World-class cycling park could be next step for Fort Collins

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    The League of American Bicyclists, in designating Fort Collins as a Gold Level Bicycle Friendly Community several years ago, stated that our community has a “deep and abiding commitment to bicycling.” Today that local Fort Collins bike culture is as strong as ever and continues to grow.

    We have one of the best recreational trail systems in the world, spanning over 30 miles. Our Safe Routes to Schools program actively engages both students and parents in bicycling and walking. We have one of the few staffed, free bike libraries anywhere in the country. Fort Collins hosts numerous races and cycling events throughout the year, and now for the first time is hosting a USA Pro Cycling Challenge stage in August.

    To ensure our bike culture reaches the next level, a group of local cycling organizations is promoting the creation and development of a world-class cycling park in Fort Collins. And we need your help!

    We, the Fort Collins Velo Park Association, believe there is need for a facility that supports all types of cycling for education, recreation, fitness, competition, tourism, events and safety training. Most importantly, it should be available to the entire community. That includes kids just learning proper safe-cycling techniques that will serve them for a lifetime. And it includes existing bicyclists who want to improve their skills or people who just want to get back into cycling.

    A world-class cycling park would provide an excellent venue nbso for bicycle-related sporting events, from BMX racing, to cyclocross races, to mountain-bike competitions, to track races. The common thread is creation of a safe and automobile-free bicycling environment. An important side benefit is that such a park would bring additional notoriety and revenue to our community.

    This cycling park plan is still in the formative stage, and we very much want best online casino your input. What are the specific features you would most like to see? Could this be an ideal location for a Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Town — a “miniature city” for teaching kids safe walking and biking, complete with streets, bike lanes and traffic signals? Should it include tricycle-specific paths or trails? And what about a BMX track for beginners to learn basic skills and for experienced riders to practice and race? Eventually even a velodrome could become a successful feature, supporting kids recreation programs up to world championships. These are just some of the possibilities that could be incorporated into a bike park.

    We would like to know your ideas. Please take a few minutes to fill out our survey by Feb. 28 at

    Your input will help us move forward to create this proposal in partnership with the City of Fort Collins. We also plan to develop private-sector partnerships to accelerate development of this park. With everyone working together, Fort Collins can one day be one of the most unique and important cycling destinations in the nation.

    Bruce Henderson is a member of the Bicycle & Pedestrian Education Coalition ( and the Fort Collins Velo Park Association (