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Sitka Cycling Club President Doug Osborne, left, and Sitka Cycling Club Treasurer Charles Bingham show off their Bicycle Friendly Community Silver Level designation swag in 2016. Sitka just renewed its Bicycle Friendly Community designation at the Silver Level for 2020-24.

The League of American Bicyclists announced on Wednesday (Dec. 16) that it has renewed the Silver Level designation for Sitka, Alaska, in the Bicycle Friendly Community program.

The Bicycle Friendly Community program promotes safer streets and better bicycling by awarding various levels to communities based on how their city or town meets standards in the Five E’s — Education, Encouragement, Enforcement, Engineering, and Evaluation/Planning. A new E, Equity, is being introduced to the judging process and will replace Enforcement in future applications. Communities are required to resubmit applications at least once every four years.

This is the fourth time Sitka has been honored with a Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) award. Sitka became Alaska’s first BFC in 2008, after community members chose becoming a more bike- and walk-friendly community as one of the community wellness projects from the first Sitka Health Summit in 2007. Sitka renewed at the Bronze Level in 2012, and upgraded to the Silver Level in 2016. In addition, Sitka also earned the state’s first Walk Friendly Communities designations with Bronze Level awards in 2013 and 2017 (WFC is a newer program coordinated by the University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center and supported by the Pedestrian and Bicycling Information Center).

“This is great news,” Sitka Cycling Club President Doug Osborne said. “Thanks to the League (of American Bicyclists) and everyone in town who’s helping us to be a Bicycle Friendly Community. Being a bike friendly community was identified as a top goal at the first Sitka Health Summit planning day in 2007. Since then, we have made steady progress and now we have more places to ride.”

Wednesday’s announcement honored 51 communities as renewing or new Bicycle Friendly Communities at the Platinum (1), Gold (3), Silver (11) or Bronze (38) levels (there also is a Diamond Level that wasn’t awarded this time). In addition, there were 16 communities that earned Honorable Mention status, just below the full BFC designation. Since 2002, the League of American Bicyclists has awarded 485 BFC designations in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, and has received applications from more than 850 communities. There now are five BFCs in Alaska — Sitka (Silver), Anchorage (Silver), Juneau (Bronze), Kenai (Bronze) and Soldotna (Bronze) — and two Honorable Mentions (Fairbanks and Haines).

“During one of the toughest years in recent memory, we have seen so many Americans turn to biking during the pandemic for fun and for necessary transportation options. It’s so important that communities like Sitka have laid the groundwork over several years to make biking a safe, accessible option for people when we all need as much health and happiness as possible,” said Bill Nesper, executive director of the League of American Bicyclists. “This Bicycle Friendly Community award is the culmination of years of work put in by Sitka and its citizen advocates for better biking. This award round, Sitka joins 51 new and renewing Bicycle Friendly Communities in the movement toward healthier, more sustainable and connected places. As we turn the page on 2020 and look ahead to 2021, we’re proud that Sitka and communities like it are embracing bicycling as a solution to our collective recovery.”

The Bicycle Friendly Community program is part of the League of American Bicyclist’s larger Bicycle Friendly America program, which also includes Bicycle Friendly State, Bicycle Friendly Business, and Bicycle Friendly University designations. Sitka’s largest employer, the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) Sitka Campus, holds a Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly Business designation.

During normal years, Sitka is known for hosting a variety of community bike rides and education events, such as National Bike Month events in May and a Kidical Mass family friendly bike ride in September, and having one of the state’s highest rates of people who commute to work by bike. But the COVID-19 pandemic limited those activities this spring and summer.

Sitka still accomplished several cycling-positive projects over the past couple of years, such as building four single-track mountain bike trail loops off the Sitka Cross Trail this summer, opening the Salty Spoke bike cooperative at Hames Wellness Center, rebranding the Sitka Bicycle Friendly Community Coalition as the Sitka Cycling Club and getting nearly 250 club members to register, starting a citywide bicycle parking plan, starting a Sitka mountain bike trails plan, launching a Bicycle Benefits program where cyclists can show participating merchants a sticker on their helmets to receive a discount at local businesses, and hosting the 2019 Alaska Walk and Bike Conference that included a two-day Smart Cycling training (Sitka also was scheduled to host the 2020 conference before it went virtual due to the pandemic).

