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The Sitka Community Bike Ride is the perfect way to celebrate the spring and National Bike Month in May. It also is a chance to celebrate the 131st anniversary of the first bike seen in Sitka, which arrived in May 28, 1891, on the cruiser Mexico.

Join the Sitka Cycling Club on Saturday, May 28, at the Salty Spoke bicycle cooperative, 1 Lincoln Street (the little building next to the historic Cable House). From there, we’ll take our bikes to Totem Square (near the Petro Marine dock, where the Mexico likely docked) as we host a short kid-friendly bike parade through downtown starting at 11 a.m. (get there early for quick bike tune-up and door prize drawing). Riders are encouraged to bring classic and unusual bikes, if you have them.

We hope to have a bike stand and mechanic on hand to assist cyclists from 10:30 a.m. at the Salty Spoke. People will be able to check chains, brakes, tire pressure and other minor maintenance needs, but won’t be able to do major repairs. We also hope someone will be available to help check bike helmet fits.

Since we will be on busy city streets for this event, we encourage everybody to wear helmets and bright clothing for safety reasons. All cyclists should ride on the right side of the road (with traffic) and ride in a predictable manner. We ask drivers to be aware there will be a lot of cyclists out on May 28 and to please slow down and give them a safe space to ride. Thanks.

We held a community bike ride a few years ago that had about 300-350 cyclists, so let’s see if we can top that crowd. We had a smaller crew at our community bike rides the last couple of years, but it’s still lots of fun.

For more information, contact the Doug Osborne at douglaso@searhc.org.

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National Bike To Work Week is May 16-20, and Sitka residents are encouraged to get on their bikes and ride this week. Also, Friday, May 20, is National Bike To Work Day.

Forty percent of people have commutes of less than two miles, which makes cycling to work about as time-consuming as driving. Not only is biking to work healthy, but it reduces pollution in the environment. Commuting by bike also is a great way to jump-start your day with a short workout.

This year, those cyclists who ride their bike to work, school or on errands during National Bike To Work Week can fill out tickets at Yellow Jersey Cycle Shop for a chance to win prizes, including a $100 gift certificate from Yellow Jersey and other prizes possible. The prize drawing will be at the Julie Hughes Triathlon on Saturday, May 21. You fill in one ticket for each trip to work or home by bike.

Don’t forget to log your biking and walking commutes downtown in the Walk, Bike, Win! downtown commuter challenge, where you also can win prizes..

This year, we’ll hold our annual Worldwide Ride of Silence bike ride and blessing of the bikes event. Meet at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 18, at the Salty Spoke bicycle cooperative’s new location (1 Lincoln Street, the small building next to the historic Cable House) for a blessing of the bikes with local clergy. We’ll have a short ride of silence at 7 p.m.

On National Bike To Work Day on Friday, May 20, and the Sitka Cycling Club invites bike riders to join us for our monthly Sitka Cycling Club meeting from noon to 1 p.m. over Zoom. For details an to get a meeting link, contact Doug Osborne at douglaso@searhc.org or 907-738-8734.

In 2016, Sitka found out it had been upgraded to a Silver level designation in the Bicycle Friendly Community program, and we renewed that designation in 2020. We were Alaska’s first Bicycle Friendly Community in 2008, and the first to renew in 2012, earning a Bronze award both times. In 2016, the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) Sitka Campus earned a renewal of its Bronze award in the Bicycle Friendly Business program (it originally won the designation in 2011).

For more information, contact Doug Osborne at 907-738-8734 or Charles Bingham at 907-623-7660.

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To celebrate National Bike MonthSitka Trail Works and the Sitka Cycling Club invite the public to a free bike tour, guided by Doug Osborne, on the Sitka Cross Trail.

The event is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 7,  and will meet at the new location of the Salty Spoke Bicycle Cooperative (1 Lincoln Street, the small building next to the historic Cable House).

The ride will go from Salty Spoke to the Sitka Cross Trail for a short ride, possibly including a tour of the new single-track bicycle trail loops built the past two summers. It will return to the Salty Spoke about noon.

For more information, call Sitka Trail Works at 907-747-7244 or visit http://www.sitkatrailworks.org.

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The Sitka Cycling Club will host a monthly steering committee at 1 p.m. on Friday, April 22, using Zoom. This meeting is open to the general public.

With the new tourism plan, the club has $10,000 for downtown bike parking and $12,000 for an incentive program to get people commuting by bike or on foot. Meeting topics includes planning local events for National Bike Month in May, a new summer commuter challenge (Walk, Bike, Win!) that starts in May, trail updates, the status on a new pump track to be built this summer, scheduling community bike rides, and more. We also will set the date for our next meeting 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 and Salty Spoke Bicycle Co-op will host a Bikes at the Beak gathering from 8-9 p.m. on Thursday, April 14, at Beak Restaurant.

This is an event featuring dinner, dessert, drinks, and information sharing about bike events in Sitka. Dinner is served until 8:30 p.m.

Discussion topics include the recent single-track bike trails built off the Cross Trail over the past two years; a discussion of what’s happening with the Salty Spoke Bicycle Cooperative; our plans to build a new pump track bike course by the Turnaround; and a roundup of upcoming bike events in Sitka for National Bike Month in May.

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

With the new tourism plan, the club has $10,000 for downtown bike parking and $12,000 for an incentive program to get people commuting by bike or on foot. Meeting topics include an update on a recent grant application to the Crossett Fund for the pump track project and Salty Spoke Bicycle Co-op, our first monthly group bike ride of the season on Saturday, a new fitness challenge for April, planning for National Bike Month in May, and more. We also will set the date for our next meeting for April.

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 now-defunct Sitka Mountain Bike Association lines up for the Fourth of July parade in 2007.

The Sitka Cycling Club will host a monthly steering committee at 1 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 18, using Zoom. This meeting is open to the general public.

With the new tourism plan, the club has $10,000 for downtown bike parking and $12,000 for an incentive program to get people commuting by bike or on foot. Meeting topics include introductions, bike successes, context, goals for 2022, club rides for 2022, save a space program, pump track and trails, next steps, and close. We also will set the date for our next meeting for March.

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, Jan. 27, using Zoom (this corrects a date announced earlier). This meeting is open to the general public.

Meeting topics include introductions, coordinating a Crossett Fund grant application for the pump track and Salty Spoke Bike Cooperative, planning an annual meeting, discussion of our final club newsletter for the year, recruitment and next steps, and summary and close. We also will set our next meeting for February.

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 Friday, Dec. 17, using Zoom. This meeting is open to the general public.

Meeting topics include introductions, coordinating a Crossett Fund grant application for the pump track and Salty Spoke Bike Cooperative, planning an annual meeting, discussion of our final club newsletter for the year, recruitment and next steps, and summary and close. We also will set our next meeting for January.

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 Friday, Nov. 19, using Zoom. This meeting is open to the general public.

Meeting topics include introductions, coordinating a Crossett Fund grant application for the pump track and Salty Spoke Bike Cooperative, planning an annual meeting, discussion of our final club newsletter for the year, recruitment and next steps, and summary and close. We also will set our next meeting for December (usually at noon on the fourth Thursday of the month, unless we need to move it).

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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