2011 Winter Bike Fest and Upcoming National Summit

We’ve got a lot happening over the next few weeks. Here are the highlights…

Second Saturday Ride – Feb. 12th

Join us this Saturday, February 12 at 11AM at Goose Lake, for the next Second Saturday Ride

We’ll head down the lovely Chester Creek trail for a fun and casual winter time ride. Our destination is the Fire Island Rustic Bakehouse, where we’ll enjoy hot coffee and a host of delicious freshly baked goods. I’m not sure which is my favorite…those marvelous blueberry scones, or the decadent peanut butter sandwich cookies! The calories are all guilt free, since you’ll burn them off on the ride back. Anyone is welcome to join us, especially folks who are new to winter time riding.

Winter City 50K Ride – Feb. 13th

And don’t forget, the Fire Island Rustic Bakehouseis one of the stops on the Winter City 50K Populaire!The Alaska Randonneurs have planned a great course that weaves its way through Anchorage, from one great eatery to another! It all starts Sunday February 13, 8 AM at Cafe Amsterdam for registration, and the ride starts at 9 AM. This isn’t a race, it’s an excellent opportunity to tour the town by bike and sample the delicious wares at the likes of The Sugar Spoon, The Cake Studio, and City Market to name a few. This ride is a fund raiser for BCA. See our website for details!

Winter Bike Film Fest – Feb. 17th

The following Thursday, February 17 at 8 PM, our Winter Bike Fest ends at the Bear Toothfor a bike film festival. We’re showing two films, Cycling Copenhagen and Bicycle Dreams. This is Anchorage’s first screening of Bicycle Dreams, an excellent film with a long list of awards. It offers an inside glimpse into the Race Across America, an incredible endurance race of 3000 miles in 7 days (for teams) or 12 days (for solo riders). Tickets are $7, and please keep in mind ticket sales do not benefit BCA, so we will also be taking donations at the event to support our work to make Anchorage more bicycle-friendly.

The National Bike Summit in DC – March 8-10th

The National Bike Summit in Washington DC is March 8-10, 2011, and the BCA wants to be there in person to represent you! As you know, more Anchorage citizens than ever are riding their bikes, even in wintertime. Yet half of all trips are three miles or less, and more than 90 percent are made by car. The National Bike Summit has improved bicycle friendliness and livability in many communities, now we want Anchorage to have a representative at this National Summit, speaking up about our unique needs.

Attending the National Bike Summit provides representatives with the opportunity to learn from and share with other communities to find successful ways to make our own communities more bicycle-friendly and livable.

BCA needs your financial support to send a volunteer board member to Washington D.C. to speak up for YOUR needs. Can you send a contribution, or ask your company, to donate to help send an Anchorage representative?

You can send your donations to BCA, 2429 E. 20th Ave., Anchorage, AK 99508 (sorry our paypal is down until we get our 501c3 status)

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