With My Own Two Wheels

With My Own Two Wheels - Movie PosterThe Bike Co-op is proud to announce two Fort Collins screenings of the feature length documentary With My Own Two WheelsTwo Wheels weaves together the stories of five individuals across the globe into a single narrative about the bicycle as a vehicle for change. The documentary was shot on location in Zambia, Ghana, India, Guatemala and California.  Each screening will be followed by a question and answer session with the Producer/Co-director of the film Jacob Seigel-Boettner.
The screenings will take place at 7:00pm on December 7th and 8th at The Lyric Cinema Cafe.  Tickets for each night can be purchased before the event for $10 at the Bike Co-op or  The Lyric Cinema Cafe.  Tickets will also be available at the door for $15.  Seating is limited, so buy your ticket early.   Each ticket purchase includes a complimentary New Belgium Beer (For those of legal drinking age).  Hey, $10 for a movie and a beer!  Just try to find a better deal.
All proceeds raised from the two night event will help to support the Fort Collins Bike Co-op and World Bicycle Relief
Sponsored by Poudre Valley Health Systems and New Belgium Brewery.
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McWhinney backs out of Block 23 deal

By Pat Ferrier

An entire city block in Old Town Fort Collins is back on the market.

McWhinney, the Loveland development company that built Centerra, has pulled out of a contract to buy the underdeveloped block on North College Avenue between Maple and Cherry streets, also known as Block 23.

Company representatives said they couldn’t make the economics work for the kind of project they envisioned – about 300 apartments, office and retail space and a parking garage.

The 3.49 acres previously owned by Realtor Michael Jensen went into foreclosure earlier this year and is owned by Bank of Choice.

It is a large and tough site for apartments, said Kevin Brinkman, principal with Brinkman Partners, which is listing the property for sale.

Even with near-record-low vacancy rates “we need rents to come up in that trade area before it really works well.”

Brinkman said he has another group “interested in taking a hard look” at the property. “Everyone wants the right development there. It’s a matter of finding the right group, the right mix. The bank is willing to take its time.”

For the past four weeks, the property has been home to Occupy Fort Collins, a small group of activists supporting the Occupy Wall Street movement in New York City.

The loosely affiliated movement that began last month is peacefully protesting the power of the financial and political sectors.

Police accompanied bank officials to the site Friday and posted “no trespassing” signs on the property, giving protesters until Monday to either move to the sidewalk or elsewhere in the city.

The activists complied, took down the tents they had erected to stay warm and have largely moved to the sidewalk.

Mike Hill, senior director of multifamily development and operations for McWhinney, said McWhinney dropped its pending contract before the Occupy movement or the fire that destroyed an apartment building under construction one block west.

Jensen once heralded the block, known as Block 23, as a key location for a proposed downtown hotel.

While McWhinney won’t be building in Old Town at this juncture, the company is negotiating another site in Fort Collins on which to build higher-end apartments, Hill said.

“They will be Class A market rentals with top quality for the region and Fort Collins.”

The site is not in Old Town but Doug Hill, chief operating officer, declined comment on where in Fort Collins it is.

McWhinney has not submitted any preliminary plans to the city of Fort Collins as of Monday.

McWhinney has been building apartments by the hundreds in Loveland. Last year, it built a $45 million, 303-unit luxury apartment complex, Lake Vista, and in March broke ground on 252 units on the Van de Water property off U.S. Highway 34.

Original Story – 11-07-2008 – Coloradoan

Time change creates hazards for commuters

By Lauren Lang

FORT COLLINS – Switching the clocks back from Daylight Saving Time to Standard Time in the fall requires an adjustment for everyone, including motorists, who have to get used to driving home when it’s darker.

However, the change can prove dangerous for commuters. According to the Fort Collins Bike Co-op, the earlier sunset typically causes an increase in vehicle-versus-cyclist and pedestrian accidents for the first few weeks after the time change in the fall.

In order to avoid accidents, the co-op encourages bikers and motorists to avoid distractions while driving and obey all traffic laws, including having visible reflectors or lights on the front, back and side of their bicycles.

However, according to Rick Price, the Safe Cycling Coordinator at the Fort Collins Bike Co-op, there are additional steps cyclists can take to increase their visibility as motorists adjust to the time change.

“If your bike doesn’t have pedal reflectors, go to the bike co-op or go to the bike store and get pedal reflectors on them because that’s one of the most visible things on the bike,” Price told 9NEWS. “As those pedals are going up and down a car behind you will see them immediately. They’re tiny, but they’re highly visible.”

Price also says retro reflective bicycle tires and brightly colored clothing such as yellow jackets or vests with retro reflective tape will also help make cyclists more visible.

However drivers that would like an additional reminder to pay extra attention to cyclists can get it for free in the form the co-op’s “Watch for Bikes” sticker. The sticker is intended to be placed on the rear or side view mirror or on the windshield of a vehicle to remind drivers that cyclists can be more difficult to see this time of year.

The co-op began giving the stickers away in February 2010 and has since handed out over 9,000 of them.

Anyone who would like to receive a sticker can request one through the Co-op’s website at https://fcbikecoop.org/.

Original Story – 11-06-2011 – 9news.com

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