Jul 15

BCA and AIA would like to send out a big thanks to all the sponsors of this summer’s challenge. There are still weeks to go and we hope you all are enjoying the friendly competition and motivation to go by bike. Our sponsors have all made generous donations that we will hand out at the awards party on August 19th – an event you won’t want to miss.

Our 2013 sponsors include:

 

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Bear Tooth Theatre logo

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Bicycle Shop


Resource Data, Inc. People, Technology, Results
Fire Island Rustic BakeshopREISteamdot

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Spenard Roadhouse - Anchorage, AK

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.

alaskarandonneurs.org
rusa.org
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.

Mar 11

We’ve done it once.  We’ve done it twice.  How about thrice???  That’s largely up to YOU!

 

Last December we got final approval for $2.3 million in Federal transportation dollars for Anchorage/Eagle River bike plan implementation.  Consistent with Bike Plan priorities, the focus for these funds will be bike lane striping and signage.  This happened ONLY because 125 of you wrote emails and 35 of you showed up at a critical meeting and told decision makers why it was important.  In a second campaign, we asked you to contact your Anchorage Assembly members and ask that additional Bike Plan funding be included in the municipality’s State Legislative Program request.  Because scores of you did, the Assembly added a $900K project to the municipality’s state-funding wish list for this purpose.

 

Your state legislators are currently camped out in Juneau working on a slew of things, including the State’s 2014 capital budget.  Will they include any money for implementing our Bike Plan in that budget?   Almost certainly NOT,  UNLESS they hear that it’s important to their constituents.  BCA just wrote a letter (linked below) making such a request to all 26 Anchorage/Eagle River State Legislators.  Your individual State Senator and Representative now needs to hear from YOU!

 

What you need to do – Pick one:

 

If you only have 3 minutes (really!) – Send a 50 word message to your Legislators using the Alaska State Public Opinion Message System (http://www.legis.state.ak.us/poms/).  Just fill in the web form and type your very short message.  POMS even tells you who your State Senator and Representative is.  We recommend you send your message to just your two Legislators rather than all (you have a choice).  Ask them to please include Bike Plan funding per the muni’s request in the 2014 State Capital Budget, because …….

 

If you only have 6 minutes (and don’t mind talking to humans!) – Call your State Senator and Representative and ask that they include some Capital Budget funding for the Anchorage Bike Plan.  Reference the muni’s Legislative Program request, and say why it’s important to you!  Legislator’s phone numbers are listed here: http://w3.legis.state.ak.us/docs/pdf/whoswho.pdf.  Not sure who your Legislators are?  Start with POMS (above) and use it to the point that it tells you that.  Then pick up the phone and make two phone calls!

 

If you can spare 12 minutes – Send a more thoughtful and/or personal email to your two state legislators.  Find out who they are with POMS if needed.  Google their names and go to their official Senate and House web pages, which includes their email addresses.  Craft a single email to the two of them.  Copy & paste from the BCA letter to legislators if you want, but also add something personal if you can.  You could even advocate for another project or two.  The Muni’s full State Legislative Program wish-list is here: http://www.muni.org/Departments/Mayor/Documents/FINAL%20Legislative%20Program%20-%20Jan%208%202013.pdf. If you search using “bike” and “bicycle” you’ll find several more great bike-related project on the list, including “Northeast Anchorage Bike Skills Park and Pump Track ($61,000).”  Wouldn’t that also be nice!

 

Which of the above you do is not nearly as important as that you do SOMETHING!  It’s not hard or complicated.  Which of the above is best?  The one that you’ll do right now, or at least in the next few days!

You love to ride in Anchorage.  You are hereby challenged to contribute 3, 6, or 12 minutes of your personal time to make it even better!  Just do it!

Thanks – Todd Logan, BCA Volunteer

Questions or comments? Please email BCA volunteer Todd Logan at tjloganak@gmail.com

 

 

Feb 10

Winter 2013 — I Bike Anchorage

With winter biking in full force, it is time for another I Bike Anchorage by Tim Woody. We hope this latest installment inspires you to go by bike regardless of what the weather has in store.

For Pam Weiss, commuting helps balance family, work and bicycling

By Tim Woody

Pam Weiss is a devoted bicycle commuter who balances family, career and year-round
time on her bikes. Riding her bike to work might even help her juggle it all.

“First, I get my exercise in riding to and from work, which is a bonus when you
have a family and house to take care of in the evenings,” Pam said when asked
why she commutes by bike. “Second, it saves money – well, gas money, not
new bike-stuff-money. Third, it wakes me up and refreshes me. I find I am more
awake at work all day, although I still drink a ton of coffee! Fourth, it’s more
relaxing than driving since I hate driving.”

