Second-week giveaway winners:
The first-week giveaway took place today, and here we have the winners. Update, we are still looking for the following winners: Bruce Ross and Ellen Barry!
We will stream movies on Tuesdays using the Kast platform. To participate you will need to create a free user account. The platform allows everyone to participate and interact in a chat while watching the movie.
Your name will be entered into the weekly giveaway for participating in this activity. All you need to do is join the Watch party on Kast and drop your full name in the chat, or share a picture of yourself during the watch party and tag us on Instagram.
We will also have a Facebook event for each watch party with the link to participate, a synopsis, and a link to the trailer.
On top of the movies, we will stream weekly, we made a collection of short films that you can watch for free here.
We will be handing out free reflective material for you to decorate your bike. Participating in this activity will get you one entry to the weekly giveaway.
If you choose to decorate on-site and let our photographer take a picture of your decorated bike, you’ll have more opportunities to win and will be entered twice in our weekly giveaway.
*We ask you to wear a mask and practice social distancing if attending the glow fests
February 5th - Westchester Lagoon from 4 to 6 pm
February 19th - Abbott Loop Community Park from 4 to 6 pm
We have created a route for each weekend. Each route is different and you have from Friday to Sunday to ride the route, or just a segment, depending on your energy and skill level. We highly encourage you to do it with people from your household or social bubble and to wear the themed outfit for each route. Since we can't do mass rides at the moment, when you see someone wearing a costume or the same color as you around the same area you will both know you are doing the same activity!
The second route is here
We will release a list of items/clues that you have to do, and each item will have a different number of points depending on the difficulty. Participants will need to document their clues with photos which can be shared on social media tagging us, direct message, or email.
We will compile people's scores and announce the three top winners.
Participating in this activity gives you an entry to the weekly giveaway
We want to show that we appreciate your participation during Winter Bike Fest. We know it's not easy to go outside on cold days, or knowing that you can't hang out with a lot of people at the moment. This is why we want to encourage you to be part of this event and reward you for doing it.
We will have 4 weekly giveaways on the following days: Monday 8th, Monday 15th, Monday 22nd, and Sunday 28th.
The first three giveaways will be done virtually at 1 pm and will contain all the people that participated in any of the activities from the past week, for example, the first giveaway on Monday 8th will have the names of people participating on the first week's activities, the second giveaway on Monday 22nd will only have the names of the people who participated on the activities of the second week, and so on.
For the fourth and last giveaway on Sunday 28th, all participants from weeks 1, 2, and 3 will be automatically entered to win. This means that you will have several opportunities to win gifts. We have also kept our biggest prizes for the last giveaway, including two roundtrip tickets from Alaska Airlines to travel to any of their national or international destinations valid for a whole year.
Winter Bike Fest 2021 is around the corner, during February we will have a series of events for you to participate in such as scavenger hunts, solo rides, virtual screenings, glow fest, and more.
We know biking during winter it's harder than in the warm months, the cold can be intimidating, and wearing the right gear and clothes is crucial to enjoying the ride, this is why we want to reward you for getting outside and being part of this Festival.
Every time you participate in one of our activities, you will be able to win a prize. We'll release all the details further this month.
One of the prizes you can win is an Alaska Airlines double Main cabin roundtrip voucher valued at $1,250.00 each to any of their 115 destinations, and we have more!
Stay tuned, and get ready!
Anchorage has 8 new Certified League Cycling Instructors, yay!
While they all have different backgrounds, they all have in common being active members of the cycling community, we invite you to know a little bit more about each one of them.
Brigit works at the Refugee Assistance and Immigration Services (RAIS) from the Catholic Social Services in Anchorage. She became an all-year commuter in Anchorage after moving here and not owning a car, she is a tough avid commuter that you can find on the trails despite impeccable weather.
