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Call To Action
Fort Collins Coalition
Loveland Coalition
Built Environment Work Group
Well Workplace and Healthy Food Environment Networking Sessions
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Partner News
Partner Events
Upcoming Meetings
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Dear CanDo Coalition Member:


Happy Holidays!



The holiday season is upon us  - and with it are opportunities to spend time with family, take days off from work and, often, a greater sense of wanting to help those in need. There are many different ways to help. Contact the United Way of Larimer County for volunteer opportunities during the holidays and any time of year!

Another way to help is through Colorado Gives Day. Colorado Gives Day is an annual statewide movement to celebrate and increase philanthropy in Colorado through online giving. The opportunity to give goes for 24 hours starting at 12 a.m. on Tuesday, December 9, 2014. Many of our partners are participating. Click here for more information on how you can help your favorite local organization.


We are finalizing our 2015 meeting calendar and will send it out when it is finalized. It will also be posted on our CanDo website. Until then, check out our upcoming meeting times at the bottom of this newsletter. 


Call To Action

City of Fort Collins


Survey on Prospect Corridor Design -

Survey open until December 7

As part of the current update of the West Central Area Plan, the City of Fort Collins is developing new conceptual designs for Prospect Road (from Shields Street to College Avenue) and Lake Street (one block north of Prospect Road). This survey provides information on the draft designs. We welcome your feedback on the concepts presented in this survey.

Click here to take survey



Larimer County  


Regional Trails Petition Drive


Support Larimer County, Loveland, and Fort Collins grant applications to develop regional trail connections between trail systems in Fort Collins and Loveland.


The Long View Corridor Trail and Colorado Front Range Trail will provide such connections, and be a great route for recreational users and commuters alike.

To sign the petition, click here.
Click here for more information about these projects.


Fort Collins Coalition

Save the date for the next Fort Collins Coalition Meeting scheduled on Thursday, February 5 from 8:30-10:00.

Please note that the meeting will be held in a new location
in the UC Health Caribou Training Room located at 2002 Caribou Dr. Suite 100.

The agenda will be emailed to coalition members prior to the meeting.
Loveland Coalition

We are finalizing our 2015 meeting schedule and will send it out when it is complete. We will also post our meeting schedule on our CanDo website when it is finalized.

Built Environment Work Group


Click here for the minutes from our last BEWG meeting, which was a presentation by Ray Browning, the director of CSU’s Physical Activity Lab and professor with Health and Exercise Science: “Friendly to Fun: Celebrating our Ability to Move”


Our December meeting is focused on prioritizing and acting on creative walkability or bikeability projects for Fort Collins. Check out the minutes - with Ray’s direction, we have already brainstormed some great and implementable ideas. Let’s make one happen!


WHEN: Wednesday, December 17, 3:00-4:30pm

WHERE: City Community Room, 215 North Mason


Please RSVP to


Well Workplace and Healthy Food Environment Networking Sessions


Our November meeting featured Jean Haukaas, Pain Relief and Mobility Expert, who presented on the common stressors that challenge employees and the organizational impacts. She also provided stress reduction tools to incorporate into employee-based wellness programs. Click on the links below to view Jean’s presentation materials.

To contact Jean Haukaas regarding her consultation services or to request a worksite presentation, please visit or email directly at


We are finalizing our 2015 meeting schedule and will send it out when it is complete. We will also post our meeting schedule on our CanDo website when it is finalized.


Click here to view videos from the 2014 Health Equity Learning Series.   


An educational program of The Colorado Trust, the Health Equity Learning Series aims to increase knowledge and awareness of health equity through presentations from experts discussing factors that increase disparities and solutions that advance health equity.

We are finalizing our 2015 meeting schedule and will send it out when it is complete. We will also post our meeting schedule on our CanDo website when it is finalized.

City of Loveland - Recreation Trail Detour


Madison Avenue north of Seventh Street will close for five months on Dec. 1 to accommodate a complex $1.2 million project to put Loveland’s Recreation Trail under the street and replace an 84-year-old bridge across a major irrigation ditch.


The popular bicycle and pedestrian trail will also close between Seventh Street and Boise Avenue during the five-month project, with trail traffic rerouted to Eighth Street and Boise.   


Detours around the Madison Avenue closure will be posted at Eisenhower Boulevard and First Street, directing motorists to alternatives.

