Accommodating Cyclists Makes Cents

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I had the opportunity to sit on a panel for the American Planning Conference in Anchorage last week. The topic was “livability and the bottom line” or, how I interpreted it, “why businesses should cater to cyclists”. I knew right off the bat this wouldn’t be a hard argument to make. I recently visited Mackinac Island in Michigan and got a taste for the way cars (or lack of) can impact a community. Situated in Lake Huron, the island has been car-free since the end of the 19th century. Bikes and horse-drawn carriages are the primary modes of transportation. I spent way more money at local fudge shops while strolling through on foot than I would have zipping through town in a car. The whole island just felt safer and more inviting.

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Safer Biking in Sight

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We know Alaskans are hardy, and now we have statistical proof. We commute by bike or foot more often, per capita, than residents of any other state, according to the American Community Survey. Despite freezing temperatures, we log pedal-powered miles all year long. This in-all-kinds-of-weather attitude combined with our world-class trail system could make Anchorage a premier winter mobility city.

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Trail Data Collection Blitz!

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Join us on September 23rd-24th as we help the city get a handle on who uses our trails! This data collection effort will aid in the development of the city's new Non-Motorized Plan - an important document that will set priorities for things we care about, like new trails, sidewalks, and bike lanes! 

As part of the upcoming Data Blitz Weekend, Bike Anchorage will be hosting a community ride on Sunday, September 24th from 10am-12pm! We will be joined by Fred Young, Principal Designer with Alta Planning + Design, who will explain how the data collection will inform future city planning. So come along if you're curious about Anchorage's non-motorized future! More details coming soon. 


Confessions of an Anchorage Bicyclist: Neon

neon3.jpgOk, I'll admit it. I'm *that bicyclist. This month I bought a neon yellow helmet (like the kind given to tourists), and my confession is that I love it.

I distinctly remember telling my mother two years ago that I would not wear a neon helmet--similar to a conversation we had when I was in the fifth grade about jeans (yuck) vs. sweatpants (yes!). I eventually saw the light. Last spring, I got a neon yellow windbreaker that changed everything.

As I rode, I could see my glowing arms and never felt so visible! I felt more confident that other people could see me better in the morning dusk. A neon helmet is a natural progression, and just in time for winter darkness to sneak up on my morning commute. 

In Alaska, being a highly visible bicyclist is a necessity. Here are a few tips to be seen around town: 

 

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Welcoming Our First Bike Anchorage Director!

Pierce_Profile.pngBike Anchorage is excited to introduce our first Director: Pierce Schwalb!
 
From the start, Bike Anchorage has been powered by volunteers and is proud of the amazing accomplishments we've been a part of with our grassroots grit. There is nothing quite like the bike community. We are proud to celebrate this milestone.
 
Pierce first hopped on a bike in the swamplands of Central Florida, where two wheels proved to be useful dodging gators. When he wasn’t recreating alongside reptiles, he was following his passion for achieving sustainability by studying and applying techniques to help people reduce their carbon footprint. 
 
Most recently, Pierce planned for and promoted alternative fuel vehicles in Northern California. Although a newcomer to Anchorage, he has already fallen in love with this vibrant, self-reliant city. He is excited to support and grow the engaged bicycling community that calls Anchorage home. 
 
Please welcome Pierce to Bike Anchorage! To connect, you can find Pierce at Pierce@bikeanchorage.org

Bike to Work Day was a Huge Success

Amazing turnout to this morning's Bike to Work Day treat station celebrations: 4,189 riders throughout Anchorage!

Thanks to everyone who turned out today and every day to make this city a great place for bicycling.

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