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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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WinterBiketoWorkDay2015Sitka 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 International Winter Bike To Work Day on Friday, Feb. 13.

This is the third 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. Last year the event expanded, 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. We also were the smallest community to have at least 20 participants.

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 to riding to work or school on Friday, Feb. 13 (people who work at home can use a bike ride for errands or sport as their bike commute). Then, on Friday, Feb. 13, during your bike commute, stop by the Yellow Jersey Cycle Shop (329 Harbor Dr.) between 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. to enter your name and phone number in a contest to win prizes.

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 738-8875 or charleswbingham3@gmail.com for more information. We are looking for items such as gloves, reflective safety vests, water bottles, helmets, etc., although some businesses donated gift cards or non-biking and non-winter items last year.

Cyclists in the 2012 Sitka Winter Cycling Celebration ride on Harbor Drive underneath the O'Connell Bridge.

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When Sitka teacher Chris Bryner asks his students to write about what they did this summer, he’ll have his own stories to tell.

This summer, Chris launched a business called Bunna Bike: Brew Coffee, Build Community. Chris, who hasn’t owned a car in two decades, used an Indiegogo crowd-funding campaign in June to raise the start-up funds for his bicycle-based coffee business, which opened in July next to the Sitka Sound Science Center mill building (where the Ludvig’s Bistro Chowder Cart operates during the summer). The business will be open until mid-August, when Chris will close up so he can prepare for the school year at Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary School.

ChrisBrynerAndShewaAccording to a story aired July 9 on KCAW-Raven Radio, the project actually started four years ago when Chris and his fourth-grade class brewed coffee each week to sell to teachers and staff. The students learned about running a small business through the project, and they donated funds to a charity called Coffee Kids, which works with coffee-growing families in Latin America.

Chris used the money raised from his Indiegogo fundraiser to buy a special cargo bike from Icicle Tricycles and two Forte grinders from Baratza. He gets his free-trade coffee from Steamdot Coffee of Anchorage (his home roaster) and Kuma Coffee of Seattle (his guest roaster), which he sells by the cup or by the bag.

When Chris started Bunna Bike, he dedicated 10 percent of all sales to a charity called World Bicycle Relief, which mobilizes the people of Africa by building them bikes. Chris and his wife, Tiffany, adopted a daughter, Shewa, from Ethiopia in October 2013, and they wanted to contribute something to her home country. Bunna is Amharic for coffee.

 

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WinterBiketoWorkDay2014LogoWidth600pxThe organizers of the International Bike To Work Day have released survey stats from this year’s event on Feb. 14, and Sitka ranked high in several categories even though we were the smallest community to have at least 20 riders register for the event.

On the survey question asking if your community makes it easy to bike all year round, Sitka tied with Oulu, Sweden, and Trondheim, Norway, with the highest percentage saying yes (about 80 percent). Sitka also ranked second, behind Oulu, on the question about how many people (per capita) were reached by the event. Oulu had the most people riding.

To see our previous articles, here is the one listing all of Sitka’s prize-winners and here is the one introducing the event. Sitka and Anchorage were the only two Alaska communities ranked in the survey stats. Let’s see if we can have an even bigger event next year.

• 2014 International Winter Bike To Work Day full survey results (opens as Excel file)

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WinterBikeToWorkDayPoster2014BlueHeartCongratulations to our prize winners from the International Winter Bike To Work Day event held Feb. 14 in Sitka.

People who braved our snow and ice, a rarity for Sitka this winter, to ride their bikes to work or school that day were eligible to enter a drawing at Yellow Jersey Cycle Shop. The following prize-winners can pick up their prizes at Yellow Jersey Cycle Shop during normal business hours (note, Yellow Jersey is closed on Monday).

  • Dave Clark — a Rejuvenation with Kathy Smith body sculpt kit;
  • James Poulson — a bike safety kit;
  • Chester Miyasato — a copy of the book Salmon In The Trees;
  • Irbert Vega — a Sitka Conservation Society t-shirt;
  • Tracy Gagnon — a water bottle/car cup;
  • Brant Brantman — a water bottle/car cup:
  • Greg Johnstone — a pedometer;
  • Alli Gabbert — a pedometer;
  • Jasmine Shaw — a pedometer;
  • six random cyclists — bike frame bumper stickers; and
  • Nancy Behnken — a $50 gift card for bike supplies.

Many thanks to the groups who donated prizes — Yellow Jersey Cycle Shop; Harry Race/White’s Inc.; the Sitka Public Health Nurse Center; the Sitka Conservation Society; KCAW-Raven Radio; and the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) Health Promotion/Diabetes Program. Thanks to all who participated. This event is a great way to remind the community that several people in Sitka do ride their bikes throughout the year, including in the winter.

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SCS_bikeshelter_inviteOn Tuesday, Jan. 28, Sitka residents gathered together near the Sitka Sound Science Center to dedicate a new covered bike shelter built using second-growth timber from the Tongass National Forest. Before the dedication ceremony, a group of cyclists led by Sitka Assembly member Phyllis Hackett and including a small girl on a pushbike held a community bike ride from Totem Square to the new shelter.

The new shelter (link goes to previous post announcing dedication ceremony) was constructed by students of recently retired Sitka High School construction instructor Randy Hughey and community volunteers. It was designed by Dan Sheehan to use second-growth timber from the Tongass National Forest. The shelter is part of a project coordinated by the Sitka Conservation Society and funded through theNational Forest Foundation’s Community Capacity and Land Stewardship program.

The dedication was led by Sitka Conservation Society employees Ray Friedlander and Marjorie Hennessy, and included a few words from Hackett, Perry Edwards of the U.S. Forest Service-Sitka Ranger District, Sitka Sound Science Center Executive Director Lisa Busch, and Hughey, Hennessey also presented Hughey with a few gifts for leading the construction. After the ceremony, there was a reception at the Sitka Sound Science Center with salmon chowder and locally produced root beer from the Baranof Island Brewing Company. Click here for KCAW-Raven Radio‘s story about the dedication ceremony.

• Two-page flier from Sitka Conservation Society about the young-growth timber used to build this bike shelter

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WinterBiketoWorkDay2014LogoWidth600pxSitka 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 International Winter Bike To Work Day on Friday, Feb. 14.

This is the second 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. This year the event has expanded, and Sitka and Anchorage have committed to hosting events. Let’s see if we can get more bike commuters on their bikes on Feb. 14, so we can beat Anchorage and any other Alaska communities that decide to participate.

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 to riding to work or school on Friday, Feb. 14 (people who work at home can use a bike ride for errands or sport as their bike commute). Then, on Friday, Feb. 14, during your bike commute, stop by the Yellow Jersey Cycle Shop (329 Harbor Dr.) between 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. to enter your name and phone number in a contest to win prizes. We encourage all cyclists to wear helmets, wear bright reflective clothes, have working solid white headlights and blinking red taillights, and follow all rules of the road, such as riding on the right side of the road (not on the sidewalk) and stop at all stop lights/stop signs.

So far we have prize donations from Yellow Jersey Cycle Shop, Sitka Conservation Society, the Sitka Public Health Nurse Clinic, KCAW-Raven Radio, and the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) Health Promotion-Diabetes Program. Businesses and people wanting to donate more prizes to the event can contact Charles Bingham at 738-8875 or charleswbingham3@gmail.com for more information.

Cyclists in the 2012 Sitka Winter Cycling Celebration ride on Harbor Drive underneath the O'Connell Bridge.

Cyclists in the 2012 Sitka Winter Cycling Celebration ride on Harbor Drive underneath the O’Connell Bridge.

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