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? [email protected]

 

How to submit artwork:

 

Send us your submission to [email protected] 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!


Pitch.Click.Give

We are excited to announce that Bike Anchorage won 2nd Place in this year's Pitch.Click.Give competition. We can't wait to start spreading the word about better biking in Anchorage. Thank you so much to our awesome team who helped us craft a killer pitch!

What is Pitch.Click.Give? Pitch.Click.Give is a unique event where nonprofits, marketing gurus and fundraising professionals come together to pitch a campaign, all in one evening.

This is a great opportunity to give back to the community, build out strategic ideas, and connect with like-minded colleagues! This event is hosted by The American Marketing Association in partnership with the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and Pick.Click.Give.

Find out more here.