Dec 25

The Zombie Apocalypse Ride on Dec 15 was a huge success! Not only did 65 of you brave single digit temperatures (including at least two families!), but everyone had a fabulous time, and wow did it generate some cool press! Multiple nation-wide organizations, such as League of American Bicyclists, People For Bikes, and Interbike picked up the story! Here’s a write-up from Greenstar’s Christina Grande and some awesome pictures from Andre Camara.

Snow, ice, and temperatures hovering at 5 degrees!

None of the harsh elements held back more than 60 bike riders from creating some amazingly authentic zombie costumes and hopping on their studded or fat tire bikes to join Green Star’s inaugural Zombie Apocalypse Winter Bike Ride on December 15, 2012, in Anchorage, Alaska.

It was a mellow five-mile group bike ride – after all, zombies don’t move very fast — through Anchorage’s Spenard and Turnagain neighborhoods, on road, trails, and even across a frozen lagoon. In recent years, an increasing number of people have been riding their bikes in winter, whether in bike races on single-track trails or to commute to work, creating a new snow-sport sub-culture in Anchorage.

Seeing this trend, staff at Green Star, a nonprofit organization based in Anchorage that helps organize Bike to Work Day events in Anchorage, thought it would be fun to organize a winter bike ride to celebrate and generate additional enthusiasm for winter bike commuting with an emphasis on safety.

In addition to mountain bikes, hybrids and cyclocross bikes, zombies brought out the very popular fat tire bikes including 9:ZERO:7’s, Fatback’s, Salsa’s Mukluk, and Surly Pugsley’s.

The zombies met at a local Anchorage cafe for coffee and treats in the morning. Then the group took to the streets and trails decked out in true zombie fashion…blood, detached limbs, ripped clothes (with a puff jacket underneath most costumes). Halfway through the bike ride, the group rode across a frozen lagoon popular with ice skaters, racing around the rink with one very surprised ice skater!

The ride wrapped up at a local restaurant and pub where bike valet parking for zombie bike riders was available thanks to Bicycle Commuters of Anchorage (BCA).

Overall, the ride was successful with a strong turnout despite frigid temperatures and somewhat soft snow conditions.

The Zombie Apocalypse Winter Bike Ride was only possible through the support of our sponsors: Middle Way Cafe, Tap Root Public House, Bicycle Commuters of Anchorage (BCA), Arctic Bicycle Club, Chain Reaction, The Bicycle Shop, Paramount Cycles, R.E.I. – Anchorage, Off the Chain, Alaska Injury Prevention, Screamin’Yeti Designs, Solstice Advertising, Midnight Sun Brewing Company, and American Diabetes Association.

Photo: Ian Laing

(Written by Christina Grande, Green Star’s Community Outreach and Communications Coordinator)

Dec 14

BCA Supporters,

BCA continues to work hard for (and with!) you to get funding to implement the bike plan. Next week the AMATS Policy Committee will vote on the funding budget for 2013-14 with the allocations we got for Bike Plan implementation – an extra $1.3 million. This happened largely because 125 of you wrote emails and 35 of you showed up at a meeting at the critical moments. We need your help again.

We will now try to tap $900K in state funds to bolster the federal dollars AMATS is allocating to Bike Plan implementation. Attached is BCA’s letter to the Anchorage Assembly, which explains the issue. Our strategy has two steps: (1) get the $900K on the state funds list; (2) get the Legislature to fund it. We are working on step one right now:

SO WHAT DO WE NEED YOU TO DO?

Send an email to all Assembly members (wwmas@muni.org) saying something like:

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Dear Members of the Assembly,

On 12/12/12 you received a letter from the Bicycle Commuters of Anchorage asking that a Bike Plan Implementation project be added to the municipality’s 2013 State Legislative Program request. I strongly support efforts to further implement the Anchorage Bike Plan. I hope you will too when you discuss and act upon the Legislative request at your next assembly meeting.

[optional personal paragraph here about why biking is important to you, how much you love your Assembly member, etc.!]