Chelsea became an LCI to help others enjoy the fun of biking and teach them how to be safe while doing it. She works for the Municipality of Anchorage, has been on the Bike Anchorage board for a few years, and is passionate about improving traffic safety and active transportation in Anchorage. Chelsea started bike commuting when she was in the first grade, and continues to commute by bike all year. She supplements bike commuting with mountain and fat biking with her two dogs.
Christi is a civil engineer with CRW Engineering. Biking is a way for her to get to work, run errands, exercise, and stay involved in the community, and she's been biking since she was a kid. Christi is drawn to biking as a form of transportation that's healthier, more equitable, and more fun than a car. She is happy to help Anchorage's bike commuters learn best practices to stay safe.
Christina started to ride a bike as a little kid, doing laps up and down the street. Then, there was a big gap n her life without riding a bike until College, her uncle was a bike messenger in San Francisco and a big influence on her to consider the bicycle as a serious mode of transportation. She started riding her bike to school because parking was rough and expensive. After college, she moved to Alaska for a job.
Devora became an urban cyclist when she was in law school at the age of 21, it happened because gas and parking were too expensive and public transportation was unsafe, unreliable and a terrible experience overall. She has been involved in transportation and urban planning ever since.
She has experience teaching Transportation subjects, it started while she was working in the municipality of her city in Mexico and she was part of the team that created the curriculum that would be taught to drivers that incurred misdemeanors or got tickets for endangering non-motorized users, the curriculum would teach drivers how to safely interact with cyclists, pedestrians, and people with disabilities and how to respect their infrastructure. She later was with Cycles of Change in Oakland, California teaching kids from the Fruitvale Elementary School how to be urban cyclists taking them for rides in the city, and teaching bike mechanics both in English and Spanish. Dev would love to teach Smart Cycling Classes in schools of the Anchorage School District in the future, and to adults who want to be bicycle commuters.
Donovan was born and raised in Fairbanks and first started using the bike as primary transportation during his senior year at UAF because one day in the middle of winter his truck stopped working. After learning to commute at -20F, everything else seemed like a breeze and he's been enjoying the many benefits of the bike as transportation ever since.
In 2015, Donovan graduated and moved to Anchorage to start working in the transportation engineering sector. He has become passionate about applying his knowledge and time to help mature and modernize the urban design policies in the city he loves and calls home.
Mat first got into bicycling as a pre-teen and teenager, as a mode of transportation in the suburbs, then in college, they built a bike from scratch and started going on day rides. After college, they wanted to go on a bike trip but didn't have a cycling community and didn't know how to do it --so, Mat bungee'd a milk crate to their newly-built bike, threw a backpacking bag in, and rode with a friend, from NJ to Nashville over the course of a month, after this, she rode solo from San Diego to Montreal.
Most recently Mat bicycled to their homeland starting in the high Himalayas of India and down to Kerala at the tip of India, where her parents are from. After that long bike ride, they became committed to sharing her passion for bike trips as a way to see incredible places, taste delicious food, feel the generosity of strangers, and also as a way to uncover homeland, seek truths within oneself, and access personal power.
Mat co-wrote a chapbook called Asking for Elephants, and after went on a storytelling tour across the US. They are currently working on a book about that India ride, queerness, sobriety, and homeland. Mat is excited about the possibility of learning how to actually teach and instruct cycling so that they can offer tangible skills alongside storytelling.
You can see the list of all the Certified League Cycling Instructors in Anchorage and their contact information here.
(Phase I's 30th Ave existing on left, Proposed on right)
Anchorage's most promising bike equitable projects is near the final design of its first of four phases, with Phase I being planned for construction in 2021. The overall project is scoped to create an east-west low-stress route through the Midtown area from Spenard Road to the Seward Highway. The route moves along avenues with historically less driver-pedestrian/bike collisions and through the main intersections that are signalized. The aim is to offer a continuous connection that most adult riders will feel is convenient and comfortable enough to bike through Midtown. Basically, an urban bike route designed in a way that people who don't consider themselves "fearless cyclists" will feel is an option.
