Aug 22

Hard to believe that we are looking at the last Friday in August this week. And that means the last Bike Fridays Coffee And Treats for Bicycle Commuters with BCAChain Reaction CyclesCRW EngineeringGreenstar, and SouthcentralFoundation/ANTHCRIM Architects, and Orthopaedic Research Clinic of Alaska with Alaska Regional Hospital. We are excited to have a new host, the American Diabetes Association, who will be joining BCA on Chester Creek.  All stations will have 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 and the American Diabetes Association will be hosting the Chester Creek Station:

6:45-8:45am – For all the Chester Creek commuters. You can find us east of our station last month.  This month we will be on the Chester Creek trail in the ball park just east of the tunnel under Lake Otis. Coffee provided by Raven’s Brew. Cookies  courtesy of Great Harvest Bread Co.

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 / REI aid station at the corner of Elmore and Abbott.  They’ll have coffee and treats from Kaladi Brothers and House of Bread. Open from 6:30am to 8:30am.

CRW will be hosting the midtown bike station: 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 from 6:30 – 9:00.

Orthopaedic Research Clinic of Alaska and Alaska Regional Hospital: ORCA and ARH will be catering to Eagle River commuters off the Glenn Highway bike path at Muldoon, on the north side of the tunnel. They will have coffee, water, homemade power cookies, and apple pie from 6:30 to 8:30 am.

RIM Architects will be downtown on the Park Strip: close to G St. and 9th Ave, serving a variety of treats such as muffins, croissants, coffee and juice. From 7:15 to 8:45.

Southcentral Foundation and ANTHC willl be hosting the East Anchorage bike station: 7:00-8:30am – 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: At the trail intersection of Minnesota and 16th Ave. Visit us between 6:30am and 9:00 am 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 BCA Bike Friday Coffee and Treats Stations – Friday August 26 in a larger map


Aug 06

Students practice intersection positioning

Anchorage’s League (of American Cyclists) Certified Instructors were busy last week. On July 28, LCIs Anne Schlapia, Lori Schanche, assisted by Gordon Glaser taught the League of American Bicyclists Smart Cycling Class Traffic Skills 101. The class was composed primarily of Municipality of Anchorage Police Department Officers and School Resource Officers. Last Saturday BCA board member and LCI Kristi Wood and LCI Gordon Glaser taught Traffic Skills 101 to a group of Anchorage bicyclists. Several of the students did not have a lot of cycling experience prior to taking the class, but by the end of the day, they were all riding smoothly and with confidence.

APD Chief Mew practices fixing a flat

The Smart Cycling class Traffic Skills 101 training includes a series of parking lot drills and hazard avoidance techniques. Students learn and practice everything from fixing a flat, to intersection positioning, to advanced techniques for merging with traffic, traffic law and riding confidently on streets with traffic.


Participants in both courses practiced their road skills training during a road test that included a mix of bicycle and road infrastructure. They all passed the road test with ease, even though some of them had never been in a bike lane or merged with traffic before. Students were also required to pass a written test. All students reported they are now much more confident about bicycle commuting in Anchorage.

Kristi Wood works with students during hazard avoidance drills

The League of American Bicyclists’ Smart Cycling curriculum qualifies experienced cyclists to become League Cycling Instructors (LCI), and several expressed interest in obtaining the credentials to enhance bike safety in Anchorage. BCA plans to hold an LCI class in spring of 2012.

Students complete the Naming Of Parts exercise

Keep an eye out for announcements regarding more Smart Cycling classes. If your workplace has a Bike To Work Day team, or if you are interested in bringing bicycle education into your workplace, contact Kristi Wood

at We have a variety of classes and options available and are happy to introduce more Anchorage bicyclists to smarter, safer more confident riding.

Aug 03

Saturday August 13 is the 2011 Renewable Energy Alaska Project Fair. There will be great live music all day long, and a ton of informative workshops from 12-4. Our own Kristi Wood will be giving a workshop on All Season Bike Commuting at 3PM. There’s even activities for kids. Check out the full schedule of events to see what you might be interested in. We’ll have our Free And Secure Bike Parking Service available, so leave the car at home, ride your bike downtown, and get a front row parking spot with BCA. This is one of our most popular bike parking events. Even if it rains, (and it probably will. It is August after all),  well over 100 cyclists will probably show up to take advantage of the service. It takes volunteers to staff the bike parking, so if you’re coming down to the Fair, why not spend an hour or two helping to park bikes? It’s a great opportunity to visit with fellow commuters and lend a hand making Anchorage more Bicycle Friendly. Contact Karen Hoerner at if you are interested.

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