Jan 15

BCA’s 5th Annual Winter Bike Fest is coming. For the month of February, BCA will be celebrating all things bike with rides, movies, slideshows and the first ever Winter Bike to Work Day. We look forward to this series of events and connecting with our great BCA supporters.

 

Feb. 7 – Bike First Fridaysartbff

Bike First Friday is back and we are having an informal meet up at 5:30pm in front of Katie Sevigny’s Studio near 4th Ave and G Street. We will decide where to go from there.

 

Urban30-50K posterFeb. 9 – Winter City Urban 30/50k

When:  Registration begins at 9:00am;   Ride begins at 10:00am.

Where: Start & Finish at the Trek Bicycle Store

How Much: $20 (registration fee supports BCA) or $40 for registration and annual membership to BCA.

The Winter City Urban Randonnée 30/50km Ride is a rolling fund-raiser for BCA by the Alaska Randonneurs. It’s an opportunity for all cyclists to support BCA while experiencing the adventurous style of randonneuring cycling on a whole new course for 2014. Choose between two courses – a 30Km or 50Km winter-day’s ride through the heart of Anchorage on track and trail. Progress from checkpoint to checkpoint, navigating between food and stops along the way. See how easy it is to winter bicycle commute in Anchorage. It’s an event, but not a race– so don’t dally
Want to try out a snow bike?  You can rent snow bikes @ Arctic Cycles or APU.
Bring: Helmet, pen, camera, front & rear lights.
This course is good for most bikes, depending on snow conditions. Use your best judgement.

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Feb. 10 – Rising from Ashes

When: 5:30pm

Where: Beartooth

How Much: $4.00

“Rising from Ashes” is a feature length documentary from Director T.C. Johnstone and narrated by Academy Award Winner and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Forest Whitaker about the first Rwandan National Cycling Team and their six year journey to the Olympic games in London. It’s not about the bike. It’s about second chances, how our past doesn’t have to define our future, and the impossible triumph of the human spirit over one of the world’s most devastating genocides.

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Feb. 14 – Inaugural Winter Bike to Work Day

When: All day

Where: Where ever you go by bike

How Much: Free

This event is a multi-city effort to encourage winter biking. Let’s show ‘em all who really knows winter biking and who has the most bike love. Register anytime before the 14th and be sure to bike to work on the 14th – show everyone you work with that you’ve got some serious bike love. Registration is free and easy: http://winterbiketoworkday.org/commit/

Feb. 14 – One Course Discourse14-BTT-OneCourseDiscourse-Winter-Biking-3A

When: 11:30am-1:00pm

Where: Beartooth

How Much:  Free

A lunch-time discussion about all things bike. This discussion will be lead by a panel including Chief Mew from the Anchorage Police Department, Kevin Turinsky (BCA board member and Director for Alaska Randonneurs), Janice Tower (with Single Track Advocates), Mike Morganson (REI Outreach Specialist) and Lori Schanche (the Municipality’s Non-Motorized Transportation Coordinator and drafter of the Anchorage Bicycle Plan). Brian Litmans, President of BCA will be the moderator. Come on out for a great lunch and discussion about bicycling in our great city.

 

WinterBikeToWorkDayPoster2014BlueHeart-194x300Feb. 14 – Winter Bike to Work Day Celebration – Show your Bike Love

When: 4:30pm-6:00pm

Where: Westchester Lagoon

How Much:  Free

Come on out to celebrate Anchorage’s first-ever Winter Bike to Work Day. We will be handing out Bike Love cookies and hot chocolate to all bicyclists so come on down, hang out by the burn barrels and enjoy Valentine’s Day with fellow bicyclists.

Feb. 17 – BCA’s Winter “Bike Shorts” Film Nightbike shorts

When: 6:30pm – 8:00pm (doors open at 6:00pm)

Where: BP Energy Center

How Much:  $10 suggested donation (or free with your annual 2014 donation to BCA)

Come on out for a fun night of short bike films. We will be showcasing films from Filmed by Bike as well as films by local film makers.

