Nov 28

What: Bike First Friday

When: Friday, December 2nd, meet at 5:45 pm

Where: Group start at Modern Dwellers Chocolate Lounge, (Midtown, Midtown, Midtown), Blastoff at 6 pm

Visit: 4-5 different Anchorage midtown or downtown art galleries

Group Finish at: Cafe Amsterdam, 8:30 pm

December Leader- Alaska Randonneurs— Kevin Turinksy

Why: TGIF— it’s a fun way to meet others, see art, and learn safe, convenient bicycle routes

Show up wearing bright, reflective, hi-vis clothing with lots of blinking or bright lights to alert the public of our presence. The more bright, reflective, and blinking we are— the more we stand out and the safer our adventure is.

While visiting art galleries, we ride around the streets, trails, and alleys of Anchorage introducing you to safe and convenient cut-throughs and shortcuts that can streamline your bicycle commute.

We are BCA’s Bicycle Ambassadors. We follow the rules of the road and model safe bicycling habits—all while having fun. Come join the adventure!

Questions: Dawn Groth, cell 720-3580

Special Thank you’s to BCA volunteers; December Leader—Kevin Turinksy from Alaska Randonneurs, Artist—Gina Edwards, and Graphics Guy—Joe Edwards!

Nov 23

The draft of the Senate’s transportation authorization bill, S. 1813 Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act, includes language that would introduce a mandatory sidepath law on roads in our National Parks and other Federal lands. It requires cyclists on Federal lands to use a path or trail, instead of roads, if the speed limit is over 30 MPH and a trail exists within 100 yards, regardless of its condition or utility of the path. The provision sets a terrible precedent. Passing it would send the wrong message to transportation agencies that these policies are acceptable. Laws like this have been taken off the books in states over the past 30 years. This takes us in the wrong direction.

Please join us in telling the Senate that the mandatory sidepath law is a bad idea. Please sign a petition from the League of American Bicyclists opposing this legislation.

TheLeague of American Bicyclists is working on many other aspects of the transportation reauthorization bill. This petition relates specifically to the mandatory sidepath law, which we felt deserved special attention. Stay tuned for news and action alerts related to this and other aspects of this critical legislation.

 

Nov 04

Nov. 9 REAP FORUM:
Winter Commuting – Bicycle Style
6-8pm * Anchorage Museum * 625 C Street * FREE
Live Podcast: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/788960688

Strap on your helmet and bike studs and come join us for our FREE forum on winter biking. Biking is an excellent way to get around town year-round in Anchorage and save on gas and time stuck in traffic jams. Hear from experienced presenter Kristi Wood, of Bicycle Commuters of Anchorage, on how best to tune up your bike for winter, clothing, gear, riding techniques, and more. PLUS learn more about other commuting options such as the Share-a-Ride Vanpool Program, People Mover, and new Valley Mover bus service between Mat-Su and Anchorage. See you there!

More info: www.REalaska.org or 929.7770

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