Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Posts Tagged ‘Charles Bingham’

After the successful completion of the new 907 single-track mountain bike loop off the Sitka Cross Trail, the Sitka Cycling Club will host a meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 4, using Zoom online meetings to discuss new single-track trail possibilities.

The 907 trail is located in the lime green area on the right of this map, near the Sitka High School entrance to the Cross Trail. Other single-track loop possibilities are located in the lime green areas on this map.

The Sitka Cycling Club is looking at one or two other possible loops off the Cross Trail, plus there are long-range trail possibilities in the No Name Mountain/Granite Creek area. To learn more about the new 907 loop, KCAW-Raven Radio aired this audio postcard on Wednesday. The new trail officially opened on Monday.

Amy Volz, who coordinated the volunteer crews that built the trail this spring, wanted 907 trail users to remember these things:

  • 907 is for bikers only. We’ve tried to sign it clearly, but be on the watch for curious hikers and dogs (who don’t know how to act around bikes!) and look forward on the trail. If you do see a hiker, be courteous and slow down/dismount.
  • 907 is ONE WAY only. We built this trail to be one way, hence its narrowness. Start at the entrance on the Indian River (south) end and go toward the HS (north). Yes, we’re all wondering what it will be like going “the other way” … but, that will cause real problems when two bikers meet going opposite directions.
  • As we ride 907, we’ll start to see where we need to make improvements due to more traffic. As you see these areas, let us know so that we can promptly repair. (Or, if an area needs some gravel, feel free to replace from the stream bed or the remaining gravel pile near the exit.)
  • Wear your helmet! Enough said.
  • In our tender and wet forest environs, any off-trail biking will make for muddy tracks and a degraded trail. Please keep on the gravel path. There are berms (thank you, Asa!!!) around many corners in case you find yourself going too fast.
  • Go slower (than you want to) the first few times until you learn the track to minimize accidents.
  • Above all, ENJOY!

To join the meeting, go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86930295487?pwd=QVA4c0JlWGJZTEZDcmRCamxndVgxQT09.  The meeting ID is 869 3029 5487, and the password is 706054. If you’re on your phone and not a computer, you can dial into the meeting by calling 1-253-321-8782 or 1-669-900-6833, then entering the meeting ID and the password when prompted (link updated at 11:30 a.m. Thursday).

For more information, contact Doug Osborne at 738-8734 or douglaso@searhc.org or Amy Volz at amy.volz@outlook.com.

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 will have to pay for signs, tools, fill dirt or rocks, etc. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Read Full Post »

Angela McGraw shovels gravel into a wheelbarrow so it can be used to surface the 907 single-track loop off the Sitka Cross Trail.

The Sitka Cycling Club is nearing its goal of having built its first official single-track mountain bike loop off the Sitka Cross Trail, and volunteers are needed to help continue the work so the trail will be open for riding by June 1.

The Sitka Cycling Club hosted regular trail work parties (limited to five people due so people can work far enough apart for health and safety) from 5-7 p.m. on Thursdays in May, with the next one set for May 21. Hopefully this will be the final scheduled work party before the trail is turned over to the city for final inspection and approval on Friday, May 22.

Bill Spivey takes a test ride on the new 907 single-track loop off the Sitka Cross Trail

To protect everybody’s health and safety during the COVID-19 outbreaks, all volunteers should bring sturdy shoes, work gloves, bandanas, face masks, ear plugs (especially for those who might work near someone using a chainsaw), buckets for hauling gravel, and wheelbarrows. There are tasks individuals and smaller groups can accomplish if they can’t make the Thursday groups. If you want to help, please RSVP with volunteer coordinator Amy Volz at amy.volz@outlook.com or 907-957-6009 (text) so she can coordinate the work parties to keep them to a safe size.

Dubbed 907, the first single-track loop can be found by entering the Sitka Cross Trail from the Sitka High School auditorium parking lot and turning right at the first junction (lime-green shaded area on right side of map). The loop has been laid out, and plastic sheeting spread to mark the trail. Now, workers are filling it in with rock, gravel and dirt.

Calder Prussian, 12, rides down a section of newly completed bike trail off the Cross Trail on May 10. Calder is one of the Sitka cyclists who have volunteered time to build the spur trail. Volunteers will be following social distancing protocols while working on the new path this evening. (Daily Sitka Sentinel photo by James Poulson)

The Daily Sitka Sentinel recently ran a story about the trail project, and you can read it by clicking this link.

Thanks to Laurent Deviche for serving as trail supervisor, Amy Volz for coordinating work parties, the Bayne family for bringing in gravel and other supplies, and the Raven’s Way students for labor. If you missed helping on this trail loop, we hope to have other trail loops to build later in the summer.