Sincerely,

Your name
Your address

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The above is crafted for an all-Assembly email. If you would rather target and customize the message for YOUR Assembly member(s), that would be fine too: Those folks are:

Section 1 Downtown
- Patrick Flynn (FlynnPP@muni.org)
Section 2 Chugiak
- Debbie Ossiander: OssianderDA@muni.org
- Bill Starr: StarrWE@muni.org
Section 3 West
- Ernie Hall: HallE@muni.org
- Harriet Drummond: DrummondHA@muni.org
Section 4 Midtown
- Dick Traini: TrainiD@muni.org
- Elvi Gray-Jackson: Gray-JacksonE@muni.org
Section 5 East
- Paul Honeman: HonemanPS@muni.org
- Adam Trombley: TrombleyAR@Muni.org
Section 6 South Anchorage
- Jennifer Johnston: JohnstonJ@Muni.org
- Chris Birch: BirchC@muni.org

When addressing your email, consider a bcc: to tjloganak@gmail.com. This would be helpful, but is by no means essential.

WE NEED YOU TO DO THIS NO LATER THAN NOON MONDAY, 12/17.
We may have another $900K towards Bike Plan implementation but only if you speak out. Is 2 minutes of your time worth $900K? I hope so.

If you are interested in seeing the action up-close and personal, come to Tuesday (12/18) night’s Assembly meeting. There will NOT be any opportunity to speak. That’s why your emails are important. The agenda should soon be posted here:

http://www.muni.org/Residents/Pages/MuniMeetings.aspx

Have questions or comments? Contact BCA volunteer Todd Logan at tjloganak@gmail.com.

WE’VE (ALMOST) DONE IT ($$$) ONCE. CAN WE DO IT ($$$) AGAIN? NOT WITHOUT YOUR HELP! SO TAKE ACTION TODAY!

2012 12 12 BCA Legislative Program 2013 Letter to Anchorage Assembly

Dec 08

 

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Zombie Apocalypse Winter Bike Ride 2012
Saturday, December 15 — 9:30am

 

Take a break from the holiday shopping craze, put on your best zombie threads, saddle up on your studded or fat tire bike and join Green Star’s inaugural Zombie Apocalypse Winter Bike Ride.

 

Green Star welcomes all winter bike riders to join a freakishly mellow five-mile bike ride in the Spenard/Turnagain area. We are riding to generate enthusiasm for winter bike commuting in town, with an emphasis on safety, in a fun forum! How cool is it to see a bunch of zombies taking to the streets on two wheels?

 

Meet at Middle Way Cafe (1300 W. Northern Lights Blvd., Suite G) at 9:30am for registration, coffee, treats, and a route rundown.  The ride will depart from Middle Way Cafe at 10:00am sharp. Maps will be provided to our destination at Tap Root Public House (3300 Spenard Road), between 33rd and 34th Ave, for more zombie fun, swag giveaways, and drink specials! Bike valet parking available until 2PM (we need volunteers to help with the bike parking. Contact Kristi at bikemoredriveless@hotmail.com if you are available).

 

REGISTRATION: SUGGESTED DONATION of $10 PER RIDER – this includes coffee, snacks, and T-SHIRT! RSVP through the Zombie Apocalypse FaceBook event
Simply confirm you are attending, post your t-shirt size, and pay the morning of the ride. Cash, check, and credit cards will be accepted. T-shirt sizes are adult standard. Kids 12 and under ride free.
We could not do this without the support of our sponsors:  Alaska Injury Prevention Center, American Diabetes Association, Arctic Bicycle Club, Arctic Bicycle Club’s Mountain Bike Racing Division, Bicycle Commuters of Anchorage (BCA), Bosco’s Comics, Chain Reaction, Middle Way Cafe, Midnight Sun Brewing Company, Off the Chain, Paramount Cycles, R.E.I. – Anchorage, Screamin’ Yeti Designs, Shirts Up, Solstice Advertising, Tap Root Public House, and The Bicycle Shop.

AIPC logo ADA logo Arctic Bicycle Club ABCMtBike Boscos logo  BCA logo  Chain Reaction Logo Middle Way Cafe Midnight Sun logo Off the Chain Paramount Cycles REI screamin yeti logo shirts up logoThe Bike Shop

Solstice AdvertisingTap Root Public House

Green Star
Good for Business — Good for the Community — Good for the EnvironmentGS buildings

until 2PM (we need volunteers to help with the bike parking. Contact Kristi at bikemoredriveless@hotmail.com if you are available).

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