Bike Anchorage’s Chelsea Ward-Waller Attends the National Bike Summit

The National Forum on Women and Bicycling shared exciting stories about how women are making a big difference in the bike world in this country, and how to bring those experiences back to our community. Let’s start a Women Bike Anchorage!

summit.jpgPeople for Bikes just released a new report based on surveying adults and children (through their parents). The report shows that 1 in 3 Americans ride a bike every year! Some other interesting numbers include: 58% of people who ride bikes are white, poorest income brackets ride the most, 60% of 3-9-year-olds ride bikes, 43% of the people who ride bikes are female. More of their awesome statistics can be found here: http://www.peopleforbikes.org/statistics.

The former mayor of Minneapolis spoke about the Helsinki model of multi-modal transportation (connecting public transit with bike- and car-share programs) in the opening plenary on the first day of the Summit, and how his city is making progress in that direction. In the same session, the Deputy Secretary of Transportation spoke about the two bills going through Congress this session, Vision Zero in the House and the Transportation Alternatives Program Improvement Act (TAPIA) in the Senate, both which Joni Wilm and I educated Alaska legislative staff about on Thursday.

General recap of breakout sessions: The Cascade Bicycle Club shared how they organize and run their 8-week Advocacy Leadership Institute twice a year. By following in their footsteps, Bike Anchorage could educate a broad swath of the community in bicycle advocacy work. I listened to an inspiring series of local bike initiatives that are starting and spreading across the country, from funding a university bike shop program to using laughter as a tool for bike advocacy. New York City and San Francisco are leading the country in their Vision Zero Campaigns. By creating a task force of police, public health and transportation officials, and local community leaders, these cities are targeting improvements to their deadliest traffic intersections to prevent future accidents.


A Tale of Millions



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In 2012, over two years after the Anchorage Bicycle Plan was unanimously passed, bicyclists began asking “when will the city start putting in bike lanes?” Bike lanes are a vital step to making our city safer for both motorists and bicyclists and making Anchorage a more bicycle-friendly city. Installing bike lanes and implementing the Anchorage Bicycle Plan is a key element of our work at Bike Anchorage. Frustrated by the delay, Bike Anchorage (Bicycle Commuters of Anchorage at that time) took on the charge and led a campaign to get the ball rolling. With the deft guidance of board member Todd Logan, we led a campaign in the fall of 2012 to increase the amount of federal dollars spent on bike plan implementation. This was no easy feat. After multiple meetings, we saw the moment. We would rally our supporters to flood AMATS with comments demanding that more money be spent on bike plan implementation. AMATS is the entity responsible for determining how our federal dollars are spent on transportation projects in Anchorage. It consists of both state and municipal staff. 

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What to do with all that snow?

In January, after personally biking on snow and ice chunk-filled sidewalks, Bike Anchorage reached out to commuters to see what the conditions were like across town. The feedback was that many multi-use paths across the city were getting inundated with snow/ice cleared from the roads and dumped on the pathways and sidewalks of the city.

 

unnamed.jpgTo see how we can address this maintenance issue, we reached out to the Municipality. We had hoped to sit down with both DOT and Muni maintenance departments to understand the issues involved. While we didn’t get that meeting, we did hear back from Lori Schanche, the Municipality's Non-Motorized Transportation Coordinator.

 

Lori told us that she had sat down with MOA Streets, MOA Parks and DOT Roads to see how we can improve maintenance and clearing of our multi-use paths and sidewalks.

 

You may or may not know that clearing is split between the Municipality and DOT. They each have separate crews clearing roads and pathways. DOT’s roads are the big arterials (Seward, Tudor, Raspberry, Minnesota, etc.).

The problem comes when a pathway is cleared and then afterwards, road crews come and further grade the road and spill snow and ice debris onto the once cleared pathway. Lori noted that

 It can appear counter-productive as on occasions the work of one crew messes up the work of another crew. For example,sidewalks that have been cleared get big 

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Year Round Bicycle Commuting: I made it!

Reposted from "Aimee's Adventures and Travel: Living the Dream in the Last Frontier"

That’s it, folks!

Not it, in the sense that “it’s” over. But it, as in, one year of bicycle commuting. Last spring, I set a goal to stick it out and try my wheels at winter biking. It’s been a hell of an experience – cold, dark commutes were the highs and lows – but it was pretty amazing and I’m grateful that I was able to do it without much struggle.

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Bike First Friday

Bike Anchorage kicked-off its 6th annual Winter Bike Fest in fashion with a great party. Now it’s time to  experience Winter Bike Fest around town by bike. Join us and other bike enthusiasts on a tour of galleries and shops for February's First Friday art event.

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Winter Bike Fest 2015

logo_1.5x1.jpgWe are excited for Bike Anchorage's 6th Annual Winter Bike Fest. And this year we have some great events - inside and out - lined up. Winter Bike Fest is about celebrating everything bike and getting together with others to create a strong bicycle community. We hope to see you out at one or more of the Winter Bike Fest events.

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Winter Bike Fest poster designed by Kristen Gilbert (Thanks Kristen!)

The Details:

Bike Anchorage Winter Bike Fest Kickoff Party

Winter_Bike_Fest_kick_off.pngWhen: Thursday, January 29th from 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Where: The Anchorage Community Works 349 East Ship Creek Ave.

