Bike Anchorage Goes to Washington, DC

This March, Bike Anchorage had the exciting opportunity to attend the National Bike Summit held in Washington, DC. This annual gathering brings together passionate bike advocates from across the nation to connect, network, and delve into the latest advancements in bike policy and funding. It was an inspiring experience for our team, and we're eager to share the highlights of our journey with you.

One of the first things that struck us upon arriving in Washington, DC, was the impressive network of bike infrastructure woven throughout the city. With an extensive variety of bike lanes and abundant bike-sharing stations, the city's commitment to prioritizing cycling as a mode of transportation was evident at every turn. This infrastructure really inspired us as we look forward to Anchorage's first bidirectional protected bike lane coming to downtown this summer—a transformative development toward safe, accessible cycling in our city.

During our visit, we biked to the Capitol to meet with Alaska's Senators and Representative. In these meetings, we shared updates on the initiatives we're spearheading to make Anchorage a more bike-friendly city. We discussed the importance of better bike policies and increased funding at the federal level, advocating for measures that will benefit cyclists not only in Anchorage but across the country. All of our members of Congress voiced their support for biking, and we're hopeful to see them again this summer at one of our group rides along the new protected bike lane!

None of this would have been possible without the generous support of our donors and supporters. We set a fundraising goal of $1000 to cover the costs of our travel to the National Bike Summit, and thanks to your incredible generosity, we not only met but exceeded that goal. We are immensely grateful for your contributions and belief in our mission. Your support has empowered us to amplify our advocacy efforts and drive positive change for cyclists in Anchorage.

As we return home from the National Bike Summit, we carry with us a wealth of knowledge, inspiration, and renewed determination to make Anchorage a better, more bike-friendly city. We are excited to leverage the insights gained from this experience and put them into action, working collaboratively with our community partners and local stakeholders to create a safer, more accessible cycling environment for all.

Once again, we extend our heartfelt thanks to everyone who made this trip possible. Together, we will continue to pedal towards a brighter future for cycling in Anchorage!

Windy to Rainbow


Commenters like YOU needed!


Summer 2020, Bike Anchorage commented on a planned Alaska DOT project to upgrade the Seward Highway at Windy Corner MP105-107 (2 miles). At that time, DOT’s plans did not include the construction of a separated path along the highway, even though the stated intent was to build a path there at some point in the future. The Project Team stated that right-of-way was being made for a path, not actually building room along the corridor. Despite the massive work planned to widen the highway, blast large sections of cliff, and move the railroad, the additional work to construct the 10 foot path was not deemed valuable.

A major project update: “Windy Corner to Rainbow Point (MP105-109.5)”

But now there’s some good news! Following extensive community feedback, DOT has updated the project to include “considering” constructing a path. This is especially good news because the updated project has been extended by 2.5 miles and will now cover the stretch between the Falls Creek Trailhead and Rainbow Trailhead. 

Project map from 

Building a separated pathway makes even more sense now that the project is longer (4.5 miles), and would also provide an option to travel between the two trailheads without getting back in your car. Improving safety is a major stated goal of this project, and including the separated pathway is crucial to realize that goal.

Building the path on this section is also the next essential step toward connecting Anchorage to the popular Bird to Gird Trail. This project spans 4.5 miles of the remaining 12-mile gap from Potter Marsh (Old Seward Hwy) to Indian rd, where the separated pathway currently starts. We would love to have the option of biking all the way from home to Girdwood without ever having to get on the highway shoulder!

The Bird to Gird Trail (above) is a safe, quiet, and scenic route that is MUCH more welcoming than the highway shoulder.

The highway shoulder at the project site (above). note the gavel and highway debris that narrow any width shoulders down to 2-feet.   


DOT has opened a new period for public comment on this updated project. Please submit a written comment any time before July 15th. Comments can be sent to:

Tom Schmid, P.E. - Project Manager

DOT&PF Central Region Preliminary Design & Environmental

P.O. Box 196900

Anchorage, AK 99519-6900

Email: [email protected] 

More personalized comments are better. Although written comments do not need to be long or detailed - you can simply state that you are in favor of constructing a separated path along the highway corridor with the Windy to Rainbow project. Bike Anchorage will be preparing a detailed letter after the open house, and we’ll make it publicly available before the July 15th deadline in case you’d like to get some ideas for your own comment.

Example Arguments DOWL and DOT are using against building pathway that you can address: 
1. The Project/pathway doesn't connect to the Bird to Gird so it shouldn't be built. 
      -This is frustrating because DOT just built a Bird to Gird pathway extension in a project that went to MP 105 (the end of Windy Corner project), but left out building a pathway all the way to that mile point. This was a critical link knowing this pathway was a needed link. We know the highway is built in sections and each mile of pathway is critical. Building the pathway with this project is much cheaper and more likely to happen than a special pathway project in the distant future.

