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The Sitka Cycling Club’s next monthly group ride takes place at noon on Sunday, Feb. 23.

Cyclists should meet at the new Salty Spoke Bike Co-op (located in the back of the Hames Center, please come to the back door on the left side of the building and not walk through the wellness center). The ride will consist of a one-hour excursion on the Sitka Cross Trail and end at this month’s featured Bicycle Benefits participating business, where participants who ride to the shop can receive a discount by showing their helmet sticker. All helmeted cyclists are welcome to join the ride.

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

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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.

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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.

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The Sitka Cycling Club’s next monthly group ride takes place at noon on Sunday, Jan. 26.

Cyclists should meet at the new Salty Spoke Bike Co-op (located in the back of the Hames Center, please come to the back door on the left side of the building and not walk through the wellness center). The ride will consist of a one-hour excursion on the Sitka Cross Trail and end at this month’s featured Bicycle Benefits participating business, where participants who ride to the shop can receive a discount by showing their helmet sticker. All helmeted cyclists are welcome to join the ride.

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

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The Sitka Cycling Club’s next monthly group ride takes place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14..

Cyclists should meet at the new Salty Spoke Bike Co-op (located in the back of the Hames Center, please come to the back door on the left side of the building and not walk through the wellness center). The ride will consist of a one-hour excursion on the Sitka Cross Trail and end at this month’s featured Bicycle Benefits participating business, Spinning Moon Apothecary, where participants who ride to the shop can receive 10 percent off by showing their helmet sticker. All helmeted cyclists are welcome to join the ride.

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

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The Sitka Cycling Club and Sitka Tribe of Alaska will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2, for the new Protect the Herring bike rack, at the Sheet’ká Kwáan Naa Kahídi. The bike rack was made locally by Mike Litman of Precision Boatworks in Sitka.

After the ribbon-cutting ceremony, the Sitka Cycling Club’s monthly group ride will start there and be in honor of Native American Heritage Month. The ride will go to Japonski Island to ride on the new trail there, see Sitka’s first fix-it station (at the SEARHC Employee Health Gym) and visit the The Kootéeyaa Project totem, which represents the Native journey to wellness.

After that the group will ride to the Salty Spoke Bike Co-op (in a back room at the Hames Center) for a mini workshop on fixing a flat and maintaining your chain. All helmeted cyclists are welcome to join the free ride.     

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

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The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) Health Promotion Program is holding a drawing for six high-visibility jackets to encourage Sitka residents to be active and bright this fall.

The drawings for the six high-visibility jackets (similar to the one in the photo above) take place on Monday, Nov. 4. Sitka residents can enter at the Sitka Public Library, Yellow Jersey Cycle Shop, the Hames Athletic and Wellness Center, Tongass Threads, Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary School, and Blatchley Middle School.

Being safe and seen is critical for anybody walking or biking during the winter, and having a high-visibility jacket with reflective tape on it can help improve your safety while allowing you to stay active. Click this link to read more about the importance of being safe and seen, and how you can order free reflective tape from the Center for Safe Alaskans.

For more information about the high-visibility jacket drawings in Sitka, contact SEARHC health educator Doug Osborne at 966-8674 or douglaso@searhc.org.

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