 

 

Sage - IcelandFeb. 26 – Ring Road Ride: Iceland, a presentation by Sage Cohen

When: 6:00pm-8:00pm

Where: BP Energy Center
How Much: $10 suggested donation (or free with your annual 2014 donation to BCA)

To wrap up Winter Bike Fest’s month full of great events, BCA is excited to host a slide show by Sage Cohen of her bike travels through Iceland. Sage’s shows are always a treat. The Ring Road Ride is a multi-modal adventure - 18 days in search of the Icelandic sun in the summer of 2013.

Other Bike Events in February

  • The Abominable Snow Series – Register here.
    • Abominable #4 February 1, 2014 at 11am – Eagle River Nature Center XC (Fundraiser for ERNC)
    • Abominable #5 February 22, 2014 at 6pm – Hilltop Super D
  • Susitna 100 and Little Sue 50k – Feb. 15-17 – get details here.

 

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Jan 08

2013 was a good year for Anchorage. There were no bicycle fatalities. Unfortunately, at the start of 2014, a long-time commuter, Eldridge Griffith, was stuck and killed by a motorist. This tragedy strikes all of us at our core. And serves as a stark and solemn reminder that what BCA is about and what we are striving for in Anchorage are important to everyone in this city. With any tragedy like this, the effects are felt across the community. Family and friends’ lives are changed. Someone dear to them is gone. And no words can really serve to address the pain and loss. For those that don’t know Mr. Griffith, the loss is a tear in the tight fabric that is the Anchorage bicycling community. BCA was created in 2008 with the mission of making Anchorage more bicycle-friendly. Our vision is a city where it is safe, convenient and desirable to go by bike. We know we have a lot of work to do. We also know that much has been accomplished to date. The city is changing, and moving in the right direction. Although, admittedly not at the rate any of us would like to see. BCA will continue, with hearts saddened by this tragic loss, to work to make Anchorage safer for everyone. With this tragedy, BCA takes time to reflect on Anchorage as a bicycle-city. BCA encourages everyone, motorist and bicyclist alike, to drive or bike with attention. Often in circumstances like this, people comment about why bicyclists are even out on the roads. But we are not “cyclists” or “bicyclists.” We are citizens of Anchorage, who choose to go by bike. Many of us are as much “motorists” as we are “bicyclists.” And all of us have friends and family waiting for us to come home, no matter how we get there.  Just as motorists have a home to get to so do bicyclists. So for motorists, please recognize that that person in front of you on a bike isn’t a “cyclist.” They are just another citizen of Anchorage trying to get home, just like you, to see their loved ones, just like you. Those few seconds you may save by driving fast or quickly passing a bicyclist aren’t worth it. Please be patient and share the road. For bicyclists, be attentive, be visible and be predictable.

When a bicyclist is killed, often “ghost bikes” appear to serve as a solemn memorial and to remind everyone to safely share the road. In this instance, at the request of Mr. Griffith’s family, we ask that anyone who had the good intentions of placing a ghost bike at the scene refrain from doing so. The family is appreciative of the thought but it is too much to bear to see this ghostly reminder on a daily basis.

490897A memorial has been scheduled for Sunday, January 12 from 1:00-3:00pm at Kincaid Chalet. It is open to the public. Those that knew Mr. Griffith are welcome to speak.

For the bicycling community, there will be a vigil at 2:00pm at the Chalet. We are asking bicyclists to show up a bit before 2:00pm and line up outside the window overlooking the hill. Have your bike with you and bring a candle and light it t 2:00pm. For 5 minutes we will stand in a line offering a moment of silence. Afterwards, bicyclists are welcome to come into the Chalet and celebrate Eldridge Griffith’s life.

