Posts Tagged ‘Bicycle Benefits’

The Sitka Cycling Club’s monthly bike ride for July takes place at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 27.

Cyclists should meet at the Sitka Farmers Market, which runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Founders Hall (235 Katlian Street). Cyclists will pedal about eight miles to the Blue Lake rest area, take a break, then ride back downtown for a 16-mile round trip.

The Sitka Local Foods Network farm stand at the Sitka Farmers Market is a new member of the Bicycle Benefits program, so people who ride their bikes to the market and show their Bicycle Benefits helmet stickers at the SLFN farm stand receive a 20 percent discount on fresh, local produce.

For more information, contact Doug Osborne at 747-0373 or sign up for the Sitka Cycling Club’s monthly newsletter.

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The Sitka Cycling Club is hosting a group ride at noon on Saturday, March 23, starting and ending at BEAK Restaurant.

The event includes live music and 20 percent off food purchases as part of the new Bicycle Benefits program (cyclists must show Bicycle Benefits helmet sticker to receive discount). The group ride will last about 45 minutes and will consist of riding on the Cross Trail.

For more information and to sign up for the Sitka Cycling Club, go to https://sitkacycling.wordpress.com or call Doug Osborne at 747-0373 or Emma Klein at 966-8785.

• Sitka Cycling Club 2019 monthly bike rides, tentative schedule

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Residents of Sitka can now participate in Bicycle Benefits, a commuter discount program that has rolled into Sitka to offer deals to those who choose bicycle transportation.

This year-round program promotes cycling and boosts local business by offering discounts and rewards to cyclists who bike to and display their sporty Bicycle Benefit helmet sticker at participating establishments. The program sticker can be purchased at local participating businesses for $5.

Bicycle Benefits is a nationwide program that supports local communities interested in growing bicycle use. On March 1, Sitka became the first community in Alaska to bring the program to life.

About the Bicycle Benefits program

Bicycle Benefits is a progressive bicycling program, which began in Saratoga Springs, New York, and is designed to reward individuals and businesses for their commitment to cleaner air, personal health, and the use of pedaling energy in order to create more sustainable communities where healthy transportation thrives.

The program’s continual growth decreases parking demand, increases helmet use, and improves cyclists’ safety and health by putting more people on bikes. For more information about Sitka’s participation in the Bicycle Benefits program, visit sitkacycling.wordpress.com or www.bicyclebenefits.com.

Bicycle Benefits participating businesses in Sitka

A handful of local businesses have stepped up to support and encourage cycling in Sitka. The current participating businesses and their offers include:

  • Beak Restaurant — 20% off*
  • Backdoor Cafe — 20% off
  • LFS Marine Supplies — 20% off all high-visibility gear
  • Russell’s Sporting Goods — 10% off
  • Mean Queen — 10% off*
  • Mean Queen @ Totem Square (opening in March) — 10% off*
  • Harry Race Pharmacy — 20% off all GNP products
  • Yellow Jersey Cycle Shop — 10% off lights and reflective gear
  • Old Harbor Books — 15% off book purchases
  • Fisheye Organic Cafe — 20% off
  • Fisheye Coffee — 20% off
  • Spinning Moon Apothecary — 10% off
  • SEARHC Island Skillet — 15% off
  • Sitka Farmers Market — 20% off produce at the Sitka Local Foods Network farm stand

*alcohol is excluded from all Bicycle Benefits discounts

Other local businesses interested in participating in the Bicycle Benefits program can contact Doug Osborne at (907) 747-0373 or Holly Marban at (907) 966-8938.

Kick-Off ride on March 23

The program will do a soft launch on March 1, and the Sitka Cycling Club will hold a kick-off ride on Saturday, March 23, to celebrate as a group. To join the ride, meet at the Beak Restaurant at noon. We will ride on the Cross Trail and end again at the Beak, where participants can grab a bite to eat together and continue to build community.

The Sitka Cycling Club will host monthly group rides throughout the summer, and each one will start or end at a different Bicycle Benefits participating business to show our support.

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The Sitka Cycling Club is recruiting new members, and all you have to do to join is take a free, short survey.

After several years as the Sitka Bicycle Friendly Community Coalition, we recently rebranded as the Sitka Cycling Club. Now we’re having a membership drive, so we can show we have the numbers supporting us when we request bicycle infrastructure upgrades and safety updates.

In addition, members receive a monthly newsletter that informs them when we have monthly bike rides, introduce new bicycle benefits for local commuters, and more.

For more information about the Sitka Cycling Club, contact Doug Osborne at 747-0373, Holly Marban at 966-8938 or Charles Bingham at 623-7660.

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The Sitka Bicycle Friendly Community Coalition is changing its name to the Sitka Cycling Club and inviting new members to join the club.

One reason for the name change is to make the name simpler and easier to say. But we also want to get more Sitka cyclists to help us make Sitka a better and safer place to ride bikes.

Joining the Sitka Cycling Club is as simple as clicking this link and filling out this short form. Easy peasy, less than a minute and you’re done. By signing up, you will receive a monthly newsletter. It also allows us to say we have so many members when we lobby for better cycling infrastructure.

Some of our goals include:

  • New places to ride, single track
  • Better bike racks and parking options
  • Grants to pay for the better bike racks
  • A safe-passing policy
  • Incentives for commuters
  • Regular club bike rides
  • And lots more

Once you sign up, you’ll get a monthly newsletter and be the first to know about club rides and new programs, such as the Bicycle Benefits program that kicks off in March.

For more information about the Sitka Cycling Club, contact Doug Osborne at 747-0373, Holly Marban at 966-8938 or Charles Bingham at 623-7660.

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