Jun 23

Title 21:  A Plan for Anchorage’s Future

Could our city have better walking, biking and transit opportunities? Have you ever imagined community centers or more trees in your neighborhood? If your answer is “YES,” now is your time to take action! After many years of public process, Anchorage is in the final stages of adopting a new zoning code, Title 21, that would put the vision of the public into action. But, right now the public is being cut out of the process and the Assembly needs to hear from you!

Title 21 affects everyone. It provides for sidewalks, reduces the carbon footprint, requires landscaping and larger stream setbacks to prevent water pollution, reduces requirements for parking, provides for screening for dumpsters and other basic considerations for good development.

For years Anchorage citizens like you have been working together to update our zoning code (Title 21), which will include these improvements and more.  The plan has been through extensive public process and represents the vision that the public has come up with for Anchorage.

But now Title 21 is in the hands of Mayor Sullivan and his hired contractor Dan Coffey, and nobody knows what changes are being made behind the scenes.

There are 3 things you can do.

1. Contact your representatives on the Anchorage Assembly today

and politely ask that they re-introduce transparency to the process of adopting Title 21 by:

a) adopting the original version of Title 21, which has already been reviewed by the public and represents the vision the public has come up with; and

b) examine amendments to the current version of Title 21 individually, not as a package and with adequate time for the public to review and comment on any and all amendments.

You can send an e-mail to the entire Anchorage Assembly at:  WWMAS@muni.org

To find your representatives and contact them individually, click here

2.            Sign the Petition

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/Free-Title-21-in-Anchorage/.

3.            Attend the June 28th Assembly Meeting

A  loose coalition of groups representing diverse segments of Anchorage committed to making the city a better place are inviting people to join them at the Anchorage Assembly meeting on June 28th.  We will be there to demonstrate support for the version of Title 21 that community councils, planning professionals and members of the business community have worked almost a decade drafting.

When: June 28th, 2011

Where: Anchorage Assembly Chambers

Time: 5:30 till end of Assembly Meeting


Jun 22

The last Friday of the month is just days away, which means BCAChain Reaction CyclesSouthcentral Foundation/ANTHC, and CRW Engineering will be at it again, with a variety of treats for the morning bike commuters as part of our Bike Fridays campaign. Consider leaving the car at home and enjoying your commute for a change. This Friday, go by bike!

BCA will be hosting the Chester Creek Station:

6:45-8:45am – For all the Chester Creek commuters. Coffee provided by Raven’s Brew. Cookies and treats courtesy of BCA.

 

 

Chain Reaction and REI will be co-hosting the south Anchorage bike station:

If you happen to be in the area, stop by the Chain Reaction aid station at the corner of Elmore and Abbott.

We’ll have coffee and treats from Kaladi Brothers and House of Bread. Our location will be open from 6:00am to 8:30am.

CRW will be hosting the midtown bike station:

Newcomers to Coffee & Treats, CRW Engineering Group’s CRW Bike Station -as in Cookies/Coffee, Rolls and Water - will be by the NE corner of Tudor and C Street (in front of the big red fish) for treats!

And Southcentral Foundation and ANTHC willl be hosting the East Anchorage bike station:

6:30-8:30am – South Central and ANTHC will again have a station outside of the ANTHC building (near Elmore & Tudor), but beware that due to the current construction at ANTHC, ANTHC construction is closing the trail and the tunnel under Ambassador-trail traffic is to be detoured along Elmore with an at-grade crossing of Ambassador. Be careful of cars pulling out when using the sidewalk!

Green Star and MOA’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) host the Westchester Lagoon Bike Station at the trail intersection of Minnesota and 16th Ave.

Visit us at between 6:00am and 8:30am between the disc golf course and the tunnel under Minnesota on the Chester Creek trail.  We’ll have fruit, breakfast bars, and fruit juices.

 


View June 24 Bike Friday Bike Stations in a larger map

View June 24 Bike Friday Bike Stations in a larger map

Jun 13

Got plans for Solstice yet? Why not come downtown for Anchorage’s 2011 Summer Solstice Celebration on Saturday? It’s from noon to midnight, and there’s going to be music, games, performances, and art all day until 6 PM, and then music all evening until midnight! You can see the schedule of events here. Leave the car at home, and get a free, secure, and convenient front row parking spot with the BCA Free And Secure Bike Parking Valet Service, up to 10 PM. We’re still looking for some volunteers to help park bikes from 4PM-10PM, so you could enjoy the festivities for while then lend a hand parking bikes. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact our volunteer coordinator for this event, Karen Hoerner at akmtgirl@gmail.com.

BCA is entirely volunteer driven, and ultimately we need your help to make Anchorage a more bicycle friendly community!

Jun 01

We learned last week, with the release of the League of American Bicyclists Fair Share for Safety from the Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) report, and Transportation for America’s Dangerous by Design report, that the federal government and many state departments of transportation have made a dangerous choice by prioritizing speeding traffic over the safety of people.

Now is a critical time to tell our members of Congress to stop prioritizing speeding traffic over the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists.

From 2000 to 2009, 47,700 Americans were struck and killed while walking and another 688,000 were injured.  Furthermore, since 2009, only half a dozen states actually dedicated Highway Safety Funds specifically to bicycle and pedestrian projects. This is clearly a national problem, as 67 percent of all pedestrian fatalities in the last ten years occurred on federal-aid roads eligible to receive federal funding for improvements.

Congress is currently contemplating the elimina­tion of key bicycle and pedestrian funding programs in the next transportation bill such as, Transporta­tion Enhancements, Safe Routes to School, and the Recreational Trails program.

What can you do?

  • Contact your Representative today and tell them that without dedicated funding for bicycle and pedestrian projects and the Complete Streets Act of 2011, H.R. 1780, to ensure that all federally funded road projects take into account the needs of all users, states will likely reduce spending for safety features like sidewalks, crosswalks and trails.

 

  • Stay vigilant for updates on the next federal transportation bill in coming weeks, so you can add your voice to a grassroots mobilization to retain dedicated funding for biking and walking. (First step: Register for our next Federal Policy Call on June 9.)

 

  • Use the release of the Dangerous by Design report to raise awareness about pedestrian deaths and injuries in your community. Contact reporters, send a press release, write an op-ed or submit a letter to the editor. If you need assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact Alliance Communications Coordinator, Carolyn Szczepanski, at Carolyn@PeoplePoweredMovement.org.

 

  • Read the latest Advocacy Advance report on the Highway Safety Improvement Program, which outlines ways you can access funding for bike/ped safety in your community and highlights successes from advocates in a number of states.

 

  • Schedule an in-district event with your members of Congress to show them how improvements to pedestrian and bicycling infrastructure are making a difference. Highlight a high crash spot and how federal funding is not supporting the safety of all road users. Tell your member we need to change this through dedicated funding for biking and walking AND the passage of a national complete streets bill.

Our transportation system should work for everyone. It’s time to make our roads safe and accessible for all users.

Thanks to the League of American Bicyclists and the Alliance for Biking and Walking for providing this information!

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