 

With sadness and heavy heart,

Brian Litmans

President

Bicycle Commuters of Anchorage

 

 

 

 

Oct 13

Anchorage’s Federal Transportation Funding entity, AMATS, is currently accepting proposals for transportation infrastructure spending for 2015-16. We at your favorite non-profit all-volunteer organization – Bicycle Commuters of Anchorage – plan to submit a variety of bike infrastructure proposals. To help shape this request we’d like to hear from you!

To get your ideas, BCA will host an open house at REI this Friday, 10/18, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. BCA representatives will be prepared to (1) discuss what is already in the funding pipeline, (2) share some of BCA’s draft proposals for 2015-16 funding, and (3) get input from you as to your priorities for (a) new bike lanes, (b) new multi-use pathways, (c) needed maintenance or rehabilitation of existing bike lanes and paths, and/or (d) any other bicycling infrastructure projects that you think would make Anchorage/Eagle River a more bicycle friendly community. Using feedback from this open house, BCA will finalize a set of proposals and submit them to AMATS by the deadline of 10/28. We intend to submit projects totaling at least $10 million, our hoped-for bicycle infrastructure funding level for this planning period.

All ideas are welcome, but projects that help implement the Anchorage Bicycle Plan score extra points in the competitive project selection process. Don’t exactly remember what’s in the bike plan? Download a copy here:

http://www.muni.org/Departments/OCPD/Planning/AMATS/Documents/AdoptedBicyclePlan.pdf

Want to better understand this AMATS call for projects? Bike infrastructure typically gets funded under the “Transportation Alternatives” category. More information here:

http://www.muni.org/Departments/OCPD/Planning/AMATS/Pages/TIP.aspx

Hope to see you Friday!

Sep 09

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You can learn more about Steve’s travels on his blog

http://www.cyclingthe6.com/

Aug 08

I_bike_anchorage2As the summer biking season stretches on, it is time for another I Bike Anchorage by Tim Woody. We hope this latest installment inspires you to go by bike regardless of what the weather has in store.

Jordan Blackson: Year-round fat-bike commuter

By Tim Woody

Jordan Blackson became a bike commuter four years ago, and has been riding to work year-round ever since. In a typical week, he rides 60 miles round-trip from his home near North Russian Jack to his office at Raspberry Road and C Street.

“I mostly ride alone, but sometimes I can ride home with my co-workers,” Jordan said. “I sometimes ride to social events in the evening, or spend time riding singletrack on the weekend.

“I ride mostly for the exercise it provides, but also cycling is something I really enjoy no matter the weather or temperature. It has become a great stress reliever too.”

Jordan’s bike is a Fatback from Speedway Cycles, with a swept-back handlebar and bags from Revelate Designs that help him carry everything he needs. Using studded tires in winter and regular fat tires in the dry months, he describes his setup as, “Smooth and strong. It has been great to ride in all seasons.”

And he loves the benefits of bike commuting.

“Between the weight-loss and stress relieving qualities with biking to work,” he said. “Life is good!”

JordyLike most two-wheel commuters, he finds that not everyone understands his commitment to riding instead of driving. “Some of them don’t understand,” he said of friends and co-workers. “But it helps when I explain the personal benefits and how happy it makes me.

“I’m lucky to have a job that does not require me to drive much. Without my wife being a stay-at-home mom for our two kids, I believe I would be commuting less. I am very grateful for this.”

The biggest obstacle to bike commuting is in your head, in Jordan’s opinion.

“Since 90 percent of commuting is mental, getting past that part is the hardest. Providing enough time to commute and having the correct gear really helps too.”

He would like to see more people enjoying the health benefits of riding a bike to work.

“I love Anchorage’s Big Wild Life, getting to see moose, bears, birds, or any other wildlife on a daily basis is a real treat. Just recently I got to watch two baby moose play next to their mom on the bike trail, they were both acting like little kids jumping and kicking, it was great!”

Four years after becoming a two-wheel convert, his advice to beginners is a simple, sound tip:

“That pain in your ass after riding on a bicycle seat for the first time will go away in a few days, just keep riding!”

