Well the snow hasn’t come yet but it can’t be far off. And that means the winter biking season is just around the corner. If you are considering biking through the winter, come join us on Thursday October 28 from 6 PM to 7:45 PM at REI for Part 1 of our Winter Bike Commuting Clinic. We’ll cover gear, riding tips, and more. We’re setting aside some time for “Bike Consultations”, so if you’ve been wondering how you can convert your existing bike into a snow bike, bring it in and together with the winter biking experts from REI we’ll show you how. We will also be providing reflective tape to increase your visibility, courtesy of the Alaska Injury Prevention Center. Or you can wander through REI and get bike lights or other equipment and clothing to keep on riding through the winter.
Part 2 of our clinic is 11 AM Saturday November 13. We’re meeting at Goose Lake for a group winter ride. Helmets are required, as is suitable winter riding clothing. We’ll meet there the second Saturday of each month through the winter. The group rides and REI clinic are free.
This summer I participated in the AIA Summer Bike Challenge. AIA Alaska is a chapter of the American Institute of Architects, and they put on this contest to see who could commute the most miles without using cars. Small teams of five to ten were invited to participate. The challenge focused on bikes, but other forms of human powered transportation were allowed as well. The contest ran from May 21 to September 21. I was required to log my miles weekly and turn in my mileage count monthly to my team leader. Our team leader had provided me with a spreadsheet for keeping track of my miles, and the spreadsheet included formulas to calculate roughly how much gas money I had saved, my CO2 offset, and also the number of calories I had burned.
This summer I logged 1,610 miles, and according the calorie formula, in five months I had burned 104,650 calories!
Now, I’m sure I didn’t really burn quite that many. The calculation was based on an “average sized” person. Since I’m much smaller than the average person, the calorie formula would not have been accurate for me. But still, it could explain why I can eat all the blueberry cobbler I want without having to worry about gaining weight! And according to the calculation for gas money, this summer I saved $354.20. That could buy a lot of blueberry cobbler.
Lights…Camera…Action! Now is your chance to fulfill your acting and directing dreams, and win fabulous prizes as well!
BCA is having a contest for the best short videos highlighting your favorite routes to get around town. We are looking for films that celebrate how easy and fun it is to bike commute in Anchorage. All suitable films will be featured on our website, and everyone will be able to vote for the top three films at our Winter Bike Festival. Films may also be used by BCA to promote bicycling in Anchorage, including Bike to Work Day. Videos must be less than 7 minutes. Upload your video to YouTube and send us the link at firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline to enter the contest is February 1, 2011.
Best secret route
Best in comedy
Best in animation
Best commute to work, restaurant, bar, library, shopping
Best in safety
Best Bike First Friday flick
Best kid flick
Termination dust on the mountains doesn’t mean it’s time to hang up the bike. The winter biking season is just around the corner, and the BCA can help get you ready for it! Join us on Thursday October 28 from 6 PM to 7:45 PM at REI for Part 1 of our Winter Bike Commuting Clinic. We’ll cover gear, riding tips, and more. We’re setting aside some time for “Bike Consultations”, so if you’ve been wondering how you can convert your existing bike into a snow bike, bring it in and together with the winter biking experts from REI we’ll show you how. Or you can wander the floor and oggle the brand new fat tire bikes. Part 2 of our clinic is 11 AM Saturday November 13. We’re meeting at Goose Lake for a group winter ride. Helmets are required, as is suitable winter riding clothing. We’ll meet there the second Saturday of each month through the winter. The group rides and REI clinic are free.
There will be bicyclists and pedestrians cleaning the Coastal Trail on Sunday October 10th from 3pm to 5pm. Depending on the number of people who show up we might cover most or only some of the trail, we’ll just play it by ear. You don’t need to bring any supplies, there are plenty of trash bags, but you might want to bring work gloves. Bikers, if you have trailers or any way to move bags, please bring them.
We’re meeting at the downtown trail-head of the Coastal Trail at 3pm, intersection of West 2nd Avenue and H Street (but you can’t take H Street to 2nd). Here is a link to a Google map:
Link to 2nd and H Street Google Map
…and in text just for reference: