Apr 27

Bike to Work Day is Friday, May 20th. Team registration is open. In 2010 more than 2,500 cyclists were counted at key intersections on BTWD. Businesses and organizations can register teams and take an online survey for drawings of prizes and tee-shirts. Fun events will take place before and after the workday. For more information and registration go to www.muni.org/biketowork Contact: Anchorage Health and Human Services (907) 343-4715.

Don’t forget about the Bike to Work Festival! The Festival will take place Friday, May 6th at the University Center Mall from 5:00-8:00 PM. Get ready to ride by learning about bicycle commuting, safety, products and more. The utility cycling contest “Freeze Your Keys” concludes, and Off the Chain bicycle cooperative will offer bike valet services and accept bicycle donations.  More information: www.muni.org/biketowork Contact: Green Star at (907) 952-0047.

Apr 27

As part of Jane’s Walk & Roll organized by the Alaska Center for the Environment, former BCA board member Jay Stange and Jae Shin, member of Spenard Complete Streets Coalition, will be hosting a walk & bike tour May 7th. HEre are the details:

The Doctors J present: Walk-n-Roll Spenard – The Funky Homo Sapiens Tour Walking Tour at 12:30pm and Biking Tour at 2pm Both Tours leave from the Tap Root (3300 Spenard Road) Join Spenard Homeboys, Jae and Jay, as they present the greatest neighborhood on Earth via foot and bicycle. We’ve been walking and riding these streets, rails and trails long enough to know where the best shortcuts are, who has the biggest lilacs, the best crabapples, the coolest backyard plot on Fish Creek, the best treehouse, the scariest dog and the funkiest old log cabin. The day begins with a walking tour of downtown Spenard. Tour members receive VIP status at the Spenard Farmers Market (which means they get to help us haul trash, rub elbows with Spenard royalty, and wear an attractive safety vest…for free!) We reconnoiter at Tap Root for Phase II of the tour, a bicycle ride on safer neighborhood streets, where we follow the delightful contours of Fish Creek and revel in the history of Anchorage’s most colorful and splendid old neighborhood in a wonderful and divergent afternoon. We finish with refreshing beverages in a secret location where we plan a peaceful takeover of the rest of the world. You know, the part out there, that’s not here.

Mar 23

Mar 05

We wanted to let you know HB 57 will be heard by the Alaska State Legislature House Transportation committee on March 10 at 1 PM. This bill (sponsored by Representatives Seaton and Gruenberg) helps fund programs that encourage folks to use bicycles for transportation. Here is the bill:

“An Act authorizing municipalities and nonprofit organizations to sponsor a program to encourage the safe use of bicycles as a mode of transportation, and amending the duties of the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities to include administration of state funds appropriated for that purpose.”‘

You can read the bill here

http://www.legis.state.ak.us/PDF/27/Bills/HB0057A.PDF

If this sounds like a good idea to you, please consider providing testimony to the Transportation committee. Please contact the Anchorage Legislative Information Office at (907) 269-0111, or by email at Anchorage_LIO@legis.state.ak.us. If you aren’t available to call your testimony in, you can provide written testimony, just make sure to touch base with the LIO to ensure your testimony gets to the House Transportation committee in time.

Feb 07

We’ve got a lot happening over the next few weeks. Here are the highlights…

Second Saturday Ride – Feb. 12th

Join us this Saturday, February 12 at 11AM at Goose Lake, for the next Second Saturday Ride. We’ll head down the lovely Chester Creek trail for a fun and casual winter time ride. Our destination is the Fire Island Rustic Bakehouse, where we’ll enjoy hot coffee and a host of delicious freshly baked goods. I’m not sure which is my favorite…those marvelous blueberry scones, or the decadent peanut butter sandwich cookies! The calories are all guilt free, since you’ll burn them off on the ride back. Anyone is welcome to join us, especially folks who are new to winter time riding.

Winter City 50K Ride – Feb. 13th

And don’t forget, the Fire Island Rustic Bakehouse is one of the stops on the Winter City 50K Populaire! The Alaska Randonneurs have planned a great course that weaves its way through Anchorage, from one great eatery to another! It all starts Sunday February 13, 8 AM at Cafe Amsterdam for registration, and the ride starts at 9 AM. This isn’t a race, it’s an excellent opportunity to tour the town by bike and sample the delicious wares at the likes of The Sugar Spoon, The Cake Studio, and City Market to name a few. This ride is a fund raiser for BCA. See our website for details!