Event details: We are inviting everyone in the bicycle community to come celebrate Anchorage as a bike-city. We want to highlight all the organizations, groups and businesses that are making Anchorage a better city to bike. There will be an opportunity to learn more about what is going on in 2015, do some light painting with bike lights, and food and drink.

Suggested Donation $5.

A big thanks to the Moose's Tooth for sponsoring this event! 

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When: Friday, February 6th. Meet at 5:45. Ride starts at 6:00pm

Where: Meet at Snow City Café. From there we will bike around downtown and Midtown to enjoy some First Friday art. We’ll end at 8pm at Anchorage Community Works.

Event details: This is a free event. Just bring a bike and a smile. Make sure to have bike lights (front and back), a bike lock and preferrably wear clothes that are highly visible.

 

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When: Tuesday, February 10th from 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Where: Spenard Roadhouse

Details: Bike over to the Spenard Roadhouse and show your bike helmet to your server to get FREE tots! It's the Roadhouse's way of saying thankyou for biking.

 

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When: Friday, February 13th – all day

Where: All over town

Details: Register at http://winterbiketoworkday.org/

 

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When: Friday, February 13th from 4:30 to 6:00pm

Where: Westchester Lagoon

Details: Come on down for some cookies and cocoa and celebrate Winter Bike to Work Day with others

 

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When: Tuesday, February 17th at 6:30pm.

Where: Wilda Marston Theater at the Loussac Library

Details: Sage Cohen will give a presentation on her recent trip to Tanzania.

Suggested Donation: $15

 

Winter City 30/50k Ride

When: Sunday, February 22nd. Registration at 9:00am. Ride Starts at 10:00amwinter_city.JPG

Where: Ride starts and finishes at the Trek Store.

Details: $20 registration fee. You can sign up in advance by going here.

This ride is put on by Alaska Randonneurs as a fundraiser for Bike Anchorage. Come out for a great ride through the city and support your favorite bike advocacy organization.

A huge thanks to Kaladi Brothers Coffee and Great Harvest Bread Co. for sponsoring this event and providing the pre-ride fuel for the Winter City participants.

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When: Thursday, February 26th at 7:15pm.

Where: Trek Store of Anchorage

Details: Bill Fleming will give a presentation on his recent trip to Namibia where he and a group of riders traversed the remote Namib Desert and the Skeleton Coast of Namibia.

Suggested Donation: $10

 

You can RSVP for any of the events on our calendar or on Facebook


Winter Bike Fest Kick-Off Party Jan. 29th

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Join us for a fun night on January 29th from 6 to 9pm to celebrate all things bike. We are kicking off Winter Bike Fest with a party that hopes to bring out everyone who loves to ride a bike -- commuters, mountain bikers, fat bikers, snow bikers, any and all bicyclists are invited. There will be food and drinks, games, prizes and light painting so come on down to Anchorage Community Works and help us kick off Winter Bike Fest in fashion.


Bike Anchorage-AIA Alaska Summer Challenge a Huge Success!

Bike Anchorage & AIA-Alaska 2014 Summer Bike, Walk & Bus Commuter Challenge

Wraps up Summer of Car-free Commuting

 Bike Anchorage and AIA-Alaska’s fifth annual Summer Bike, Walk & Bus Commuter Challenge concluded at the end of August with huge success. This fun, free and friendly challenge between businesses, agencies, organizations, any and all places of employment, marked huge success this year by doubling the number of teams and participants competing. Over 120 teams competed with just shy of 1000 participants.  A total of 138,990 miles were biked and walked. Add in the bus riders with 59,841 miles and the total comes to just under 200,000 miles commuted in Anchorage without using one’s car. And that’s just the people who signed up and logged their trips each day they commuted by bike, bus or foot.

S Category Winner - Trek Store of Anchorage  XS Category Winner - RIM QC-ALTA  XL Category Winner - the Alaska Dept. of Fish & Game Fin and Fur Commuters

                                   

The Challenge

 The annual contest, sponsored by Bike Anchorage and the American Institute of Architects, is a good-natured competition to 

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Commuter Challenge Awards Party


The 2014 Summer Bike, Walk & Bus Commuter Challenge is all wrapped up and it has been an amazins summer. 
To celebrate, the hosts of the Challenge - AIA Alaska and Bike Anchorage are having a party at the Tap Root on 
September 9th from 5-7pm. The Awards ceremony will be at 6:30pm.
We will share all the inspiring stats with you on Tuesday at the Awards Party so be sure to come on out and share a toast to leaving the car at home.

Bicycle Commuters of Anchorage is Bike Anchorage

Bicycle Commuters of Anchorage is now Bike Anchorage. After years working to make Anchorage more bicycle-friendly, we recognized that BCA was not representative of our work. To be more inclusive and better reflect our mission of making Anchorage bicycle-friendly for everyone and anyone, we have changed our name to Bike Anchorage. Our mission remains the same and our work, as defined through our 2014-2018 strategic plan, remains focused. 

With our new website, you can find out what fun events we have planned, can sign-up to volunteer, and stay up-to-date on exciting news stories about biking in Anchorage--all in one place!

We look forward to getting more people involved in making Anchorage a more bicycle-friendly city, so get involved and stay tuned!

 



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