To learn more about the Sitka Cycling Club, go to https://sitkacycling.wordpress.com or like our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SitkaCycling. Links to Sitka’s Bicycle Friendly Community application and report card can be found under the Documents tab on the Sitka Cycling Club website (previous year applications can be found by scrolling down the page). To learn more about the League of American Bicyclists and its Bicycle Friendly Community program, go to http://www.bikeleague.org/community.

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The Sitka Cycling Club will hold its monthly meeting from 1-2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 1, using Zoom online meetings due to the need to social-distance ourselves for health and safety during the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. This online meeting is open to all interested folks interested in promoting safe and fun cycling in Sitka.

The monthly meeting is open to everyone interested in making Sitka an even better town for cyclists of all ages. Topics include success stories, including a celebration of the recently completed 907 loop and start of work on the Little Machete Loop single-track trails off the Sitka Cross Trail, revamping the club ride and 2020 schedule, figuring out how we can promote bikes during a pandemic, updating our 2020 goals and other considerations, discussion of the building of a mountain bike skills course, planning the Sitka Half Century Ride in August, follow-up actions, and a summary and close.

In addition, Josh Houston will discuss his progress on mapping bicycle parking in Sitka and what help he needs to further the project. You can find his online map at this link, and a Google document at this link that lists various locations. There also is a Facebook group called Mapping Sitka.

To access the meeting by Zoom, go to this link. Or you can access by phone by calling either 1-669-900-6833 or 1-346-248-7799 and enter the meeting code of 851-7045-1617# and the meeting password of 107304# when prompted.

For more information, call Doug Osborne at 738-8734.

• Sitka Cycling Club 2020 goals

• Sitka Cycling Club monthly group ride schedule (pre-COVID-19)

• Draft Sitka Cycling Club bicycle parking standards (from November 2019)

• Draft Sitka bicycle parking rack inventory (same as Google Doc link above)

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The Sitka Cycling Club will hold its monthly meeting from 1-2 p.m. on Wednesday, June 3, using Zoom online meetings due to the need to social-distance ourselves for health and safety during the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. This online meeting is open to all interested folks interested in promoting safe and fun cycling in Sitka.

The monthly meeting is open to everyone interested in making Sitka an even better town for cyclists of all ages. Topics include success stories, a single-track trail update for the 907 loop, brainstorm how to support the single-track project now that 907 is finished, revamping the club ride and 2020 schedule, figuring out how we can promote bikes during a pandemic, updating our 2020 goals and other considerations, planning the Alaska Walk and Bike Conference that will be virtual on June 9-12 (it no longer is postponed to 2021), planning the Sitka Half Century Ride in August, follow-up actions, and a summary and close.

In addition, Josh Houston will discuss his progress on mapping bicycle parking in Sitka and what help he needs to further the project. You can find his online map at this link, and a Google document at this link that lists various locations. There also is a Facebook group called Mapping Sitka.

Also, June 3 is World Bicycle Day, so let’s celebrate. Se below for a printable page for the kids to color.

To access the meeting by Zoom, go to this link. Or you can access by phone by calling either 1-669-900-6833 or 1-346-248-7799 and enter the meeting code of 873-1198-1011# and the meeting password of 022774# when prompted.

For more information, call Doug Osborne at 738-8734.

• Sitka Cycling Club 2020 goals

• Sitka Cycling Club monthly group ride schedule (pre-COVID-19)

• Draft Sitka Cycling Club bicycle parking standards (from November 2019)

• Draft Sitka bicycle parking rack inventory (same as Google Doc link above)

• World Bicycle Day 2020 coloring page for the kids

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The Sitka Cycling Club will hold its monthly meeting from 1:30-2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 6, using Zoom online meetings due to the need to social-distance ourselves for health and safety during the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. This online meeting is open to all interested folks interested in promoting safe and fun cycling in Sitka.

The monthly meeting is open to everyone interested in making Sitka an even better town for cyclists of all ages. Topics include success stories, a single-track trail update for the 907 loop, brainstorm how to support the single-track project, revamping the club ride and 2020 schedule, figuring out how we can promote bikes during a pandemic, updating our 2020 goals and other considerations, supporting the SEARHC Fitness Bike Challenge, planning the Alaska Walk and Bike Conference that will be virtual on June 9-12 (it no longer is postponed to 2021), planning the Sitka Half Century Ride in August, follow-up actions, and a summary and close. Also, National Bike Month is in May, so how do we plan for it during a disease outbreak that has people quarantined?

To access the meeting by Zoom, go to this link. Or you can access by phone by calling either 1-669-900-6833 or 1-346-248-7799 and enter the meeting code of 891-7801-9017# and the meeting password of 085781# when prompted.