2. The Pathway will send users into the highway.
      -We know that engineers and designers can make plenty of small and temporary pathway adjustments to warn and stop regular pathway users from "accidentally" walking into the highway. There are also roads and driveways that the project could connect to, giving those residents access to safe walking and bikein facilities.

3. People biking the highway will have wider shoulders so they should be happy. 
     - adding 4.5 of pathway to the 12 remaining miles of highway without pathway will dramatically improve safety and comfort of users. We know even the widest of shoulders get buried in gavel and force people on bike close to high speed vehicles (see photo above).  

Thanks for reading and commenting. See you on the trails!

Smart Cycling Class

Bike Anchorage is excited to offer Smart Cycling for anyone in the community (ages 16+) that are looking to improve their bicycle skills. The class will take place on Monday 6/21 and Wednesday 6/23 from 5:30 to 8:30 PM.

Monday's class will be held virtually and will cover topics like bike fit, maintenance, and rules of the road. Wednesday will be an outdoor in-person and on-bike session where we will practice bike skills and on-street riding (the specific location is still to be defined).

All attendees will need a working bicycle and a helmet to participate, if you don't have a helmet, we can provide one if you need it.  

The cost for this two-day class is $20 and it includes printed educational materials. If cost is a barrier, we ask you to email [email protected] for scholarship information. All proceeds will benefit Bike Anchorage. 

How to know if this course it's for you? 

The Smart Cycling Class is a curriculum created by The League of American Bicyclists and can only be taught by certified League Cycling Instructors. This curriculum is designed to develop the confidence and competence of a bicycle rider. Students will learn about choosing a bicycle, basic parts of a bike, essential equipment, as well as how to safely and comfortably ride your bike in various traffic conditions, terrain and climates.  

Sweep My Ride!

Here at Bike Anchorage, we love bike infrastructure. Although we strongly recognize that Anchorage must modernize and move towards all-ability bike ways networks, we are glad when the Muni or DOT builds bike paths or bike lanes on Anchorage roads. But once any infrastructure is built, it needs to be maintained in order to be usable. A major problem this spring has been the large amounts of gravel remaining on bike routes long past the time the snow has melted. When a path, shoulder, or bike lane is full of gravel, people on bikes must either ride through the gravel - running the risk of encountering unpredictably deep piles or picking up debris that can cause tire punctures - or ride directly in the lane used by motorized traffic, where cars have already cleared the gravel out of the lane. Either choice is unnecessarily dangerous.


The arterial roads maintained by the Municipality were all swept by May 15th - hooray! Unfortunately, some arterial roads (and their adjacent separated paths) maintained by DOT have remained unswept long past their May 15th deadline. This has included roads like Raspberry Rd that have marked bike lanes and are major bike corridors. On May 18th, we asked DOT when Raspberry Rd would be swept, but they didn’t have any information about when their contractor would clear that road. 

In this video, we checked out the gravel remaining on the Raspberry Rd bike lanes on May 25th and put ourselves to work in sweeping some of the most dangerous areas.

How you can help:

Whether you're a person who drives, rolls, or both, we are urging community members interested in equitable transportation policy to call or email our Anchorage Maintenance and Operation District Superintendent: 
[email protected] (907) 338-1466. Tell DOT to SweepMyRide and prioritize bike routes for spring sweeping to improve safety for all road users.

Scavenger Hunt - Bike Month

Bike Month is almost over, but before that happens we want to invite you to participate in our Scavenger Hunt. This time we are trying to make it a -Choose your own adventure- type of scavenger hunt, which means that you have a lot of checkpoint options from which to plan your route.

You can plan your route and do it as long or short as you want, you can visit the checkpoints close to your neighborhood, or take this opportunity to bike across the city, ride the multi-use trails, streets, stick to Single Track Trails only or mix it up, it's all up to you. Why have we decided to do it this way? Because we want to make sure our activity is accessible to all types of bicycle riders. 

We have nine NiteRider Lumina Micro of 750 lumens front lights to give away. Everyone who participates will be entered into a raffle and we'll draft 9 names who will be the winners of the lights. 

How can you submit your entry?
1. Download the checkpoint list, and add the photos of the checkpoints you visit.
2. Send the checkpoint list to [email protected]

On Tuesday, June 1st we will announce the winners, you get an extra entry if you share a picture of your adventure and tag us on Instagram.

Have fun!



Treat Stations Map 2021

You can check the Treat stations map here, the map is updated constantly because treat stations registration is still open.
We recommend you take a look at it on the night before the event to make sure you have the most updated information. 

The blue pins are morning stations (11AM to 1PM), and the orange represent evening stations (4 to 6 PM). Zoom in and out or click on the pin to read more information on each station.