Today was one of those days that affirms why we spend hours and hours working to make Anchorage more bicycle-friendly. In the middle of the afternoon (when many were at work or skipped out to come to the meeting), the AMATS Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) meet to review its proposed budget for how it would allocate federal dollars to Anchorage transportation projects over the next two years. We counted 35 bicyclists in attendance to demand more from our city. AMATS TAC meetings usually dont get many members of the public – a few consultants, planners and developers – but not the public. Today WAS DIFFERENT. It was different because you – our BCA supporters – came out in force. You had already made a big splash with the TAC by submitting over 125 comments (another unprecedented event). But today you put an exclamation mark on those comments by showing up in force and telling your stories, highlighting that the way we spend federal $ is important to every day lives, that it can make us safer, improve traffic congestion, improve motorist awareness of bicyclists and how to share the road, support healthier lives, create a more livable and desirable city, and support businesses.Read more
Last week BCA spent some time with the Muni’s traffic engineers discussing the new traffic pattern at Dowling and Old Seward. We were concerned about the new blinking left turn signal at the intersection. While both the old and new signals are “permissive”, we were concerned the new style of signaling could be confusing for drivers and lead to conflicts in the crosswalk with bikes / peds (the previous light pattern prevented motorist left turns while the crosswalk light was active).Read more
The Bicycle Commuters of Anchorage (BCA) applauds six Anchorage businesses and organizations recognized today by the League of American Bicyclists for creating bicycle-friendly workplaces for employees and customers.Read more
BCA ACTION ALERT UPDATE!
Visualize Anchorage and Eagle River with a network of 200 miles of painted and signed on-street bike lanes by late-summer 2014.
This can actually happen, but only with your help!
Striping and signing of bike lanes on existing roads comprising our “core bicycle network” is a top priority in the plan, with an estimated cost of $3.1 million. Now we must rally again to by ensuring AMATS includes funding for Bike Plan implementation.Read more
BCA ACTION ALERT!
Help Anchorage become a more walkable and bikeable city! We need YOU to ask the AMATS Technical Advisory Committee to raise funding levels for bicycle and pedestrian projects in 2013 and 2014! Send your comments no later than October 10!
TAKE ACTION TODAY TO INCREASE FUNDING FOR BIKE AND PEDESTRIAN INFRASTRUCTURE:
Since 2008, BCA has been on the ground and behind the scenes working locally and state-wide, promoting bicycle use through its advocacy, education, and encouragement initiatives. This September BCA board member Kevin Turinsky is venturing “Outside” to participate at the national and international levels to learn and share best practices on how we can create truly bicycle-friendly cities. Kevin will collect new ideas to help better serve our bicycle community here at home in Anchorage and around Alaska.Read more
The BCA-AIA Summer Bike Commute Challenge is all wrapped up. It again proved to be a fun and engaging competition with over 40 teams participating and over 47,000 miles commuted by bike. The average percent of trips made by bike in Anchorage is reported to be 1.5%. The competition is broken down into classes based on employer size and business compete to have the highest percentage of trips by bike.
Our 2012 Bike Commute Challenge winners are:Read more