Jan 15

BCA’s 5th Annual Winter Bike Fest is coming. For the month of February, BCA will be celebrating all things bike with rides, movies, slideshows and the first ever Winter Bike to Work Day. We look forward to this series of events and connecting with our great BCA supporters.

 

Feb. 7 – Bike First Fridaysartbff

Bike First Friday is back and we are having an informal meet up at 5:30pm in front of Katie Sevigny’s Studio near 4th Ave and G Street. We will decide where to go from there.

 

Urban30-50K posterFeb. 9 – Winter City Urban 30/50k

When:  Registration begins at 9:00am;   Ride begins at 10:00am.

Where: Start & Finish at the Trek Bicycle Store

How Much: $20 (registration fee supports BCA) or $40 for registration and annual membership to BCA.

The Winter City Urban Randonnée 30/50km Ride is a rolling fund-raiser for BCA by the Alaska Randonneurs. It’s an opportunity for all cyclists to support BCA while experiencing the adventurous style of randonneuring cycling on a whole new course for 2014. Choose between two courses – a 30Km or 50Km winter-day’s ride through the heart of Anchorage on track and trail. Progress from checkpoint to checkpoint, navigating between food and stops along the way. See how easy it is to winter bicycle commute in Anchorage. It’s an event, but not a race– so don’t dally
Want to try out a snow bike?  You can rent snow bikes @ Arctic Cycles or APU.
Bring: Helmet, pen, camera, front & rear lights.
This course is good for most bikes, depending on snow conditions. Use your best judgement.

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Feb. 10 – Rising from Ashes

When: 5:30pm

Where: Beartooth

How Much: $4.00

“Rising from Ashes” is a feature length documentary from Director T.C. Johnstone and narrated by Academy Award Winner and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Forest Whitaker about the first Rwandan National Cycling Team and their six year journey to the Olympic games in London. It’s not about the bike. It’s about second chances, how our past doesn’t have to define our future, and the impossible triumph of the human spirit over one of the world’s most devastating genocides.

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Feb. 14 – Inaugural Winter Bike to Work Day

When: All day

Where: Where ever you go by bike

How Much: Free

This event is a multi-city effort to encourage winter biking. Let’s show ‘em all who really knows winter biking and who has the most bike love. Register anytime before the 14th and be sure to bike to work on the 14th – show everyone you work with that you’ve got some serious bike love. Registration is free and easy: http://winterbiketoworkday.org/commit/

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When: 11:30am-1:00pm

Where: Beartooth

How Much:  Free

A lunch-time discussion about all things bike. This discussion will be lead by a panel including Chief Mew from the Anchorage Police Department, Kevin Turinsky (BCA board member and Director for Alaska Randonneurs), Janice Tower (with Single Track Advocates), Mike Morganson (REI Outreach Specialist) and Lori Schanche (the Municipality’s Non-Motorized Transportation Coordinator and drafter of the Anchorage Bicycle Plan). Brian Litmans, President of BCA will be the moderator. Come on out for a great lunch and discussion about bicycling in our great city.

 

WinterBikeToWorkDayPoster2014BlueHeart-194x300Feb. 14 – Winter Bike to Work Day Celebration – Show your Bike Love

When: 4:30pm-6:00pm

Where: Westchester Lagoon

How Much:  Free

Come on out to celebrate Anchorage’s first-ever Winter Bike to Work Day. We will be handing out Bike Love cookies and hot chocolate to all bicyclists so come on down, hang out by the burn barrels and enjoy Valentine’s Day with fellow bicyclists.

Feb. 17 – BCA’s Winter “Bike Shorts” Film Nightbike shorts

When: 6:30pm – 8:00pm (doors open at 6:00pm)

Where: BP Energy Center

How Much:  $10 suggested donation (or free with your annual 2014 donation to BCA)

Come on out for a fun night of short bike films. We will be showcasing films from Filmed by Bike as well as films by local film makers.

