Grant to CSU helps faculty, staff bike to work

Faculty and staff 50 years and older can get Back on the Bike, thanks to a Kaiser Permanente grant. The grant, awarded to Parking and Transportation Services, supports a program to help faculty and staff become more comfortable riding a bike to work. The program, Back on the Bike, is now seeking participants for sessions starting the fall semester. The program, geared toward engaging more people in active transportation and physical activity, helps CSU employees who want to bike to work assess their health, tune up their bike, get safety gear, and learn tricks to travel in traffic and overcome other safety or comfort obstacles through personalized travel training. To qualify, faculty and staff must be at least 50 years old, live within a Fort Collins zip code, and want to commute by bicycle. Training helps with health, safety concerns Back on the Bike will offer faculty and staff travel training programs including:

  • Confidential health assessments administered by the Recreation Center
  • Free bicycle tune up
  • Free bike safety gear including a bike lock, helmet, light, and carry bag
  • Hands on travel training and bicycle skills development
  • Eight monthly training and discussion group sessions with lunch provided
  • Online participation tracking system
  • The opportunity to recruit other eligible employees
“CSU is in one of the nation’s friendliest biking cities, but it can be intimidating to commute to work when the ride includes traveling in traffic, navigating trails and planning your day around the commute,” said Aaron Fodge, alternative transportation manager for CSU, housed in Parking and Transportation Services. “Many faculty and staff members may be tempted to try commuting to work during the summer, but don’t want to get stuck on campus during an afternoon rainstorm, or just simply haven’t hopped on a bike for a while. This grant is designed to provide them with everything they need to be able to get on their bikes this summer and enjoy all that campus and Fort Collins have to offer for those on two wheels,” Fodge said. Because of this program, many employees are overcoming these obstacles and biking to work. CSU employees offer testimonials for the program Sign up by August 4 to participate Participation in the program requires that employees attempt to commute by bicycle to work three times per week from September-November and March-May, and one time a week during December-February. To participate, employees should sign up by August 4. To participate in the Get Back on the Bike program, contact Amanda Fitzpatrick at (970) 491-7600 or Amanda.Fitzpatrick@colostate.edu.

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City, CSU host West Elizabeth transportation focus group

The City of Fort Collins and CSU are hosting a focus group discussion about future alternative transportation on West Elizabeth Street. The discussion will help develop the vision for the West Elizabeth Enhanced Travel Corridor Plan. The focus group meeting is from 12:30-2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 8 in the Lory Student Center Grey Rock Room. A light lunch is provided. The West Elizabeth corridor has been identified by the city as part of a citywide network of Enhanced Travel Corridors – uniquely designed corridors with an emphasis on high-frequency transit, bicycling and walking. The West Elizabeth plan will develop a long-term vision for the corridor based on an understanding of the transportation, land use, environmental, economic and social needs of the area.west eliz corridor map The corridor master plan focuses on West Elizabeth Street from Overland Trail to Shields Street, with an eye towards connectivity to CSU's Foothills Campus on the west, and CSU's Main Campus on the east. Registration is limited. RSVP to Emma Belmont at ebelmont@fcgov.com or (970) 224-6197 by July 6.

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Comment on new parking models

Parking and Transportation Services will present to various groups across campus on potential models for parking on campus to accommodate infrastructure changes. “This is a vibrant time for Colorado State University, and our new efforts to improve campus buildings and make room for an expanded student, faculty and staff population, while maintaining a commitment to green space, calls for an evaluation of how the university will address the demand for parking and alternative transportation,” said David Bradford, director of Parking and Transportation Services. The university’s commitment to maintaining current green areas on campus means that new construction often occurs on existing parking lots. To help address the loss of parking space inventory, Parking and Transportation Services and the university have increased alternative transportation systems to better serve employees and students. In addition, Parking and Transportation Services is exploring sustainable parking models for campus and seeking comment and input on options.parking_lot The following presentations have been scheduled:

  • Administrative Professional Counsel meeting, 8:30 a.m., Monday, Oct. 13, in Lory Student Center Rooms 372-374. Open to all administrative professional staff.
  • Classified Personnel Counsel meeting, 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14. in the Lory Student Center Grey Rock Room. Open to all Classified Personnel employees. Because of limited space, classified employees who wish to attend are required to RSVP here.
  • Campus open forum on university Master Plan and parking models, 4-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21 in the Lory Student Center Cherokee Park Ballroom.
  • Campus open forum on university Master Plan and parking models, 9-10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29 in Lory Student Center Cherokee Park Ballroom.
 

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