Planning Day Flyer 1 - 2014NewSitkaHealthSummitLogoJoin us for the eighth annual Sitka Health Summit planning day, which takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 3, at Harrigan Centennial Hall.

The Sitka Health Summit got its start in 2007 when then-Sitka Community Hospital CEO Moe Chaudry and then-SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) Vice President of Hospital Services Frank Sutton decided they needed to bridge the gaps between Sitka’s largest two health services. They launched the Sitka Health Summit, with the help of other supporters in Sitka, as a way to improve community wellness, honor local wellness champions, and more.

One of the highlights of the Sitka Health Summit has been the annual community wellness planning day. During planning day, Sitka residents get together to discuss the health needs of the community and create community wellness projects to address these needs.

Over the years there have been a variety of Sitka Health Summit projects — create a local market for local fish and produce, build a Sitka community greenhouse, become a Bicycle Friendly Community, become a Walk Friendly Community, encourage more kids and families to get outdoors for recreation, support a community health and wellness center (Hames), plant fruit trees around town, get more local fish into school lunches, build a Choose Respect mural, Revitalize Sitka, the Sick-a-Waste compost project, the Sitka Community Food Assessment, and Park Prescriptions. The 2013 Sitka Health Summit projects were Together for a Meth-Free Sitka and Sitka Kitch (a project to create a community rental kitchen and improve Sitka’s emergency food storage capacity). The 2014 Sitka Health Summit will choose two new projects, which will receive $2,000 in seed money to get started.

To register for the Sitka Heath Summit planning day, go to http://www.sitkahealthsummitak.org/ or call 738-0468. A free lunch with locally sourced food will be provided.


Senior Biking Sept 2014

The Sitka office of the Southeast Alaska Independent Living, Inc. (SAIL), will launch a new Senior Biking Club for those 60 or older with the first monthly ride set for 10 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 4. Meet at the SAIL office at 514 Lake St., and the ride will start from there.

The Senior Biking Club is modeled after SAIL’s Senior Hiking Club. The biking club costs $10 per person, and cyclists can use their own bikes or reserve one of SAIL’s bikes for the ride. SAIL has two-wheel and three-wheel bikes available, but you need to reserve them by Tuesday, Sept. 2.

To learn more about the Senior Biking Club, senior and adaptive kayaking trips, senior hiking events, and and a variety of other outdoors skills and survival classes, contact SAIL ORCA (Outdoor Recreation and Community Access) program coordinator Bridget Kratz at 747-6859 or email her at bkratz@sailinc.org. The calendar below includes hiking, orienteering, kayaking, and other events for seniors, youth, and the disabled.

• September 2014 calendar of events for SAIL programs

A Sitka student clips the strap on his bike helmet after riding his bike to school during the International Walk (and Bike) to School event in October 2008. Now there is a new and separate National Bike to School Day, this year on Wednesday, May 9. (Daily Sitka Sentinel photo by James Poulson).

A Sitka student clips the strap on his bike helmet after riding his bike to school during the International Walk (and Bike) to School event in October 2008. Now there is a new and separate National Bike to School Day, this year on Wednesday, May 9. (Daily Sitka Sentinel photo by James Poulson).

(Note, the following item was posted on the Sitka Soup website on Aug. 22, 2014)


On most roadways, bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as other roadway users, but bicycles can be hard to see. The riders are exposed and easily injured in a collision. Oncoming bicycle traffic is often overlooked and its speed misjudged. Children riding bicycles create special problems for drivers because they are not capable of proper judgment in determining traffic conditions.


  • When passing a bicyclist proceeding in the same direction, do so slowly and leave at least a distance between you and the bicycle of no less than 3 feet. Maintain this clearance until you have safely passed the bicycle.
  • The most common causes of collisions are drivers turning left in front of an oncoming bicycle or turning right, across the path of the bicycle. When your vehicle is turning left and there is a bicyclist entering the intersection from the opposite direction, you should wait for the bicyclist to pass before making the turn.
  • If your vehicle is turning right and a bicyclist is approaching on the right, let the bicyclist go through the intersection first before making a right turn. Remember to always use your turn signals.
  • Watch for bicycle riders turning in front of you without looking or signaling, especially if the rider is a child.
  • Take extra precautions in school zones and neighborhood areas where children and teenagers might be riding. Watch out for bikes coming out of driveways or from behind parked cars or other obstructions.
  • Check side mirrors for bicyclists before opening the door. Some communities may fine drivers for collisions caused by opening a vehicle door in the path of a bicyclist.


