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The Sitka Cycling Club will host a monthly steering committee at noon on Wednesday, Jan. 25, grabbing lunch at Beak Restaurant. This meeting is open to the general public. Don’t forget Beak is one of our Bicycle Benefits partners, so bring your bike helmets and ride your bikes for a discount.

Agenda topics include a discussion of 2023 Sitka Cycling Club goals; a status report on membership, finances, etc.; a discussion about our single-track bike trail construction and pump track projects; a discussion about winter plans; and more.

For more details, contact Doug Osborne at 738-8734 or douglaso@searhc.org.

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February is American Heart Month, which promotes taking daily steps to decrease the risk for heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States. To empower Southeast Alaskans and provide them resources and incentives to prioritize their health, the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) has launched the 28-day program, Heart Matters, starting Feb. 1.   

Taking time to care for your heart can be challenging, but SEARHC health educators, physical therapists, nutritionists and behavioral health clinicians will be sharing health tips and tricks to turn short-term goals into long-term habits.

Once signed up, participants select a personal health goal such as increasing physical fitness, improving nutrition, stress management, or anything that helps the heart and enhances overall well-being. As participants work toward establishing a new healthy habit in 2023, SEARHC staff will provide support with tools, weekly lunch and learns, plus incentives. Weekly prizes will be given out as well as larger grand prizes at the end of the month. The longer participants stay involved in the program increases their chances to win.

Showing the heart the love it deserves each day can have an immense impact on overall health. Small acts of self-care, such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator, getting quality sleep and cooking healthy meals, help the heart. Research shows that self-care can help keep blood pressure in a healthy range and reduce risk of heart disease and stroke. Daily activities that can make a difference include:

  • Getting a daily dose of physical activity, such as a brisk, 30-minute walk.
  • Quitting smoking
  • Cooking meals that are low in sodium and unhealthy fats.
  • Taking your medications as prescribed and keeping your medical appointments.
  • Sleeping 7-8 hours each night.
  • Managing stress through activities like meditation, yoga, a warm bath, or quiet time with a good book or funny movie.

To sign up for Heart Matters and take steps toward improving your heart health, go to www.searhc.org/heartmatters. Early bird registration will begin Jan. 11 until Jan. 18, with additional prize entries for signing up beforehand.

For more information, contact SEARHC Health Educator Kelsey Evans at kevans@searhc.org or 907-755-4995.

The Salty Spoke is recruiting youth to join its monthly Sprockets bike club for youth aged 7-12.

Do you know any youth who might be interested in turning some wrenches, learning about bike maintenance, and practicing bicycling skills? The Sitka Sprockets Bike Club meets monthly at the Salty Spoke Bike Cooperative for a bike maintenance and use-related workshop hosted by the Sitka Spruce Tips/Alaska Way of Life 4-H Club. Contact Emily Pound at emily@sitkawild.org to learn more.

The Sitka Spruce Tips/Alaska Way of Life 4-H Club is a project of the Sitka Conservation Society and the UAF Cooperative Extension Service. Youth bike education is supported by a grant from Outride.

SEARHC installed seven new logo bike racks on its campus, with several more planned for this spring.

The Sitka Cycling Club will host a monthly steering committee at noon on Friday, Nov. 18, grabbing lunch at Beak Restaurant. This meeting is open to the general public. Don’t forget Beak is one of our Bicycle Benefits partners, so bring your bike helmets and ride your bikes for a discount.

Agenda topics include a review of the 2022 Sitka Cycling Club goals and how we are meeting them; a status report on membership, finances, etc.; a discussion about our single-track bike trail construction and pump track projects; a discussion about winter plans; and more.

For more details, contact Doug Osborne at 738-8734 or douglaso@searhc.org.

Youth ages 7-12 are invited to the Sprockets Bike Club session Salty Spoke bicycle cooperative, from 3:30-5 p.m. on Monday Nov. 14. The Sprockets Bike Club meets monthly for a bike maintenance and use-related workshop hosted by the Sitka Spruce Tips/Alaska Way of Life 4-H Club.

