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Cyclists pose before the Sitka Community Bike Ride on Saturday, May 28, 2016, through downtown Sitka.

Cyclists pose before the Sitka Community Bike Ride on Saturday, May 28, 2016, through downtown Sitka. The Petro Marine Dock is where the steamer The Mexico would have docked 125 years earlier with the first bike seen in Sitka.

BikersWithStMichaelsBehindSitka cyclists were in the mood to celebrate on Saturday, May 28, and they had two reasons for celebration during the Sitka Community Bike Ride held through downtown.

On May 28, 1891, the first bicycle was seen in Sitka (link goes to a Sitka History Minute episode), when a man (C.H. Calhoun of Washington, D.C.) arriving on the Pacific Coast Steamship Co.’s steamer The Mexico brought one to town. Saturday was the 125th anniversary of the bike’s arrival in Sitka.

The other reason to celebrate was the announcement a week earlier that Sitka had been upgraded to a Silver level Bicycle Friendly Community award level, after earning Bronze in 2008 and 2012. Sitka was Alaska’s first community to earn a Bicycle Friendly Community designation.

Here is a slideshow of photos from Saturday’s Sitka Community Bike Ride.

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