This is part of a series titled I Bike Anchorage, a collection of stories  about the city’s devoted bicycle commuters — riders who see bikes not as toys, but as a viable means of transportation for getting to work and school, shopping, and running errands. These profiles appear quarterly and are written by Tim Woody, a year-round bike commuter and author of a blog called Bicycles & Icicles. If you would like to nominate a profile subject, drop Tim an email at icybikes@gmail.com. Tell him a little about the person’s commuting habits and why he/she has an interesting story to tell.

Jul 23

BIKE FRIDAYS COFFEE & TREATS – July 26th

July 26th is the last Friday of the month and that means it’s another Bike Friday Coffee & Treats day! BCA is excited to announce that we have 10 bike stations across the city to encourage you to go by bike. Each station is individually run by businesses or organizations that support our collective efforts to make Anchorage bicycle-friendly. Make sure to thank them for their support!

The stations include (map here):

 

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Location: Glenn Highway Multi-use bike path at Muldoon intersection.
Schedule: 6:30 to 8:30 am.
Description: coffee, water, and snacks.

 

Photo: Thank you, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium and Southcentral Foundation for sponsoring a treat station for Bike to Work Day, Friday, May 17.</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
<p>Visit the ANTHC and Southcentral Foundation Treat Station at the Corner of Elmore and Ambassador Drive from 6:30-8:30 a.m. and enjoy their Blueberry Station!Photo: Thank you, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium and Southcentral Foundation for sponsoring a treat station for Bike to Work Day, Friday, May 17.</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
<p>Visit the ANTHC and Southcentral Foundation Treat Station at the Corner of Elmore and Ambassador Drive from 6:30-8:30 a.m. and enjoy their Blueberry Station!

Location: Corner of Elmore and Ambassador Drive

Schedule: 6:30-8:30am
Description: In May, ANTHC and Southcentral were out all week with the Blueberry station – We’re not sure if they will have blueberry treats this Friday but know it will be something good.

 

 

Photo: Thank you, RIM Architects & Corvus Design for sponsoring a treat station for Bike to Work Day, Friday, May 17.</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
<p>Visit the RIM & Corvus Treat Station at Westchester Lagoon (Cozy Cafe) from 6:45-8:45 a.m. and enjoy coffee, water and energy food!Photo: Thank you, RIM Architects & Corvus Design for sponsoring a treat station for Bike to Work Day, Friday, May 17.</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
<p>Visit the RIM & Corvus Treat Station at Westchester Lagoon (Cozy Cafe) from 6:45-8:45 a.m. and enjoy coffee, water and energy food!

Location:  Westchester Lagoon by the Cozy Cafe

Schedule: 7:00am – 9:00am

Description: coffee, water and various treats

 

Photo: Thank you, USKH for sponsoring a treat station for Bike to Work Day, Friday, May 17.</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
<p>Visit the USKH Treat Station at 2515 A St. (Corner of A & 26th) from 7:00-9:00 a.m. and enjoy java, cinnamon bars and fruit!
Location: 2515 “A” Street (Corner of A and 26th)
Schedule: 7:00 – 9:00
Description: cinnamon bars, fresh fruit, and coffee.

 

Photo: Thank you, CRW Engineering Group for sponsoring a treat station for Bike to Work Day, Friday, May 17.</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
<p>Visit the CRW Treat Station at Tudor & C Street (NE corner near the big red fish) from 6:30-8:30 a.m. and enjoy KBC coffee, rolls and water!

Location: Tudor and C St – northeast corner near the big red fish

Schedule: 6:30 to 8:30 AM
Description: Stop by for Coffee, Rolls and Water – and other treats to keep you fueled on your way to work.  The station is sponsored by the CRW Engineering Group CReW.  Kaladi Brothers provides the most excellent coffee.

