BCA At Work

BCA has three main program areas: Advocacy, Education and Encouragement.

Advocacy

BCA advocates for a more bicycle-friendly Anchorage. Some of our advocacy efforts include:

  • Implementing the Anchorage Bike Plan
  • Advocating for better bike laws that make Anchorage a safer place to bicycle
  • Advocating for state-wide bike laws that encourage bicycling and make it safer, convenient and more accessible to everyone
  • Advocating for smart growth that address all modes of transportation, either project-by-project, or at the transportation plan level
  • Advocating for Complete Streets
  • Advocating for Safe Routes to Schools programs

Education

BCA believes that education for both motorists and bicyclists is key to making Anchorage a safer place for everyone. To this end, BCA provides clinics on how to safely while following the rules of the road when  riding  in traffic; how to ride in the fall and through the winter.

In the summer of 2010, BCA piloted a youth bicycle safety curriculum at Camp Fire USA. BCA tought 60 kids how to bicycle safely while commuting.

This summer, BCA is excited to launch the League of American Bicyclists’ Smart Cycling curriculum for adults and children.  Last fall 12 people in Anchorage became League-certified to teach this curriculum. Stay tuned for more information about this program!

If you are interested in a clinic for your office, school or workplace, please contact us at info@bicycleanchorage.org.

Encouragement

Sometimes we need a little extra something to get on the bike. BCA recognizes this and trys to provide incentives to get people on their bikes. Bike Fridays is our effort to encourage (and sometimes nudge) people to get on their bike at least one day a week.  Bike First Fridays celebrates Anchorage’s First Friday event by bicycle.  Each first Friday of the month, bicyclists play an iBingo game by trying to find answers to the questions on their bingo card.  This event lets bicyclists experience Anchorage at a casual pace, while enjoying art, music and food.  Bike Last Fridays offers our Coffee & Treats for morning commuters. Its a fun way to meet fellow commuters, discuss the bicycling issues of the day and enjoy a hot beverage and tasty snack on the way to work.  This year we are encouraging businesses to sponsor their own Coffee & Treats station.  Last year the Alaska Native Health Tribal Consortium and Chain Reaction Cycles ran Coffee & Treat stations.  If you are a business interested in running a station contact us at info@bicycleanchorage.org.

We also recognize that summer festivals are a great time to get the family on bikes, instead of packing everyone into a car on a beautiful weekend day. BCA provides free and secure bike parking at major events around town like the Renewable Energy Alaska Project summer fair.  Stay tuned for more events that will include BCA’s bike parking and if you have a big event scheduled for summer 2011 and think bike parking would be appreciated, let us know.

 

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You can contact BCA at

BCA

2229 Alder Dr.

Anchorage, AK 99508

info@bicycleanchorage.org

 

 

 

 

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