Winter Bike Film Fest – Feb. 17th

The following Thursday, February 17 at 8 PM, our Winter Bike Fest ends at the Bear Tooth for a bike film festival. We’re showing two films, Cycling Copenhagen and Bicycle Dreams. This is Anchorage’s first screening of Bicycle Dreams, an excellent film with a long list of awards. It offers an inside glimpse into the Race Across America, an incredible endurance race of 3000 miles in 7 days (for teams) or 12 days (for solo riders). Tickets are $7, and please keep in mind ticket sales do not benefit BCA, so we will also be taking donations at the event to support our work to make Anchorage more bicycle-friendly.

The National Bike Summit in DC – March 8-10th

The National Bike Summit in Washington DC is March 8-10, 2011, and the BCA wants to be there in person to represent you! As you know, more Anchorage citizens than ever are riding their bikes, even in wintertime. Yet half of all trips are three miles or less, and more than 90 percent are made by car. The National Bike Summit has improved bicycle friendliness and livability in many communities, now we want Anchorage to have a representative at this National Summit, speaking up about our unique needs.

Attending the National Bike Summit provides representatives with the opportunity to learn from and share with other communities to find successful ways to make our own communities more bicycle-friendly and livable.

BCA needs your financial support to send a volunteer board member to Washington D.C. to speak up for YOUR needs. Can you send a contribution, or ask your company, to donate to help send an Anchorage representative?

You can send your donations to BCA, 2429 E. 20th Ave., Anchorage, AK 99508 (sorry our paypal is down until we get our 501c3 status)

Jan 04

Below is a message from Jay Stange, BCA Board Member and Member of the Spenard Complete Streets Coalition.  Spenard Road is a perfect opportunity for Anchorage to transition a portion of midtown from purely auto-centric to  a commercial area that supports community, businesses, and people by focusing on how we all get around. And above all, 3 lanes will make the road much safer for all users. Complete Streets means thinking about and designing for all users. By converting Spenard to a 3-lane road, we can make the corridor more inviting for businesses and their patrons, creating a comfortable and enjoyable place to walk from restaurant to store. 3 lanes would also allow for bicycle lanes that will connect this west end of Midtown to the Chester Creek greenway.  If you want to learn about the project please come out to one of the community council meetings (dates identified below). And if you are from these communities, please consider attending to show your support for this project.  Just your attendance and shown support can be critical to demonstrating the significant demand and desire to transform Spenard into a more livable and safe place.

It’s nitty gritty time for our community’s effort to rebuild Spenard Road. By now, you’ve probably seen the new drawings for the next phase of construction, the stretch between Northern Lights Blvd and Hillcrest Drive.  There is a three-lane proposal with bike lanes and separated sidewalks and a four-lane design with a multi-use trail on the west side of the street.

Hopefully, you’ve enjoyed the new pedestrian and bike friendly alignment down the hill on Hillcrest to 19th Avenue, including the pedestrian and bicycle bridge. Assembly Members  Ernie Hall and Harriet Drummond and city engineering staffers have been hard at work coming up with solutions to improve safety on one of Anchorage’s most dangerous streets.

The next two weeks,  proposals for this critical phase of construction will be given public hearings at three key Community Council meetings in West Anchorage. It’s critical we show up at our respective meetings to support the three-lane version which maximizes safety for pedestrians, bicyclists and the disabled. Both proposals address event parking issues in the area by opening up avenues for vehicles leaving 27th Avenue via the light at Romig Junior High School on Minnesota, but the three-lane version allows for safer turning movements for vehicles and no loss of traffic volume while making the area more friendly for shoppers and neighbors who patronize the area as a destination.

