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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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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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The Sitka Cycling Club (formerly known as the Sitka Bicycle Friendly Community Coalition) will hold its monthly meeting from 4-5 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 7, at the Sitka Public Library. This meeting is open to all interested folks.

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 what we can do to make Sitka more bicycle friendly (such as the installation of a new FixIt bike repair station downtown in August, donated to Sitka by CRW Engineering Group of Anchorage); a discussion of monthly club bike rides later this summer; a discussion of the inaugural Sitka Half-Century (a 50-mile bike ride on Aug. 24); the launch of a bike co-op/school, which includes an adult bike mechanics class on Aug. 22; planning for the family friendly Kidical Mass bike ride in September; and other topics.

For more information, call Doug Osborne at 747-0373 or Holly Marban at 966-8938.

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The League of American Bicyclists on Dec. 21, announced that the Sitka campus of the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) has been awarded a renewal of its 2011 Bronze level Bicycle Friendly Business award.

SEARHC is the only Alaska organization among the 42 new and returning businesses nationwide to earn an award during the Fall 2016 cycle. There now are 1,265 Bicycle Friendly Businesses in 49 states at the Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze levels (there also is an Honorable Mention level not included in the total).

“This is great news!” SEARHC Health Educator II Anthony Treas said. “We are happy to have attained the Bronze status as a Bicycle Friendly Business. We will use this as a stepping stone as we continue to seek how we can improve and ultimately for SEARHC to achieve Gold status.”

bfb-bronze-sealSince the Bicycle Friendly Business (BFB) program started in 2009, there have been 11 businesses in Alaska to earn the honor. SEARHC is the only one of the group located outside of Anchorage. Besides SEARHC, the current BFBs in Alaska are — the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (gold), Southcentral Foundation (gold), CRW Engineering Group LLC (silver), ECI/Hyer Inc. (bronze), Green Star Inc. (bronze), Kittelson & Associates Inc.-Anchorage (bronze), Providence Alaska Medical Center (bronze), R&M Consultants Inc. (bronze), REI Anchorage (bronze) and Alaska Pacific University (honorable mention).

The Bicycle Friendly Business program honors those businesses committed to making their businesses more bike friendly for employees and customers. These organizations come from a wide range of industries, such as health care, manufacturing and government. They also range from large Fortune 50 company headquarters to small mom-and-pop businesses with only a handful of employees.

“As these businesses make bicycling a safe and convenient option for transportation and recreation they play a vital role in transforming our nation into a safer, healthier and more sustainable place to live and work,” League of American Bicyclists Executive Director Alex Doty said. “We congratulate and thank this new round of businesses for leading the way in creating a Bicycle Friendly America for everyone.”

The Bicycle Friendly Business program provides a free roadmap for businesses wanting to make their organizations more friendly to bikes. Businesses have to complete a lengthy application that includes information about the number of bike commuters, facilities available for them (such as racks, showers and lockers), education programs and ways the business connects with the local bicycle community.

SEARHC is Sitka’s largest employer with about 550-570 employees in town, and SEARHC is the region’s largest private employer with just more than 1,000 total employees. The SEARHC Sitka campus took an active role in Sitka’s 2008 application to become the first Bicycle Friendly Community in Alaska (Bronze), and also helped in Sitka’s 2012 (Bronze) and 2016 (Silver) renewal Bicycle Friendly Community applications. SEARHC promotes healthy and safe cycling to its employees and the community through its health promotion, injury prevention and employee wellness programs.

Winners of the Bicycle Friendly Business award are allowed to use the designation for the next four years. To learn more about the BFB program, go to http://bikeleague.org/business. Sitka businesses interested in applying can contact Charles Bingham of the Sitka Bicycle Friendly Community Coalition at 623-7660 or charleswbingham3@gmail.com.

The BFB program is part of the League of American Bicyclist’s larger Bicycle Friendly America program that also includes the Bicycle Friendly Community, Bicycle Friendly State and Bicycle Friendly University programs. Alaska now has three Bronze-level or higher Bicycle Friendly Communities — Sitka (Silver), Anchorage (Silver) and Juneau (Bronze), with Fairbanks earning an Honorable Mention designation in November 2016. The University of Alaska Fairbanks (Silver) is the only Bicycle Friendly University in the state. In 2015, Alaska ranked 41st in the Bicycle Friendly State rankings, up from 43rd in 2014.

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For the fifth straight year, Washington ranks No. 1 in the Bicycle Friendly State rankings compiled by the League of American Bicyclists. Alaska dropped from No. 29 to No. 33 in this year’s rankings, which were released on May 22 as part of National Bike Month.

Trailing Washington in the rankings were Minnesota, Massachusetts, Colorado, Oregon, Wisconsin, New Jersey, Maryland, Maine and Delaware, all states above the Mason-Dixon Line. The bottom five states were Montana at No. 46, Alabama, West Virginia, North Dakota and Arkansas at No. 50. Even though Washington ranked No. 1 for the fifth straight year, the Seattle Bike Blog wrote there are several improvements the state can make to be even friendlier to cyclists. CNN posted this article about the Bicycle Friendly State rankings.

States were ranked using a 1-5 scale (1 is bad, 5 is good) in five categories — legislation and enforcement, policies and programs, infrastructure and funding, education and encouragement, and evaluation and planning. Alaska received a 4 in policies and programs, a 3 in education and encouragement, and a 2 in each of the other three categories.

One of Alaska’s strengths was its bicycle commuter mode share is nearly double the national average (and it’s nearly 10 times the average in Sitka). The top tip for improvement was to adopt a vulnerable user law that includes a minimum safe passing distance and stricter consequences for violations by motor vehicle drivers.

Alaska has made great strides to move up the rankings, where it ranked just 43rd in 2008 and a dismal 47th in 2009. Alaska moved up to 39th in 2010 and 29th in 2011. Since 2008, Alaska has added three Bicycle Friendly CommunitiesSitka (2008, bronze, renewed in 2012, bronze), Anchorage (2009, bronze) and Juneau (2011, bronze). Alaska also has added nine Bicycle Friendly BusinessesAnchorage Native Tribal Health Consortium (2009, gold), Southcentral Foundation (2010, silver), Green Star Inc. (2009, bronze), Providence Alaska Medical Center (2010, bronze), REI-Anchorage (2011, bronze) and Alaska Pacific University (2011, honorable mention), SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium-Sitka Campus (2011, bronze), CRW Engineering Group LLC (2012, silver) and Restoration Science and Engineering (2012, honorable mention). Alaska has no universities recognized by the Bicycle Friendly University program.

• 2012 Bicycle Friendly State scorecard for Alaska

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