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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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Local cyclists are invited to a Sitka Cycling Club monthly group ride, starting at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 19.

Riders will gather at the Salty Spoke Bike Co-op located behind the Hames Wellness Center. The final route will be selected by the cyclists who show up, but the tentative plan is ride on the multi-use trail along Sawmill Creek Road to Thimbleberry Trail and then up to Heart Lake for optional swimming.  

The event will have door prizes, including a gift card to the Yellow Jersey Cycle shop, a bicycle benefits sticker, and a new high-visibility helmet.  For more information or to join the Sitka Cycling Club, go to sitkacycling.wordpress.com or contact Doug Osborne at 738-8734.

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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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Sitka Trail Works will offer a variety of hiking, bike rides and other events as part of its annual summer guided hike series.

After losing much of the 2020 summer guided hike series to the Covid-19 pandemic, Sitka Trail Works will have Covid mitigation policies in place this year to prevent the spread of the pandemic. This includes pre-event screening. The events are led by volunteer board members.

The series opens at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 8, with a Sitka Cross Trail bike ride that starts at the Salty Spoke Bike Co-op (behind Hames Wellness Center). This bike ride will give cyclists a chance to ride the five new single-track mountain bike loops built off the Cross Trail by the Sitka Cycling Club last summer.

Other events in town include the Ben Grussendorf Forest and Muskeg Trail and Starrigavan Trail Loop hike on Sunday, May 16; a Herring Cove and Beaver Lake Trail hike on Saturday, May 22; an Indian River Waterfall hike on Saturday, June 12; a Mosquito Cove Trail hike on Saturday, June 26; a Gavan Trail to Harbor Mountain hike on Saturday, July 3; a Verstovia Trail hike on Saturday, July 24; and a Thimbleberry to Heart Lake to Sawmill Creek Loop hike on Saturday, Aug. 7. The in-town events are free, but membership donations are encouraged to help with trail maintenance. In addition, there is a National Trails Day maintenance party at a trail to be announced on Saturday, June 5.

There also are three out-of-town events costing $110 each (price includes boat trips to the trails). These events include the Mount Edgecumbe Hike on Sunday, July 18; the Shelikof Bike Ride on Sunday, Aug. 1; and another Mount Edgecumbe Hike on Sunday, Aug. 15. Space is limited on these trips, so register early.

Finally, there are two running events on the calendar, both with limited space. The Medvejie Solstice Run is on Saturday, June 19; and the Alpine Adventure Run is on Saturday, July 17. These events are hosted by other groups, but included on the calendar.

For more information and schedule updates, go to the online calendar at https://sitkatrailworks.org/weekend-hikes/. For other details, call Sitka Trail Works at 747-7244, or visit http://sitkatrailworks.org.

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A Back-to-Biking Workshop takes place from 5:30-7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 5, as part of Sitka’s National Bike Month celebration. The free workshop will start at the Salty Spoke Bike Co-op, located in the back of the Hames Wellness Center. 

The purpose of the outdoor event is to review the basics of safe recreational and commuter bicycling in Sitka. The workshop will include a group ride, participation gifts, and a chance to work on maintaining your bicycle.   

For more information, call Doug Osborne at 966-8674 or go to our website at https://sitkacycling.wordpress.com/ to see the full National Bike Month calendar. 

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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’s monthly group ride, in honor of Earth Week, will be on Saturday, April 24. The ride will start at 1:30 p.m. at the Salty Spoke Bike Co-op (accessed by riding to the back of the Hames Center, below the recycling center, map on link). 

The nine-mile round trip ride will go to Silver Bay via the multi-use path along Sawmill Creek Road. All helmeted cyclists are welcome to join. Cyclists who bring a vaccination card will be entered into a special prize drawing.

For more information or to sign up to be a Sitka Cycling Club member, go to sitkacycling.wordpress.com or call Doug Osborne at 738-8734

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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’s next monthly group ride takes place at noon on Sunday, Feb. 23.

Cyclists should meet at the new Salty Spoke Bike Co-op (located in the back of the Hames Center, please come to the back door on the left side of the building and not walk through the wellness center). The ride will consist of a one-hour excursion on the Sitka Cross Trail and end at this month’s featured Bicycle Benefits participating business, where participants who ride to the shop can receive a discount by showing their helmet sticker. All helmeted cyclists are welcome to join the ride.

For more information, contact Doug Osborne at 738-8734 or douglaso@searhc.org.

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The Sitka Cycling Club’s next monthly group ride takes place at noon on Sunday, Jan. 26.

Cyclists should meet at the new Salty Spoke Bike Co-op (located in the back of the Hames Center, please come to the back door on the left side of the building and not walk through the wellness center). The ride will consist of a one-hour excursion on the Sitka Cross Trail and end at this month’s featured Bicycle Benefits participating business, where participants who ride to the shop can receive a discount by showing their helmet sticker. All helmeted cyclists are welcome to join the ride.

For more information, contact Doug Osborne at 738-8734 or douglaso@searhc.org.

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