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 signs, tools, fill dirt or rocks, etc. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Read Full Post »

The Sitka Cycling Club is just more than a month away from its goal of having built its first official single-track mountain bike loop off the Sitka Cross Trail, and volunteers are needed to help continue the work.

The Sitka Cycling Club will host regular trail work parties (limited to five people due so people can work far enough apart for health and safety) from 5-7 p.m. on Thursdays, starting on April 30 and going every Thursday the entire month of May.

To protect everybody’s health and safety during the COVID-19 outbreaks, all volunteers should bring sturdy shoes, work gloves, bandanas, face masks, ear plugs (especially for those who might work near someone using a chainsaw), buckets for hauling gravel, and wheelbarrows. There are tasks individuals and smaller groups can accomplish if they can’t make the Thursday groups. If you want to help, please RSVP with volunteer coordinator Amy Volz at amy.volz@outlook.com so she can coordinate the work parties to keep them to a safe size.

Dubbed 907, the first single-track loop can be found by entering the Sitka Cross Trail from the Sitka High School auditorium parking lot and turning right at the first junction (lime-green shaded area on right side of map). The loop has been laid out, and plastic sheeting spread to mark the trail. Now, workers are filling it in with rock, gravel and dirt.

Laurent Deviche, who is supervising the trail-building project, said this is trail work people can do on their own:
“Volunteers can continue to lay coarse, fist-sized gravel from the nearby streams using buckets on the trail that is marked with orange pin flags. When taking rock from the stream channels be careful not to take it from places that could cause the stream to alter its existing channel. The middle pile of gravel that was delivered is almost gone, but that can also be used as the base layer in that section. Remember we are shooting for a 16- to 18-inch tread width.
​”It would be helpful to bring your own wheelbarrow to cart rocks from the pile to the trail.
We will continue to post updates to work that can be done throughout the week.” (Contact Amy Volz to get on the email list for trail updates.)
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 signs, tools, fill dirt or rocks, etc. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Read Full Post »

Even though we are still practicing social distancing, the Sitka Cycling Club is making progress on building its first single-track mountain bike loop off the Sitka Cross Trail.

The next small work party will meet from 3-6 p.m. on Thursday, April 23, near the Sitka High School entrance to the Sitka Cross Trail (take a right on the trail from the high school auditorium parking lot). Contact volunteer coordinator Amy Volz at amy.volz@outlook.com for more details.

Due to the need to protect everybody’s health and safety during the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, we are limiting the size of work parties and also requiring gloves, masks, and social-distancing while working on the trail. Thursday’s work party is limited to five people total, and we already have two volunteers and need three more.

Individuals also can help outside the scheduled time. Laurent Deviche, who is supervising the trail-building project (alternately known as Bear’s House or 907), said this is trail work people can do on their own:

“If people want to go work before next Thursday they can keep hauling fist-sized rocks and put them on top of the fabric. See the pictures attached. Rocks can be brought in from the creek near the stake that is shown in the picture. Two trees have green flagging next to this same creek. We are also putting the first top layer of smaller gravel on top of  the base layer, from the delivered piles that Troy (Bayne) brought (use the middle pile first). This is much easier with a wheel barrow. Next week we can use more wheel barrows and buckets.

​”If you can do some rock work, please be mindful of anyone else also working on the trail by keeping your distance.”

The goal is to have the first loop ready to ride by June 1. The Sitka Cycling Club signed a MOU with the City and Borough of Sitka to build the single-track loops off the Sitka Cross Trail in February. In addition to gloves and masks or bandanas, volunteers should wear sturdy work boots and ear plugs (especially if you are working in the same area as someone using a chain saw).

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.

Read Full Post »

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.

Read Full Post »

Sitka’s weather on International Winter Bike To Work/School Day, Friday, Feb. 14, wasn’t very wintery, which may have helped Sitka finish in the top 200 in the overall standings, beating several cities with more than a million people.

Sitka finished in a 30-way tie for 180th place overall with six points/riders who recorded their rides on the International Winter Bike To Work/School Day website, matching Warsaw, Poland; Zurich, Switzerland; St. Petersburg, Russia; Madrid, Spain; Ann Arbor, Mich.; and several other much larger communities around the world. Communities earned points for the number of cyclists who rode and registered their rides with the international website. The only other Alaska community ranked in the top 200 cities was Anchorage in a three-way tie for 113th place with 14 points.

This year’s overall winner was Uppsala, Sweden, with 879 points. Taking second place was 2014 winner Oulu, Finland, with 791 points; followed by Helsinki, Finland, in third with 571; Linköping, Sweden, in fourth with 479; and three-time winner (2015-17) Zagreb, Croatia, in fifth place with 468 points. Boulder, Colo., was the top city from the United States with 413 points.

