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The weather forecast was for rain, but instead it was sunny and perfect weather for the fifth annual Kidical Mass family oriented bike ride Saturday, Sept. 14.

This event, which drew about 40-50 riders, featured a ride of about 1.5 miles from the tennis courts/Sitka Community Playground across from Sheldon Jackson Campus to the Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary School covered playground area. It was held in conjunction with dozens of other Kidical Mass rides around the world, as Sept. 14 was declared Kidical Massive with the hope of having the biggest family bike ride ever, according to Kidical Massive organizers in Eugene, Ore.

Kidical Mass is a legal, safe and FUN bike ride for kids, kids at heart, and their families. The first ride was held in 2008 in Eugene, Ore., and has now spread to dozens of communities throughout North America and beyond. Kidical Mass rides encourage safe riding for kids and families, with education about how to safely ride on the roads.

The Sitka Kidical Mass ride featured bike safety checks, bike helmet fitting (reminder, Sitka has a youth bike helmet ordinance with all riders age 18 or younger required to use a helmet), door prizes, bike skills events, and a variety of snacks.

Local organizers include the Sitka Bicycle Friendly Community Coalition4-HUAF Cooperative Extension Service Sitka District OfficeSitka Conservation SocietyYouth Advocates of Sitka, and the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC).

A slideshow of scenes from the ride is posted below.

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Cyclists of all ages are invited to join Sitka’s fifth “Kidical Mass” family bike ride, which is scheduled to start at the Sitka Community Playground across from Sheldon Jackson Campus at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14.

The group will bike to Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary School, where there will be complimentary snacks, door prizes and fun activities. There also will be free bike safety checks and helmet-fitting before the ride starts, so get to the playground/tennis courts early.

Each participant will need a bike, a helmet (Sitka has a youth helmet ordinance for everybody age 18 or younger), and an adult (or kid-at-heart) to ride with. Kidical Mass events encourage family participation and teaching young riders bike safety on the road. We will have a few new helmets available for those who need them.

Kidical Mass is a legal, safe and FUN bike ride for kids, kids at heart, and their families. The first ride was held in 2008 in Eugene, Ore., and has now spread to dozens of communities throughout North America and beyond. Kidical Mass rides encourage safe riding for kids and families, with education about how to safely ride on the roads.

Sept. 14 has been dubbed “Kidical Massive” by the Oregon organizers, who are calling for Kidical Mass rides in dozens of communities that they estimate will be the biggest global family bike ride ever. Sitka hosted its first Kidical Mass event as part of Kidical Massive in 2015, and you can see photos by clicking this link. Sitka’s second Kidical Mass ride was in 2016, and photos can be found here. Photos from Sitka’s third Kidical Mass in 2017 can be found here.

Local organizers include the Sitka Bicycle Friendly Community Coalition4-HUAF Cooperative Extension Service Sitka District OfficeSitka Conservation SocietyYouth Advocates of Sitka, and the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC).  For more information, call Doug Osborne at 738-8734.

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Sitka Trail Works members and the public are cordially invited to attend the annual meeting and potluck. The meeting will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 16, at Harrigan Centennial Hall.

The agenda includes highlights from the year. This year’s guest speaker will be Bill Foster giving a talk, “Destination Havana – The 60th Anniversary of a Bike Trip to Cuba.” Also, two board members are up for re-election.

Please bring a main dish, side, or dessert to share. Please also bring your own cutlery and plate, if possible. Those with questions may call Sitka Trail Works at 747-7244.

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The Sitka Cycling Club (formerly known as the Sitka Bicycle Friendly Community Coalition) will hold its monthly meeting from 4-5 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 4, at the Sitka Public Library. This meeting is open to all interested folks.

The monthly meeting is open to everyone interested in making Sitka an even better town for cyclists of all ages. Topics include brainstorming ideas on how to grow our Sitka Cycling Club; a discussion about what we can do to make Sitka more bicycle friendly; a discussion of monthly club bike rides this summer; a recap of the inaugural Sitka Half Century Ride; an update on the new Sitka bike co-op; planning for the family friendly Kidical Mass bike ride on Sept. 14; discussion of International Walk/Bike To School Day on Oct. 2; and other topics.

