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TheLEAGUE-BikeMonth

We are in the process of gathering information to put together a National Bike Month calendar of events in Sitka for May.

If you are hosting a bike-related event in Sitka — such as the Sitka Bike Rodeo, an informational lunch-and-learn, a community ride, a bike race or triathlon, a National Bike to Work Day breakfast for bike commuters, a bike/outdoors gear swap, a bike shelter dedication, business cycling challenges, etc. — please send the details to Charles Bingham atcharleswbingham3@gmail.com. Please make sure you include the who, what, when, where, and your contact info.

A couple of dates of note for National Bike Month in May include National Bike to School Day on Wednesday, May 6; National Bike to Work Week on May 11-15; and National Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 15. We will be setting up a team or two of Sitka Cyclists for the free National Bike Challenge that runs from May 1 through Sept. 30.

Please email Charles with the details and any fliers you may have for your events as JPG or PDF documents (no Publisher files), and we can post them to the Sitka Cycling website. Here is a link to what we posted last year.

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Sitka cyclists are encouraged to join with thousands of others from around the country as they ride in the third annual National Bike Challenge, a free event that runs from May 1 through Sept. 30.

Cyclists can ride as individuals, for their workplaces or on other teams, and the mileage they log also will help their cities and states in the rankings. This event launched in 2012, but some changes this year and last year will make it easier for people to participate. The challenge was extended a month last year, so it now is five months long and covers the entire summer. The 2014 goal is for 50,000 cyclists around the country to ride 30 million miles from May 1 through Sept. 30.

Participants can record the miles of their commute to work, as well as logging their various errands around town and pleasure rides, just so long as they ride an actual bike. It doesn’t count if people use machines.

It’s easy to participate. Just go to the website, create a profile and log in your miles. You also can join teams from the website. For those of you with smartphones, there are three apps available for free for iPhone, Android and several other devices, and their global-positioning system tracking will record your workouts directly into your profile. The apps also will record workouts in other sports besides cycling, such as walking, kayaking, and even dancing.

There already are several teams in Alaska, including one called Sitka Cyclists that Sitka residents can join. Last year we had a couple of workplace teams, including a team from the University of Alaska Southeast Sitka Campus, and more Sitka teams are encouraged so we can get a little friendly competition going. For those who miss the May 1 start date, if you’ve been riding you can back-record your workouts so long as you create a profile before the end of May. There are monthly prizes (awarded by random draw to cyclists nationwide who score a certain number of points), and additional prizes at the end of the contest.

• 2014 National Bike Challenge poster (PDF flier to print and post)

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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 7 is National Bike to School Day, May 12-16 is National Bike to Work Week and May 16 is National Bike to Work Day. These are great times to leave the car at home and take the bike to work.

LAB_NBC_offsite-smallheader280x270Sitka cyclists are encouraged to take part in the second annual National Bike Challenge, which runs from May 1 to Sept. 30. This is the third year of the free national event, and the goal this year is having 50,000 people riding 30 million miles during the five months from May through September. Riders can win prizes for participating as individuals and/or teams. Individuals also earn points for their communities and states. This year there are some Sitka organizations forming teams, and feel free to join the Sitka Cyclists team if you live in Sitka. There also are three different smartphone apps that can track your distance and record it.

Another highlight that will run from May through September are the Sitka Pedicabs hitting the street for the summer. Feel free to flag down one of the pedicabs and take a short tour of Sitka, which is something tourists and locals can enjoy.

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 noon on Saturday, May 3, at the U.S. Coast Guard-Air Station Sitka hangar. This free event teaches young riders age 12-younger bike safety, provides the kids with bike safety checks, skills drills and more. It is hosted by the Sitka Rotary ClubU.S. Coast Guard-Air Station Sitka and the Sitka Community Hospital Injury Prevention Program.

BTSD_2inch_ColorThis also is the third year of National Bike to School Day, on Wednesday, May 7, 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.

