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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.

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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. Click this link to register for the conference.

Each day’s agenda 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 and speakers for each day are:

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 28)

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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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Quinn Langbauer, a 2007 Sitka High School graduate, and former college roommate Mike Richard are hoping to bike about 7,500 miles across Siberia, and together they are one of the five finalists in the 2012 Outside Magazine Outdoor Adventure Contest.

If they win the voting on Outside Magazine’s Facebook page, then Quinn, Mike and Quinn’s younger brother Seth will win a $10,000 endowment for the trek from Leningrad to Vladivostok. During an interview Monday, June 12, on KCAW-Raven Radio, Quinn said he and Mike got the idea after reading the Mark Jenkins book “The Hard Way,” which was an account of his 1989 bike trip from Vladivostok to Leningrad.

During their video interview for the contest judging, Quinn and Mike said one reason for the trek is to see how Russia has changed in the 23 years since Jenkins’ trip, which came just as the Soviet Union was crumbling and Russia was just starting to embrace democracy.

If they win, they expect the trip to take about 6-8 months, starting next spring. Quinn, who now works as a chemical engineer in Midland, Texas, said he and Mike have been through a lot together, not just their time rooming together at the University of Wyoming. He said they get along well together, which should come in handy on a long trek such as this.

The contest winners will be decided by Facebook “likes” through the end of the contest on Sunday, June 17. To cast your vote, go to the link above (it does add an app to your Facebook page).

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May is National Bike Month, and Sitka cyclists will have plenty of opportunities to celebrate.

Not only is May National Bike Month, but May 14-18 is National Bike to Work Week and May 18 is National Bike to Work Day. These are great times to leave the car at home and take the bike to work.

Sitka cyclists can take part in the National Bike Challenge, which runs from May 1 to Aug. 31. This national event is trying to get 50,000 people riding 10 million miles during the four months from May through August, and you can win prizes for participating as individuals and/or teams. There also are smart phone apps that can track your distance and record it.

New this year is the inaugural National Bike to School Day on May 9, which is a chance to encourage students to develop healthy lifestyle habits such as riding a bike or walking. School districts have the opportunity to schedule special events for National Bike to School Day, and they can list them on the national site to earn pioneer status. Parents should feel free to join their children to ride to school that day.

One of the highlights of National Bike Month in Sitka is the Sitka Bike Rodeo, which this year takes place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the U.S. Coast Guard-Air Station Sitka hangar. This free event teaches young riders bike safety, provides the kids with bike safety checks and more. It is sponsored by the Sitka Rotary Club and U.S. Coast Guard-Air Station Sitka.

National Bike to Work Week kicks off on Monday, May 14, which is when the League of American Bicyclists will announce its next group of Bicycle Friendly Communities. Sitka submitted a renewal application in February, so this is when we should hear if Sitka maintained its bronze level status from 2008 or improved its status. Fingers crossed.

Each year, Sitka hosts a National Bike to Work Week contest where people who ride their bikes to work or school on May 14-18 can stop by Yellow Jersey Cycle Shop to enter a contest to win a $100 gift certificate from the shop. The more times you ride, the greater your chances to win.

At noon on Thursday, May 17, there will be a bike commuting lunch-and-learn at the Kettleson Memorial Library. This free event will discuss how to have a safe, fun and effective bike commute in Sitka. SEARHC Health Educator and bike commuter Doug Osborne will lead the discussion. (Click here to listen to Doug’s Morning Edition interview about National Bike Month on KCAW-Raven Radio from Monday, April 30.)

From 7:30-9 a.m. on Friday, May 18, the University of Alaska Southeast-Sitka Campus will host its annual free pancake breakfast for National Bike to Work Day. Ride your bike to the university and get free pancakes fresh off the griddle.

Finally, the 28th annual Julie Hughes Triathlon takes place at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 19, at Blatchley Middle School. This event is hosted by the Baranof Barracudas Swim Club. The triathlon features a five-mile run from Blatchley to the U.S. Coast Guard-Air Station Sitka entrance gate and back, a 12-mile bike ride from Blatchley to Starrigavan Recreation Area at the end of Halibut Point Road and back, and a 1,000-yard swim at the Blatchley Middle School swimming pool. A shorter course is available for children age 12 or younger. There is a $25 per participant entry fee for individuals and teams, and proceeds from the triathlon benefit the Sitka Cancer Survivors Society. Event registration is from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Friday, May 18, at the Hames Athletic and Wellness Center, or from 7-8:30 a.m. Saturday before the race at Blatchley. For more information, contact Kevin Knox at 738-4664 or e-mail bbsc.sitka@gmail.com.

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