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The 2020 Alaska Walk and Bike Conference is going virtual, and now it’s free. It will take place from 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday through Friday, June 9-12.

Each day will open with a specialist discussing the science and evidence of that day’s theme, followed by another speaker who will feature an Alaska example. There will be an opportunity for attendees to ‘chat’ and share information after each day’s events.

The themes for each day are:

  • Tuesday, June 9 — Walking to Connect
  • Wednesday, June 10 — Walking is Good Medicine
  • Thursday, June 11 — Parks and Health
  • Friday, June 12 — Biking to Health

Some of our speakers include Ana Lucaci and Nicole Huegenin of Denver-based Walk2Connect, Dr. Elliot Bruhl of SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC, Chief Medical Officer based in Sitka), Bonita Banks BSN RN of South Peninsula Hospital in Homer, Alfgeir Kristjannson PhD from the University of West Virginia and Reykjavik University (Iceland), Maeve Nevins-Lavtar from the Municipality of Anchorage Department of Parks and Recreation, Dr Frederick Foote MD, Sarana Schell of AARP Alaska, Ken McLeod JD policy director of the League of American Bicyclists, Lee Hart of the Alaska Outdoor Alliance, and Scott Menzies and Charlie Lowell of the Sustina Bicycle Institute.

Click this link, https://www.kcaw.org/2020/05/18/alaska-walk-and-bike-conference-goes-virtual-this-june/, to hear Sitka’s Doug Osborne of the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) and Anchorage’s Dawn Groth RN BSN of the Alaska Division of Public Health discuss the conference during a May 18 morning interview on Sitka’s KCAW-Raven Radio.

A tentative agenda is posted below. To register for this free, virtual conference, click this link, https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_u_Hpx4yzQtK4khFeIX5BMg. For more information, contact Dawn Groth at dawn.groth@alaska.gov.

• Alaska Walk and Bike Conference flier (PDF for printing)

• Tentative Agenda for the Alaska Walk and Bike Conference (updated May 19)

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Salty Spoke Bike Co-op project leader Alyssa Russell, right, accepts a membership check from Joel Hanson.

From left, Alex Bayne, Kobi Weiland, Jake Falvey, Scott Menzies, Charlie Lowell, Alyssa Russell, and Joel Hanson after a week-long bike mechanic training course in August 2019 in Sitka to prepare bike mechanics for the opening of the Salty Spoke Bike Co-op.

The Salty Spoke Bike Co-op will host a soft opening from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Hames Athletic and Wellness Center.

The new bike co-op is a membership cooperative, and the co-op is finalizing its membership program and how it will work.

The Salty Spoke Bike Co-op was formed after Sitka hosted the inaugural Alaska Walk and Bike Conference in early June. In August, Scott Menzies and Charlie Lowell of the Susitna Bicycle Institute in Anchorage came to Sitka to spend a week training several people in bike maintenance and to help them organize the co-op. Scott and Charlie also hosted a one-night bike maintenance workshop.

Co-op bike mechanics will be available to provide technical advice to members about basic repairs, and they will fix up old bikes (such as those sold at the police bike auctions) to sell to raise money to pay for co-op expenses.

The Salty Spoke Bike Co-op also was a recent winner of a $1,000 grant from the Awesome Foundation’s Alaska Chapter. The grant was used to buy tools and other supplies for the co-op.

For more information or to make a donation of money or old bikes (checks should be made out to Sitka Cycling Club), contact Alyssa Russell at aruss947@gmail.com or Doug Osborne at douglaso@searhc.org or 738-8734.

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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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Charlie Lowell of the Susitna Bicycle Institute demonstrates how to oil a bike chain during a basic bike mechanics workshop during the Alaska Walk and Bike Conference held June 4-8, 2019, in Sitka. Charlie and Scott Menzies of the Susitna Bicycle Institute will host an introduction to basic bike maintenance workshop from 6-9 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 22, at UAS-Sitka Campus.

Have you ever been on a long bike ride and your back tire flatted? Did you know how to fix the tire? How about those brakes? Are they feeling a bit squishy?

Learn how to fix these and other common bike maintenance issues during an Introduction to Basic Bicycle Maintenance workshop from 6-9 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 22, at the hangar at the University of Alaska Southeast-Sitka Campus. The class will be taught by Charlie Lowell and Scott Menzies of the Susitna Bicycle Institute, who are in town that week helping create a Sitka bicycle co-op. This is a great way to learn how to make sure your bike is safe to ride.

The Susitna Bicycle Institute is a nonprofit bike school in Anchorage that teaches people about bike maintenance and even certifies people as bike mechanics. It has taken its message on the road, leading classes in Nome and other Alaska communities.

The class costs $30 per person (cash or check, made out to Sitka Cycling Club, only). People should bring their own bikes to this hands-on class.

For more information, contact Emma Klein at 966-8785 or emmak@searhc.org.

 

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Do you think you can handle riding your bike 50 miles? The Sitka Cycling Club will host its inaugural Sitka Half-Century Ride on Saturday, Aug. 24, and you’re welcome to join in the fun. Don’t think you’re up for riding 50 miles? We also have some shorter rides that day.

Meet at 9 a.m. by the traffic light at Lincoln and Lake streets to register and to attend a dedication ribbon-cutting for our new public Fixit bike repair station at the corner. The Fixit station is being donated to Sitka cyclists by CRW Engineering Group of Anchorage. Brian Looney will be in town representing CRW.

Charlie Lowell and Scott Menzies of the Susitna Bicycle Institute in Anchorage, who will be in town that week teaching bike maintenance classes and helping Sitka start a bike co-op, will demonstrate how to use the tools at the new Fixit station from 9:10-9:25 a.m., and the Fixit station dedication ceremony takes place at 9:25 a.m.

The rides start at 9:30 a.m., and they include a family ride to Whale Park and back to town (about seven miles), a ride to Blue Lake and back (about 15 miles), a ride to Green Lake and back (about 30 miles), and the whole ride of 50 miles (which includes a ride to Starrigavan after the ride to Green Lake). A map of the ride is shown on the event flier. The ride is free, but we do ask all participants to sign a liability waiver and to wear bike helmets.

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

 

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