Campus will be overrun Wednesday night by costume-clad and freebie-seeking cyclists, and itâ€™s nowhere close to the Tour de Fat or Halloween.
What may sound like a typical weekend for some is part of a campus-wide tour and bike-in movie beginning at 6 p.m. at the Oval. From there, cyclists will head across campus to a drive-in showing of â€œDumb and Dumberâ€ near the Recreation Center at 7:30 p.m.
Costumes are highly encouraged.
â€œItâ€™s going to be a fun way to celebrate alternate transportation,â€ said Joy Childress, a cycling program coordinator with the CSU Police Department. â€œThis event showcases Fort Collinsâ€™ whimsical side of cycling.â€
The event is part of the Earth Week celebrations across campus and a larger community effort dubbed Roll into Spring. The goal, Childress said, is to promote the cityâ€™s new Bike Ambassador Program, which aims to bring the community together and encourage biking as a primary mode of transportation for people of all ages.
â€œStudents should attend to get a feel for how important the bicycling community is in Fort Collins and on the CSU campus,â€ Childress said.
Fort Collins and CSU continue to rank as one of the leading bike-friendly areas in the country, consistently earning high marks by the League of American Bicyclists. The ratings are based on a number of things including trail availability, cycling education and community outreach.
Students agreed and said the cycling culture in Fort Collins definitely sets it apart from communities across the country.
â€œI definitely think thereâ€™s a cycling culture here, and itâ€™s especially obvious in the summer,â€ said Nick Winden, a senior finance major who goes as far as canceling his car insurance during the warm summer months. He said community outreach is key in keeping the culture moving forward.
â€œIt just seems to make sense in Fort Collins,â€ he added.
For more information about volunteer bike program in Fort Collins, visit www.bpeclarimer.org.
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CSU Bike Tour
Time: 6 p.m.
What: Tour, bike-in movie.
Prizes for: Best costume, group costume, coolest bike, best facial hair and best helmet design