Pam said she started bike commuting “eons ago” while living in California.
She rode from Oakland to Berkeley because she couldn’t afford a car and the
related parking fees, and the public bus schedule was terrible. Like many riders
who started commuting in the Lower 48, she found it far easier after moving to
Anchorage.

“There, I was constantly afraid of being squashed by a car,” she said. “Here,
there are so many alternatives to riding on the road, so I much prefer it. After
all, I am able to commute from my house to downtown only riding about three-
quarters of a mile on one road – E Street.

“I am typically commuting four days per week unless I really need a car.”

She rides about six miles each way on her fat bike — a 9:ZERO:7 — which is
perfectly suited to year-round commuting. Come summer, Pam simply removes
her big wheels and switches to a set of 29er rims with knobby tires. And her bike
is equipped with a good light, a rack, and a set of waterproof panniers.

“I’m happy with it, but who wouldn’t want another bike? Sometimes I think I’ll
get an awesome summer commuter bike to reduce the wear and tear on my
9:ZERO:7, but it’s nice to just be able to switch the wheels and not have to make
the call when to move all the other attachments (rack, panniers, light, etc.).

Pam and her husband ride road and mountain bikes, and participate in events
such as the Fireweed in summer, and the annual Frosty Bottom race in winter.
Not surprisingly, they have a fleet of bikes.

“I have an Orbea Diva road bike (yes, I love this bike), a Giant mountain bike and
a Novarra Buzz that I use for pulling a Weehoo trailer bike for my son. Of course
my husband has his share of bikes too – fat bike, mountain bike, and road bike.
And my son has a bike too.” she said. “What does this mean? We don’t have
room in the garage for cars!”

Having a spouse who rides is a bonus for a bike commuter, especially in a world
where there’s no shortage of people who wonder why anyone would travel by
bike if they had the option of using a car.

“My husband is totally supportive, although I’m sure he’d prefer I didn’t ask him
to do maintenance 15 minutes before I’m leaving in the morning,” Pam said. “My
parents are supportive, and my dad commuted by bike in Arizona the whole time
I was a kid. Most of my friends are on the same wavelength.

“My co-workers … well, I suspect they (or some of them) think I’m crazy. Some
of my co-workers ride in the summer when the weather is nice. But I suspect
the ‘crazy’ word gets uttered when, for example, it’s pouring rain, it’s the day after
the windstorm, in the subzero winter, and times like that.”

With the advantage of a private office, Pam is able to avoid the risk of bike
theft by storing her bike — and her sweaty gear — in her office each day. And
because she works for the Municipality of Anchorage, she enjoys the benefit of
a free People Mover bus pass. That means that in summer, she easily can get
home with her bike on the bus if she has a mechanical problem or especially bad
weather.

Taking the bus home is not an option in winter, because People Mover bike racks
don’t accommodate fat bikes, an issue Pam mentions when asked if there is
anything that could make bike commuting easier for her.

“Oh, and if I could figure out a great way to take skis on my bike, so I could do
that after work too!”

This is the fourth 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 appear quarterly 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.

Jan 29

Winter Bike Fest 2013 Details

Saturday, Feb 9, 11AM—Second Saturday Winter Ride— Meet at Goose Lake at 11AM for a fun and casual ride to the Fire Island Rustic Bakeshop Anyone is welcome to join, especially those new to winter biking. It’s a great way to meet other winter cyclists and share tips about how to get around Anchorage safely by bike.  Hope to see you there! Free!

Sunday, Feb 17, 8AM—Winter City Urban Randonnée 30K/50K

Start/Finish: Peanut Farm

Registration opens: 8:00AM

Start Time: 9:00AM

2 courses: 30Km & 50Km

Style: Urban Randonnée

A benefit fund raiser for the Bicycle Commuters of Anchorage – $20 registration fee

Ride the Winter City Urban Randonnée February 17, 2013 — a rolling fund-raiser for the Bicycle Commuters of Anchorage in association with the Alaska Randonneurs, and an opportunity for all cyclists to support BCA while experiencing the adventurous style of randonneuring cycling.

Choose between two new 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!

Fatbike rentals available @ Paramount Cycles (907-336-2453) or Arctic Cycles (907-351-854)5 to reserve your bike. Call early. Supplies are limited.

$20 to support the BCA. Registration begins at 8AM.