Two school-related bike events take place on May 7 and May 8-9. The first is a dedication ceremony at a time TBA on Wednesday, May 7, at Pacific High School for a new bike shelter built by Pacific High students under the supervision of University of Alaska Southeast Sitka Campus Construction Technology Assistant Professor Patrick Hughes. The second event will be the distribution of 150 bike helmets and bike safety information from 8:30-11 a.m. on Thursday-Friday, May 8-9, at Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary School by the Sitka Community Hospital Injury Prevention Program and the Sitka School District‘s Live-Well Program.

NBM2014_Web_250x250_ANational Bike to Work Week kicks off on Monday, May 12, which is when the League of American Bicyclists will announce its next group of Bicycle Friendly Communities. Sitka received its renewal of bronze-level status in May 2012, becoming the first Alaska community to earn a repeat designation. Sitka became Alaska’s first Bicycle Friendly Community in 2008.

Each year, Sitka hosts a National Bike to Work Week contest where people who ride their bikes to work or school on May 12-16 can stop by Yellow Jersey Cycle Shop to enter a contest to win a gift certificate from the shop and possibly other prizes donated by local merchants and organizations. The more times you ride, the greater your chances to win.

Friday, May 16, is National Bike To Work Day and the University of Alaska Southeast-Sitka Campus will host its annual free pancake breakfast from 7:30-9 a.m. Ride your bike to the university and get free pancakes, eggs and sausage fresh off the griddle.

JulieHughesShirt-30-1Finally, the 30th annual Julie Hughes Triathlon takes place at 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 17, 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 online this year at http://www.juliehughestri.com/. For more information, contact Kevin Knox at 738-4664 or by email at bbsc.sitka@gmail.com. To learn more about Julie Hughes, who died from leukemia in 1985 when she was 15, and the triathlon’s history, read this April 2013 article from Capital City Weekly.

For more information about these events, contact Charles Bingham at 738-8875 or Doug Osborne at 966-8734, or watch this site for updates.

Patrick Williams of Sitka Community Hospital and Ryan Kauffman of the Sitka School District’s Live-Well Program were interviewed on the Tuesday, April 29, Morning Edition Show at 8:18 a.m. on KCAW-Raven Radio. They will discuss the 150 bike helmets they are distributing at Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary School on May 8-9. KCAW-Raven Radio also will interview Jeff Arndt on Friday, May 9, about National Bike to Work Week and National Bike to Work Day.

• 2014 National Bike Month list of Sitka events (PDF flier to print and post)

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TheLEAGUE-BikeMonth

We are in the process of gathering information to put together a National Bike Month calendar of events in Sitka for May.

If you are hosting a bike-related event in Sitka — such as the Sitka Bike Rodeo, an informational lunch-and-learn, a community ride, a bike race or triathlon, a National Bike to Work Day breakfast for bike commuters, a bike/outdoors gear swap, a bike shelter dedication, business cycling challenges, etc. — please send the details to Charles Bingham at charleswbingham3@gmail.com. Please make sure you include the who, what, when, where, and your contact info.

A couple of dates of note for National Bike Month in May include National Bike to School Day on Wednesday, May 7; National Bike to Work Week on May 12-16; and National Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 16. We will be setting up a team or two of Sitka Cyclists for the free National Bike Challenge that runs from May 1 through Sept. 30.

Please email Charles any fliers you may have for your events as JPG or PDF documents (no Publisher files), and we can post them to the Sitka Cycling website. Here is a link to what we posted last year.

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NatlBikeChallengePOSTER8511Sitka cyclists are encouraged to join with thousands of others from around the country as they ride in the second annual National Bike Challenge, a free event that runs from May 1 through Sept. 30.

Cyclists can ride as individuals, for their workplaces or on other teams, and the mileage they log also will help their cities and states in the rankings. This event launched last year, but some changes this year will make it easier for people to participate. The challenge was extended a month this year, so it now is five months long and covers the entire summer.

