Sitka Community Hospital and Sitka Community Schools are partnering to bring the first-ever bike camp for students going into grades 3-6.
The hands-on camp will take place from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Monday-Thursday, Aug. 3-6, at Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary School.
Instructors Doug Osborne and Bill Giant, will work with students on the basics of safe and effective cycling in Sitka. Group rides will happen every day. Campers need a bicycle and helmet. (Sitka General Code requires helmets for all bike riders age 18 or younger.)
For more information or to register, please contact Twila Keaveny at Sitka Community Schools at 747-8670.
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About 50-75 Sitka residents participated in the Sitka Community Bike Ride and Cookout held Saturday, May 23, as part of Sitka’s National Bike Month festivities and was co-hosted by the Sitka Conservation Society and the Sitka Bicycle Friendly Community Coalition.
The festivities started with free bike mechanic checks, then reflective safety vests were distributed and Mayor Mim McConnell led cyclists on a short bike parade from the Crescent Harbor Shelter to Sitka National Historical Park and back (due to police staffing issues, our route was changed from the original plan to ride through downtown on Lincoln Street).
After giving out some prizes for the best decorated bikes, the cyclists then headed out to Halibut Point Recreation Area State Park for a cookout of rockfish, hot dogs and veggie burgers. Scenes from the Sitka Community Bike Ride and Cookout are in the slideshow below.
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Sitka will host its own Sitka Bike To School Day on Friday, May 22, as part of a busy National Bike Month schedule of events.
This event was a late addition to the event calendar, and it was added because Sitka School District Live Well Physical Activity and Nutrition program coordinator Lauren Havens and Sitka Community Hospital director of health promotion Doug Osborne wanted to have a chance to visit classes at Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary and Blatchley Middle School to teach the kids about bike safety. Havens and Osborne were still visiting classes when National Bike To School Day happened on May 6, so they decided to host a special Bike To School Day for Sitka students.
During their classroom presentations, Havens and Osborne gave the students a bike safety quiz and they also gave them a special password for student discounts this month at Yellow Jersey Cycle Shop. Students who ride their bikes to school on Friday, May 22, will be entered into a drawing for prizes at both Keet Gooshi Heen and Blatchley.
Students riding to school are reminded that there is a youth helmet ordinance in Sitka for cyclists, scooter riders, skateboarders, etc., age 18 and younger and helmets are required equipment. Parents are invited to join their students on the bike ride to school, and drivers are encouraged to watch for children on bikes in the roads. Please make sure your child is wearing bright clothes (preferably with reflective tape) so they are easier for drivers to see.
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The Sitka Community Bike Ride and Cookout is the perfect way to celebrate the spring and National Bike Month in May.
Join us on Saturday, May 23, outside of Harrigan Centennial Hall as we host a short kid-friendly bike parade through downtown starting at 3 p.m. (get there early for quick bike tune-up and for contest judging for the best decorated bikes). After our parade through downtown and some contest awards at Harrigan Centennial Hall, we’ll bike out to Halibut Point Recreation Area starting at 3:45 p.m. for a cookout about 4:30 p.m.
Our bike maintenance specialists will be available to assist cyclists from 1:30-3 p.m. outside Harrigan Centennial Hall. They will be able to check chains, brakes, tire pressure and other minor maintenance needs.
At the cookout we will have hamburgers, hot dogs, fish, and other items to grill, but feel free to bring other food to share in case we have a big crowd. We held a community bike ride a few years ago that had about 300-350 cyclists, so let’s see if we can top that crowd.
Since we will be on busy city streets for this event, we encourage everybody to wear helmets and bright clothing for safety reasons. All cyclists should ride on the right side of the road (with traffic) and ride in a predictable manner. We ask drivers to be aware there will be a lot of cyclists out on May 23 and to please slow down and give them a safe space to ride. Thanks.
For more information, contact the Sitka Conservation Society at 747-7509
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