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!


Anchorage Bike to Work Day

Bike to Work Day is Friday, May 18. This is Anchorage's biggest day of the year to show City leaders and the country that Anchorage bikes. Register today!


Treat Stations!

Check out the treat stations along your route by visiting our online map. Be sure to check back regularly as more stations pop up or shuffle:


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Volunteer

Do you love bikes? Well then we've got tons of opportunities to get involved! 


Community Rides

We've got some awesome community rides planned for this Spring and Summer. Check out the Museum Ride coming up on June 14th!

 


 


Our 2018 Raffle Winners!

Congratulations to our 2018 Bike Anchorage Raffle winners!

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Thank you to the 22 generous sponsors who have made this raffle possible. We'd also like to thank our generous members and supporters for purchasing tickets and joining us at all our Winter Bike Fest events throughout February.

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2018 Bike Anchorage Raffle

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Bike Anchorage board members are only selling 500 Raffle tickets for $20.00 each! With 45 winners and all proceeds benefiting Bike Anchorage, this is the ticket you want. We'll have them at all Bike Anchorage Winter Bike Fest events, bib pick up for the Big Fat Ride, and we'll be pulling prize winners after the Big Fat Ride at 49th State Brewing Company. You don't need to be present to win, so get the tickets while you can! 

Raffle Drawing

Saturday, February 24th at 6:00pm

49th State Brewing Company, 717 W 3rd Ave, Anchorage, AK 99514

We'll pull winners after the Big Fat Ride with drinks and snacks. You do NOT need to be present to win!

**Find Bike Anchorage board members to buy your tickets at all our Winter Bike Fest events**

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Check out our amazing prizes:

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Winter Bike Fest 2018

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Go ahead and clear your calendar, Winter Bike Fest 2018 is right around the corner! February will be chock full of awesome bike events - we are talking group rides, storytelling, documentaries, and a whole lot more.

February 1st

Festival Kickoff Event - World Bike Touring Panel

6:30-8:30 pm / Anchorage Museum

February 3rd

Susitna Bicycle Institute Pump Track Party

10 am-6 pm / 7319 Bailey Drive

Icy River Rampage

11 am-2 pm / Eagle River Nature Center

February 8th

Trail Tales Bikes Edition

7-9 pm / 49th State Brewing

February 9th

Winter Bike to Work Day

7-9 am / Woodside Park

Second Friday Bike Art

6-9 pm / Trek Store of Anchorage

February 11th

Winter City Rides 

10:30 am / Start at Westchester Lagoon, end at 49th State Brewing

February 14th

Bikes & Brews Valentines Day Ride

6:30-9 pm / Trek Store of Anchorage

February 15th

Filmed by Bike Film Festival

8 pm / Grant Hall, Alaska Pacific University

February 20th

LE RIDE - Documentary Screening

5:30 pm / Bear Tooth Theatrepub

February 24th

Big Fat Ride

3:30-5 pm / Downtown

Bike Anchorage Raffle Drawing

5:30-8 pm / 49th State Brewing

February 27th

Two Bikes One Joy Slide Show

7-9 pm / BP Energy Center


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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