Sep 30

Yippee! again. I know I say that every time, but it’s really great to see all the excitement about BCA’s first fall Bike First Friday event! You are going to dig the new ibike Bingo game!

The idea is for you to meet up with your friends and cycle around town researching the answers. When you think you have enjoyed enough bicycling, pop into Cafe Amsterdam after 8:30pm (530 E Benson, Metro Music and Books Mall) to socialize, brag about all your bingo’s, or rant about your adventures.

If you are interested in meeting up with beautiful, fun people to ride with, come to Modern Dwellers Chocolate Lounge at 36th and Old Seward at 5:45. (Caution: You won’t find us at the downtown Chocolate Lounge)

This is an opportunity for your to drag out your reflective clothing and lights stored all summer and prepare yourself for driving in the cooler, moisture weather of Autumn. Remember, “In Alaska we don’t change our plans, we just change our clothes.”

As always, remember to follow the rules of the road. You are BCA’s Bicycle Ambassadors.

Print off your ibike bingo Oct 1, 2010 bingo sheet and start rolling.

for questions contact dawngroth@gmail.com or 720-3580

Sep 27

Last weekend a friend and myself had the pleasure of attending the 9th Annual Seward Music and Arts Festival.  Over 20 live performances, including music and dance, took to the stage for this three-day, all-volunteer celebration. The only thing missing was my bike.  Seward is a great town to ride your bike. Traffic is light and speeds are slow.

The festival was held at the end of Port Avenue. It offered something for everyone; great music and dancing, art booths with Made in Alaska ‘must- haves’, a kid’s play garden, food and beverage kiosks, and the famous Master Artist Barbara LaVallee, on site, instructing volunteer painters with her paint-by-number Mural In A Day, titled “Senior Prom”, to be displayed on the side of the Senior Center.

Lodging in Seward is very affordable $49-$149, and camping couldn’t be any better. It’s very rare to enjoy the benefits of camping in the city limits with such easy access to city amenities.

This community event offers loads of fun for adults and children; plan to attend next year, with your bike.

Sep 07

BCA is submitting its application to become an IRS recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit. We are looking to our supporters to help us raise $850 for the application fee. Please consider making a donation. Whether $10, $25, or more, donations from our supporters is critical to support BCA and its efforts to make Anchorage bicycle-friendly. Click here for information on how to support BCA.

Sep 01

I played in traffic this weekend. I rode my bike in some of the busiest intersections in the state of Alaska, such as Minnesota and Benson, Northern Lights and Spenard, Tudor and C St. I wasn’t in the crosswalk, I was in the lane, lined up with cars and trucks and all the other traffic. Oh, and it was raining really hard.

It was fun. It was liberating.

Let me back up. By now you are probably thinking I’ve finally gone off the deep end.

Preston Tyree, Director of Education for the League of American Bicyclists, was in Anchorage certifying Bike Education instructors. One of the requirements is that candidates demonstrate full knowledge of traffic laws and the ability to safely merge with traffic, even at busy intersections. And you know what? Once you learn how simple it is, and how to do it right, it’s easy. It’s liberating. I now understand that I don’t need to be intimidated by busy intersections or fast moving traffic. I now understand that I don’t need to stay confined to the crosswalk when crossing at Benson and A Street, where I was hit several years ago.

I have often heard cyclists complain about Anchorage drivers. I’ve heard stories of cyclists getting things thrown at them, and getting yelled at. But this weekend, drivers were polite. One said he was an avid cyclist and wanted to know how to get in the class. Another offered us a ride.
Several pulled up and politely asked what we were doing, and one complimented us on how nice we looked. We did not get honked at once.

Continue reading »

Sep 01

Over the weekend, two BCA board members, Kristi Wood and Brian Litmans, participated in the League of American Bicyclists educational training program to become certified League Cycling Instructors (LCIs). So what is an LCI and what does this mean for Anchorage?

LCIs are experts in bicycle education and safety. As LCIs, Kristi and Brian can now offer courses within the League’s Smart Cycling curriculum. These classes can be suited to meet the needs of any cyclist. LCIs are certified, insured and equipped to teach anything from basic skills to college level courses. League courses offered include: Traffic Skills 101 and 201, Confident Commuting, Bicycling Skills for Youth and Adults, Safe Routes to Schools and Share the Road. LCI’s can also offer modified versions of these courses and design bike clinics as well as provide general safety consulting.

The class, organized by BCA’s Kristi Wood, included 12 students in total, 7 of whom are from Anchorage. 2 students were from Cordova, while the remaining 3 students were from Juneau. Currently, there are only 3 LCI instructors in the entire state, 1 in Cordova and 2 in Stika.

Through this class, BCA has been able to significantly enhance the number of LCIs across the state from 3 to now 15. The class was taught by Preston Tyree, Director of Education for the League and Linda Crider, an LCI from Cordova.

We look forward to offering this level of education to the Anchorage community. You can learn more about the classes offered here.   If you are interested in a class contact us at info@bicycleanchorage.org

preload preload preload