 

 

Sage - IcelandFeb. 26 – Ring Road Ride: Iceland, a presentation by Sage Cohen

When: 6:00pm-8:00pm

Where: BP Energy Center
How Much: $10 suggested donation (or free with your annual 2014 donation to BCA)

To wrap up Winter Bike Fest’s month full of great events, BCA is excited to host a slide show by Sage Cohen of her bike travels through Iceland. Sage’s shows are always a treat. The Ring Road Ride is a multi-modal adventure - 18 days in search of the Icelandic sun in the summer of 2013.

Other Bike Events in February

  • The Abominable Snow Series – Register here.
    • Abominable #4 February 1, 2014 at 11am – Eagle River Nature Center XC (Fundraiser for ERNC)
    • Abominable #5 February 22, 2014 at 6pm – Hilltop Super D
  • Susitna 100 and Little Sue 50k – Feb. 15-17 – get details here.

 

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Jan 08

2013 was a good year for Anchorage. There were no bicycle fatalities. Unfortunately, at the start of 2014, a long-time commuter, Eldridge Griffith, was stuck and killed by a motorist. This tragedy strikes all of us at our core. And serves as a stark and solemn reminder that what BCA is about and what we are striving for in Anchorage are important to everyone in this city. With any tragedy like this, the effects are felt across the community. Family and friends’ lives are changed. Someone dear to them is gone. And no words can really serve to address the pain and loss. For those that don’t know Mr. Griffith, the loss is a tear in the tight fabric that is the Anchorage bicycling community. BCA was created in 2008 with the mission of making Anchorage more bicycle-friendly. Our vision is a city where it is safe, convenient and desirable to go by bike. We know we have a lot of work to do. We also know that much has been accomplished to date. The city is changing, and moving in the right direction. Although, admittedly not at the rate any of us would like to see. BCA will continue, with hearts saddened by this tragic loss, to work to make Anchorage safer for everyone. With this tragedy, BCA takes time to reflect on Anchorage as a bicycle-city. BCA encourages everyone, motorist and bicyclist alike, to drive or bike with attention. Often in circumstances like this, people comment about why bicyclists are even out on the roads. But we are not “cyclists” or “bicyclists.” We are citizens of Anchorage, who choose to go by bike. Many of us are as much “motorists” as we are “bicyclists.” And all of us have friends and family waiting for us to come home, no matter how we get there.  Just as motorists have a home to get to so do bicyclists. So for motorists, please recognize that that person in front of you on a bike isn’t a “cyclist.” They are just another citizen of Anchorage trying to get home, just like you, to see their loved ones, just like you. Those few seconds you may save by driving fast or quickly passing a bicyclist aren’t worth it. Please be patient and share the road. For bicyclists, be attentive, be visible and be predictable.

When a bicyclist is killed, often “ghost bikes” appear to serve as a solemn memorial and to remind everyone to safely share the road. In this instance, at the request of Mr. Griffith’s family, we ask that anyone who had the good intentions of placing a ghost bike at the scene refrain from doing so. The family is appreciative of the thought but it is too much to bear to see this ghostly reminder on a daily basis.

490897A memorial has been scheduled for Sunday, January 12 from 1:00-3:00pm at Kincaid Chalet. It is open to the public. Those that knew Mr. Griffith are welcome to speak.

For the bicycling community, there will be a vigil at 2:00pm at the Chalet. We are asking bicyclists to show up a bit before 2:00pm and line up outside the window overlooking the hill. Have your bike with you and bring a candle and light it t 2:00pm. For 5 minutes we will stand in a line offering a moment of silence. Afterwards, bicyclists are welcome to come into the Chalet and celebrate Eldridge Griffith’s life.

 

With sadness and heavy heart,

Brian Litmans

President

Bicycle Commuters of Anchorage

 

 

 

 

Sep 09

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You can learn more about Steve’s travels on his blog

http://www.cyclingthe6.com/

Jul 23

BIKE FRIDAYS COFFEE & TREATS – July 26th

July 26th is the last Friday of the month and that means it’s another Bike Friday Coffee & Treats day! BCA is excited to announce that we have 10 bike stations across the city to encourage you to go by bike. Each station is individually run by businesses or organizations that support our collective efforts to make Anchorage bicycle-friendly. Make sure to thank them for their support!

The stations include (map here):

 

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Location: Glenn Highway Multi-use bike path at Muldoon intersection.
Schedule: 6:30 to 8:30 am.
Description: coffee, water, and snacks.

