Oct 30

Hey bikers………

Here’s a great opportunity to drag out your winter commuting clothes, gloves, and costume.

Wanna be part of a huge active community on Halloween morning, support local runners, and wear a costume? Great! BCA is joining our fleet footed friends of Anchorage Running Club to lead a group of half marathoners from Kincaid Park to West Chester Lagoon.

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Oct 26

Carl Battreall took a fantastic first step into film making with Fat Bike by being accepted to the Boston Bike Film Fest and the Anchorage International Film Fest.  But the news gets even better.  The Boston Bike Film Fest, which took place last Friday and Saturday has announced that Fat Bike has won First Place!

Congratulations goes out to Carl for making such a great film. This is exciting news for all riders and especially those who brave the elements all winter long. And perhaps it will serve as great inspiration to those considering winter riding.

BCA sends along a hearty congratulations to Carl and all those that helped with the making of Fat Bike.

Oct 22

BBFF_logoBCA is excited to not only announce that Carl Battreall’s documentary Fat Bike is finished but that both the Boston Bike Film Festival (screening on Friday, October 23rd) and the Anchorage International Film Festival have selected it for screening (we will have to wait until the AIFF screening in December to see it on the big screen). Congratulations Carl!

As the Bicycles and Icicles blog notes

it’s a very nicely done piece of work from a talented photographer moving into the realm of video. With Carl’s eye for imagery and sharp editing, and a fine soundtrack from local singer and songwriter Melissa Mitchell, it’s the kind of project [we all should be] proud to see coming out of Alaska.

The film, which was held to 26 minutes in length to have a chance on the festival circuit, touches on the history and evolution of fat bikes, and the passion and commitment behind winter riding.

Fat Bike will be available for download from Amazon.com in the next few weeks. For those that must see it on the big screen – and I trust that is most of you – Carl and BCA hope Anchorage’s winter riders will pedal to the screening en masse.

For those that can’t wait, you can pick up your very own copy on Carl’s  site www.indieakfilms.com

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Oct 22
Today, the League of American Bicyclists announced that Anchorage has just earned a bronze level Bicycle Friendly Community award from the League. anchorage_sealAnchorage is Alaska’s second Bicycle Friendly Community, joining Sitka which earned a bronze level award in May 2008.
Congratulations, Anchorage.

The League of American Bicyclists noted that education is at the core of creating a bicycle-friendly Anchorage.  The League identified several efforts including Anchorage’s education efforts with local schools, Alaska Injury Prevention Center’s spring bicycle rodeos for children and BCA’‘s Safe Riding Techniques 101 clinics and its hosting of the Alaska Bike Summit in April 2009, which brought bicycle leaders from across the country to Anchorage to discuss a variety of bicycle transportation issues.  Additionally, the League acknowledged several of BCA’s current activities that support bicycling.

In order to earn a Bicycle Friendly Community honor, communities have to prepare a lengthy application that shows the city’s efforts in the Five E’s — Engineering, Education, Education, Enforcement and Evaluation. Communities can earn BFC honors at four levels — Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze — and there is an Honorable Mention award for those communities that aren’t quite there yet. Of the 318 communities to submit an application in recent years, only 124 have earned the BFC honor, which lasts for three years.  Congratulations go out to the Muni and especially Lori Schanche for putting the application together.

The League of American Bicyclists also recently awarded the Bicycle Friendly Business award to two Alaska businesses: the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium at the gold level and Green Star Inc. at the bronze level. The League of American Bicyclists also has a Bicycle Friendly State ranking (click the Alaska map for details), and Alaska ranks 47th out of 50.

While this is very exciting news for Anchorage, there is much work to be done to continue to make Anchorage more bicycle-friendly. If you think this is an important achievement consider supporting BCA.

Oct 10

Last Wednesday, I hosted a winter bike commuting clinic at REI, and had a great response. About sixty people showed up, and there were a lot of great questions. Folks had some great comments and we all shared winter riding tips. When the subject of keeping the street side paths clear of snow for cyclists and pedestrians came up, one audience member said he works for the city on snow maintenance, and recently heard from his management that the street side paths will be maintained at the same level of quality as they were last year. This was great news for me, as I’ve been concerned about the impact of budget cuts on those basic services. Having a maintained trail makes a big difference when you depend on your bike for transportation throughout the winter!

If you’d like more information on winter riding check out our winter riding tips factsheet.

Oct 06

A co-worker showed me a route from my work to the Midnight Sun Brewing Company. I had never considered that it would be an easy, low-traffic, fun ride. It just goes to show that the more you ride around Anchorage the more you discover these hidden right-of-ways and short cuts . I appreciated that my co-worker shared this bit of local knowledge  so I wanted to pass it along. I hope you find this video useful and you are inspired to share your ‘secret routes’.

Click here for a map of entire the route.

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Oct 05

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In 1997, the Partnership for a Walkable America sponsored the first National Walk Our Children to School Day in Chicago, modeled after the United Kingdom’s lead. Back then, it was simply a day to bring community leaders and children together to create awareness of the need for communities to be walkable.

Over the years it evolved into a movement.   By 2002, children, parents, teachers and community leaders in all 50 states joined nearly 3 million walkers and bicyclists around the world to celebrate the second annual International Walk to School Day. The reasons for walking and bicycling grew just as quickly as the event itself.

Whether your concern is safer and improved streets, healthier habits, or cleaner air, Walk to School Day is a great day to consider walking or bicycling to school. By participating in this annual event, parents, children and teachers can see how the community could be improved through such a simple effort and may learn what issues need to be addressed to bring forth permanent change to encourage a more walkable and bikeable America — one community at a time.

Here are a few simple facts that stress why walking and bicycling can be so important for our children and our communities:

In 1960,

  • 67% of kids walked to school; today the national average is down to 13%.
  • 7% of children were overweight or obese; today 36% of Anchorage School District children are overweight or obese.
  • Walking one mile to and from school each day generates 66% of the recommended level of physical activity per day.
  • As the number of people walking or bicycling in a neighborhood increases, deaths and injuries decline.
  • Safe Routes to Schools programs benefit the entire community.

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