This style of transportation design has proven time and time again to be the biggest return on investment a city can make. For Anchorage, it's a first and an incremental project towards a fundamental shift. This shift will challenge our city's designers to move away from prioritizing vehicle speeds on every road in order to greatly benefit the many community members interested in the freedom to accessing Midtown by bike.
Highlights from Phase I include:
-Upgrades to W. 30th Ave (19-feet of space for walking and rolling, 20-feet of space for driving)
-A pathway on North Star Ln (8-feet for walking and rolling, 20-feet for driving).
-A new 10-foot pathway connection to Arctic Blvd.
-Arctic Blvd Pedestrian crossing improvements at 32nd.
-Striping with interim painted bike lanes on W. 32nd Ave between Arctic Blvd and C St.
(The project's phasing will be done in four parts starting on the west end and moving east)
This is where you come in:
The Bike Anchorage Advocacy Committee have been closely following the projects' development and have submitted comments and recommendations in an effort to ensure the most effective and bike user friendly design is proposed. The committee has delivered markups to the planset and requests using our decades of combined Anchorage commute biking experience, nationally recognized low-stress design guidance, and the lessons learned from cities with more mature urban biking infrastructure. Please take a moment to see what our team came up with and click on our link below to submit what you think the project needs. Feel free to use our recommendations if you agree with them. You can help our city officials understand your needs and concerns as a person interested in a safer, cleaner, and fiscally responsible Anchorage for all!
Bike Anchorage Advocacy Committee's direct requests
1. Where no physical separation is offered to cyclists (30th Ave: Spenard Rd to N. Star St):
- Keep the 30th Ave at 20mph and do not increase vehicle speeds to 25mph as currently proposed.
- Help slow traffic down by narrowing vehicle lanes from 10 to 9-feet where bike lanes are located. (See image 1)
- Add speed bumps or employ other traffic calming tools to induce slower speeds and discourage reoccurring through vehicle traffic along the entirety of 30th Ave. (See image 2)
- Add a transportation mode “permeability filter” to the north end of N. Star St to allow only non-motorized and emergency vehicle access. (See image 2)
- Add stricter “no parking” signage with fine amounts shown to deter bike lane parking. Consider adding parking enforcement agreements to contracts. (See image 2)
- Add “bikes may use full lane” signage on 30th and 32nd at all locations where bike lanes end, and at the beginning of mixed-use unstriped roadways. Consider sharrows. (See image 2)
2. Arctic Blvd Crossing:
- Add Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon (RRFB) to the crossing. (See image 4)
- Make the pathways intersection with Arctic Blvd have a wider opening and larger curves so people on bikes can easily navigate the narrow 4-foot sidewalk. (See image 4)
- Use a 10-foot cargo bike as the "design vehicle" for pathway curves and approaches.
- Between the pathway and crossing, make the sidewalk wider there so bike and peds can cross each other. (See image 4)
- Add additional width to crosswalk with green bike lane paint crossing bars. (See image 4)
3. Comments for all project phases:
- Add continuous (raised) sidewalks and bike lanes at all commercial approaches. This will increase safety by physically indicating the right-of-way to pedestrians and bikes. Making people on bikes go up and down grades and bumps will greatly degrade user experience.
Traffic signalization timing at A and C streets:
- Ensure an average speed cyclist does not have to stop at both signals due to vehicle speed prioritized phase timing.
- Propose traffic loops in a way that allows for an easy retrofit of “bike box” staging areas.
- Install bike detection loops and bike specific signals at signalized intersections, or install facilities now to allow for cost efficient retrofits.
- Add bike-lane accessible queuing buttons if no bike detection will be offered.
- Use a 10-foot cargo bike as the design vehicle for all curves and curb return radii on bike path approaches, roundabout pathways, and islands.
- Add more wayfinding signage at the main approaches and turns of the bikeway to indicate the route to approaching (north/southbound) non-motorized traffic.
Bike Anchorage Advocacy Committee's planset markups