 

Photo: Thank you, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium and Southcentral Foundation for sponsoring a treat station for Bike to Work Day, Friday, May 17.</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
<p>Visit the ANTHC and Southcentral Foundation Treat Station at the Corner of Elmore and Ambassador Drive from 6:30-8:30 a.m. and enjoy their Blueberry Station!Photo: Thank you, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium and Southcentral Foundation for sponsoring a treat station for Bike to Work Day, Friday, May 17.</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
<p>Visit the ANTHC and Southcentral Foundation Treat Station at the Corner of Elmore and Ambassador Drive from 6:30-8:30 a.m. and enjoy their Blueberry Station!

Location: Corner of Elmore and Ambassador Drive

Schedule: 6:30-8:30am
Description: In May, ANTHC and Southcentral were out all week with the Blueberry station – We’re not sure if they will have blueberry treats this Friday but know it will be something good.

 

 

Photo: Thank you, RIM Architects & Corvus Design for sponsoring a treat station for Bike to Work Day, Friday, May 17.</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
<p>Visit the RIM & Corvus Treat Station at Westchester Lagoon (Cozy Cafe) from 6:45-8:45 a.m. and enjoy coffee, water and energy food!Photo: Thank you, RIM Architects & Corvus Design for sponsoring a treat station for Bike to Work Day, Friday, May 17.</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
<p>Visit the RIM & Corvus Treat Station at Westchester Lagoon (Cozy Cafe) from 6:45-8:45 a.m. and enjoy coffee, water and energy food!

Location:  Westchester Lagoon by the Cozy Cafe

Schedule: 7:00am – 9:00am

Description: coffee, water and various treats

 

Photo: Thank you, USKH for sponsoring a treat station for Bike to Work Day, Friday, May 17.</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
<p>Visit the USKH Treat Station at 2515 A St. (Corner of A & 26th) from 7:00-9:00 a.m. and enjoy java, cinnamon bars and fruit!
Location: 2515 “A” Street (Corner of A and 26th)
Schedule: 7:00 – 9:00
Description: cinnamon bars, fresh fruit, and coffee.

 

Photo: Thank you, CRW Engineering Group for sponsoring a treat station for Bike to Work Day, Friday, May 17.</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
<p>Visit the CRW Treat Station at Tudor & C Street (NE corner near the big red fish) from 6:30-8:30 a.m. and enjoy KBC coffee, rolls and water!

Location: Tudor and C St – northeast corner near the big red fish

Schedule: 6:30 to 8:30 AM
Description: Stop by for Coffee, Rolls and Water – and other treats to keep you fueled on your way to work.  The station is sponsored by the CRW Engineering Group CReW.  Kaladi Brothers provides the most excellent coffee.

 

 

Photo: Thank you, Trek Store of Anchorage & House of Bread for sponsoring a treat station for Bike to Work Day, Friday, May 17.Visit the Trek Store of Anchorage & House of Bread Treat Station at Elmore & Abbott from 6:30-8:30 a.m. and enjoy fuel to keep you movin'!Photo: Thank you, Trek Store of Anchorage & House of Bread for sponsoring a treat station for Bike to Work Day, Friday, May 17.Visit the Trek Store of Anchorage & House of Bread Treat Station at Elmore & Abbott from 6:30-8:30 a.m. and enjoy fuel to keep you movin'!

Location: Elmore and Abbott

Schedule: 6:30 AM to 8:30 AM

Description: If you happen to be in the area, stop by the Trek Store of Anchorage aid station at the corner of Elmore and Abbott. Treats courtesy of House of Bread with Kaladi Bros. coffee on hand. Our location will be open from 6:30am to 8:30am.

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Location: Intersection of 36th and Denali (SE corner)

Schedule: 7:00 to 8:45am.  

Description: We will have fresh coffee, snacks and Denali Alaskan swag.

 

Location: NW corner of Spenard and Intl Airport Rd
Schedule: 7-9am
Description: refreshments, safety info, and transportation swag.

 

Location: Corner of 7th anf St.

Schedule: 7:00-9:00am

Description: Free coffee for Bike to Work Day participants.