 

 

Photo: Thank you, Trek Store of Anchorage & House of Bread for sponsoring a treat station for Bike to Work Day, Friday, May 17.Visit the Trek Store of Anchorage & House of Bread Treat Station at Elmore & Abbott from 6:30-8:30 a.m. and enjoy fuel to keep you movin'!Photo: Thank you, Trek Store of Anchorage & House of Bread for sponsoring a treat station for Bike to Work Day, Friday, May 17.Visit the Trek Store of Anchorage & House of Bread Treat Station at Elmore & Abbott from 6:30-8:30 a.m. and enjoy fuel to keep you movin'!

Location: Elmore and Abbott

Schedule: 6:30 AM to 8:30 AM

Description: If you happen to be in the area, stop by the Trek Store of Anchorage aid station at the corner of Elmore and Abbott. Treats courtesy of House of Bread with Kaladi Bros. coffee on hand. Our location will be open from 6:30am to 8:30am.

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Location: Intersection of 36th and Denali (SE corner)

Schedule: 7:00 to 8:45am.  

Description: We will have fresh coffee, snacks and Denali Alaskan swag.

 

Location: NW corner of Spenard and Intl Airport Rd
Schedule: 7-9am
Description: refreshments, safety info, and transportation swag.

 

Location: Corner of 7th anf St.

Schedule: 7:00-9:00am

Description: Free coffee for Bike to Work Day participants.

 

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Location:  Chester Creek trail just east of Lake Otis

Schedule: 6:45-9:00
Description: Coffee and treats. Bike pins, stickers, maps and BCA folks on hand to fill you in on the latest BCA efforts.

 

Jul 15

BCA and AIA would like to send out a big thanks to all the sponsors of this summer’s challenge. There are still weeks to go and we hope you all are enjoying the friendly competition and motivation to go by bike. Our sponsors have all made generous donations that we will hand out at the awards party on August 19th – an event you won’t want to miss.

Our 2013 sponsors include:

 

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Resource Data, Inc. People, Technology, Results
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Spenard Roadhouse - Anchorage, AK

Jun 05

2013 email bannerStart Date: Sun, 06/16/2013

Description: This is the finest 100K loop around Anchorage, bar none.

Map of CourseHERE!

Bring all your friends! De Ronde van Anchorage 100K populaire starts at the Fire Island Bakery in Downtown Anchorage, and travels a huge loop around the Anchorage Bowl, circling back to end at where it started.

Spread some rando goodwill and get to there early for coffee and croissant…very European!

The Ronde van Anchorage is a benefit for the Bicycle Commuters of Anchorage.

The course is mostly flat, with one BIG hill. It uses the Chester Creek, Campbell Creek, and Tony Knowles Coastal Trail bike paths as much as possible. There is some road riding, on moderately busy to quiet streets. Rabbit Creek Hill is included to add some picante. And there is a short dirt section through Far North Bicentennial Park from Hill Top Ski Area to Basher Road. Tandems and skinny tires won’t have any problems.

Whether you’re an experienced randonnuer or randonneuse, or simply want to get a taste of what randonneuring is all about, this ride is a blast! Come ride some new roads with us.

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http://fireislandbread.com

Registration: 8:00AM – 8:45AM

Ride Starts: 9:00AM

Start contrôle closes immediately after the ride begins.

Start/Finish Location: Fire Island Bakery, 1343 G Street.

Parking: Central Middle School. DO NOT PARK IN THE FIRE ISLAND NEIGHBORHOOD!

Distance: 100 Kilometers +/-

Type: RUSA populaire

Time Limit: 7 Hours

Fee: $20

Organizer: Kevin Turinsky

Phone: 907-276-6299 (hm), 907-317-6030 (mobile)

E-mail: kturinsky@alaskarandonneurs.org

Special Instructions: Bring a pen! Bring your camera, take photos and post them on the AK Rando Facebook page!

Consider bringing a bike lock to lock your steed up if you need to at some of the controls.

As is the nature of randonneuring, these rides are always unsupported. Your determination to get the ride done is paramount.