Click here for a map of the detour.   

FC Bikes   


FC Bikes is excited to announce the release of the Final Draft Bicycle Master Plan. The Plan envisions Fort Collins as a world-class city for bicycling. It is a city where people of all ages and abilities have access to a comfortable, safe, and connected network of bicycle facilities, and where bicycling is an integral part of daily life and the local cultural experience.   

Click here to view the Final Draft Bicycle Master Plan and Appendices.   


The Bicycle Plan reflects extensive public engagement, data analysis and best practices for achieving a world-class cycling city.  The Plan embraces a forward-thinking and cost-effective approach to bicycle infrastructure, route connectivity, policies and programs, and is oriented around the year 2020, where all neighborhoods will have access to a low-stress bicycle route.


The Plan will be presented to City Council on December 16, 2014* for their consideration of adoption. The Council agenda will be available here prior to the meeting.


*Due to a busy council agenda, the presentation of the Bicycle Master Plan has been rescheduled from December 2 to December 16.


Larimer County


CHIP (Community Health Improvement Plan) 


Larimer County’s Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) was designed to reflect community needs and values. The CHIP provides a set of goals and specific objectives, and will include evidence-based strategies to address the health needs of Larimer County residents, focusing on two priority areas:

  • Mental and emotional well-being
  • Raising healthy children
Click here for more information.

City of Fort Collins - Bike Winter


Did you know Fort Collins has an average 300 days of sunshine every year? This means there are plenty of sunny days to ride a bicycle even throughout the winter.  Bike Winter is a City of Fort Collins initiative designed to encourage people to bicycle throughout the winter. Starting in November, monthly events like Light up the Night, Winter Cycling 101, and Guided Winter Rides are scheduled to give people the resources they need to ride their bicycles safely and confidently all months of the year. Click here for more information. Note: Winter Bike to Work Day is scheduled for Wednesday, December 10. See information below. 



Larimer County  


Family Leadership Training Institute


Want to make a Difference? Apply to be a part of 2015’s Family Leadership Training Institute starting in January.


The Family Leadership Training Institute is a free 20 week leadership class for adults and youth (12 - 14 years old) that focuses on training individuals to have the civic skills they need to make a difference in the community and make our community a better place for children. The intensive 20 week course meets most Thursday evenings and runs from January through May.  


FLTI discusses topics like: community problem solving, leadership styles, public speaking, building networks, how to work with the media, how government works, facets of a good bill, and so much more. Space is limited. Deadline to apply is December 15th. To apply, contact Patti at or call (970) 402-4319.

Partner Events
Gardens on Spring Creek

Garden of Lights 2014-A Northern Colorado Tradition

December 5 through January 4
5:00 - 9:00pm


Garden of Lights is a community favorite and must-do holiday activity with friends and family. Stroll through the whimsically decorated and twinkling Gardens lit by thousands of LED lights. Visit the perennial flower beds and vegetable gardens in addition to a brilliant blue LED pond - all created entirely from holiday lights!


Click here for entertainment schedule and additional information.


Bike Winter

8th Annual Winter Bike to Work Day
Wednesday, December 10

It’s just like the summer, but even cooler!  Join us, Wednesday, December 10 from 7:00-9:30am for free breakfast, warm coffee and lots of fun bicycle friends to celebrate winter cycling.  Stations are dispersed around town, ready to reward those who choose to ride their bicycles to work. Click here for a list and map of stations. 


Bike Plan Release Celebration & Ride

Saturday, December 13.  

Ride from 2:00-4:00pm departing from Cranknstein, celebration from 4:00-6:00pm at Cranknstein, 215 N. College Ave.


FC Bikes invites you to help us celebrate the anticipated completion of the 2014 Bicycle Master Plan.  A fun wintery ride on the City’s low-stress network will kick off the afternoon festivities, concluding at Cranknstein with appetizers and comradery.

Click here for information on both of these events.

 Upcoming Meetings 

BEWG (Built Environment Work Group) - Wednesday, December 17

3:00-4:30pm at the City of Fort Collins Community Room (215 North Mason).  


Fort Collins Coalition - Thursday, February 5

8:30-10:00am - UC Health Caribou Training Room (2002 Caribou Dr. Suite 100).    

In health,