 

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Location:  Chester Creek trail just east of Lake Otis

Schedule: 6:45-9:00
Description: Coffee and treats. Bike pins, stickers, maps and BCA folks on hand to fill you in on the latest BCA efforts.

 

Jun 05

2013 email bannerStart Date: Sun, 06/16/2013

Description: This is the finest 100K loop around Anchorage, bar none.

Map of CourseHERE!

Bring all your friends! De Ronde van Anchorage 100K populaire starts at the Fire Island Bakery in Downtown Anchorage, and travels a huge loop around the Anchorage Bowl, circling back to end at where it started.

Spread some rando goodwill and get to there early for coffee and croissant…very European!

The Ronde van Anchorage is a benefit for the Bicycle Commuters of Anchorage.

The course is mostly flat, with one BIG hill. It uses the Chester Creek, Campbell Creek, and Tony Knowles Coastal Trail bike paths as much as possible. There is some road riding, on moderately busy to quiet streets. Rabbit Creek Hill is included to add some picante. And there is a short dirt section through Far North Bicentennial Park from Hill Top Ski Area to Basher Road. Tandems and skinny tires won’t have any problems.

Whether you’re an experienced randonnuer or randonneuse, or simply want to get a taste of what randonneuring is all about, this ride is a blast! Come ride some new roads with us.

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http://fireislandbread.com

Registration: 8:00AM – 8:45AM

Ride Starts: 9:00AM

Start contrôle closes immediately after the ride begins.

Start/Finish Location: Fire Island Bakery, 1343 G Street.

Parking: Central Middle School. DO NOT PARK IN THE FIRE ISLAND NEIGHBORHOOD!

Distance: 100 Kilometers +/-

Type: RUSA populaire

Time Limit: 7 Hours

Fee: $20

Organizer: Kevin Turinsky

Phone: 907-276-6299 (hm), 907-317-6030 (mobile)

E-mail: kturinsky@alaskarandonneurs.org

Special Instructions: Bring a pen! Bring your camera, take photos and post them on the AK Rando Facebook page!

Consider bringing a bike lock to lock your steed up if you need to at some of the controls.

As is the nature of randonneuring, these rides are always unsupported. Your determination to get the ride done is paramount.

Fenders with mud flaps are strongly encouraged, or you’ll face the scorn and abuse of your fellow randonneurs drafting you when the skies open up or when the roads become muddy. This is also a great time to try out lights, bags, racks, food, etc. Rear lights, in non-flashing mode only, are strongly encouraged for every ride. Remember, the spirit of randonneuring emphasizes self-sufficiency. If your derailleur cable breaks, you gotta fix it. Also, it’s your responsibility to have your brevet card properly completed at each control point. DO NOT LOSE YOUR BREVET CARD!

Please be polite/courteous/civil to convenience store attendants. It’s your responsibility to know the Alaska state and local road laws. Link to Alaska Bicycle Law. Bicyclists are traffic, therefore you must abide by the traffic laws.

Reminders: Join or renew your RUSA membership.

Most Important: All riders are reminded that any failure to conduct the ride in accordance with RUSA rules (www.rusa.org), applicable laws, or any special instructions or equipment requirements for this ride may result in a time penalty or disqualification. Sorry, I had to say that. Right now would be a good time to read RUSA’s Rules for Riders (http://www.rusa.org/brvreg.html) Also, you’ve got to wear your helmet.

May 16

It is expected to be cold and rainy, maybe windy, and maybe some snow too. And while we all love soaking up sun on the morning of Bike to Work Day, eating bacon and sipping coffee watching all those bicyclists roll by and enjoy the camaraderie and fun of biking to work, we realize that many who were planning on biking are hedging and waffling or have already called it. For those on the fence, BCA says give it a go. First, as long as you have the right clothing you will be fine. You might be a bit chilled when you start but you will warm up, and there is lots of coffee along the way to keep you warm and moving.  Second, if you can brave the cold rain and snow, then biking on sunny glorious days will be a breeze. So set your sights high. And roll out on that bike tomorrow. You may just find that biking in the rain is fun!

