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The Sitka Cycling Club will host a monthly steering committee at noon on Friday, June 25, using Zoom. This meeting is open to the general public.

Meeting topics include refining our mission statement and club goals for 2021, a review of our single-track mountain bike trail-building schedule and fundraising efforts, an update on the Salty Spoke Bike Cooperative, Info about a bicycle commuting class on June 30, setting some monthly club rides in July and August, working on a bicycle safety plan for Sitka (which includes reminders about cyclists not riding on sidewalks downtown and drivers giving cyclists three feet of clearance when they pass), a discussion of steering club committee roles and recruitment of new members, a discussion of club membership and possibly adding annual dues, creating a fundraising plan, and setting our next meeting for July (usually at noon on the fourth Thursday of the month).

For those wanting to participate in the meeting, contact Doug Osborne at 738-8734 or douglaso@searhc.org for the meeting log-in info.

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The Sitka Cycling Club will host a monthly steering committee at noon on Thursday, May 27, using Zoom. This meeting is open to the general public.

Meeting topics include refining our mission statement and club goals for 2021, a review of our single-track mountain bike trail-building schedule and fundraising efforts, an update on the Salty Spoke Bike Cooperative, a review of National Bike Month events in May (including finalizing plans for our Sitka Community Bike Ride on Saturday, May 29), setting some monthly club rides in June and July, working on a bicycle safety plan for Sitka (which includes reminders about cyclists not riding on sidewalks downtown and drivers giving cyclists three feet of clearance when they pass), a discussion of steering club committee roles and recruitment of new members, a discussion of club membership and possibly adding annual dues, creating a fundraising plan, and setting our next meeting for June (usually at noon on the fourth Thursday of the month).

In addition, we are hosting the annual Sitka Community Bike Ride on Saturday, May 29. Cyclists should meet at Totem Square Park at 10:30 a.m., with a short ride around downtown Sitka starting at 11 a.m. The ride commemorates the arrival of Sitka’s first recorded bicycle, on May 28, 1891.

For those wanting to participate in the meeting, contact Doug Osborne at 738-8734 or douglaso@searhc.org for the meeting log-in info.

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BIKE MONTH – Ben Hughey, left, and Doug Osborne hang a banner proclaiming May as National Bike Month, Monday at the Crescent Harbor basketball court. The Sitka Cycling Club has a number of events planned for the month including the back to biking workshop from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday at the Salty Spoke Bike Co-op behind the Hames Wellness Center. Organizers say the event will include a group ride, participation gifts and a chance to work on maintaining your bicycle. The League of American Bicyclists is promoting several national events including Bike to Work Week (May 17-21) and National Bike to School Day (May 5). (Daily Sitka Sentinel Photo By James Poulson)

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The Sitka Cycling Club will host a monthly steering committee at noon on Thursday, April 22, using Zoom. This meeting is open to the general public.

Meeting topics include visioning for the new year (where do we want to be at this time next year), a look at our current status and realities, a chance to update ourselves on where we are with club goals for 2021, an evaluation and selection of broad paths forward, a review of our recent Sitka mountain bike trail plan survey results and update on our upcoming trail plan and trail-building schedule for the summer, an update on the Salty Spoke Bike Cooperative, setting some monthly club rides starting in April (first one is April 24), a discussion of steering club committee roles and recruitment of new members, a discussion of club membership and possibly adding annual dues, creating a fundraising plan, and setting our next meeting for May (usually at noon on the fourth Thursday of the month). We also will finish planning National Bike Month events for May.

For those wanting to participate in the meeting, contact Doug Osborne at 738-8734 or douglaso@searhc.org for the meeting log-in info.

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The Sitka Cycling Club will host a monthly steering committee at noon on Thursday, March 25, using Zoom. This meeting is open to the general public.

Meeting topics include visioning for the new year (where do we want to be at this time next year), a look at our current status and realities, a chance to brainstorm club goals for 2021, an evaluation and selection of broad paths forward, a review of our recent Sitka mountain bike trail plan survey results and discussion about our upcoming trail plan, an update on the Salty Spoke Bike Cooperative, setting some monthly club rides starting in April, a discussion of steering club committee roles and recruitment of new members (we need a VP), a discussion of club membership and possibly adding annual dues, and setting our next meeting for April (usually at noon on the fourth Thursday of the month). We also might start planning National Bike Month events for May.

For those wanting to participate in the meeting, contact Doug Osborne at 738-8734 or douglaso@searhc.org for the meeting log-in info.

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The Sitka Cycling Club will host a monthly steering committee at noon on Thursday, Feb. 25, using Zoom. This meeting is open to the general public.

Meeting topics include visioning for the new year (where do we want to be at this time next year), a look at our current status and realities, a chance to brainstorm club goals for 2021, an evaluation and selection of broad paths forward, a review of our recent Sitka mountain bike trail plan survey results and discussion about our upcoming trail plan, an update on the Salty Spoke Bike Cooperative, setting some monthly club rides starting in April, a discussion of steering club committee roles and recruitment of new members (we need a VP), a discussion of club membership and possibly adding annual dues, and setting our next meeting for March. We also might start planning National Bike Month events for May.

For those wanting to participate in the meeting, contact Doug Osborne at 738-8734 or douglaso@searhc.org for the meeting log-in info.

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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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