fort Collins also conducts RAT Rides 4-6 times per year, designed to tour various intersections, bikeways, bike paths, and other infrastructure or traffic movements in order to better monitor and advocate for areas of needed improvement.

Additionally, Bike Fort Collins provides engaging and interactive bicycle safety and information booths at several Fort Collins community events, including (but not limited to) Bike to Work Day, Open Streets, New West Fest, Go Colorado Day, and Colorado State University Earth Day.

Note: Budget listed is for 2020 CY.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Children and youth
Adults
Ethnic and racial groups

In 2016, Bike Fort Collins committed to a multi-year program engaging the north Fort Collins community–specifically the Poudre Valley Mobile Home Park (PVMHP)–to increase the number of people walking, biking, and using alternative transportation. The Active Living Program, underwritten through a grant from Kaiser Permanente, focuses on active and alternative transportation inequity in north Fort Collins, specifically within mobile home park communities, which are predominantly Hispanic/Latinx.

The goal of the Active Living Program is to work with community members in order to identify relevant activities and active modes of transportation, and develop long term programs in the neighborhood that increase access and opportunity to live healthier, more active lives.

Note: Budget listed is for 2020 CY.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Children and youth
People of Central American descent

Bicycle Friendly Business is part of the League of American Bicyclists’ Bicycle Friendly America (BFA) program. “Bicycle Friendly” certifications can be earned by states, communities (cities), universities and businesses. Organizations within these categories can apply and earn levels, such as Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum.

Bike Fort Collins offers a Bicycle Friendly Business Development Program that entails the provision of workshops, mentorship, and application support and review to businesses interested in applying for a Bicycle Friendly Business (BFB) certification. BFC’s Bicycle Friendly Business Network Team, has played a significant role in Fort Collins having the most BFBs in the country.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Consistent with the essence of our mission (i.e. More Bikes. Safe Streets.), Bike Fort Collins has the following high-level goals:

Bike Fort Collins works to increase the overall number of people riding bikes, with a goal to see bicycling represent 20% mode share within the City of Fort Collins.

Bike Fort Collins endeavors to focus its advocacy efforts in a manner that will contribute to achieving Vision Zero (zero traffic fatalities or serious injuries in our community), particularly as it relates to bicycle/pedestrian-related incidents.

Through our Safe Routes to School Program, Bike Fort Collins also has a goal to educate and develop safe bicycle skills among students, that ultimately results in at least 50% of local K-12 students biking or walking to school on a regular basis.

Bike Fort Collins works to align its programs and advocacy efforts--towards the achievement of our goals--with the League of American Bicyclists (LAB) five "E"s: Education, Encouragement, Engineering, Evaluation (and planning) and Equity.

Bike Fort Collins focuses its bicycle advocacy efforts on engineering, evaluation and equity. We provide the City of Fort Collins with infrastructure improvement opportunities we identify, while advocating that the improvements be built into current/future evaluations and plans. We also work to get bicycles to those who don't have access to one, through efforts such as our Wish For Wheels FoCo program.

Bike Fort Collins has a contract with the City of Fort Collins to deliver all Safe Routes to School programming, or youth bicycle education within the local school district (grades K-12). The program consists of four elements: ensuring students 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.

In an effort to move the needle on bicycle equity, we've established two coalition groups within a local mobile home park: 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--including how to incorporate walking and bicycling into their lifestyles more. We've organized a group of cross functional experts to collaborate investigating and implementing the Poudre Valley residents Active Living ideas and priorities.

While the citywide Bike Share Program shutdown due to COVID-19, Bike Fort Collins has been associated with bike sharing in Fort Collins since the inception of the concept in 2008, either in operating the original program(s) or helping to promote the service to encourage more people to ride bikes. The City of Fort Collins is currently going through an RFP process to identify a new Bike Share Program operator, and Bike Fort Collins hopes to continue to be associated or contribute in some capacity with the new operator.

Finally, in an effort to encourage "More Bikes", Bike Fort Collins provides a Bicycle Friendly Business Development Program. Bicycle Friendly Business (BFB) is part of the LAB's Bicycle Friendly America (BFA) program. “Bicycle Friendly” certifications can be earned by states, communities (cities), universities and businesses. Organizations within these categories can apply and earn levels, such as Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum. BFC provides workshops, mentorship, and application support and review to businesses interested in applying for a BFB certification.

Bike Fort Collins has a strong local social network, communicating with several thousand constituents and/or Bike Fort Collins members multiple times per month. Over the years we've developed positive working relationships with critical community partners including the City of Fort Collins's 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.

Finally, we have talented, passionate and well credentialed Board of Directors who are committed to the Bike Fort Collins mission--and in addition to volunteering their time relative to Board obligations, volunteer with our programs, open doors and help the organization build capacity.

Bike Fort Collins continuously hosts and participates in numerous events each year (especially when we are not under gathering restrictions of the pandemic) to promote bicycling, encourage riders, and help build a solid bicycling community. For example, we collaborate with the city in participating in and promoting bi-annual events like Bike to Work Day and Open Streets Days.

In 2019 our Safe Routes to Schools program reached 6,400 students, serving 26 schools. And in 2020, while we weren't able to deliver our traditional programming, we created over 20 instructional videos in an effort to still make available and get Safe Routes to School curriculum out to students during remote learning. We also introduced and produced an inaugural Wish for Wheels FoCo program that provided 260 bikes and helmets to second-graders who don’t have one among the school district's Title 1 elementary schools.

From an advocacy perspective, last year we actively participated on the URA North Fort Collins Investment Planning Stakeholder Group (as a voice for bicycling), resulting in community input presentation by CSU IBE to the URA Commission. We developed an Intersection/Facility Focus initiative – featuring a new intersection/facility survey in
our monthly eNewsletter each month, as well as developed an Intersection/Facility Improvement Opportunity presentation and presented to Fort Collins Bike Advisory Committee (BAC) and the City of Fort Collins Transportation Board. We also played role in bringing Ride for Racial justice to Fort Collins—and promoting it in September.
We co-hosted the annual “Virtual” NoCo Bike Summit. We secured commitment from Larimer County and CDOT to install nearly 80 new road signs on area county roads/state highways over the next 3 years. And, we initiated a "Paint the Pavement/Creative Streets" initiative to paint infrastructure at dangerous intersections in lieu of expensive road improvements in an effort to improve safety for bicyclists and pedestrians.

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. We have hosted several social events and bike repair sessions within the mobile home park, as well as had a new playground installed. We coordinated an experiential walking event that informed a community map & kiosk that was installed within the internal park that surrounds the playground, as well as bilingual wayfinding signage that we coordinated the installation of on bikeways and bike trails surrounding the mobile home park. Finally, we are working to conclude the formal structure of the program with the landscape renovation of their entire internal park area--to further augment the new playground (2021).

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

Financials

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FRIENDS OF THE FORT COLLINS BICYCLE PROGRAM INC

Board of directors
as of 2/25/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Chris Sugai

Sam Altman

Rick Arneson

Aaron Buckley

Lisa Butler

Brendon Clarke

Dan Coogan

Karen Douglas

Jamie Gaskill

Jennifer Hoover

Kelly McDonnell

Gordon McLaughlin

Trent Newcomer

Board leadership practices

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  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/16/2020

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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