Come hear Preston Tyree, Director of Education for the League of American Bicyclists, speak on ‘Complete Streets’ and how they increase transportation choices at The Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center (625 C St.) on Tuesday, August 31, at 7 pm in the museum auditorium.
In communities across the country, a movement is growing to “complete the streets.” States, cities and towns are asking their planners and engineers to build road networks that are safer, more livable, and welcoming to everyone. Instituting a complete streets policy ensures that transportation planners and engineers consistently design and operate the entire roadway with all users in mind – including bicyclists, public transportation vehicles and riders, and pedestrians of all ages and abilities. Preston Tyree will speak on how this approach to street design can improve transportation choices, safety, and economic development.
This event is co-sponsored by Alaska Transportation Priorities Project, Bicycle Commuters of Anchorage, Anchorage Citizens Coalition, Alaska Center for the Environment, and the Spenard Complete Streets Coalition.
We’ve got three Energizer Stations for bicycle commuters this Friday! Come enjoy a variety of fresh baked goods and fresh coffee along the bike trail! Maybe you can take a route that will take you to all three stations, so that you can sample the fare at all of them!
BCA Bacon Station Location
(Sorry, no bacon, I just can’t resist calling it the Bacon Station Location), where the Chester Creek bike trail travels under the Seward Highway from 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM. We’ll have Raven’s Brew coffee and goodies from Great Harvest.
Chain Reaction Cycles
At the corner of Elmore and Abbott from 6:30 AM – 8:00 AM with Kaladi Brothers Coffee and home baked treats.
Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium
At the intersection of Tudor and Elmore (Bragaw) at the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium Building from 7:00 AM – 8:30 AM.
It was a rainy Renewable Energy Alaska Project Fair on Saturday, but 161 of you still came downtown via bike! A big Thanks to our volunteers Matt, Brad, and Karen for helping with our Free And Secure Bike Parking! It just goes to show…in Alaska when the weather changes we don’t change our plans, we just change our clothes!
This notice came from muni traffic department.
“Please note that tomorrow’s (August 5) Title 9 Rewrite meeting for sections 9.20 and 9.38 has been CANCELLED due to scheduling conflicts with several key attendees. We will try to reschedule for a later date.”
Municipal Traffic Department
The BCA has received numerous responses to the Title 9 notification we sent out last week. Thank you for your support and commitment to bicycle safety! A big Thanks to the people who contacted the Public Safety Committee and the Assembly to share your feelings on this important subject! The muni Traffic Department requested BCA notify folks Thursday’s Title 9 meeting (August 5th from 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM at the Municipal Planning and Development Center in the first floor conference room #30, 4700 Elmore Rd), is not an opportunity for public testimony. It is rather a work session and an opportunity for the Traffic Department to explain their position on the subject. Bearing that in mind, if you are a cyclist interested in becoming, or are already well versed, in Traffic law, and understand the practicalities and challenges facing Anchorage’s cyclists, BCA would like you to attend this meeting. We’ll be sure to send an update after the meeting to notify you all of the results of the meeting.
A reminder of the wording BCA is objecting to in Title 9.38.060
“Persons operating a bicycle upon a sidewalk, recreational trail or bike trail must yield the right-of-way to traffic before crossing a roadway, street, or driveway.”
and section 9.38.020
“A person propelling a vehicle by human power upon and along a sidewalk, trail or pathway, (or across) except when crossing a roadway or driveway intersecting a sidewalk, trail or pathway, shall have all the rights and duties applicable to a pedestrian under the same circumstances.”
This is placing the burden of responsibility on the must vulnerable users, children riding their bicycles on the sidewalk.
This Saturday from 11AM – 9PM is the Renewable Energy Alaska Project Fair on the Memorial Block of the Downtown Parkstrip. We’ll have our Free And Secure Bike Parking available, so you can leave the car at home, get some exercise and fresh air, and enjoy a front row parking spot at the Fair. We’re looking for volunteers to help park bikes, so if you have a spare couple of hours on Saturday to lend a hand, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.