And below is the list of all the Bike Stations and Sponsors. (and here is a map of all the stations)

Thanks to all of our Bike Station hosts for sticking it out tomorrow.

 

Photo: Thank you, Alaska Regional Hospital for sponsoring a treat station for Bike to Work Day, Friday, May 17.</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
<p>Visit the Alaska Regional Hospital Treat Station at the Glenn Highway Multi-use Bike Path at the Muldoon Intersection from 6:30-8:30 a.m. and enjoy coffee, water and snacks!

Location: Glenn Highway Multi-use bike path at Muldoon intersection.
Schedule: We planned 6:30 to 8:30 am.
Description: coffee, water, and snacks.

 

Photo: Thank you, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium and Southcentral Foundation for sponsoring a treat station for Bike to Work Day, Friday, May 17.</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
<p>Visit the ANTHC and Southcentral Foundation Treat Station at the Corner of Elmore and Ambassador Drive from 6:30-8:30 a.m. and enjoy their Blueberry Station!Photo: Thank you, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium and Southcentral Foundation for sponsoring a treat station for Bike to Work Day, Friday, May 17.</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
<p>Visit the ANTHC and Southcentral Foundation Treat Station at the Corner of Elmore and Ambassador Drive from 6:30-8:30 a.m. and enjoy their Blueberry Station!

Location: Corner of Elmore and Ambassador Drive

Schedule: 6:30-8:30am
Contact Name: Sandy Cunningham, Kim Marcucci
Description: Blueberry Station (blueberry inspired breakfast for bicyclists!)

 

 

Photo: Thank you, RIM Architects & Corvus Design for sponsoring a treat station for Bike to Work Day, Friday, May 17.</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
<p>Visit the RIM & Corvus Treat Station at Westchester Lagoon (Cozy Cafe) from 6:45-8:45 a.m. and enjoy coffee, water and energy food!Photo: Thank you, RIM Architects & Corvus Design for sponsoring a treat station for Bike to Work Day, Friday, May 17.</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
<p>Visit the RIM & Corvus Treat Station at Westchester Lagoon (Cozy Cafe) from 6:45-8:45 a.m. and enjoy coffee, water and energy food!

Location:  Westchester Lagoon by the Cozy Cafe

Schedule: 6:45am – 8:45am

Description: coffee, water and various treats

 

Photo: Thank you, USKH for sponsoring a treat station for Bike to Work Day, Friday, May 17.</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
<p>Visit the USKH Treat Station at 2515 A St. (Corner of A & 26th) from 7:00-9:00 a.m. and enjoy java, cinnamon bars and fruit!
Location: 2515 “A” Street (Corner of A and 26th)
Schedule: 7:00 – 9:00
Description: Treat Station will be operating 7:00 – 9:00 and include cinnamon bars, fresh fruit, and coffee.

 

Photo: Thank you, CRW Engineering Group for sponsoring a treat station for Bike to Work Day, Friday, May 17.</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
<p>Visit the CRW Treat Station at Tudor & C Street (NE corner near the big red fish) from 6:30-8:30 a.m. and enjoy KBC coffee, rolls and water!

Location: Tudor and C St – northeast corner near the big red fish

Schedule: 6:30 to 8:30 AM
Description: Stop by for Coffee, Rolls and Water – and other treats to keep you fueled on your way to work.  The station is sponsored by the CRW Engineering Group CReW.  Kaladi Brothers provides the most excellent coffee.

 

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Location:   Dimond Blvd & Victor Rd, SE Entrance to Campbell Creek Trail
Schedule:  6:30 AM to 8:30 AM
Description: Dino’s donuts, energy bars, juice to go.

 

Photo: Thank you, Trek Store of Anchorage & House of Bread for sponsoring a treat station for Bike to Work Day, Friday, May 17.Visit the Trek Store of Anchorage & House of Bread Treat Station at Elmore & Abbott from 6:30-8:30 a.m. and enjoy fuel to keep you movin'!Photo: Thank you, Trek Store of Anchorage & House of Bread for sponsoring a treat station for Bike to Work Day, Friday, May 17.Visit the Trek Store of Anchorage & House of Bread Treat Station at Elmore & Abbott from 6:30-8:30 a.m. and enjoy fuel to keep you movin'!

