Nov 06

BCA Second Saturday Winter Ride

Join us this Saturday Nov 10 at 11 AM at Goose Lake for the first 2013 BCA Second Saturday Winter Ride. We’ll ride the Chester Creek trail to the Fire Island Rustic Bakeshop, where we will enjoy a variety of tasty treats and hot drinks. The calories are guilt free since we will burn them off on the way back! Anyone is welcome to join us, especially those new to winter riding. It’s a great way to pick up tips on winter bike commuting from seasoned commuters. A suitable winter bike, winter clothing, and helmet are required.

Zombie Apocalypse Costume Bike Ride

Rumor has it there is an upcoming Zombie Apocalypse Costume Bike Ride on December 15th from 10am – 12:00pm. It’s a great way to celebrate the end of the Mayan Calendar and enjoy Anchorage by bike at the same time! The ride starts at the Middle Way cafe and ends at Taproot. It’s 4.6 miles of ghoulish fun. If conditions allow, (ie: if we don’t get a huge snowfall the night before), this will be a good route for any type of winter bike. Show up in costume and enjoy tasty treats complimentary of Middle Way Cafe. Stick around at the Taproot for the Zombie After Party. Stay tuned for details. A fee may be charged to offset some of the costs (for permits, etc). Volunteer zombies will be needed for such tasks as parking bikes, flagging traffic, and staffing treat stations. Contact Josh at joshua@greenstarinc.org for more information.

BCA Supporters Make $1.3 Million Dollar Difference

On Thursday November 1st, the AMATS Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) met to review its proposed budget for how it would allocate federal dollars to Anchorage transportation projects over the next two years. BCA rallied support for an increase in Bike Plan funding and our work paid off. After the Committee acknowledged that improving bicycle infrastructure is important and necessary, they moved on to the tough questions of how to make it happen. AMATS TAC member Lance Wilber, Director of People Mover, led the charge, finding an additional $1.3 million that could be channeled towards Bike Plan implementation. We all owe a big thanks to Mr. Wilber for finding a positive and creative way to make Anchorage safer for everyone.

BCA also owes a huge thanks to Todd Logan, BCA volunteer, for leading the charge, following the process, and encouraging supporters to submit comments and attend the TAC hearing. BCA also thanks all of you for your incredible support — especially the 125 people who took the time to submit comments and the 35 people who made it to the hearing. The fight isn’t over, the final budget still must be confirmed by the AMATS Policy Committee, but your presence and participation was critical in this huge win. The budget reflects a 1.3 million dollar change because you spoke up and fought to make Anchorage a safer, more livable city.

Enjoy The Ride, Bike The Drive!

Kristi Wood

www.bicycleanchorage.org

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