Summer Update

We are excited to announce the September Commuter Challenge! In partnership with the Municipality, Bike Anchorage will be launching a challenge through LinkAK.org which covers the month of September. Just like Bike to Work Day, amazing prizes will be awarded! Keep an eye out for more information soon. First, go ahead and get registered with the site here:


Bike to Work Day Prize Winners

Congratulations to Joe, Nicolette, and Amber! Because they logged their trips on LinkAK.org on Bike to Work Day, they were randomly selected to win great prizes! A huge thank you to the Trek Store of Anchorage, REI, and the Alaska Railroad for donating awesome prizes. Be on the lookout for more great prizes as part of our September Commuter Challenge!


Last Friday Treat Stations

We are back up and running with last Friday treat stations! The last Friday of July is the 27th, so be sure to commute by bike! Generous local businesses will be providing treats around town to encourage more folks to get out and bike. Stations will be available from 6am till 9am (unless otherwise noted on the map). There will be an updated map for the last Friday of August and September, so keep an eye out for those. Click the button below and plan out your route!


Bike Day at the Mountain View Farmer's Market

It's Bike Day at the Mountain View Farmer's Market! We are excited to host youth bike-safety courses during the market. The courses will last half and hour and start every hour beginning at 4pm. Free helmets and LED lights for course participants, courtesy of the Center for Safe Alaskans. Get more info on all of the festivities here


Texas 4000

Attention all bikers!  The Texas 4000 Charity Bike Ride (T4K) from Austin, Texas to Anchorage, Alaska arrives here Friday, August 10th.  This is the 15th anniversary of this amazing event. Again this year we need lots of local riders to come out to greet these incredible young riders and give them a big escort on their last 32 miles of their 4000 mile journey.  You can find out about their journey and the organization at www.texas4000.org


Did you miss the historical tour of early Anchorage, or the ride through the 1% for art program? Don't worry, Bike Anchorage and the Anchorage Museum are cooking up another awesome ride all about urban gardens! Be sure to check out the Bike Anchorage Calendar


Chugach State Park Install

Thanks to a generous grant from REI, we got to team up with Alaska State Parks to install a new bike Fix-It station, bike rack, and a shiny new informational bike kiosk at Chugach State Park! Be sure to check out all the new gear at the Prospect Heights Trailhead. We will start phase 2 later in the Fall, which includes installing over 50 fat tire bike signs throughout the park. Stay tuned for more opportunities to volunteer on this project!


Bike to Work Day Prize Winners

Congratulations to Joe, Nicolette, and Amber! Because they logged their trips on LinkAK.org on Bike to Work Day, they were randomly selected to win great prizes! A huge thank you to the Trek Store of Anchorage, REI, and the Alaska Railroad for donating awesome prizes.

Joe won a Garmin Cycling Computer from the Trek Store of Anchorage!

Nicolette won a REI Co-Op cycling jacket, courtesy of our Anchorage REI!

Amber won two tickets on the Alaska Railroad, provided by the Alaska Railroad!


The Texas 4000

From the organizers of the Texas 4000:

Attention all bikers!  The Texas 4000 Charity Bike Ride (T4K) from Austin, Texas to Anchorage, Alaska arrives here Friday, August 10th.  This is the 15th anniversary of this amazing event. Again this year we need lots of local riders to come out to greet these incredible young riders and give them a big escort on their last 32 miles of their 4000 mile journey.  You can find out about their journey and the organization at www.texas4000.org
 
We will meet on the east side parking lot of Change Point Church on Raspberry Road at 10:30am on the morning of August 10, and a bus will be provided to transport everybody out to Mirror Lake.  The bus will leave the parking lot at 11am sharp.  Carlile will be providing transportation for your bikes from the church out to Mirror Lake.  The ride is approximately 32 miles from Mirror Lake back to Change Point Church with almost all of it being on designated bike paths.  There will be a lunch provided at Mirror Lake for all those participating in the ride and we will have a rest stop on the ride at about the half way point.  YOU MUST HAVE A HELMET TO PARTICIPATE.
 
I encourage you to take a look at the maps and familiarize yourself with them so you can help lead some of the T4K group to the finish line.
Please let me know if you plan on participating so we can plan on how many lunches to provide.  You can either email me at texasexesalaskachapter@gmail.com or text me at (907)748-3671.   My name is Keith Foerster.

Get Your Bike on All Summer Long!

