As long as I've been involved with Bike Anchorage I've been proud of the work we take on and accomplish. I'm constantly amazed by the power of our volunteer base--from dedicated board members, to volunteer leaders, to enthusiastic participants. Not many organizations have so much meaningful support and engagement from our members, but we do because Anchorage's bike community is powerful.
2016 has been a great year for Anchorage's bicycle community. We are on track to continue transforming the way our city develops safe bike infrastructure, educates everyone of the rules of the road, and building more community around all types of bicycling.
With the support of volunteers and advocates like yourself, here are some highlights of what we've accomplished this year:
Remember the Bike Totem mock-up presented for Bike to Work Day? Thanks to the generous support from the biking community (you!), it was installed this September. At a small ribbon cutting event on September 27th, Mayor Berkowitz and a couple dozen cyclists rode down to the new Bike Totem, which is installed at Westchester Lagoon at the confluence of the Chester Creek and Coastal Trails. As the workday ended, hundreds of afternoon commuters, families, and recreational cyclists rode by. Previously, this would have been a countless number, but not anymore. The number displayed at the top of the totem steadily climbed, proving our city’s love for our trails and bikes.Read more
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 AnchorageRead more
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:
During 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:
About 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.
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.
Bike 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:
- Sign up and create a profile for the National Bike Challenge
- Sign up to do our "Anchorage Summer Commuter Challenge"
- You can also create a team with your office, or competitive group of friends;)
- Start riding!
At 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!
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.
Thank you so much for your support! It all adds up to making Anchorage a safe and practical place to go by bike.
Bike 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!Read more