Platinum Bicycle Friendly University sealWelcome to CSU and Fort Collins!
As you settle into your new home, take some time to explore the many bicycle trails and routes that have helped to earn the City and University their Platinum status with The League of American Bicyclists (we are one of only three Platinum city/university combos in the US)!

Bikeway Bingo card
Bikeway Bingo card

Check out the resources below and reach out with your questions.

Have Fun

Take the Bikeway Bingo Challenge to explore the City’s many bike routes, while seeking out special items related to parks, public art or infrastructure.
Post a photo of your ride to social media with #RamWelcome2020.

Bicyclist wearing mask and helmet
Photo credit: Bob Carmichael

Safety First

CSU has a great mix of pedestrians, drivers, bicyclists, scooter riders and boarders using the roads, sidewalks and trails. Rams take care of Rams, including while we travel around campus! Keep these safety tips in mind:

  • You’re investing in your brain by going to college; now keep it safe with a helmet!
    Want a free helmet? Email erika.benti@colostate.edu with your name, res hall/room #, and preferred size (S, M, L, XL) and we’ll arrange to have one delivered to your front desk!
  • Review the Safe Commuting Regulations from CSU Police to help keep yourself and those around you safe (and avoid a ticket)
  • Register your bike with CSU Police ($10 registration is required and lasts for the life of the sticker)
  • Protect your bike from theft by locking the frame to the rack with a u-lock (as shown in this video from The Spoke)

Finding a Route

  • Check out the Fort Collins Bike Map to see the City’s Low-Stress Network (on-road routes with low traffic volumes and great wayfinding), and our beautiful mixed-use paved trails. The CSU campus is shaded purple on the map.
  • Get bike directions with Google Maps! Use this tutorial for instructions on mapping your bike trip.
  • We’ve compiled some fun intro routes for you to try below. Expand the map to full screen by clicking the upper right-hand corner to view each of the three routes.

Bike Routes

Bike Help

Do you have a flat tire or need an adjustment? Swing by your on-campus bike repair resource, The Spoke.
The Spoke is located at The Pavilion, near the Durrell Center (map).
Visit The Spoke’s YouTube channel for short videos on a variety of bike repair topics!

If you are looking to purchase a bike, Fort Collins has many great options.
For a complete listing of local shops, visit the City’s Local Bike Culture page and scroll to “Local Bike Shops”

Keep Learning

Want to learn more about the rules of the road and best practices for bicycling? CSU and the City’s FC Moves Team offer a variety of training opportunities.

  • Take CSU Moves! Take the CSU Moves online training in Canvas to learn all about your transportation options and how to safely navigate on campus and in Fort Collins, all in about one hour.
  • Virtual and in-person bike safety classes are available in the FC Moves Engage platform.

Contact Us

Have questions or need help with your transportation options?
Reach out to Active Transportation Professional Erika Benti at Erika.Benti@colostate.edu for help.