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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2017 Bike to Work Day Treat Stations

Screen_Shot_2017-05-03_at_3.25.25_PM.pngIt's almost here! 2017 Bike to Work Day treat stations are on the map!

Nearly 50 stations are open from 6am-9am; and six are open from 4-6pm. Check out the map for details on each station--including what kind of yummy treats they have to offer!

Bike to Work Day is Wednesday, May 17th!

Thanks to the generous station sponsors who support our bicycling community

  • Bike Anchorage Bacon Station-- thanks to the Spenard Roadhouse especially!
  • Kumin and Sustainable Design Group
  • CRW CReW and BNAP 
  • Alaska eBike
  • Dark Horse Coffee Co
  • Great Land Trust
  • Bayshore Clubhouse
  • Bosco's Comics
  • Nordic Skiing Association of Anchorage
  • Anchorage Sand & Gravel
  • Alyeska Pipeline Service Co
  • Southcentral Foundation
  • Denali Federal Credit Union
  • Alaska Department of Fish and Game
  • Fire Island Rustic Bakeshop
  • Healthwise Care Center and Physical Therapy
  • American Heart Association
  • Providence Cancer Center
  • Anchorage Community House
  • Safe Kids Alaska
  • Team Red, White, & Blue
  • Anchorage Yoga
  • Anchorage Cycle
  • Hartman Orthodontics
  • Off the Chain
  • Resolution Brewing Company
  • RIM and Corvus Design
  • Public Employees Local 71
  • The Bicycle Shop
  • People Mover
  • Umialik Insurance Company
  • The Arc of Anchorage
  • Roger Shaw
  • Alaska Pacific University
  • Trek Bicycle Store
  • Snow City Cafe
  • Anchorage Parks and Rec & Anchorage Park Foundation
  • R&M Consultants
  • Alaska Club Downtown
  • Alaskan AIDS Assistance Association
  • Alaska Air National Guard
  • Kaladi Brothers Coffee
  • Alaska Regional Hospital
  • Highland Academy Charter School
  • Anchorage Community Land Trust
  • lululemon
  • The Magpie
  • Visit Anchorage
  • STrEaM Academy 
  • Aquarian Charter School
  • Faith Lutheran Church and School

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How to Join in on Bike to Work Day

Bike to Work Day - Host a Treat Station

In Anchorage, we'll celebrate Bike to Work Day on Wednesday, May 17th. Every year businesses, organizations, and enthusiasts encourage people to get on their bikes with coffee, donuts, blueberries and more. Help us celebrate a more bicycle-friendly city. Last year we had over 50 stations--let's go big this year and beat that record! Here's what you need to know to sign up as a treat station host:
  • Anchorage Bike to Work Day is Wednesday, May 17th
  • You can host a treat station wherever you would like--we'll make sure you don't overlap with another host. You can also choose to host the station in the morning or after work.
  • Hosts provide the beverages, treats, or swag to share. Be creative!
  • To host a treat station, sign up here!
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Congratulations to Our Winners!

Congratulations to these lucky winners of this year's raffle! We had great turn out to the Big Fat Ride and celebrated the day by pulling raffle prizes. The Big Fat Ride would not be possible without the support from Kathi Merchant at Alaska Ultra Sport and a list of amazing volunteers. Thank you!

We would especially like to thank our amazing business sponsors who contributed prizes to this year's raffle: Alaska AirSurlyBecker GearDogwood Designs45NRTHThe Bicycle ShopRevelate DesignsWolf Tooth ComponentsCold AvengerPen AirBarYak Expedition.

Thank you to the hundreds of supporters who participated in the Big Fat Ride and went the extra mile to buy raffle tickets!

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