Thank You Treat Station Hosts!

Friday Treat Stations and Bike to Work Day would not be possible without our lovely treat station hosts, who – rain or shine – get out there and make cyclists' commutes that much sweeter. From salmon to twinkies to a warm cup of coffee, we love them all and just want to say A HUGE THANK YOU for all their hard work in hosting treat stations, helping us spread the word and getting more commuters out on our trails and streets. Also, an extra special thank you goes out to Kaladi Brothers for all the coffee they donate, Alaska Public Media for your great videos and radio reminders about Bike to Work Day and Brendan Babb for you DJ talents at the Bacon Station. 

Thank you all!

The Alaska Center, The Alaska Club, Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Alaska Dispatch News, Alaska eBike, Alaska Injury Prevention Center, Alaska Public Media and Alaska Pacific University, Alaska Regional Hospital, American Diabetes Association, Anchorage Community House, Anchorage Community Land Trust, Anchorage Museum, Anchorage Parks and Recreation & Anchorage Park Foundation, Anchorage Police Department, Anchorage Public Library, Anchorage Sand & Gravel Co., Inc., Anchorage Sportsplex Inc. DBA The Dome, Anchorage Yoga & Cycle, The Arc of Anchorage, Bayshore Clubhouse, The Bicycle Shop Dimond, Bike-n-Walk Safely Alaska and Safe Kids Alaska/Providence Alaska Medical Center, BLM Campbell Creek Science Center, Bristol Bay Native Corporation, CH2M, Cook Inletkeeper, CRW Engineering Group, LLC, Dark Horse Coffee, Denali Federal Credit Union, ENSTAR Natural Gas, Faith Lutheran Church School & Preschool, Fire Island Rustic Bakeshop, GrassRoots Fair Trade Store, Great Land Trust, Hartman Orthodontics, Kaladi Brothers, Kumin Associates, Love INC Anchorage, The Magpie, The Mint Chip, Nordic Skiing Association of Anchorage, Off the Chain, People Mover, Providence Alaska Medical Center and Providence Imaging Center, R&M Consultants, Inc. & Bettisworth North, REI, RIM Architects and Corvus Design, Roger Shaw, SCF, Solstice Advertising, Spenard Chamber of Commerce, Trek Bicycle Store, Umialik Insurance Company, USO (United Service Organizations), Visit Anchorage

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Increasing Connectivity on the East Side

We have some great news for people desiring to access Mountain View, the Ship Creek trail, and the Glen Highway multi-use path. This week, at a Bike and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) under the coordination of Anchorage Metropolitan area Transportation Solution (AMATS), planners described two great projects to create safer and more effective biking in east Anchorage: 

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Friday Treat Stations

Bike_Friday.PNGDuring the Summer Bike Challenge, our city's businesses and organizations support bike commuters in the morning on the last Friday of June, July, and August--and an "after work" station at the Westchester Lagoon. Add them to your daily commute routine!

  • Friday, June 24th
  • Friday, July 29th
  • Friday, August 26th


Here is a map of treat stations around Anchorage with their locations and times:
https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/viewer?authuser=0&mid=1x4ILuIjUK_s86-H5EYUtTfz3blE

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Bike Spenard


bike_spenard.jpgAbout 50 people gathered for a bicycle tour of Spenard, highlighting the neighborhood’s assets, dangers, hazards and amenities. The tour was part of an effort sponsored by Bike Anchorage, the Anchorage  Metropolitan Area Transportation Solutions (AMATS), and the municipal planning department to develop a long-range strategy for what has been defined as the Spenard Corridor. The intention of the planning effort is to view not just Spenard Road, but also the entire surrounding neighborhood, through the lens of transit-oriented development.

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Many in Anchorage don't understand biking traffic laws

This Letter to the Editor, published in the Anchorage Dispatch News, was written in response to the May 10th ADN article by Michelle Theriault Boots: An Anchorage cyclist is recovering after being left for dead in a hit-and-run.

First of all huge shoutout to Jackie Minge for finishing the Gold Nugget Triathlon even after being the hit-and-run victim of Boots' article. It's an amazing accomplishment for anyone to finish a triathlon, let alone to do so during recovery from being hit by a vehicle.

This incident brings to light the struggle of all those biking on Anchorage's roads. From reading the comments on Boots' article, recalling my own and many other commuters' experiences it is clear that many people in Anchorage do not know or understand bike-related traffic laws. As a year-round bike commuter, I fear that I have lived this issue far too often.

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Summer Bike Challenge

Screen_Shot_2016-05-30_at_3.23.38_PM.pngBike Anchorage is excited to announce our Summer Bike Challenge is here! We're trying something new this year by using the National Bike Challenge website to sign-up and track teams. This site has a much easier way to track your miles through different phone apps, so sign up today and get riding!

Here's what you need to do:

  1. Sign up and create a profile for the National Bike Challenge
  2. Sign up to do our "Anchorage Summer Commuter Challenge
  3. You can also create a team with your office, or competitive group of friends;)
  4. Start riding!
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Help "Raise" the Totem!

IMAG0998.jpgAt our recent Bike to Work Day Celebration, we featured a model for a new bike awareness totem that we will purchase with the help of an Anchorage Park Foundation Park Challenge Grant. This totem will include a real-time counter of all those traveling by bike.

But we’re not there yet! We need your help to raise $2016 by May 31st, to make this project a reality and permanently install the totem!