Location: Elmore and Abbott

Schedule: 6:30 AM to 8:30 AM

Description: If you happen to be in the area, stop by the Trek Store of Anchorage aid station at the corner of Elmore and Abbott. Treats courtesy of House of Bread with Kaladi Bros. coffee on hand. Our location will be open from 6:30am to 8:30am.

 

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Location: A Street in front of Barnes and Noble

Schedule: 6:30-9:00am

Description: Trail Angels” Smoothie Stop is not on your map this year. PDC Inc. Engineers, Bettisworth North Architects, and Acai Alaska are again sponsoring this station in front of Barnes & Noble. Free smoothies from Acai, Great Harvest cookies, other healthy snacks, and prize drawings. We’re here to absolve people’s guilt when they hit the Bacon Station!

 

 

Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities

Location: NW corner of Spenard and Intl Airport Rd
Schedule: 7-9am
Description: refreshments, safety info, and transportation swag.

 

Location: Corner of 7th anf St.

Schedule: 6:45-9:00am

Description: Free coffee for Bike to Work Day participants.

 

and there will of course be the BCA Bacon Station with Spenard Roadhouse, Kaladi Brothers Coffee, Snow City Cafe Green Star AK, Great Harvest Bread Co. and Midnight Sun Brewing Co. all sponsoring the station.

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Location:  Chester Creek trail just east of the Seward Highway

Schedule: 6:45-9:00
Description: Bacon – of course. Kaladi Bros. Coffee, Great Harvest Bread Cookies, and other treats.

And a big thanks to the Municipality for putting Bike to Work Day together!

 

Apr 30

It is time to gear up for the 2013 Summer Bike, Walk  & Bus Commuter Challenge

The competition begins May 28th and runs through August 16th, so get your co-workers ready to start biking or walking or going by bus!

Join the Alaska chapter of the American Institute of Architects and Bicycle Commuters of Anchorage in a friendly competition to encourage bicycle/pedestrian/public transit commuting and see which businesses can get the greatest percentage of employees commuting to work by bike, foot or bus.

Register between May 10th and May 28th

We will post the link to the website where you can register your team and your teammates can track their progress over the summer.

The competition begins on Tuesday, May 28th, 2013.  But you can join in at any time throughout the summer. The Summer Bike Challenge competition ends on August 16th.

Go to:

http://commuterchallenge.bicycleanchorage.org

to register. Register yourself and your team and then share the commuter challenge link with teammates. they should be then be able to individually register and join your team.

 

What are the rules?

1. The businesses in each class with the highest PERCENTAGE of total employee trips to/from work made by bike, foot and bus win. 

The goal of the challenge is to get more people to go by bike, foot or transit. So we focus on the percentage of employees in your business that are going to work each day by bike, foot or transit. It is pretty simple to track. We will take the total number of employees in your business and multiply that by the number of days in the challenge (five work days per week) to determine the total # of commute trips made by your employees during the challenge (if you can count up the total vacation days we will be able to reduce the total trips days to get an accurate number of bike/ped/bus trips). You and your co-workers track the number of trips to and from work by bike, foot or bus and we will calculate your business’ overall % of commutes to and from work by bike, foot or bus. The businesses in each class with the highest percentage of commutes by bike, foot and bus win.

 

2. You compete among businesses of similar size.

We have divided the teams into five classes this year (see below for how to register). The business classification is based on the total number of employees, not the number of employees in your office that may bike, walk or take the bus. This encourages team captains to get as many people in their business to bike, walk or take the bus (even if it is just one trip a week) as every trip helps increase the percentage of trips by bike, foot or bus.

The Business classes (based on total # of employees) are:

  • X-Small: 1-4 employees
  • Small: 5-15 employees
  • Medium: 16 – 50 employees
  • Large: 51-200 employees
  • X-Large: More than 200 employees
You can register a division, section, branch, agency department, sector, etc. for this competition – it does not have to be the entire business (e.g. it could be a section or department of a government agency or a branch of a business – any way that makes sense for your place of work).