Participants can record the miles of their commute to work, as well as logging their various errands around town, just so long as they ride a bike. It doesn’t count if people use machines.

It’s easy to participate. Just go to the website, create a profile and log in your miles. You also can join teams from the website. For those of you with smartphones, the Endomondo app is available for free for iPhone, Android and several other devices, and its global-positioning system tracking will record your workouts directly into your profile. The Endomondo app also will record workouts in other sports besides cycling, such as walking, kayaking, and even dancing.

There already are several teams in Alaska, including the University of Alaska Southeast Sitka Campus created for staff and students. Other Sitka teams are encouraged so we can get a little friendly competition going. For those who missed the May 1 start date, if you’ve been riding you can back-record your workouts so long as you create a profile before the end of May. There are monthly prizes (awarded by random draw to cyclists nationwide who score a certain number of points), and additional prizes at the end of the contest.

• 2013 National Bike Challenge poster (PDF flier to print and post)

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2013NationalBikeMonthFlierMay is National Bike Month, and Sitka cyclists will have plenty of opportunities to celebrate.

Not only is May National Bike Month, but May 8 is National Bike to School Day, May 13-17 is National Bike to Work Week and May 17 is National Bike to Work Day. These are great times to leave the car at home and take the bike to work. Click here to read Gov. Sean Parnell’s proclamation about these events.

Sitka cyclists are encouraged to take part in the second annual National Bike Challenge, which runs from May 1 to Sept. 30. This free NBC_2013_web_button_200x200_finalnational event is trying to beat last year’s total of 30,000 people riding 12 million miles during the five months from May through September (last year’s event was four months long). Riders can win prizes for participating as individuals and/or teams. Individuals also earn points for their communities and states. This year there are some Sitka organizations forming teams, such as the University of Alaska Southeast Sitka Campus team for students and staff. There also are smart phone apps that can track your distance and record it.

BTSD_2inch_ColorThis also is the second year of National Bike to School Day, on Wednesday, May 8, 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 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 4, 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, skills drills and more. It is hosted by the Sitka Rotary Club, U.S. Coast Guard-Air Station Sitka and SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC).

TheLEAGUE-BikeMonthNational Bike to Work Week kicks off on Monday, May 13, which is when the League of American Bicyclists will announce its next group of Bicycle Friendly Communities. Sitka received its renewal of bronze-level status last May and this year Anchorage is up for renewal.

Each year, Sitka hosts a National Bike to Work Week contest where people who ride their bikes to work or school on May 13-17 can stop by Yellow Jersey Cycle Shop to enter a contest to win a $150 gift certificate from the shop and SEARHC Health Promotion. The more times you ride, the greater your chances to win.

Friday, May 17, is National Bike To Work Day and the University of Alaska Southeast-Sitka Campus will host its annual free pancake breakfast from 7:30-9 a.m. Ride your bike to the university and get free pancakes, eggs and sausage fresh off the griddle.

JulieHughesShirt-1Finally, the 29th annual Julie Hughes Triathlon takes place at 8:30 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 online this year at http://www.juliehughestri.com/. For more information, contact Kevin Knox at 738-4664 or e-mail bbsc.sitka@gmail.com. To learn more about Julie Hughes, who died from leukemia in 1985 when she was 15, and the triathlon’s history, read the article in this week’s Capital City Weekly.

For more information about these events, contact Doug Osborne at 966-8734 or Charles Bingham at 738-8875, or watch this site for updates. Doug is supposed to be interviewed on the Thursday, May 2, Morning Edition Show at 8:18 a.m. on KCAW-Raven Radio, and when that audio clip becomes available it will be linked to this site. KCAW-Raven Radio also produced a story that aired on Tuesday, May 7, about National Bike Month from Doug’s interview.

• 2013 National Bike Month list of Sitka events (PDF flier to print and post)

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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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