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Old 04-03-2012, 02:32 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Location, location, location!!!

Well, it's been somewhat of a dream to move to CO and after a few years of said dreaming, out of the blue my significant other was offered a position at CSU which she accepted and thankfully my job allows me to transfer to the town. She said that a pre-condition to where we live is that there has to be bike trails close to commute or take advantage of on a regular basis. We're on a budget of $6-900/month in rent maybe $1000 at the very most. 2 Adults (me and her). 1 cat. Any help would be appreciated.

Other than that all we know about FC is what we've read on here and google. Seems like it will be a nice change from NC. Can't WAIT to take advantage of the mountains and nature!!!!! However, I would like to point out that we did not specifically seek out FC, it just happened to turn out that way.. But we're going to make the most of it!
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Old 04-03-2012, 02:55 PM
 
Location: Northern Colorado
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Finding a well priced rental, or one that allows pets may end up being more difficult that finding a property near a bike trail in Fort Collins.

Nearly the whole town is bike friendly. The city bike map will show you the details:
Maps: City of Fort Collins

The bike culture is strong here and you will find that most motorists are used to seeing bikes and are mindful of our safety. The roads on which to avoid riding are the main east-west roads like Mulberry, Prospect, Drake and Horsetooth, especially between Shields and Timberline. Also, you don't want to ride on College Avenue.

Congrats on your move.
Mike Weber
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Old 04-03-2012, 04:16 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Wow, really. It's a tiny 6lb cat. Will that really be that huge of an issue with two responsible adults? Lol is pet culture somehow different there?
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Old 04-03-2012, 11:10 PM
 
Location: Nutmeg State
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If you can find anything with access to the spring creek trail, it goes directly by CSU. It also has great connection to the Poudre trail, and the other end hits Spring Canyon Park, which will give you great access to the trails around and up near the reservoir (if you're thinking of mountain biking). The Spring Creek also hits a lot of great parks in the city. I lived only a block off of Spring Creek trail and worked at CSU, and it was an absolutely ideal location. You might want to also look to North Old Town, which will have easy access to the other end of the Poudre trail, and is barely a mile ride on quiet streets to CSU. Really as long as you stay north of Horsetooth you'll be fine.
Fort Collins really has something special with it's bike trail network. They are well thought out, well mainained, mostly continuous (as most have underpasses, that's the beauty of building trails along rivers/creeks), and actually take you places you want to go. I live in Portland now, and frankly our "bike trails" are horrible compared to the Fort.

Congrats, have to say I"m a little jealous, my wife and miss the Fort.

Pet Culture isn't different, the Fort is just a bit of a tough rental market, with the school there and all. It's not particularly cheap either. I think you'll be able to find something for $1k though. Mike would probably know better than I though.

Mike Prospect and Drake both have bike lanes though (well not all of Prospect), so while not particularly scenic, they are not really unsafe roads to ride.
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Old 04-04-2012, 08:08 PM
 
Location: Northern Colorado
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Mike Prospect and Drake both have bike lanes though (well not all of Prospect), so while not particularly scenic, they are not really unsafe roads to ride.
The specific spots to avoid due to the road being too narrow for a bike lane and the volume of traffic making it unsafe are:

Drake from College to Stover
Prospect from Shields to Lemay
Mulberry from City Park to Riverside
Horsetooth from College to Stover

All of these can be avoided easily by using secondary streets and / or bike paths.
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Old 04-05-2012, 09:02 PM
 
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We must moved to FC in February from NC. (Creedmoor) We LOVE it here. You won't regret the decision.

Bike trails are everywhere and it shouldn't be a problem to find somewhere close to one.

Good luck!
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Old 04-16-2012, 05:33 PM
 
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Honestly, the hardest thing will be finding a decent rental in your price range. If you have the option, try to find a place with covered parking which is pretty rare for rentals here. It will definitely come in handy during winter!
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