3. Track your trips

This year we will be using an interactive online tracking program created by Becky Boone at Resource Data Inc. Big thanks to Becky and Resource Data Inc. for creating this software and hosting!. More details will be up on how to register by May 10th.  This software will provide up-to-date results on how each team is doing in the challenge.

We have changed the rules to include those walking and taking the bus, or combining the bus with a bike commute. The tracking software will ask you your mode of choice. If you combine biking with the bus, you will have to just enter biking as your mode and include only the distance you travel by bike.

4.  This competition is for businesses located in the Anchorage bowl.

We know folks across the state want to participate but this is a challenge for Anchorage.

5. Awards, the Awards Party, and Sponsors

There will be an awards party and celebration (location and date TBD but it will be the week of August 19th). Last year we had great door prizes thanks to our amazing sponsors including:

AIA Alaska, Speedway Cycles, Alaska Railroad, REI, Steamdot, Paramount cycles, Spenard Roadhouse, Fire Island Bakery, Midnight Sun Brewery, City Diner, Great Harvest, Deb Winkelman, Alaska Club, Alaska Wildland Adventures, Beartooth, and Side Street Espresso.

And of course there will be some fantastic trophies for the winners that you can display in your office for the entire year.

Award recognition will be given in the following categories:

  • Business winners for each category
  • Most individual miles by bike and by foot (first, second and third place)
  • Most trips made (first, second and third place)

We welcome sponsors and prize donors.  Let us know if you’d like to be a sponsor and contribute to this celebration of people power.  Contact catherine@callbluesky.com to find out how you can contribute.

Watch for competition updates on BCA’s Facebook page and our website.

Aug 30

 

The BCA-AIA Summer Bike Commute Challenge is all wrapped up. It again proved to be a fun and engaging competition with over 40 teams participating and over 47,000 miles commuted by bike. The average percent of trips made by bike in Anchorage is reported to be 1.5%.  The competition is broken down into classes based on employer size and business compete to have the highest percentage of trips by bike.

Our 2012 Bike Commute Challenge winners are:

  • X-Large (over 200 employees): Conoco-Philips with 1.2% bike commute trips.
  • Large (between 51-200 employees): Alaska Center for the Environment & Trailside Discovery Camp with 10% bike commute trips.
  • Medium (between 16-and 50 employees): ECI/Hyer Architecture and Interiors – Hyer’s Flyers with 17% bike commute trips (and winner second year in a row).
  • Small (between 1 and 15 employees): Kittelson & Associates with 39% bike commute trips (and winner second year in a row).

For the most miles biked, the top three individuals are:

  • Cindi Pannone (USKH ) with 1539 miles.
  • Kelsey Clinton (Alaska Center for the Environment/Trailside Discovery Camp) with 862 miles.
  • Art Copoulos (ConocoPhillips) with 852 miles.

For the most trips made out of a possible 136 trips, the top three individuals are:

  • Marcus Geist (USKH) with 112 trips.
  • Jim Gove (ANTHC, CHS, Hepatits & Liver Disease Clinic) with 108 trips.
  • Raylene Erickson (Anchorage School District Education Center) with 104 trips.

Our awards ceremony would not be possible without our sponsors. A big thanks to:

  • Alaska Wildland Adventures
  • The Alaska Railroad
  • The Alaska Club
  • The Bear Tooth and Moose’s Tooth
  • City Diner
  • Deb Winkelman Bike Jewelry
  • Fire Island Rustic Bakeshop
  • Great Harvest Bakery
  • Midnight Sun Brewery
  • Paramount Cycles
  • Resource Data, Inc.
  • REI
  • Sidestreet Espresso
  • Speedway Cycles
  • Spenard Roadhouse
  • Steamdot Coffee

Here are the full results

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May 08


May 9th Is National Bike to School Day. To celebrate Bike to School Day and in an effort to inspire students and teachers to bike to school, we have found an especially uplifting and inspiring story about a 6th grader who loves to bike. We hope you enjoy this story as much as we do and that Nathan’s story inspires you to go by bike.  And with that, I am excited to offer the second in BCA’s series, I Bike Anchorage.