Please bring a neighbor and show up to support the three-lane proposal at the following Community Council meetings:

Spenard Community Council, Wednesday,  Jan 5
Turnagain CC Thurs Jan 6
North Star CC Wed Jan 12

If you have questions about meeting times or locations, please contact Mark Butler at the Federation of Community Councils: (907) 240-3868

Thanks
Jay Stange

Dec 02

BCA has been coordinating with Lori Schanche and Jon Spring, the drafters of the Anchorage Bike Plan, to identify top projects for implementation of the Bike Plan. We are seeking your input on what those projects are. To help identify these projects, we have set out the following criteria that we ask you keep in mind while filling the very short survey out:
(1) improving connectivity for major bike routes

(2) providing a safe and comfortable route for those new to bike commuting (routes that utilize streets with less motor vehicle traffic and slower speed limits)

(3) projects that are not costly (i.e projects that mainly require new painting, striping, marking and signage ).

(4) projects that can be implemented relatively quickly to improve bicycle route connectivity, convenience, comfort and safety.

Please take the survey by Dec. 13th. You may want to also take a look at the proposed routes from the recently approved Bike Plan to see where these projects are.  If you have questions about a particular route, you can find more information about each project in Table 6 of the Bike Plan on page 60.  If you see a proposed route that is not identified in our survey please let us know what that route is in the second survey question.

This information will be passed along to the Department of Transportation in an upcoming meeting. You can find the survey here:   BCA Bike Survey

Thanks and Happy Holidays from BCA!

Dec 02

There is a public meeting next Monday, the 6th, from 6:00pm-7:30pm at Romig Middle School in the Multi-Purpose Room. Please come out to learn about the redesign and show your support for a more bicycle-friendly mid-town.

West Anchorage Assembly members Ernie Hall and Harriet Drummond will host a public meeting on the redesign of Spenard Road from Hillcrest Drive to 30th Avenue. The meeting will provide a progress report on the proposed redesign. Specifically, Hall, Drummond and city staff will present answers to the many questions posed by members of the public who attended previous public meetings. Also presented will be cost estimates of three and four lane design options with improved, safer passage for pedestrians and bicyclists. For further information call 764-6040 or 529-0222.

Nov 15

Hey Folks,

I just got notice of this from one of BCA’s supporters.

There is an open house this Wednesday regarding the New Seward Project that will FINALLY connect Cambell Creek trail under the highway. If you are a user of this pathway consider letting DOT know that

1.  This is a critically important connection that bicyclists and non-motoized users have been waiting for years to be completed. With this connection the Campbell Creek Trail will finally be Anchorages’ second major East – West Trail.  A complete loop of Goose Lake, Chester Creek, the Coastal Trail, Kincaid Park and Campbell Creek Trail will be possible with only minor grade crossings in the Sand Lake area.  Close to 30 Miles!  The end of Hike a Bike under New Seward is in the foreseeable future!

2. While grateful for this project, it must not be relegated to the back burner as a catch up item. It needs to be paced and accomplished in a timely manner.
3. This project is going to “sever” the trail for a fair amount of time next Summer with the likely alt routes being Tudor overpass to the North and Dowling Rd to the South. Appropriate detour signage and guidance would be a good thing to have in the plan to make the duration as decent as possible.  Current plans call for a two year project,  starting in August per the website.

Web links:

http://sewardhighway.info/faqs.asp
http://sewardhighway.info/documents%5C05-CampCk-Bridge-Plan.pdf

Thanks to Jeff Schmitz of the Streets and Trails Committee, Taku Campbell Community Council for passing this on.

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Oct 12

The information originally posted was inaccurate. Phase II of the Dowling Project does have bike lanes. The Project web page notes that ”the project will include striped and signed on-street Class A bicycle lanes within the 8-foot shoulders on both sides of the new roadway.” If you would like to learn more about the Project you can attend the Taku-Campbell community council meeting on the 14th.

———- original message ———-

Jim Amundsen, ADOT&PF project manager for the West Dowling Road Phase II: C Street to Minnesota Drive project, will provide a project update at the Taku-Campbell Community Council meeting this Thursday, October 14.

Where: Dimond Center Hotel, 700 E Dimond Blvd.
When: the community council meeting begins at 7:00 pm

Visit www.dowlingroad.com for additional project updates!

Julie K. Jessen, MSHP
Senior Public Involvement Specialist
HDR Alaska, Inc.
2525 C Street |Suite 305 |Anchorage, AK 99503 | Phone: 907.644.2075 | Fax: 907-644-2022

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