Fenders with mud flaps are strongly encouraged, or you’ll face the scorn and abuse of your fellow randonneurs drafting you when the skies open up or when the roads become muddy. This is also a great time to try out lights, bags, racks, food, etc. Rear lights, in non-flashing mode only, are strongly encouraged for every ride. Remember, the spirit of randonneuring emphasizes self-sufficiency. If your derailleur cable breaks, you gotta fix it. Also, it’s your responsibility to have your brevet card properly completed at each control point. DO NOT LOSE YOUR BREVET CARD!

Please be polite/courteous/civil to convenience store attendants. It’s your responsibility to know the Alaska state and local road laws. Link to Alaska Bicycle Law. Bicyclists are traffic, therefore you must abide by the traffic laws.

Reminders: Join or renew your RUSA membership.

Most Important: All riders are reminded that any failure to conduct the ride in accordance with RUSA rules (www.rusa.org), applicable laws, or any special instructions or equipment requirements for this ride may result in a time penalty or disqualification. Sorry, I had to say that. Right now would be a good time to read RUSA’s Rules for Riders (http://www.rusa.org/brvreg.html) Also, you’ve got to wear your helmet.

May 16

It is expected to be cold and rainy, maybe windy, and maybe some snow too. And while we all love soaking up sun on the morning of Bike to Work Day, eating bacon and sipping coffee watching all those bicyclists roll by and enjoy the camaraderie and fun of biking to work, we realize that many who were planning on biking are hedging and waffling or have already called it. For those on the fence, BCA says give it a go. First, as long as you have the right clothing you will be fine. You might be a bit chilled when you start but you will warm up, and there is lots of coffee along the way to keep you warm and moving.  Second, if you can brave the cold rain and snow, then biking on sunny glorious days will be a breeze. So set your sights high. And roll out on that bike tomorrow. You may just find that biking in the rain is fun!

And below is the list of all the Bike Stations and Sponsors. (and here is a map of all the stations)

Thanks to all of our Bike Station hosts for sticking it out tomorrow.

 

Photo: Thank you, Alaska Regional Hospital for sponsoring a treat station for Bike to Work Day, Friday, May 17.</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
<p>Visit the Alaska Regional Hospital Treat Station at the Glenn Highway Multi-use Bike Path at the Muldoon Intersection from 6:30-8:30 a.m. and enjoy coffee, water and snacks!

Location: Glenn Highway Multi-use bike path at Muldoon intersection.
Schedule: We planned 6:30 to 8:30 am.
Description: coffee, water, and snacks.

 

Photo: Thank you, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium and Southcentral Foundation for sponsoring a treat station for Bike to Work Day, Friday, May 17.</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
<p>Visit the ANTHC and Southcentral Foundation Treat Station at the Corner of Elmore and Ambassador Drive from 6:30-8:30 a.m. and enjoy their Blueberry Station!Photo: Thank you, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium and Southcentral Foundation for sponsoring a treat station for Bike to Work Day, Friday, May 17.</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
<p>Visit the ANTHC and Southcentral Foundation Treat Station at the Corner of Elmore and Ambassador Drive from 6:30-8:30 a.m. and enjoy their Blueberry Station!

Location: Corner of Elmore and Ambassador Drive

Schedule: 6:30-8:30am
Contact Name: Sandy Cunningham, Kim Marcucci
Description: Blueberry Station (blueberry inspired breakfast for bicyclists!)

 

 

Photo: Thank you, RIM Architects & Corvus Design for sponsoring a treat station for Bike to Work Day, Friday, May 17.</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
<p>Visit the RIM & Corvus Treat Station at Westchester Lagoon (Cozy Cafe) from 6:45-8:45 a.m. and enjoy coffee, water and energy food!Photo: Thank you, RIM Architects & Corvus Design for sponsoring a treat station for Bike to Work Day, Friday, May 17.</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
<p>Visit the RIM & Corvus Treat Station at Westchester Lagoon (Cozy Cafe) from 6:45-8:45 a.m. and enjoy coffee, water and energy food!