Monday, Feb 18, 6PM—Filmed by Bike 

A collection of shorts curated by Filmed by Bike, in Portland, Oregon. Experience humor, adventure, romance, intrigue, quirkiness, all related to the bike. Doors at 6, Show starts at 6:30. $10 suggested donation or get in free if you are an existing member or if you become or renew your membership. (we will have a list of members and when they signed up on hand).

Jan 07

On January 15th the Assembly will hold the public portion of the hearings before they pass their revised version of Title 21. It’s beyond belief what this particular assembly and Planning and Zoning Commission (appointed by Dan Sullivan) has done to Title 21—-and basically without input from the community.
Do we want a pro development, pro automobile, pro individual Anchorage, or do we want a connected community with wildlife, clean waterways, trails and public transport? It’s up to us. And that means you.
Start talking. Talk to everyone you know about the future of Anchorage. Share this YouTube clip with your friends.

 

In 2001, Anchorage adopted a comprehensive plan for the future called Anchorage 2020. That plan was the result of a long public process with thousands participating.

Faced with the challenge of accommodating thousands more households than current code and practices allow, we chose to provide increased density without losing the things that make Anchorage a great place to live.

“’Business as usual’ development practices were unpopular.” The “community voiced a broad consensus in favor of urban features and neighborhood diversity.”

Since 2001 Anchorage 2020 has been expanded with more detailed neighborhood (or district) plans that continue to support its overall goals.

Title 21 is a comprehensive document that covers many aspects of life in Anchorage. In addition to what is listed here, it includes stream set  backs, water quality, design standards for home builders, and open space requirements (to name  a few). Here are a few things Anchorage citizens consistently ask for that relate to bicycle commuting:

  • Safer and easier walking and biking
  • Trail and walkway connections
  • A walkable midtown
  • Safe, convenient transit

But the Planning and Zoning Commission in 2012 has decided that “we have changed our minds” and recommended vast changes to the Provisionally Adopted Title 21, the version our elected representatives supported.

DID YOU CHANGE YOUR MIND?

A CHRONOLOGY OF COMPROMISES

* The Title 21 Rewrite project was started in 2002 to implement citizens’ vision for Anchorage’s future as presented in our adopted comprehensive plan.

* There were multiple public hearings at the Planning & Zoning Commission and the Assembly. At each stage, compromises were made.

* By mid-2010 the Assembly had provisionally adopted all but two chapter and final adoption was expected by late 2010.

* In 2011, Mayor Sullivan hired a consultant to take another look at Title 21. Most of the consultant’s recommendations were rejected.

* In 2012, the newly appointed Planning and Zoning Commission decided to reopen the entire Provisionally Adopted Title 21, having decided “we have changed our mind.” They welcomed and carefully followed the consultant’s recommendations.

* Then, the Assembly’s Title 21 Committee restarted its review from the beginning. Throwing out ten years of public process and compromise they accepted the PZC’s short term cost cutting over long term benefits and your property rights.

DRAW THE LINE HERE

  • Reject proposals for sidewalks on only one side of arterials, no sidewalks on cul de sacs, optional connections to parks and adjacent neighborhoods and thin 10’ wide pedestrian easements.
  • Removing sidewalks is a setback to Comprehensive Plan policies for pedestrian safety.
  • Sidewalks should be required along both sides of public streets for all types of developments in class A (more urban) zoning districts, including cul-de-sacs.
  • When neighborhoods are connected, it encourages more walking and biking, decreases the need to drive and leads to better health for its citizens, and a greater sense of community.

Those are just bullet points that directly relate to Active Transportation. There are many other items of concern, such as water quality and design standards to name a few.

WHAT SHOULD BE DONE?

Come to Assembly hearings and let them know WE HAVE NOT CHANGED OUR MINDS!

On JANUARY 15 the Anchorage Assembly opens public hearings on this latest, developer dominated Title 21. Come tell the Assembly why you live here, and how you want your children to have an even better place to live. Make sure they understand how important it is to you that Anchorage become more walkable and bike-able.

Call your Assembly representative. Their contact information is here. You can email the entire Anchorage Assembly at  wwmas@muni.org.

Work with your Community Council to adopt a resolution promoting the Provisionally Adopted Title 21 and supporting Anchorage 2020. http://www.communitycouncils.org/ Other councils’ resolutions are available for your review by contacting AnchorageCitizensCoalition@gmail.com

More info is at accalaska.org and at the Facebook site Free Title 21

The muni has posted all relevant Title 21 documents at: http://www.muni.org/Departments/OCPD/Planning/Projects/t21/Pages/Title21Rewrite.aspx

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

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