Donate today to make the bike awareness totem a reality>>

Why is counting cyclists important? The data from this bike awareness totem will:

  • Inform the municipality about the number of cyclists on our trails, data which will influence policies like Vision Zero and trail improvements.
  • Help raise public awareness through a real-time count of cyclists on the trail and enable the creation of graphics and maps to educate others.

Basically, the more information we have about how many people are biking in Anchorage, the better equipped we are to influence decision makers and the public to make Anchorage a more bike friendly city. And that’s really what we’re all about.

Will you help us raise $2016 and donate today? Click here to contribute >>

Thank you so much for your support! It all adds up to making Anchorage a safe and practical place to go by bike.


2016 Bike to Work Day

Screen_Shot_2016-05-10_at_11.03.35_AM.pngBike Anchorage is excited to support Anchorage's May 18th Bike to Work Day with some delicious incentives to get on your bike and commute. This year, we are happy to share that over 50--yes, 50!--businesses and organizations are stepping up this year to host morning treat stations to aid everyone on our morning commutes! 

Also, we'll have a party at 4:30pm at the Westchester Lagoon to celebrate a successful day!

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Summer is here!

..or at least it feels like Summer! Get out there and ride!

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Bike Expo Raffle Winners!

Our Fat Bike Expo Raffle was a big fat success! Thanks to everyone who supported Bike Anchorage through this awesome raffle. The sponsors pulled together some amazing prizes and it was a lot of fun. Thanks to 9:ZERO:7 BikesFatback BikesSurly BikesRevelate DesignsBecker Sewing and DesignBar MittsVee RubberWolf Tooth Components, LLCColdAvenger Face MasksDarn Tough Vermont SocksPenAirWestmark Anchorage HotelBarYak LLCTrailside Discovery Camp, Iditarod Historic Trail Alliance, and a chandelier made from a fat bike rim donated by the artist Keri Gronewald.

If you were not present at the drawing, you can pick up your prizes at Trek Store Anchorage, located at 530 E. Benson Blvd., next to Modern Dwellers, anytime during the hours they are open.

Please be prepared to present your ticket stub, or an ID matching your name to the winning ticket. If you have further questions or comments about the raffle please contact Wes Hoskins at wes.hoskins@gmail.com.

Without further ado, here are our winners!

Prize

Ticket
Number

Name

FatBack Bike

423

Nina Gaessler

9:Zero:7 Fat Bike

994

Toby Allen

Becker Gear

   

downtube bag

118

Padraic Donnelly

downtube bag

491

Allan Nakanishi

downtube bag

599

Christina Grande

downtube bag

825

Brian Looney

downtube bag

612

Sam Weatherby

Surly

   

Knard Tires 26x4.8"

924

Ryan Armstrong

Nate Tires 26x3.8"

384

Robyn Fisher

Marge Lite Rim Bronze

464

James Showalter

Marge Lite Rim Green

248

Rolland Carter

Rim strip white

427

Charles Utermahole

Rim strip blue

604

Loy Donaldson

Rim strip red

245

James Jaworski

Rim strip orange

191

Sean Robbins

Merino wool Beanie

807

Lynn Saari

Merino wool Beanie

327

Shane Ziegler

Revelate Designs

   

Williwaw pogies

147

Melinda Hager

Williwaw pogies

555

Gabe Kutcher

Expedition pogies

701

Kellene Cooper

Gas tank tube bag

823

Shawn Bailes

Gas tank tube bag

932

Grady Wilson

Mountain feedbag

923

Randy Armstrong

Mountain feedbag

706

Jonathoan Wiseman

Pika saddle bag

65

Gretchen Nelson

Vee Rubber

   

Vee Rubber tires

705

Terri Worn???

Vee Rubber tires

105

Cody Johnson

Vee Rubber tires

820

Shawn Boiles

Vee Rubber tires

321

Richard Ragle

Vee Rubber tires

476

Travis Hubbard

Bar Mitts

   

Mountain Mitts

355

Zuni

Mountain Mitts

770

Charlotte Foley

Mountain Mitts

25

Brian Litmans

Mountain Mitts

110

Sarah Woolley

Mountain Mitts

477

Ralph Comellas

Mountain Mitts

758

Joshua Estes

Wolf Tooth

   

Singtrack pogies

721

Blake Call

Singtrack pogies

586

Bob Nelson

Travel tool wrap

186

Montenelli

Wooligan socks

445

Tom Burek

Wooligan socks

827

Tracy Hanson

Wooligan socks

984

Alex Price

Wooligan socks

310

Jason Lessard

Wooligan socks

37

Christopher Sauser

Cold Avenger

   

Pro balacala

769

Kelly Bruxvoort

Snowhunter balaclava

406

Ron Felde

Expedition balaclava

450

Laura Fox

Darn Tough Vermont

   

Mountaineering socks

170

Clayton Harrison

Mountaineering socks

182

Jason Kordus

Mountaineering socks

296

Dan Ritzman

Mountaineering socks

109

Paul Morison

Mountaineering socks

911

Kevin Paisley

Mountaineering socks

157

Karen Stephens

Mountaineering socks

581

Tami Hamler

Mountaineering socks

831

Tommy Gerracy

Mountaineering socks

560

Roger James

Mountaineering socks

183

Mike Mitchell

PenAir tickets

345

Grendal Brenner

Westmark Room

184

Terry Hennessey

BarYak carry system

87

Josh Sundstrom

Trailside Discovery Camp

   

Disc Kids summer week

713

Katherine Vollrath

Iditarod Historic Trails Alliance

   

trail lovers pack

580

Dan Reyes

Mystery Prize!

   

Recycled art chandalier

364

Charles Boyle

 

 



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