Sep 27

The 2011 AIA Alaska / Bicycle Commuters of Anchorage Summer Bike Challenge was a tremendous success. To encourage friendly competition between firms we divided the competition this year into categories based on business size (small, medium, large and extra large), and focused on percentage of participation by businesses in terms of number of commutes. The result?

577 riders commuted to work by bike this summer, logging over 19,959 trips and 107,000 miles.

Congratulations to this year’s AIA-Alaska – BCA Summer Bike Commute Challenge:

Team Small (1-10 employees)Kittelson & Associates with 40.1% participation.

Runner up was Kinney Engineering with 35.2% participation.

Team Medium (11-30 employees) ECI/Hyer with 14.59% participation. 

Runner up was Kumin Associates with 12.23% participation.

Team Large (31-100 employees)
RDI Riders  with 16.86% participation.

Runner up was Architects Alaska with 7.18% participation.

Team XL (100+ employees) Alaska Railroad Chain Gang with 2.95% participation.

Runner up was ANC Admin people with 2.67% participation.

Most miles commuted

by an individual was 2090 by Steve Conlon from the Alaska Railroad Chain Gang team!

Ten people logged over 1000 commuter miles.

Please join BCA and AIA-Alaska in thanking our generous sponsors:

The Alaska Club

Alaska Mountaineering and Hiking

Bear Tooth Theater Pub

The Bicycle Shop

Chain Reaction

City Diner

Fire Island Rustic Bakeshop

Great Harvest Bakery

Holland America Princess

Metro Music & Books

Midnight Sun Brewery

New Sagaya

Off the Chain

Paramount Cycles


Speedway Cycles

Spenard Farmer’s Market

Spenard Roadhouse

Steamdot Coffee

Sep 07

In memory of 9/11, Boscos, 2606 Spenard Road and Bicycle Commuters of Anchorage (BCA) are helping the seventeen Alaska Elks Lodges raise funds for the Wounded Warrior Project. The Wounded Warrior Project seeks to raise funds for the purpose of supporting Alaskan Wounded Warriors recreational opportunities in Alaska— an important aspect of Wounded Warriors successful rehabilitation to return to a productive, healthy, and happy life.

Here’s the simple skinny:

  1. Boscos has purchased and is donating hundreds of various-sized flags,
  2. your mission is to choose your flag at Boscos, 2606 Spenard Road
  3. make a donation to Wounded Warrior Project while at Boscos, and
  4. display your flag on your bike commute the entire month of September.

In October, Boscos and BCA will deliver all donations to Elks of Alaska in support of The Wounded Warrior Project.

Simple, easy and important. Let’s all Step up and Do our Part to support the Wounded Warrior Project.

For questions or information contact Dawn @ or 720-3580.



Sep 06

Join us at the Spenard Farmer’s Market at 10:30 on Saturday September 10 to celebrate the accomplishments of the 2011 Summer Bike Challenge competitors.  We’ll start with a mass ride from the market down to the Coastal trail. The ride will end back at the market at 12:45 followed by an award ceremony announcing winning teams and individuals. 

This year the competition included 577 active riders who logged 18,959 commuter trips and over 107,000 miles.  There will be door prizes from our generous sponsors, live music and excellent food from the market, and some sun with any luck.

Sep 01

It’s here again…. Bike First Friday!! with a scavenger hunt…….

Bike First Friday is always different. ….But, keeps you on your pedals. This month we have a simple scavenger hunt for you to enjoy with a bunch of new/old friends.

What: September Bike First Friday

When: Friday, Sept 2, 5:45pm

Where: start at Modern Dwellers Chocolate Lounge, at 5:45 pm Midtown Location,finish at Cafe Amsterdam at 9pm

Contact: Dawn, cell 720-3580

Below is your simple 5 question scavenger hunt! So Have Fun!

September Scavenger Hunt Questions






Sep 01


Anchorage September LCI Seminar

Are you an experienced cyclist who is interested in teaching others about safe cycling? If so, you may be interested in becoming a League Cycling Instructor (LCI). LCIs have access to the entire syllabus of classes available from the League of American Bicyclists, and use their teaching skills to help people of all ages learn to be better cyclists. You can find more information about the classes you could be certified to teach here.

The League is offering a LCI Seminar in Anchorage the weekend of September 23 (classes will likely begin Friday at 4:00 PM,  continue all day Saturday, through Sunday afternoon). You must also be a member of the League of American Bicyclists (memberships start at $25. There is a full list of membership options and costs here). The LCI prerequisites include successful completion of the written pre-test and Traffic Skills 101 (see below). The deadline to sign up for the September LCI Seminar is September 7 and it costs $200.


Smart Cycling – Traffic Skills 101

This class gives cyclists the confidence they need to ride safely and legally in traffic or on the trail. The course covers bicycle safety checks, fixing a flat, on-bike skills and crash avoidance techniques and includes a student manual. Recommended for adults and children above age fourteen, this fast-paced, eight hour course prepares cyclists for a full understanding of bicycle commuting and vehicular cycling.

Traffic Skills 101 will be available on Saturday September 10 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM at the Municipal Department of Health and Human Services, 825 L Street, Anchorage. The maximum class size is 10, and we will prioritize registration for the Anchorage September LCI candidates. The deadline to sign up for Traffic Skills 101 is September 7. To sign up please email Anne Schlapia at

For more information about the LCI seminar or Traffic Skills 101 please email Anne Schlapia at

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