This year's Bike to Work Day was the perfect kick-off to some great Spring and Summer riding. Over 2,800 people braved the rainy weather and biked to over 60 tasty treat stations run by amazing local organizations. If we didn't see you at the Bacon Station, there are still plenty of other opportunities coming up this Summer to celebrate biking!

If you did make it out to Bike to Work Day, hopefully with bacon in hand, please fill out this survey. It will help us make sure Bike to Work Day 2019 is a sizzling, crispy success!


What even is this? It's a Bike High Five of course! These little cards are going viral in Anchorage. Want to encourage fellow riders with some awesome facts and resources about biking? Print off one of these little guys and hang it on a bike. Psst, Pass it on!


We've got an awesome lineup of community rides this Summer. Bike Anchorage has teamed up with the Anchorage Museum for three fun rides - a historical tour of early Anchorage, a ride through the 1% for art program, and some delicious urban gardens! More great rides are in the works - be sure to keep an eye on the Bike Anchorage Calendar


Chugach State Park Volunteer Day

Thanks to a generous grant from REI, Chugach State Park is getting a new bike Fix-It station, bike rack, Fat Tire Bike signs, and a shiny new informational bike kiosk! We will be installing all of this great new bike gear in our favorite state park Saturday, July 7th from 10am till about 1pm, snacks provided. Bring water and work gloves. Join us for a fun morning of bike community building!


The Trek Store's Bikes and Brews

Bike Anchorage is joining the Trek Store of Anchorage for their June Bikes and Brews! We will be at 49th state doing some fundraising bike parking. It's happening on June 13th - get more info here.


Bike Day at the Mountain View Farmer's Market

It's Bike Day at the Mountain View Farmer's Market! We will be hosting a community ride starting from the market at APU and ending at the Mountain View Farmer's Market. Get more info on all of the festivities here


High Five

What's a bike high five? It originated out of an idea to encourage people who bike. Did you get a high-five and/or just want to join in on the fun?!

Download and print this tag!


Then hang it on a friend 's or a stranger's bike to encourage people to keep riding!


Everyone loves a high five!


We Need Your Help!

Spring is the perfect time to "break-up" with your car (see what we did there?) and join us in making Anchorage bike-friendly!

We need your help with a ton of great stuff coming up. Bike to Work Day is just around the corner (May 18th!) and the bacon station is calling your name. Community rides need leaders and commuter challenges need champions. Oh yeah, and it's just fun to hang out with people who love bikes.

Here's a few things we could really use your help with. Anything sound interesting? Let us know what you'd like to take on!


Bike to Work Day Counters

Every Bike to Work Day, the municipality collects data on how many folks ride and where they go. Collecting this data plays a significant role in applying/receiving grants for bicycle safety improvements within the Municipality of Anchorage. You'll be assigned a location and will cheer on (and count!) your fellow riders. Please email BlessingBR@ci.anchorage.ak.us if you'd like to help out!


Clean Air Challenge Sweepers

The Clean Air Challenge is happening on May 12th in Talkeetna. Want to participate for free and get room and dinner?! They are in need of ride sweepers - sweepers hang back, ensuring no stragglers get left behind. It's a 100 mile ride for a great cause. Volunteers get a room and dinner Saturday night at the Talkeetna Alaska Lodge (and food stations during the ride). Please email jhettinger@gmail.com if you'd like to participate! More info on the ride here


Community Ride Champions

Have an idea for a great community ride and want help organizing it? Let us know! We just wrapped up the Tour De Habitat and had a blast. We toured Habitat for Humanity projects and enjoyed a sunny day on the trails. Other great rides have included a garden tour, architecture tour, and many more. We'll help you get your idea off the ground! Email pierce@bikeanchorage.org.


LinkAK.org

We need your help getting the word out about LinkAK.org! This is Anchorage's one stop shop for local challenges. Register and create a profile, then start logging your bike trips. You'll be automatically entered to win prizes from Alaska Railroad, Downtown Bicycle, REI, and the Trek Store of Anchorage! Didn't see your team or workplace when registering? Email Dana Mendoza (MendozaDR@ci.anchorage.ak.us) with your team details to join.


Bike Maintenance 

Want to perform some basic bike maintenance for a great cause? Birchwood Behavioral Health has eight youth bikes in need of a quick tune up. Please email n.stuemke@bbhalaska.org.


Encouragement Committee

Want to guide our long-term efforts to get more people on bikes? Then join our encouragement committee! We meet every other month and scheme up great events and rides. Email pierce@bikeanchorage.org if you'd like to join!



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