Location:  Westchester Lagoon by the Cozy Cafe

Schedule: 6:45am – 8:45am

Description: coffee, water and various treats

 

Photo: Thank you, USKH for sponsoring a treat station for Bike to Work Day, Friday, May 17.</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
<p>Visit the USKH Treat Station at 2515 A St. (Corner of A & 26th) from 7:00-9:00 a.m. and enjoy java, cinnamon bars and fruit!
Location: 2515 “A” Street (Corner of A and 26th)
Schedule: 7:00 – 9:00
Description: Treat Station will be operating 7:00 – 9:00 and include cinnamon bars, fresh fruit, and coffee.

 

Photo: Thank you, CRW Engineering Group for sponsoring a treat station for Bike to Work Day, Friday, May 17.</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
<p>Visit the CRW Treat Station at Tudor & C Street (NE corner near the big red fish) from 6:30-8:30 a.m. and enjoy KBC coffee, rolls and water!

Location: Tudor and C St – northeast corner near the big red fish

Schedule: 6:30 to 8:30 AM
Description: Stop by for Coffee, Rolls and Water – and other treats to keep you fueled on your way to work.  The station is sponsored by the CRW Engineering Group CReW.  Kaladi Brothers provides the most excellent coffee.

 

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Location:   Dimond Blvd & Victor Rd, SE Entrance to Campbell Creek Trail
Schedule:  6:30 AM to 8:30 AM
Description: Dino’s donuts, energy bars, juice to go.

 

Photo: Thank you, Trek Store of Anchorage & House of Bread for sponsoring a treat station for Bike to Work Day, Friday, May 17.Visit the Trek Store of Anchorage & House of Bread Treat Station at Elmore & Abbott from 6:30-8:30 a.m. and enjoy fuel to keep you movin'!Photo: Thank you, Trek Store of Anchorage & House of Bread for sponsoring a treat station for Bike to Work Day, Friday, May 17.Visit the Trek Store of Anchorage & House of Bread Treat Station at Elmore & Abbott from 6:30-8:30 a.m. and enjoy fuel to keep you movin'!

Location: Elmore and Abbott

Schedule: 6:30 AM to 8:30 AM

Description: If you happen to be in the area, stop by the Trek Store of Anchorage aid station at the corner of Elmore and Abbott. Treats courtesy of House of Bread with Kaladi Bros. coffee on hand. Our location will be open from 6:30am to 8:30am.

 

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Location: A Street in front of Barnes and Noble

Schedule: 6:30-9:00am

Description: Trail Angels” Smoothie Stop is not on your map this year. PDC Inc. Engineers, Bettisworth North Architects, and Acai Alaska are again sponsoring this station in front of Barnes & Noble. Free smoothies from Acai, Great Harvest cookies, other healthy snacks, and prize drawings. We’re here to absolve people’s guilt when they hit the Bacon Station!

 

 

Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities

Location: NW corner of Spenard and Intl Airport Rd
Schedule: 7-9am
Description: refreshments, safety info, and transportation swag.

 

Location: Corner of 7th anf St.

Schedule: 6:45-9:00am

Description: Free coffee for Bike to Work Day participants.

 

and there will of course be the BCA Bacon Station with Spenard Roadhouse, Kaladi Brothers Coffee, Snow City Cafe Green Star AK, Great Harvest Bread Co. and Midnight Sun Brewing Co. all sponsoring the station.

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Location:  Chester Creek trail just east of the Seward Highway

Schedule: 6:45-9:00
Description: Bacon – of course. Kaladi Bros. Coffee, Great Harvest Bread Cookies, and other treats.

And a big thanks to the Municipality for putting Bike to Work Day together!

 

Apr 30

It is time to gear up for the 2013 Summer Bike, Walk  & Bus Commuter Challenge

The competition begins May 28th and runs through August 16th, so get your co-workers ready to start biking or walking or going by bus!

