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The Sitka Bicycle Friendly Community Coalition will meet from noon to 1 p.m. on Friday, July 20, at the North Sister Juice and Crepe Company (located on Seward Street next to Subway).

The monthly meeting is open to everyone interested in making Sitka an even better town for cyclists of all ages. Topics include scheduling monthly bike rides through the summer (including ones from Crescent Harbor to the Herring Cove trailhead or Medvejie Hatchery at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 30, and again on Saturday, July 7), the creation of a statewide biking/walking advocacy group (tentatively called Walk/Bike Alaska), planning the annual Kidical Mass family friendly event in September, a discussion about what we can do to make Sitka more bicycle friendly, and other topics.

For more information, call Doug Osborne at 747-0373.

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The Sitka Bicycle Friendly Community Coalition will meet from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, June 27, at the North Sister Juice and Crepe Company (located on Seward Street next to Subway). Please note that this is a different day than usual for our meetings.

The monthly meeting is open to everyone interested in making Sitka an even better town for cyclists of all ages. Topics include scheduling monthly bike rides through the summer (including one from Crescent Harbor to the Herring Cove trailhead or Medvejie Hatchery at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 30), a possible discussion about bike parking and bike access at Sitka National Historical Park, the creation of a statewide biking/walking advocacy group (tentatively called Walk/Bike Alaska), planning the annual Kidical Mass family friendly event in September, a discussion about what we can do to make Sitka more bicycle friendly, and other topics.

For more information, call Doug Osborne at 747-0373.

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Sunday, June 3, is a great day to go for a bicycle ride, as the United Nations recently declared it the inaugural World Bicycle Day.

Since we just finished a full month of bike events in May for National Bike Month, the Sitka Bicycle Friendly Community Coalition hasn’t scheduled a formal ride on June 3. But it’s a great time to go for a ride on the Cross Trail, or to ride out Halibut Point Road or Sawmill Creek Road.

The bicycle has been around for about 200 years, and it’s estimated more than 800 million people in the world will ride a bike this year. Riding a bicycle is an efficient, healthy, sustainable and fun activity that provides reliable transportation, beneficial recreation and crucial access to food, education, work, health care, and other essential services. The bicycle is an essential mobility tool, and first responders sometimes have to use bicycles after a hurricane or earthquake to get relief into areas cars and trucks can’t reach.

The proclamation declaring World Bicycle Day was passed by consensus from 193 countries on April 12, 2018, during the 72nd Regular Session of the UN General Assembly.

“We are extremely happy with this declaration,” said Dr. Bernhard Ensink, Secretary General of the World Cycling Alliance (WCA) and the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) who campaigned for a UN designated World Bicycle Day since 2016. “Cycling is a source for social, economic and environmental benefits – and it is bringing people together. This UN declaration is an acknowledgment of the contribution of cycling to the sustainable development goals.”

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The Sitka Bicycle Friendly Community Coalition will meet from noon to 1 p.m. on Friday, June 1, at the North Sister Juice and Crepe Company (located on Seward Street next to Subway).

The monthly meeting is open to everyone interested in making Sitka an even better town for cyclists of all ages. Topics include a review and evaluation of recent events for National Bike Month in May, scheduling monthly bike rides through the summer, planning the annual Kidical Mass family friendly event in September, a discussion about what we can do to make Sitka more bicycle friendly, and other topics.

For more information, call Doug Osborne at 747-0373.

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The threat of rain made it a smaller group of cyclists who turned out for the annual Sitka Community Bike Ride held on Saturday, May 26.

The cyclists met at Totem Square park, and rode the length of Lincoln Street to the entrance of Sitka National Historical Park, then returned to Totem Square park. The annual event capped off about a dozen special events in Sitka for National Bike Month in May, and it commemorated the arrival of what’s thought to be the first bicycle in Sitka 127 years ago (on May 28, 1891).

A slideshow of images from the Sitka Community Bike Ride is posted below.

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A small group of cyclists joined together with local clergy and church-goers for a Blessing of the Bikes followed by Sitka’s first Worldwide Ride of Silence on Wednesday, May 16, at the Crescent Harbor Shelter.

This was the 16th annual Worldwide Ride of Silence, which last year featured rides in 390 cities in all 50 states and 22 countries. The Worldwide Ride of Silence honors those bicyclists who have been killed or seriously injured by cars. It also is a way to remind drivers that cyclists legally have a right to share the roads, and to promote bike safety.

In Sitka, only five cyclists showed up for the event — Doug Osborne, Holly Marban, Bill Foster, Nate Stearman (pastor of Sitka Seventh-Day Adventist Church) and Charles Bingham (who also took pictures while riding) — which was preceded by a Blessing of the Bikes from Rev. Julie Platson (Rector of St. Peter’s By The Sea Episcopal Church) and Fr. Andy Sensenig, OMI (Priest at St. Gregory’s Catholic Church). There also was a small choir of women from St. Peter’s.

This was one of several cycling events in Sitka for National Bike Month (May) and National Bike To Work Week (May 14-18). The Ride of Silence always takes place at 7 p.m. local time on the third Wednesday in May. Upcoming events include National Bike To Work Day on Friday, May 18; the Julie Hughes Triathlon on Saturday, May 19; and the annual Sitka Community Bike Ride on Saturday, May 26.

A slideshow of scenes from the Blessing of the Bikes and Sitka’s event in the Worldwide Ride of Silence is posted below.

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BIKE MONTH — Sitka Bicycle Friendly Community Coalition members Holly Marban, red jacket, and Doug Osborne hang a National Bike Month banner on a fence around the basketball court near the corner of Lincoln Street and Jeff Davis Street on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. More than a dozen events are scheduled in Sitka during May in recognition of National Bike Month, including the Sitka Bike Rodeo and Bike Swap on Saturday, May 12, and the annual Sitka Community Bike Ride on Saturday, May 26. (Daily Sitka Sentinel photos by James Poulson, the larger photo appeared in the Thursday, May 3, 2018, edition and both photos are used with permission).

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