For more information, call Doug Osborne at 738-8734.

• Sitka Cycling Club 2020 goals

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May is #NationalBikeMonth and we want to see how you’re staying healthy by biking this month. Comment on this post with a photo of you riding a bike, whether it be outdoors or stationary, to win a $100 Visa gift card.

How to enter:

  1. “Like” SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) on Facebook or follow SEARHC on Instagram.
  2. Share this post to your page and post a picture in a comment on this post of how you’re staying healthy by biking this week.
  3. Use the hashtag #SEARHCfit and tag SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) in your post. You also can email your photos to Doug Osborne at douglaso@searhc.org by noon on Friday to be included in that week’s challenge.
  4. All participants are encouraged to wear a helmet, bike on the right side of the road, and follow social distancing guidelines while riding (giving 20 feet to other riders).

Here are each week’s photo challenge prompts. Post a photo of you …

  • Week 1, May 1-7, Riding a bike on the right side of the road;
  • Week 2, May 8-14, Wearing a helmet that is level, snug, and strapped before your bike ride;
  • Week 3, May 15-21, Riding a bike and saying what you enjoyed about your ride; and
  • Week 4, May 22-29, Riding a bike and listing your three favorite rides this month.

Every Facebook/Instagram post will count as one entry, so post more than once to increase your chances of winning. We can’t wait to see how the residents of Southeast Alaska are staying healthy and active.

Three winners will be chosen at random and announced every Friday afternoon. The winners will receive a $100 Visa gift card.

For more information, call Doug Osborne at 738-8734 or to go the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium pages on Facebook or Instagram.

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The Sitka Cycling Club will hold its monthly meeting from 1:30-2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 1, using Zoom online meetings due to the need to social-distance ourselves for health and safety during the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. This online meeting is open to all interested folks interested in promoting safe and fun cycling in Sitka.

The monthly meeting is open to everyone interested in making Sitka an even better town for cyclists of all ages. Topics include success stories, a single-track trail update, ways to get the club involved in naming the trail (Bear’s House, 907, etc.), brainstorm how to support the single-track project, revamping the club ride and 2020 schedule, figuring out how we can promote bikes during a pandemic, updating our 2020 goals and other considerations, follow-up actions, and a summary and close. Also, National Bike Month is in May, so how do we plan for it during a disease outbreak that has people quarantined?

To access the meeting by Zoom, go to this link. Or you can access by phone by calling either 1-669-900-6833 or 1-346-248-7799 and enter the meeting code of 987-031-009# when prompted.

For more information, call Doug Osborne at 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 Sitka Cycling Club (formerly known as the Sitka Bicycle Friendly Community Coalition) will hold its monthly meeting from noon to 1 p.m. on Friday, July 19, at the Fisheye Organic Café. 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; and other topics. Also, don’t forget the Fisheye Organic Café is one of the Bicycle Benefits business in Sitka, so ride your bike and bring your helmet into the restaurant to get a 20-percent discount.

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

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The Sitka Cycling Club (formerly known as the Sitka Bicycle Friendly Community Coalition) will hold its monthly meeting from noon to 1 p.m. on Friday, June 21, at the Fisheye Organic Café. 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, donated to Sitka by CRW Engineering Group of Anchorage); a discussion of monthly club bike rides later this summer; and other topics. Also, don’t forget the Fisheye Organic Café is one of the Bicycle Benefits business in Sitka, so ride your bike and bring your helmet into the restaurant to get a 20-percent discount.

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

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Rev. Julie Platson of St. Peter’s By The Sea Episcopal Church sprinkles holy water during the blessing of the bikes and local Worldwide Ride of Silence event held May 15, 2019. (Photo by James Poulson / Daily Sitka Sentinel)

The Sitka Cycling Club (formerly known as the Sitka Bicycle Friendly Community Coalition) will hold its monthly meeting from noon to 1 p.m. on Friday, May 24, at the Fisheye Organic Café (note time and location change from last meeting). 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; approval of a new Sitka Cycling Club logo; planning the Alaska Walk and Bike Conference in Sitka in early June, a review of National Bike Month events in May; a discussion about the Sitka Community Bike Ride on Saturday, May 25; the creation of a statewide biking/walking advocacy group (tentatively called Walk/Bike Alaska); 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, donated to Sitka by CRW Engineering Group of Anchorage); a discussion of monthly club bike rides later this summer; and other topics.

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

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