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billhughesbillfosteronbikesFor once Sitka had a bit of winter weather on International Winter Bike To Work/School Day, but there still were some hearty souls who braved the high winds, rain, hail, snow, ice and cold to ride their bikes on Feb. 10.

Our numbers were down a bit compared to past years, but more than a dozen cyclists filled out tickets at Yellow Jersey Cycle Shop to be entered into our local prize drawing. There were a couple of full bike racks around town, so more people probably rode than entered. We only had a couple of people register to ride on the international website, so Sitka didn’t do as well in the overall standings as it has in past years. In 2014, Sitka finished second in per capita number of riders.

bikeatarrowheadpressThe top community for the third straight year was Zagreb, Croatia, with 611 riders. Novi Sad, Serbia, took second place for the second straight year with 434 riders, followed by Umeå, Sweden, with 388 cyclists; 2014 winner Oulu, Finland, with 338 bikers; and Saint Petersburg, Russia, rounded out the top five with 320 cyclists. Rounding out the top 10 were Ljubljana, Slovenia, with 267; Copenhagen, Denmark, with 228; Nazilli, Turkey, with 207; Porsgrunn, Norway, with 199; and Montréal, Quebec, Canada, with 175 as the top North American city. Minneapolis was the top U.S. city with 117 riders.

Here are the prize winners from Friday (winners can pick up their prizes at Yellow Jersey Cycle Shop):

  • Brian Weddel — set of bike lights from Yellow Jersey Cycle Shop
  • Steve Gage — reflective rain jacket from Sitka Community Hospital
  • Brett Wilcox — long-sleeve t-shirt from Sitka Conservation Society
  • Bill Foster — short-sleeve t-shirt from Sitka Conservation Society
  • Alyssa Russell — water bottle from SEARHC

Thank you to those who rode, and to the businesses that donated prizes.

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WinterBikeToWorkDayTicketJarSix lucky Sitka cyclists won prizes for riding their bikes to work or school on Friday, Feb. 12, which was fourth annual International Winter Bike To Work Day and the inaugural International Winter Bike To School Day.

There were 24 cyclists who filled out tickets for their rides at Yellow Jersey Cycle Shop, but there were a lot more cyclists who actually rode their bikes on Friday (there were several full bike racks in front of various workplaces). Other than some intermittent showers, there wasn’t much winter in our rides on Friday, and no ice or snow on the roads.

Riders also were encouraged to register on the two event websites if they planned to ride to work or school, but only 11 riders from Sitka did. Still that was enough for us to finish in a tie for 104th place overall, and even put us ahead or right behind several big cities with millions of people, such as New York City (12), Philadelphia (12), Chicago (10), Berlin (10), and even Portland, Ore. (9). The top five cities overall were 2015 top city Zagreb, Croatia (841); 2014 top city Oulu, Finland (676, with 376 of those students); Novi Sad, Serbia (621); St. Petersburg, Russia (460); and Calgary, Alberta, Canada (453). Anchorage was the top city from Alaska (fourth among U.S. cities), with 72 riders for 27th place overall.

Here are the prize winners from Friday (winners can pick up their prizes at Yellow Jersey Cycle Shop):

  • Yellow Jersey Cycle Shop gift card — Zoë Kitchel
  • SEARHC water bottle — Owen Kindig
  • SEARHC water bottle – Tomas Harris
  • SEARHC water bottle — Beth Kindig
  • SEARHC water bottle — Dave Nuetzel
  • SEARHC water bottle — Jeff Arndt

Thanks to everybody who participated, especially our prize donors.

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