To all Anchorage bicyclists. All of our groundwork has succeeded. We’re hearing the Bicycle Plan has 100% assembly and mayoral support, and is expected to pass on Tuesday night. Therefore, it’s absolutely critical that those of us showing up at the Tuesday assembly meeting respectfully keep quiet and just let the assembly vote. The sooner they can vote on it, w/o any interruptions from enthusiastic cyclists, the sooner we will have our Bicycle Plan.
Since we have certainty in the Bicycle Plan passing on Tuesday, it’s essential that we respect the decorum and simply let the vote take place. Please, refrain the urge to speak at the meeting. The work has already been done.
This Saturday, March 6, re-channel that energy and blow off all your excitement at the BCA Winter Bike Fest fundraiser. 6:30-8:30 pm at BP Energy Bldg. Let’s all bask in the glory.
Wednesday, Feb. 24th, from 2:00-3:00pm on Hometown, Alaska, guests Lori Schanche and Brian Litmans will join host Kathleen McCoy to explain the plan, how it would unfold over time, and how it stacks up to evolving bicycle use in other cities, including other snowy ones.
The Bike Plan is a critical planning element to make Anchorage more bicycle-friendly and livable. Please call in and let us know why the Anchorage Bicycle Plan and bicycle transportation, in general, is important to you.
• Call 550-8433 (Anchorage) or 1-888-353-5752 (statewide) during the live broadcast (2:00 – 3:00pm)
• Send e-mail to email@example.com before, during or after the live broadcast (e-mails may be read on air)
Hometown rebroadcasts at 10 pm and you can get a podcast of the show.
In Sunday’s Anchorage Daily News, Lanie Fleischer speaks out in support of the Anchorage Bike Plan. Thanks Lanie!
It’s time to adopt new, 20-year Bicycle Plan
COMPASS: Other points of view
By LANIE FLEISCHER
Of all the things we have come together to accomplish in this town, our greenbelts and trail systems truly define Anchorage. Now it’s time for the next phase.Read more
The BCA has been gathering donations from local bike shops for our upcoming Winter Bike Festival. We’ll be using these donations for door prizes and prizes in our Most Visible Rider contest. We’ve not only received a collection of cool bike lights for prizes and giveaways, including two of these Bike Glow lights.Read more
A new report by the Alliance for Biking & Walking shows that lack of investment in biking and walking could be contributing to higher traffic fatalities and chronic disease rates in the U.S. Bicycling and Walking in the United States: The 2010 Benchmarking Reportreveals that in almost every state and major U.S. city, bicyclists and pedestrians are at a disproportionate risk of being killed, and receive less than their fair share of transportation dollars.Read more
This year is an extremely important year for bike commuters in Anchorage. The Anchorage Bike Plan will be going before the Anchorage Assembly around mid February. We encourage every bike commuter, business or organization to get involved. Your involvement is critical and can be as simple as a short email to your assembly person.Read more
Photo courtesy of BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News. Northbound traffic on the Glenn Highway continued to move slowly and was backed up to the Boniface Parkway overpass at 7 p.m. Dec. 15, 2009.Read more
In the fall of 2008, a young man was traveling across C street at 40th Avenue in Midtown early in the morning. He was struck and killed by an SUV. At the time Anchorage Police Department said the bicyclist, Jonathon Johnson, was not wearing reflective clothing and that dark road conditions were a factor. While that may (or may not) be so, it clearly isn’t the whole story and highlights how bicyclists are quickly assumed to be in the wrong. The driver of the SUV was just indicted on charges of manslaughter and driving under the influence for striking and killing Jonathon Johnson.Read more