Colorado State University’s Climate Action Plan (CAP) recognizes bicycle commuting as a viable strategy to reduce carbon emissions by reducing student and employee commuters with Single Occupancy Vehicles (SOV).  Currently, commuter transportation represents six (6) percent of our total carbon emissions at CSU.

Please read Section 4.10 Reduce Single-Occupancy Vehicle Commuting in the original and updated CAPs below:

Bicycle Specific Plans

CSU’s most recent bicycle plan is the 2014 Bicycle Master Plan which outlines existing plans and programs; the existing bicycling environment; recommendations to the bicycle network; bicycle parking guidelines; and implementation and evaluation steps.

To view the plan, click here: 2014 Bicycle Master Plan

GIS Mapping

CSU maps monthly bicycle infractions, crashes, and injuries to better to guide infrastructure improvements, enforcement, and education.  The data is collected from CSU PD and the Health and Medical Center

View GIS Mapped Data

Transportation Cordon Studies

CSU Parking and Transportation Services conducts an annual Cordon Study to examine traffic patterns to and from the Main Campus and South Campus. This helps determine the existing automobile, bicycle, and pedestrian volumes accessing each campus. This evaluation quantifies the arrival and departure of each mode during the morning, mid-day, and evening peak hours. Subsequently, this data can be compared across years to develop transportation trends.

To view the 2022 Cordon Study, click here: CSU 2022 Fall Cordon Study 2022-11-17

Infrastructure Projects

CSU has invested in transportation projects to help students, employees, and visitors access campus in protected facilities. Below are a couple of articles featuring recent infrastructure improvements.

Mode Split Survey

Each year Parking and Transportation Services conducts a mode split survey to ask students and employees about their transportation choices. Respondents are asked what is their primary and secondary mode of transportation to reach campus. Additional transportation questions are include to help provide an annual snapshot of information.

To view the 2023 Mode Split Survey, click here: NEON Global Research- 2023 CSU Transportation Annual Survey

City of Fort Collins’ Bicycle Mode Split Goal

Colorado State University is the largest employer in Northern Colorado.  CBAC recognizes the role bicycle commuters can have to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from Single Occupancy Vehicle (SOV) commuting.

The City of Fort Collins adopted a bicycle modal split goal in the 2014 Bicycle Master Plan:

  • 2020 Key Outcomes & Measures – Increase bicycle commute mode share from 7.4% to 20% (Chapter 5: Implementation; Page 81)

This plan supports the City of Fort Collins Climate Action Plan greenhouse gas emission reduction goals:

  • 20 percent below 2005 levels by 2020
  • 80 percent below 2005 levels by 2030
  • Carbon neutral by 2050

PeopleForBikes PlacesForBikes City Scorecard

Fort Collins has been recognized by the PeopleForBikes, PlacesForBikes scorecard as one of the best places to ride a bike in the United States. Their scorecard includes metrics for ridership, safety, reach of the network, the network, and the acceleration of the community to be more bicycle friendly. Fort Collins and CSU work together to make riding as easy as possible.

Last three rankings 2018 – 2022

  • 1st place 2018
  • 2nd place 2019
  • 8th place 2020
  • 16th place 2022