Denver, Colo., which won last year’s title, finished in ninth place with 327 points. Other past winners included 2018 champ Novi Sad, Serbia, in a tie for 211th place with three points; and 2013 champion Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, in 47th place with 57 points (in 2013, the event was almost exclusively Canadian, and it didn’t become truly international until 2014).

In Sitka, cyclists could enter a drawing at Yellow Jersey Cycle Shop on Feb. 14. Robert Weddel won a taillight set from Yellow Jersey. Thank you, Bill Hughes of Yellow Jersey for donating the prize.

Read Full Post »

Sitka cyclists are hardy souls, and many of us ride our bikes all year round, not just in the summer. Now Sitka cyclists can ride and win prizes by participating in the eighth annual International Winter Bike To Work Day on Friday, Feb. 14. This year also is the fifth annual International Winter Bike To School Day also on Feb. 14, so watch out for younger cyclists.

Our celebration of winter cycling in Sitka will be simple. First, go to the International Winter Bike To Work Day website, http://winterbiketoworkday.org/, and commit online to riding to work on Friday, Feb. 14 (people who work at home can use a bike ride for errands or sport as their bike commute for the day). Then, on Friday, Feb. 14, during your bike commute, stop by the Yellow Jersey Cycle Shop (329 Harbor Dr.) between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. to enter your name and phone number in a contest to win prizes, including a headlight/taillight set from Yellow Jersey Cycle Shop and other goodies from businesses around town.

This is the eighth year of International Winter Bike To Work Day, which started when several communities in Canada challenged each other to see which one could have the highest number of bike commuters. In 2014 the event expanded outside Canada, and Sitka and Anchorage hosted events along with several other communities around the world’s polar regions. Sitka ended up having the second-highest number of participants per capita, trailing only Oulu, Finland, in 2014. We also were the smallest community to have at least 20 participants. In 2015, there were even more winter cyclists participating around the world, and Zagreb, Croatia, became the first community to have more than 1,000 cyclists participate. Zagreb also had the most participants in 2016 (Sitka finished 107th overall, even finishing ahead of some large cities). Zagreb won again in 2017, but in 2018 Novi Sad, Serbia, ended Zagreb’s three-year reign as the top winter biking community. There now are ways businesses and schools can compete.

Last year saw the first winner from the United States, as Denver, Color., had the most points (1,405) and participants (1,207). Boulder, Colo., took second place with 1,174 points; followed in third place by Zagreb, Hrvatska (Croatia), with 520 points; Gdańsk, Polska (Poland), in fourth place with 287 points; and Varaždin, Hrvatska, in fifth place with 264 points.

Sitka finished in a six-way tie for 98th place overall in 2019 with 20 points, matching New York City; Durham, N.C.; Osijek, Hrvatska (Croatia); Frankfurt am Main, Deutschland (Germany); and Getxo, España (Spain). Communities earned points for the number of cyclists who rode and registered their rides with the international website, inviting friends to ride, sharing photos, hosting an event, etc. The only other Alaska community ranked in the top 200 cities was Anchorage in 41st place with 67 points.

For students, go to the International Bike To School Day website, http://winterbiketoschoolday.org/, and commit to riding to school on Friday, Feb. 14. All of Sitka’s public schools should be listed on the site (including the University of Alaska Southeast Sitka Campus). Teachers can do a quick, 30-second survey about how students got to school to help their school’s Bike-Walk-Roll Score.

We encourage all cyclists to be safe in their rides. They should wear helmets, wear bright reflective clothes, and have working solid white headlights in front and blinking red taillights in back. They also should follow all rules of the road, such as riding on the right side of the road (not on the sidewalk) and stopping at all stop lights/stop signs.

We are still gathering door prizes, and businesses or people wanting to donate door prizes to the event can contact Charles Bingham at charleswbingham3@gmail.com or Doug Osborne at douglaso@searhc.org for more information. We are looking for items such as gloves, reflective safety vests, water bottles, helmets, etc., although some businesses donated gift cards, bike books, or non-biking and non-winter items in past years.

Read Full Post »

National Bike To Work Week is May 13-17, and Sitka residents are encouraged to get on their bikes and ride this week. Also, Friday, May 17, is National Bike To Work Day.

Forty percent of people have commutes of less than two miles, which makes cycling to work about as time-consuming as driving. Not only is biking to work healthy, but it reduces pollution in the environment. Commuting by bike also is a great way to jump-start your day with a short workout.

This year, those cyclists who ride their bike to work, school or on errands during National Bike To Work Week can fill out tickets at Yellow Jersey Cycle Shop for a chance to win prizes, including a $100 gift certificate from Yellow Jersey and other prizes possible. The prize drawing will be at the Julie Hughes Triathlon on May 18. You fill in one ticket for each trip to work or home by bike.

