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The Sitka Cycling Club will host a monthly steering committee at noon on Friday, July 22, grabbing lunch at Beak Restaurant and eating it under the covered patio at the Salty Spoke Bicycle Co-op next door. This meeting is open to the general public. Don’t forget Beak is one of our Bicycle Benefits partners, so bring your bike helmets and ride your bikes for a discount.

Agenda topics include a review of the 2022 Sitka Cycling Club goals and how we are meeting them; a status report on membership, finances, etc.; a discussion about our single-track bike trail construction and Monday trail-building work parties; an update on our new pump track project; a discussion on the Walk, Bike, Win! downtown commuter challenge; discussion about monthly club bike rides; and a discussion and decision on upcoming bike parking efforts in the downtown area.

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

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Photo by K.K. Prussian
Photo by Lione Clare

The Sitka Cycling Club worked with the City of Sitka to develop an MOU and has contracted Del Co. to build a bike pump track near the skate park. “The project is well underway but awaiting surface material so we kindly ask that riders stay off the track until it is completed.”

The contract with Del Co. includes shaping the design of the pump track using mixed gravel and then covering it with recycled asphalt. Please stay off the track until the asphalt has been placed.

We have had people ask about volunteer opportunities, but the shaping part of the project requires heavy equipment and isn’t suited for volunteers. The asphalt work will be open for volunteers, who can rake, spray with water, and compact it onto the course. The timing of the asphalt depends on its availability from the Sawmill Creek Road construction project. We will put out a call for volunteers when they are needed.  

If people still want to volunteer, the Sitka Cycling Club continues to have its Monday afternoon single-track mountain bike trail-building work parties from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at our trail location off the Sitka Cross Trail, near the Sitka High School entrance (turn right at the trail junction).

Funding for the pump track project has come from CHARR Sitka, Marble Construction, Sitka Rotary, Juneau Community Foundation (Douglas Dornan Grant), and the Crossett Fund, as well as small donations from Yellow Jersey Cycle Shop and a donation table at Sea Mart.

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The Sitka Cycling Club reminds cyclists that even though many people call the paved pathways next to our roads “bike paths” they really are multi-use paths, which means they are to be shared by various groups of users.

One of the most popular multi-use paths in Sitka is along the ocean side of Sawmill Creek Road from Jeff Davis Street to Silver Bay (Gary Paxton Industrial Park). This multi-use path is designed for walkers, joggers, inline skaters, wheelchair users, parents with strollers, and cyclists, who may be traveling in either direction. These paths are designed for speeds of less than 10 miles per hour, and cyclists are asked to be courteous and yield to walkers and other users of the path.

Bicyclists riding more than 10 miles per hour who are unwilling to slow down should give a verbal cue (such as “passing on your left”), and leave plenty of distance when slowly maneuvering around a walker. If bicyclists feel the need to travel at faster than 10 miles per hour, they should go into bike commuter mode and ride in the street on the right side of traffic.

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Volunteers help spread rock and gravel on new single-track mountain bike trails off the Sitka Cross Trail earlier this summer.
PHOTO BY LIONE CLARE

The Sitka Cycling Club will host a monthly steering committee at noon on Friday, June 17, at the Mean Queen (upstairs). This meeting is open to the general public, and it’s the first in-person meeting in two years. Don’t forget the Mean Queen is one of our Bicycle Benefits partners, so bring your bike helmets and ride your bikes for a discount.

Agenda topics include a review of the 2022 Sitka Cycling Club goals and how we are meeting them; a status report on membership, finances, etc.; a discussion about our single-track bike trail construction and Monday trail-building work parties; an update on our new pump track project; a discussion on the Walk, Bike, Win! downtown commuter challenge; discussion about monthly club bike rides; and a discussion and decision on upcoming bike parking efforts in the downtown area.

On Saturday, June 18, the club will host its monthly open ride starting at 1 p.m.  Cyclists will meet at the Salty Spoke bike co-op (1 Lincoln Street) and decide then on the route.

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

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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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The expected record year of tourists is making Sitka look for ways to reduce traffic downtown by encouraging more people to commute by biking or walking.

But when you bicycle to work, you need a good, safe place to park your bike. You want a good, secure place to lock the bike; you want a covered shelter to protect against rain; and you want the bike parking to be close to your destination.

As part of the Walk, Bike, Win! downtown commuter challenge this summer, we are installing new bike racks to help you get physically active in Sitka. Click this link to help us decide where Sitkans most need bike racks in the downtown area.

Not sure where Sitka already has bike parking, check out this online map compiled by Joshua Houston. Note, some places on this map may have older, fender-bender style bike racks that need to be upgraded to newer racks that meet industry standards.

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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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Help shape the future of Sitka’s trails!

Stop by Harrigan Centennial Hall anytime between 4 p.m . and 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 11, to share your ideas about how we should prioritize investments in our shared outdoors.

You’ll have the chance to add your votes on maintenance and development ideas, and pore over maps for future routes. Members of the Sitka Trail Works board and our citizen advisory Sitka Trail Plan Committee will be on hand to chat and answer questions.

Snacks provided and masks encouraged. For more details, call Sitka Trail Works at 747-7244, or visit http://sitkatrailworks.org.

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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 weather is warming up and we have more daylight, which means it’s time for the 2022 summer guided hikes series from Sitka Trail Works. Please check the organization’s website for Covid-19 mitigation plans. These events are led by volunteer board members.

The series opens at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, with a Sitka Cross Trail bike ride that starts at the Salty Spoke Bike Co-op (at its new location of 1 Lincoln Street, the small building next to the historic Cable House). This bike ride will give cyclists a chance to ride the 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 Saturday, May 14; a Herring Cove and Beaver Lake Trail hike on Saturday, May 21; an Indian River Waterfall hike on Saturday, June 11; a LGBQT+ Thimbleberry-Heart Lakes hike on Sunday, June 12; a Mosquito Cove Trail hike on Saturday, June 25; a Gavan Trail to Harbor Mountain hike on Saturday, July 2; a Verstovia Trail hike on Saturday, July 23; and a Thimbleberry to Heart Lake to Sawmill Creek Loop hike on Saturday, Aug. 15. The in-town events are free, but membership donations are encouraged to help with the cost of trail maintenance. In addition, there is a National Trails Day maintenance party at a trail to be announced on Saturday, June 4.

There also are two out-of-town events costing $110 each (price includes boat trips to the trails). These events include the Mount Edgecumbe Hike on Sunday, July 10, and another Mount Edgecumbe Hike on Sunday, Aug. 7. Space is limited on these trips, so register early.

In addition, there are two running events on the calendar, both with limited space. The Medvejie Solstice Run is on Saturday, June 18; and the Alpine Adventure Run is on Saturday, July 16. Finally, the Sitka Community Bike Ride is Saturday, May 28. These events are hosted by other groups, but included on the calendar.

Do you want to learn more about Sitka’s trails and what Sitka Trail Works does, then attend a trail-planning open house from 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 14, at Harrigan Centennial Hall.

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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