For more information, call Doug Osborne at 738-8734 or Holly Marban at 966-8938.

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More than 50 cyclists braved the rain as they gathered Saturday for a dedication ceremony for Sitka’s new public FixIt station and the Sitka Half Century 50-mile bike ride, capping off a busy week of cycling activities in Sitka.

The new Dero FixIt station, located at the corner of Lincoln Street and Harbor/Lake streets, was donated to Sitka by CRW Engineering Group of Anchorage, which has placed seven FixIt stations around the state as part of the company’s effort to promote active transportation. Brian Looney, an engineer with CRW, came to Sitka to help install the FixIt station, and during the ceremony placed a Sitka Cycling Club sticker on the FixIt station. Before the ceremony, Brian showed how a cyclist can scan the QR code on the FixIt station to access video tutorials on how to make different bike repairs.

The Sitka Half Century actually featured rides of four different lengths — a seven-miler to Whale Park and back to town for families, a 15-miler to Blue Lake and back to town, a 30-miler to Green Lake and back to town, and a 50-miler to Green Lake and back to Starrigavan (with a short trip up the Nelson Logging Road) and then back to town. There were more than 50 cyclists, including three pulling trailers with kids, who took part in one of the four rides.

Earlier in the week, Scott Menzies and Charlie Lowell of the Susitna Bicycle Institute in Anchorage gave a 40-hour intensive training in bike mechanics to six Sitkans who will work at the new Sitka bicycle co-op at the Hames Athletic and Wellness Center opening later this fall. Scott and Charlie also taught a three-hour Introduction to Basic Bicycle Maintenance workshop on Thursday night at the University of Alaska Southeast Sitka Campus hangar. During the dedication ceremony for the FixIt station, Charlie gave a short demonstration on how to use the various bike tools included with the unit.

A slideshow of scenes from Saturday’s dedication ceremony and the Sitka Half Century are posted below.

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Thursday night, Aug. 22, more than a dozen Sitka cyclists gathered for a three-hour Introduction to Basic Bicycle Maintenance class held in the hangar at the University of Alaska Southeast Sitka Campus.

The class was taught by Scott Menzies and Charlie Lowell of the nonprofit Susitna Bicycle Institute in Anchorage, and it cost students $30. Scott and Charlie were in town doing an intensive training for young bike mechanics at the soon-to-open Sitka bicycle co-op.

In the class students learned about the A-B-C’s of bicycle maintenance (Air, Brakes, Crank/Chain), as well has how to use some of the basic tools that will be available when the new Sitka Bike co-op opens. They also learned how routine bicycle maintenance not only prolongs the life of your bike, but also makes for a safer ride. The class was hands-on, and students brought their own bikes to work on during the class.

A photo slideshow of the class is posted below.

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Six Sitka cyclists recently went through a 40-hour intensive training in bike mechanics in preparation for the opening of the new Sitka bicycle co-op later this fall. The training took place in studio at the Yaw Art Center building on the Sitka Fine Arts Camp campus.

The cyclists — Jake Falvey, Alex Bayne, Alyssa Russell, Joel Hanson, Austin Fitka and Kobi Weiland — were trained this past week by Scott Menzies and Charlie Lowell of the nonprofit Susitna Bicycle Institute from Anchorage. In addition, they also worked on helping set up the new co-op space in a room leased at the Hames Athletic and Wellness Center.

The new bike co-op hasn’t set an official opening date and hours yet, but there probably will be some of the mechanics working in the shop in September as they try to improve their skills. The grand opening probably won’t happen until November, Sitka Cycling Club president Doug Osborne said. The bike co-op also has yet to decide on its official name.

For more information about the Sitka bicycle co-op, contact Doug Osborne at 738-8734 or douglaso@searhc.org.

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