This year, we’ll hold our second annual Worldwide Ride of Silence bike ride and blessing of the bikes event. Meet at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15, at the Crescent Harbor shelter for a blessing of the bikes with local clergy. We’ll have a short ride of silence at 7 p.m.

On National Bike To Work Day on Friday, May 17, and the Sitka Cycling Club invites bike commuters to Fisheye Organic Café’s new location at 327 Seward St. (next to Subway). The first 20 bike commuters who present their bike helmets between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. will be given a free smoothie.

In 2016, Sitka found out it had been upgraded to a Silver level designation in the Bicycle Friendly Community program. We were Alaska’s first Bicycle Friendly Community in 2008, and the first to renew in 2012, earning a Bronze award both times. In 2016, the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) Sitka Campus earned a renewal of its Bronze award in the Bicycle Friendly Business program (it originally won the designation in 2011).

For more information, contact Doug Osborne at 747-0373 or Charles Bingham at 623-7660.

Read Full Post »

National Bike Month kicks off on Wednesday, May 1, and Sitka residents are encouraged to find ways to get out and ride your bike this month. The seasons are changing, so make sure you get out on your bike and enjoy a ride.

This is a great time to help Sitka show why it earned an upgrade to the Silver level of the Bicycle Friendly Community program in 2016, and was featured on the cover of the Winter 2017 edition of Bicycle Friendly America magazine in February.

Our National Bike Month schedule concludes with the annual Sitka Community Bike Ride on Saturday, May 25, where we celebrate the 128th anniversary of the first bike seen in Sitka (on May 28, 1891) with a ride through downtown Sitka. This is a great family friendly event to celebrate cycling in Sitka, and people are encouraged to bring any classic or unusual bikes they have to this event. We hope to have someone available to do minor maintenance before the ride (pump up tires, oil chains, tighten brake cables, etc.).

Also on the agenda are National Bike to School Day on Wednesday, May 8; the Sitka Bike Rodeo for kids on Saturday, May 11; our annual National Bike to Work Week (May 13-18) drawing for prizes for those who commute to work or school by bike during the week; two Sitka Cycling Club monthly meetings on Wednesday, May 1, and Friday, May 24, at the Sitka Public Library; a brown bag lunch-and-learn about cycling in Sitka on Friday, May 3, at Sitka Community Hospital; the Julie Hughes Triathlon on Saturday, May 18; and the Sitka Trail Works Cross Trail guided bike ride on Saturday, May 4.

In addition, we plan a special second annual Blessing of the Bikes and Worldwide Ride of Silence on Wednesday, May 15, at Crescent Harbor. This event honors those cyclists who have been killed or injured by cars or trucks and also celebrates cyclists’ rights to use the roads.

As in past years, those cyclists who ride their bike to work, school or on errands during National Bike To Work Week (May 13-17) can fill out tickets at Yellow Jersey Cycle Shop for a chance to win a gift certificate from Yellow Jersey, with other prizes possible. The prize drawing will be at the Julie Hughes Triathlon on May 18. To donate a prize, contact Doug Osborne at dosborne@sitkahospital.org.

Over the last year or so, the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities has been updating the Alaska Statewide Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan. They are on the final draft, and Sitka cyclists can still submit feedback on the website. This is important since Alaska’s last update to the plan was more than 20 years ago (1994).

In addition, Sitka cyclists are encouraged to join with thousands of others from around the country as they ride in the fifth annual National Bike Challenge, a free event that runs from May 1 through Sept. 30.

Cyclists can ride in the National Bike Challenge as individuals, for their workplaces or on other teams, and the mileage they log also will help their cities and states in the rankings. In 2016 more than 45,000 cyclists rode nearly 25 million miles during the five months of the National Bike Challenge (stats weren’t available for 2017 or 2018).

Don’t forget to sign up for the free Sitka Cycling Club by clicking the link at the top right of the website page. Also, join Sitka’s Bicycle Benefits program at any of our local business partners and get a sticker for your bike helmet that gives you discounts at several businesses around time when you show your helmet.

Finally, Sitka will host the inaugural Alaska Walk and Bike Conference on June 4-8 at the Aspen Suites Hotel. You can get information and a tentative schedule at the Walk/Bike Alaska website, and you can register online at this site. The first two days will focus on the Smart Cycling training program from the League of American Bicyclists, which helps people be safer cyclists. The next two days feature presentations on walking and bicycling. The final day has an optional bike ride, an optional hike with harbor cruise (with fee), and a Walk/Bike Alaska organizational meeting. The cost is $40 for the full conference, and $25 each for the two-day Smart Cycling and walk/bike presentations programs.

• 2019 National Bike Month list of Sitka events (PDF flier to print and post)

Read Full Post »

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.

Read Full Post »

Older Posts »