Trail Tales with Anchorage GRIT

 
Hello!
 
As a board member for Bike Anchorage, I am recruiting speakers for an Alaska Trails' Trail Tales event. The event will take place on February 5th during Winter Bike Fest and will partner to raise money for Anchorage GRIT. 
 
I am reaching out to see if you, or anyone you know, would be interested in sharing a story for the event. Of course, we would love bike themed stories, but we are open to any story you feel passionate in sharing about an Alaska outdoors experience. Stories typically last seven minutes and I should stress that the setting is quite informal and the crowd always supportive! I told a story last year and felt at ease after I met the other presenters and crowd. Here is a link to past events so that you can get a feel for what the evening is like: Alaska Trails: Trail Tales
 
If you are interested please email info@bikeanchorage.org with your confirmation and story idea.
 
Happy New Year everyone!
 
-Cait Rodriguez
Bike Anchorage Board Member

Safer Streets to Ride

Photo by Rugile Kaladyte

I love what Bike Anchorage is working toward for the city of Anchorage-- safer streets to ride on and a more bike friendly environment.

Bike Anchorage has shown an immense level of support for Anchorage GRIT, my middle school girls cycling mentorship program. Cait Rodriguez and I are very proud of our six week program culminating in a three day 65 mile adventure ride from Anchorage to the end of Eklutna Lake. Last year, we worked with eighteen 7th grade girls. Before the program, none of the girls had ridden more than 10 miles. By the end of the Anchorage GRIT, they were riding trails with confidence and endurance. Bike Anchorage supports Anchorage GRIT by taking care of our insurance, fundraising and managing our finances. They also help us kick-off the program with a safe riding class for the students and parents. We are so grateful for all of their help and thoughtfulness. They keep our program safe and protected, eliminating much of the daunting administrative work.

I really appreciate the tremendous effort and energy Bike Anchorage puts into making cycling infrastructure better in Anchorage and supporting educational programs so I can continue doing what I love-- riding my bike and inspiring others to get out and ride theirs.

-Lael Wilcox


Call for Artists - Bike Art!

It's time for the 2nd annual Bike Art Show at the Trek Store of Anchorage! Bike Anchorage and the Trek Store are teaming up to kick off the 2019 Winter Bike Fest. We’re filling the walls of the Trek Store with art celebrating all things BIKE. This is a group show open to all mediums, so recruit an artist that you’d love to see the work of.

 

Artists: Let us know you are interested by entering your artwork by Monday, 1/14/19.

 

Questions? pierce@bikeanchorage.org

 

How to submit artwork:

 

Send us your submission to pierce@bikeanchorage.org by Monday, 1/14/19, with subject line: BIKE ART 2019.

For each submission, send us:

- Photo of your submission
- Dimensions
- Medium
- Title

We will review and send you an email if your entry can be displayed by Tuesday, 1/22/19.

Show will open Friday, February 1st, 2019 in conjunction with Winter Bike Fest. A portion artwork sales will benefit non-profit Bike Anchorage — thank you for supporting your local bike community! 


Safer Systems For All Road Users Community Training

Pictured above: Representatives from Bike Anchorage, ITE Active Transportation Committee, AMATS, Municipal Traffic Department, and Project Management and Engineering participating in the third training session: Designing equitable transportation systems. 

Safer Systems for All Road Users - sounds like a worthy goal doesn't it?

In August, Bike Anchorage applied on behalf of the city to participate in a training hosted by America Walks. We were excited to be selected as one of ten cities across the country to participate! We just wrapped up our third training session, and have enjoyed fruitful discussions with planners and engineers about ways to better design for all road users. 

Here's more on the training from America Walks:

"The training will help selected communities assess, plan, and prioritize effective and context-sensitive safety treatments to reduce the growing numbers of pedestrian fatalities and injuries. Following a year of implementation, America Walks and its partners will share the results of the technical assistance and provide an outline of lessons learned and cultivate inspiration for other cities looking to address pedestrian safety."

Learn more here.


Fat Bike Sign Install

Thanks to Generous funding from REI, Bike Anchorage was able to work with Chugach State Park to install new fat bike signs, a fix-it station, bike rack, and trail map kiosk! The new signs help clarify which trails are open to fat bikes in the winter and help promote this activity across the park. We are so lucky to have a group of great volunteers who helped us get everything installed. 

 


Urban Streets Anchorage

Here's the digital edition of Urban Streets Anchorage. Be on the lookout for an article by our very own Lindsey Hajduk!

A silver-level Bicycle Friendly City (designated by the League of American Bicyclists), Anchorage is host to 248 miles of bikeable trails and bike lanes, with a network of 541 miles planned by 2028. Along with its nationally ranked system of trails, Anchorage is known as the home of fat-tire biking. If you’re riding on trails, be sure and watch out for moose!



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