When Sitka teacher Chris Bryner asks his students to write about what they did this summer, he’ll have his own stories to tell.

This summer, Chris launched a business called Bunna Bike: Brew Coffee, Build Community. Chris, who hasn’t owned a car in two decades, used an Indiegogo crowd-funding campaign in June to raise the start-up funds for his bicycle-based coffee business, which opened in July next to the Sitka Sound Science Center mill building (where the Ludvig’s Bistro Chowder Cart operates during the summer). The business will be open until mid-August, when Chris will close up so he can prepare for the school year at Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary School.

ChrisBrynerAndShewaAccording to a story aired July 9 on KCAW-Raven Radio, the project actually started four years ago when Chris and his fourth-grade class brewed coffee each week to sell to teachers and staff. The students learned about running a small business through the project, and they donated funds to a charity called Coffee Kids, which works with coffee-growing families in Latin America.

Chris used the money raised from his Indiegogo fundraiser to buy a special cargo bike from Icicle Tricycles and two Forte grinders from Baratza. He gets his free-trade coffee from Steamdot Coffee of Anchorage (his home roaster) and Kuma Coffee of Seattle (his guest roaster), which he sells by the cup or by the bag.

When Chris started Bunna Bike, he dedicated 10 percent of all sales to a charity called World Bicycle Relief, which mobilizes the people of Africa by building them bikes. Chris and his wife, Tiffany, adopted a daughter, Shewa, from Ethiopia in October 2013, and they wanted to contribute something to her home country. Bunna is Amharic for coffee.



Tour de Sitka — Bill Foster, foreground, and other cyclists gather at the SeaMart parking lot prior to the annual Tour de Sitka on Saturday, June 21. The event was first organized by former Sitka school teachers John and Cheryl Hedden, who have since moved, as an excuse to cruise Sitka’s road system by bicycle and afterwards have a hearty breakfast at one of Sitka’s restaurants. (Daily Sitka Sentinel photo by James Poulson, used with permission)

Bill the Giant, left, Michael Bricker, center, and Tess Olympia Ramsey with their Sitka Pedicabs, a new business launching this week in Sitka.

Bill the Giant, left, Michael Bricker, center, and Tess Olympia Ramsey with their Sitka Pedicabs, a new business launching in May 2012 in Sitka.

Have you ever wanted to work outside, get lots of fresh air and exercise, and show off Sitka to local visitors? Sitka Pedicabs, LLC, is for sale as owners Michael and Crystal Bricker prepare to move south later this summer.

You can buy the business in two configurations. The first is to purchase the three Broadway Mainstreet Pedicabs with canopies and rain gear by themselves for $15,000 (each pedicab cost $5,600 new, plus $2,000 shipping). The other method is to buy the three pedicabs, plus garage lease, insurance, permits, licenses, website, running lights, antique Indian horns, and other business needs for $22,000. These prices do not include off-island shipping charges, and a Sitka buyer is preferred.

Sitka Pedicabs, LLC, a totally green, fun and tourism-driven business, is now for sale due to our upcoming move to be closer to family,” Crystal Bricker wrote. “This is a great side business to make some extra income sharing Sitka — the place we love — with visitors. It’s also a great way to work in the outdoors and get plenty of exercise. Do your part to support Sitka’s tourism industry and great reputation while owning and operating this small business!

“Michael, the current owner is available to mentor the new owner through August in pedicab maintenance, important business practices and connections, fully preparing him or her to take over running the business.”

In addition to pedaling tourists and locals around town, the Sitka Pedicabs have been featured in local weddings and other events.

More details about the sale can be found on the attached document. For more information, call Michael Bricker at 752-1025 or Crystal Bricker at 752-1028, or email sitkapedicabs@gmail.com.

• Sitka Pedicabs sale details, June 2014


BIKE GIVEN – Mt. Verstovia Masonic Lodge members Tom Brown, left, and Jack Ozment present third-grader Jessica Christner with a new bicycle recently at Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary School. The Masons are giving a bicycle to one student in each third grade class at the school. Third-grade teachers are selecting the recipients based on students’ behavior in class and display of good citizenship. Yellow Jersey Cycle Shop donates a lock and helmet to the winner. (Daily Sitka Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)


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