Join the Alaska chapter of the American Institute of Architects and Bicycle Commuters of Anchorage in a friendly competition to encourage bicycle/pedestrian/public transit commuting and see which businesses can get the greatest percentage of employees commuting to work by bike, foot or bus.

Register between May 10th and May 28th

We will post the link to the website where you can register your team and your teammates can track their progress over the summer.

The competition begins on Tuesday, May 28th, 2013.  But you can join in at any time throughout the summer. The Summer Bike Challenge competition ends on August 16th.

Go to:

http://commuterchallenge.bicycleanchorage.org

to register. Register yourself and your team and then share the commuter challenge link with teammates. they should be then be able to individually register and join your team.

 

What are the rules?

1. The businesses in each class with the highest PERCENTAGE of total employee trips to/from work made by bike, foot and bus win. 

The goal of the challenge is to get more people to go by bike, foot or transit. So we focus on the percentage of employees in your business that are going to work each day by bike, foot or transit. It is pretty simple to track. We will take the total number of employees in your business and multiply that by the number of days in the challenge (five work days per week) to determine the total # of commute trips made by your employees during the challenge (if you can count up the total vacation days we will be able to reduce the total trips days to get an accurate number of bike/ped/bus trips). You and your co-workers track the number of trips to and from work by bike, foot or bus and we will calculate your business’ overall % of commutes to and from work by bike, foot or bus. The businesses in each class with the highest percentage of commutes by bike, foot and bus win.

 

2. You compete among businesses of similar size.

We have divided the teams into five classes this year (see below for how to register). The business classification is based on the total number of employees, not the number of employees in your office that may bike, walk or take the bus. This encourages team captains to get as many people in their business to bike, walk or take the bus (even if it is just one trip a week) as every trip helps increase the percentage of trips by bike, foot or bus.

The Business classes (based on total # of employees) are:

  • X-Small: 1-4 employees
  • Small: 5-15 employees
  • Medium: 16 – 50 employees
  • Large: 51-200 employees
  • X-Large: More than 200 employees
You can register a division, section, branch, agency department, sector, etc. for this competition – it does not have to be the entire business (e.g. it could be a section or department of a government agency or a branch of a business – any way that makes sense for your place of work).

3. Track your trips

This year we will be using an interactive online tracking program created by Becky Boone at Resource Data Inc. Big thanks to Becky and Resource Data Inc. for creating this software and hosting!. More details will be up on how to register by May 10th.  This software will provide up-to-date results on how each team is doing in the challenge.

We have changed the rules to include those walking and taking the bus, or combining the bus with a bike commute. The tracking software will ask you your mode of choice. If you combine biking with the bus, you will have to just enter biking as your mode and include only the distance you travel by bike.

4.  This competition is for businesses located in the Anchorage bowl.

We know folks across the state want to participate but this is a challenge for Anchorage.

5. Awards, the Awards Party, and Sponsors

There will be an awards party and celebration (location and date TBD but it will be the week of August 19th). Last year we had great door prizes thanks to our amazing sponsors including:

AIA Alaska, Speedway Cycles, Alaska Railroad, REI, Steamdot, Paramount cycles, Spenard Roadhouse, Fire Island Bakery, Midnight Sun Brewery, City Diner, Great Harvest, Deb Winkelman, Alaska Club, Alaska Wildland Adventures, Beartooth, and Side Street Espresso.

And of course there will be some fantastic trophies for the winners that you can display in your office for the entire year.

Award recognition will be given in the following categories:

  • Business winners for each category
  • Most individual miles by bike and by foot (first, second and third place)
  • Most trips made (first, second and third place)

We welcome sponsors and prize donors.  Let us know if you’d like to be a sponsor and contribute to this celebration of people power.  Contact catherine@callbluesky.com to find out how you can contribute.

Watch for competition updates on BCA’s Facebook page and our website.

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