All skill and experience levels are welcome, with or without a bike. Please reach out to Emily Pound at emily@sitkawild.org for registration and more information. The Sitka Spruce Tips/Alaska Way of Life 4-H Club is a project of the Sitka Conservation Society and the UAF Cooperative Extension Service.

The Sitka Cycling Club will host its final 2022 single-track trail work party from 4-6 p.m. on Friday Oct. 28, on the Upper Machete Loop off the Sitka Cross Trail (enter trail at Sitka High School entrance and turn right at the fork).

We will survey the trails for any brushing and gravel needs, and finalize Upper Machete. We’ve come a long way since the spring when this photo was taken (by Lione Clare). After the work party, we’ll ride down or meet at the BEAK restaurant to celebrate all the hard work and bike-related accomplishments this year. Giving a big thank you to all the volunteers

The Sitka Cycling Club will host a monthly steering committee at noon on Friday, Oct. 21, grabbing lunch at Beak Restaurant. This meeting is open to the general public. Don’t forget Beak is one of our Bicycle Benefits partners, so bring your bike helmets and ride your bikes for a discount.

Agenda topics include a review of the 2022 Sitka Cycling Club goals and how we are meeting them; a status report on membership, finances, etc.; a discussion about our single-track bike trail construction and Monday trail-building work parties; an update on the grand opening of our new pump track project; and a discussion and decision on upcoming bike parking efforts in the downtown area.

For more details, contact Doug Osborne at 738-8734 or douglaso@searhc.org.

ALL PHOTOS BY LIONE CLARE
Sitka Mayor Stephen Eisenbeisz, center, cuts a ribbon held by Sitka Cycling Club President Doug Osborne, left, and Sitka Pump Track Project Leader K.K. Prussian, right, to officially open the Sitka Pump Track on Friday, Oct. 14.

Over the past few weeks, members of the Sitka Cycling Club built a new pump track. On a rainy Friday afternoon (Oct. 14), the Sitka Pump Track officially opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. In addition to opening the pump track, the event also featured bike maintenance provided by the Salty Spoke Bike Co-op and a helmet decorating station hosted by the Sitka Conservation Society.

The Sitka Pump Track is located next to the skate park on the corner of Halibut Point Road and Katlian Street. The pump track is a circuit of rollers and banked turns that don’t require pedaling or pushing, but instead requires a pumping action to gain momentum.

Funding for the pump track project has come from CHARR Sitka, Marble Construction, Sitka Rotary Club, Juneau Community Foundation (Douglas Dornan Grant), and the Crossett Fund, as well as smaller donations from Yellow Jersey Cycle Shop and a donation table at Sea Mart.

A slideshow of photos from the opening ceremony and construction of the Sitka Pump Track, all taken by Lione Clare, are posted below.

The Sitka Cycling Club and the Salty Spoke Bicycle Co-op are hosting a ribbon-cutting celebration from 2:30-4:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 14, at the new Sitka Pump Track, located next to the skate park on the corner of Halibut Point Road and Kaitlian Street. 

The pump track is a circuit of rollers and banked turns that don’t require pedaling or pushing, but instead require a pumping action to gain momentum. Bike maintenance/safety checks, a limited number of helmets, bike club sign ups, and pump track instruction will be provided at the open-house style event.   

Funding for the pump track project has come from CHARR Sitka, Marble Construction, Sitka Rotary, Juneau Community Foundation (Douglas Dornan Grant), and the Crossett Fund, as well as small donations from Yellow Jersey Cycle Shop and a donation table at Sea Mart.

For more information, go to https://sitkacycling.wordpress.com/

The Sitka Cycling Club needs volunteers on Sunday to help spread and compact the surface material for Sitka’s new pump track, which is located at the Turnaround, near the skate park and office for Sitka Trail Works (near the intersection of Halibut Point Road and Katlian Street).

The work party takes place from noon until 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 25. Volunteers need to bring gloves, a dirt rake if you have one, and a positive attitude. We need as many hands as possible for this project. The surface material is recycled asphalt from the Sawmill Creek Road project, and volunteers will help shape it over the gravel underneath, hose it down, then compact it into the course.

A pump track is a smaller contained cycling course with moguls and small jumps that helps teach cycling skills and develop youth cyclists. Several have been built in recent years around the state.