We have some great news for people desiring to access Mountain View, the Ship Creek trail, and the Glen Highway multi-use path. This week, at a Bike and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) under the coordination of Anchorage Metropolitan area Transportation Solution (AMATS), planners described two great projects to create safer and more effective biking in east Anchorage:
During the Summer Bike Challenge, our city's businesses and organizations support bike commuters in the morning on the last Friday of June, July, and August--and an "after work" station at the Westchester Lagoon. Add them to your daily commute routine!
- Friday, June 24th
- Friday, July 29th
- Friday, August 26th
Here is a map of treat stations around Anchorage with their locations and times:
About 50 people gathered for a bicycle tour of Spenard, highlighting the neighborhood’s assets, dangers, hazards and amenities. The tour was part of an effort sponsored by Bike Anchorage, the Anchorage Metropolitan Area Transportation Solutions (AMATS), and the municipal planning department to develop a long-range strategy for what has been defined as the Spenard Corridor. The intention of the planning effort is to view not just Spenard Road, but also the entire surrounding neighborhood, through the lens of transit-oriented development.
This Letter to the Editor, published in the Anchorage Dispatch News, was written in response to the May 10th ADN article by Michelle Theriault Boots: An Anchorage cyclist is recovering after being left for dead in a hit-and-run.
First of all huge shoutout to Jackie Minge for finishing the Gold Nugget Triathlon even after being the hit-and-run victim of Boots' article. It's an amazing accomplishment for anyone to finish a triathlon, let alone to do so during recovery from being hit by a vehicle.
This incident brings to light the struggle of all those biking on Anchorage's roads. From reading the comments on Boots' article, recalling my own and many other commuters' experiences it is clear that many people in Anchorage do not know or understand bike-related traffic laws. As a year-round bike commuter, I fear that I have lived this issue far too often.
Bike Anchorage is excited to announce our Summer Bike Challenge is here! We're trying something new this year by using the National Bike Challenge website to sign-up and track teams. This site has a much easier way to track your miles through different phone apps, so sign up today and get riding!
Here's what you need to do:
- Sign up and create a profile for the National Bike Challenge
- Sign up to do our "Anchorage Summer Commuter Challenge"
- You can also create a team with your office, or competitive group of friends;)
- Start riding!
At our recent Bike to Work Day Celebration, we featured a model for a new bike awareness totem that we will purchase with the help of an Anchorage Park Foundation Park Challenge Grant. This totem will include a real-time counter of all those traveling by bike.
But we’re not there yet! We need your help to raise $2016 by May 31st, to make this project a reality and permanently install the totem!
Why is counting cyclists important? The data from this bike awareness totem will:
- Inform the municipality about the number of cyclists on our trails, data which will influence policies like Vision Zero and trail improvements.
- Help raise public awareness through a real-time count of cyclists on the trail and enable the creation of graphics and maps to educate others.
Basically, the more information we have about how many people are biking in Anchorage, the better equipped we are to influence decision makers and the public to make Anchorage a more bike friendly city. And that’s really what we’re all about.
Thank you so much for your support! It all adds up to making Anchorage a safe and practical place to go by bike.