Brian Litmans, BCA Board President

Nathan Shuttleworth: Leading a new generation into year-round bike commuting

by Tim Woody

Any cynical adult meeting Nathan Shuttleworth for the first time is likely to be overcome by a restored feeing of optimism. This is the kid you want living next door: smart, unerringly polite, and inquisitive. And, at the age of 12, he’s a year-round bicycle commuter in Anchorage.

Nathan first started riding a bike to school at Kasuun Elementary a couple of years ago when he was in fourth grade. But this past winter, he took it up a notch and rode through winter after investing in studded tires with money he had received for his birthday and earned by clearing snow from a neighbor’s driveway.

“I’m in debt right now. I owe my parents money,” Nathan said after mentioning that he also recently upgraded to a new bike, a Novara Bonita, because his old bike was “completely trashed.”

But like most bike commuters, he can’t help himself. “I love to ride. I always thought it was fun to ride to school. It’s easier than walking.”

Nathan is simply inspiring, said his school librarian, Amy Dalton, who is a year-round bike commuter herself. Since Nathan started riding in winter, even his teacher has started riding to school, Amy said.

“Here’s a boy that just stands out in a crowd. He surpasses any kid that we have deemed a leader, just by example, and the way he conducts himself every day,” Amy said. “I just adore this kid.

“There’s just not too many Nathans out there. He’s not looking to be like everybody else.”

That’s a good thing for a sixth-grader who pedals through dark, snowy mornings while many of his friends are happy to hitch a ride in their parents’ SUVs. “Some of them think it’s kind of weird that I’m the only one riding to school,” Nathan said.

He admits that environmental concerns are a factor in his decision to travel by bike, but Nathan says it’s really just more fun. His younger sister’s babysitter routinely offers him rides to school, but he prefers to pedal.

His ride to Kasuun is short — a mile or less, each way — so Nathan is looking forward to middle school next year for the simple reason that it’s farther away and he’ll be able to ride longer.

He already has supportive parents, but he’s hoping to find a more supportive school, where maybe the bike racks won’t be buried by snowplows, and maybe the administrators won’t discourage winter biking, as happens at his current school.

Anchorage’s elementary school administrators may not be ready for 12-year-old winter bike commuters, but that’s probably because they’ve never previously encountered a kid like Nathan Shuttleworth.

He’s a force of nature in the form of a determined and independent boy.

Who knows? He might even be a force for change.

 

This is the second in a series of I Bike Anchorage stories  about the city’s devoted bicycle commuters — riders who see bikes not as toys, but as a viable means of transportation for getting to work and school, shopping, and running errands. These profiles will appear quarterly and be written by Tim Woody, a year-round bike commuter and author of a blog called Bicycles & Icicles. If you would like to nominate a profile subject, drop Tim an email at icybikes@gmail.com. Tell him a little about the person’s commuting habits and why he/she has an interesting story to tell.

Apr 24

Winning Bicycle-Pedestrian Campaign Training

Bicycle Commuters of Anchorage and Alaska Trails are collaborating with several organizations to bring the Alliance for Bicycling & Walking and the League of American Bicyclists to Anchorage.

On May 7th, the Alliance and the League will be hosting an evening workshop for organizations working on transporation/sustainability issues. This is an incredible opportunity for advocacy and business organizations in Anchorage to learn more about how we can build successful campaigns and collaborate to achieve our missions and make our cities and Alaska more bicycle-friendly. We hope you can attend this important workshop, where we can all collaborate and discuss how to make Anchorage and Alaska more sustainable and livable. It would be great if you could join us.

Please register as soon as possible so that we can prepare enough training materials.

The Advocacy Advance partnership between the Alliance for Biking & Walking and the League of American Bicyclists invites Alaska bicycle and pedestrian advocates to attend an evening advocacy campaign training on May 7.

Hosted by Alaska Trails and the Bicycle Commuters of Alaska, this workshop – modeled after the Alliance’s signature Winning Campaigns Trainings – uses proven curriculum, targeted specifically to the unique needs and experience of bicycle and pedestrian advocates.

Participants will receive a crash-course in key organizing tactics for identifying, strategizing and implementing campaigns that transform the transportation landscape in Alaskan communities. Content will address the mechanics of public funding campaigns in preparation for the Action 2020 Workshop held on May 8.

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