I couldn’t ask for better winter bike commuting weather. The cold temperatures have kept the ground firm and stable, easy to ride on. The snow has been dry, light, and fluffy, and easy to ride through. Anchorage is beautiful in the winter. The trees in Russian Jack and
the Eastern side of Chester Creek are perfectly outlined in heavy snow and frost. Everything is sparkling. I ride through these areas during my daily commute. We are so blessed to have these greenbelt trails. Other cities in the lower 48 are spending millions
to put greenbelt trails in, but thanks to the hard work and foresight of visionaries like Lanie Fleischer, we already have greenbelt trails interwoven throughout Anchorage. They provide a convenient, safe, and beautiful way to get from one end of town to the other. Recently someone decorated the Chester Creek trail with incredible Christmas ornaments. What a treat! I really enjoy my commute. Every day I get to ride through miles of quiet serene beauty. If it gets cold I just put on warmer clothes. Sometimes people are surprised
to learn I use my bicycle for my primary form of transportation in the winter. I think they just don’t know how easy, and how much fun, it is.
Views along afternoon ride home
View of stream from trail
Kristi’s Top Five Reasons to Winter Bike Commute:
#1 The reflective striping on your winter riding jacket has a slimming effect.
#2 While your friends and co-workers tell you that you are crazy, secretly they admire you and are a little jealous.
#3 You can’t wait to try that fancy new multi-mode blinky light you bought from your local bike store.
#4 Spring training for the Summer bike season won’t be necessary, as your legs will already be in shape by April.
#5 The price of gas has risen 50% over the last 4 years? Really? Hmmm, I hadn’t noticed.
OK, so those are my top 5 reasons to winter bike commute. What are yours?
If you’re looking for more reasons to winter bike commute, you can join us Saturday December 11, 11 AM at Goose Lake, for our next Second Saturday Ride. We’ll ride to the Fire Island Rustic Bakeshop and indulge in some very tasty treats, then ride back to Goose Lake. Anyone is welcome to join us, especially folks who are new to winter riding. Helmets, appropriate clothing, and studded tires or winter bikes are required. The ride is free, but donations are always gratefully accepted.
BCA has been coordinating with Lori Schanche and Jon Spring, the drafters of the Anchorage Bike Plan, to identify top projects for implementation of the Bike Plan. We are seeking your input on what those projects are. To help identify these projects, we have set out the following criteria that we ask you keep in mind while filling the very short survey out:
(1) improving connectivity for major bike routes
(2) providing a safe and comfortable route for those new to bike commuting (routes that utilize streets with less motor vehicle traffic and slower speed limits)
(3) projects that are not costly (i.e projects that mainly require new painting, striping, marking and signage ).
(4) projects that can be implemented relatively quickly to improve bicycle route connectivity, convenience, comfort and safety.
Please take the survey by Dec. 13th. You may want to also take a look at the proposed routes from the recently approved Bike Plan to see where these projects are. If you have questions about a particular route, you can find more information about each project in Table 6 of the Bike Plan on page 60. If you see a proposed route that is not identified in our survey please let us know what that route is in the second survey question.
This information will be passed along to the Department of Transportation in an upcoming meeting. You can find the survey here: BCA Bike Survey
Thanks and Happy Holidays from BCA!
There is a public meeting next Monday, the 6th, from 6:00pm-7:30pm at Romig Middle School in the Multi-Purpose Room. Please come out to learn about the redesign and show your support for a more bicycle-friendly mid-town.
West Anchorage Assembly members Ernie Hall and Harriet Drummond will host a public meeting on the redesign of Spenard Road from Hillcrest Drive to 30th Avenue. The meeting will provide a progress report on the proposed redesign. Specifically, Hall, Drummond and city staff will present answers to the many questions posed by members of the public who attended previous public meetings. Also presented will be cost estimates of three and four lane design options with improved, safer passage for pedestrians and bicyclists. For further information call 764-6040 or 529-0222.