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The Sitka Cycling Club recently signed a memorandum of agreement with the City and Borough of Sitka allowing us to build a single-track mountain bike trail or two using old game trails off the Sitka Cross Trail.

We need your help. We have small volunteer crews (using proper physical distancing) working on our first trail now. They are doing things like clearing brush, laying down rock, making signs, and more. We have started a group text list to send notes to trail crew folks, letting them know when we have small groups going out to work on the trail. If you’re interested in helping, contact Doug Osborne at 738-8734 or douglaso@searhc.org. If you do participate in one of the small work parties, please bring gloves, face mask or bandanna, sturdy boots, and ear plugs (especially if you’re working near someone using a chainsaw).

Another way you can support this project is to donate to the Sitka Cycling Club. You can click this link to donate through PayPal. The other option is to mail a check to Sitka Cycling Club, c/o Charles Bingham, Treasurer, 405 Marine Street, Apt. No. 6, Sitka, Alaska 99835. You can contact Charles at 623-7660 or charleswbingham3@gmail.com for more details. Most of the supplies we’ve received have been donated, but down the road we may have to pay for signage, tools, fill dirt or rocks, etc. Your support is greatly appreciated.

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The Sitka Cycling Club will hold its monthly meeting from 1:30-2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 1, using Zoom online meetings due to the need to social-distance ourselves for health and safety during the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. This online meeting is open to all interested folks interested in promoting safe and fun cycling in Sitka.

The monthly meeting is open to everyone interested in making Sitka an even better town for cyclists of all ages. Topics include success stories, a single-track trail update, ways to get the club involved in naming the trail (Bear’s House, 907, etc.), brainstorm how to support the single-track project, revamping the club ride and 2020 schedule, figuring out how we can promote bikes during a pandemic, updating our 2020 goals and other considerations, follow-up actions, and a summary and close. Also, National Bike Month is in May, so how do we plan for it during a disease outbreak that has people quarantined?

To access the meeting by Zoom, go to this link. Or you can access by phone by calling either 1-669-900-6833 or 1-346-248-7799 and enter the meeting code of 987-031-009# when prompted.

For more information, call Doug Osborne at 738-8734.

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The Sitka Cycling Club’s meeting scheduled for Thursday, March 19, to discuss single-track mountain bike trails has been switched to a virtual meeting due to the Sitka Public Library being closed. The meeting takes place from 6-7:15 p.m. by phone or by computer screenshare. We are hoping to have some new single-track mountain bike trails off the Sitka Cross Trail by this summer.

Here is how to access the meeting:

Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone, by going to this link, https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/382420189

You can also dial in using your phone, by dialing (in the United States), 1-646-749-3112, and using the access code 382-420-189#

New to GoToMeeting? Get the app now and be ready when your first meeting starts, https://global.gotomeeting.com/install/382420189

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The Sitka Cycling Club will hold its monthly meeting from 2:30-3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4, at the Sitka Public Library. This meeting is open to all interested folks interested in promoting safe and fun cycling in Sitka.

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 covered bike parking, building single-track mountain bike trails off the Sitka Cross Trail, the grand opening of the Salty Spoke Bicycle Collective, club goals for 2020, the renewal process for our Bicycle Friendly Community designation this summer, and other topics.

For more information, call Doug Osborne at 738-8734.

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Join the Sitka Cycling Club for a collaboration and planning meeting for a single-track loop on Sitka’s Cross Trail. This meeting is at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 5, at the Sitka Public Library Gus Adams Meeting Room.

A couple of weeks ago, the Sitka Assembly unanimously passed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Sitka Cycling Club to create a series of single-track mountain bike trails off the Sitka Cross Trail. These are modified game trails that allow for more technical mountain bike expertise compared to the wide, groomed Sitka Cross Trail.

At this meeting, we will plan the first loop and discuss which groups need to collaborate in the project. For more information, contact Doug Osborne at douglaso@searhc.org or 738-8734.

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The Sitka Cycling Club’s next monthly group ride takes place at noon on Sunday, Feb. 23.

Cyclists should meet at the new Salty Spoke Bike Co-op (located in the back of the Hames Center, please come to the back door on the left side of the building and not walk through the wellness center). The ride will consist of a one-hour excursion on the Sitka Cross Trail and end at this month’s featured Bicycle Benefits participating business, where participants who ride to the shop can receive a discount by showing their helmet sticker. All helmeted cyclists are welcome to join the ride.

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

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During its regular meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 11, the Sitka Assembly passed by a 7-0 vote (link goes to video from meeting) a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Sitka Cycling Club to build singletrack trails off the Sitka Cross Trail near Sitka High School.

The project will start small, with one or two trails being built according to the map above. The planned trails already are used as game trails, and the plan is to clean them up so a cyclist can ride a mountain bike on them. Singletrack trails are narrow trails through the woods that promote more technical cycling skills than the larger multi-use Cross Trail. The singletrack trails are designed for cyclists only, no hikers, and the trails will put cyclists deeper into the woods and away from other trail traffic.

If the first trails are considered a success, the Sitka Cycling Club plans to build more singletrack trails on city, USDA Forest Service, and other land around town. In addition to promoting health, singletrack trails also have been shown to strengthen local, state and national economies. Towns with extensive trail systems that include singletrack trails have seen a growth in bicycle tourism, where people travel specifically to a location to ride bikes they either bring with them or rent on location.

The trails will be built to the guidelines established by the International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA) for the construction of new singletrack trails.

• Sitka Assembly motion to pass the MOU with Sitka Cycling Club

• Interim City Manager Hugh Bevan’s memo to the Sitka Assembly about the MOU

• The MOU between the Sitka Cycling Club and City and Borough of Sitka

• The Use and Maintenance Agreement (Permit) between the Sitka Cycling Club and City and Borough of Sitka

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