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WinterBiketoWorkDay2015Sitka cyclists are hardy souls, and many of us ride our bikes all year round, not just in the summer. Now Sitka cyclists can ride and win prizes by participating in International Winter Bike To Work Day on Friday, Feb. 13.

This is the third year of International Winter Bike To Work Day, which started when several communities in Canada challenged each other to see which one could have the highest number of bike commuters. Last year the event expanded, and Sitka and Anchorage hosted events along with several other communities around the world’s polar regions. Sitka ended up having the second-highest number of participants per capita, trailing only Oulu, Finland. We also were the smallest community to have at least 20 participants.

Our celebration of winter cycling in Sitka will be simple. First, go to the International Winter Bike To Work Day website, http://winterbiketoworkday.org/, and commit to riding to work or school on Friday, Feb. 13 (people who work at home can use a bike ride for errands or sport as their bike commute). Then, on Friday, Feb. 13, during your bike commute, stop by the Yellow Jersey Cycle Shop (329 Harbor Dr.) between 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. to enter your name and phone number in a contest to win prizes.

We encourage all cyclists to be safe in their rides. They should wear helmets, wear bright reflective clothes, and have working solid white headlights in front and blinking red taillights in back. They also should follow all rules of the road, such as riding on the right side of the road (not on the sidewalk) and stopping at all stop lights/stop signs.

We are still gathering door prizes, and businesses or people wanting to donate door prizes to the event can contact Charles Bingham at 738-8875 or charleswbingham3@gmail.com for more information. We are looking for items such as gloves, reflective safety vests, water bottles, helmets, etc., although some businesses donated gift cards or non-biking and non-winter items last year.

Cyclists in the 2012 Sitka Winter Cycling Celebration ride on Harbor Drive underneath the O'Connell Bridge.

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WinterBiketoWorkDay2014LogoWidth600pxThe organizers of the International Bike To Work Day have released survey stats from this year’s event on Feb. 14, and Sitka ranked high in several categories even though we were the smallest community to have at least 20 riders register for the event.

On the survey question asking if your community makes it easy to bike all year round, Sitka tied with Oulu, Sweden, and Trondheim, Norway, with the highest percentage saying yes (about 80 percent). Sitka also ranked second, behind Oulu, on the question about how many people (per capita) were reached by the event. Oulu had the most people riding.

To see our previous articles, here is the one listing all of Sitka’s prize-winners and here is the one introducing the event. Sitka and Anchorage were the only two Alaska communities ranked in the survey stats. Let’s see if we can have an even bigger event next year.

• 2014 International Winter Bike To Work Day full survey results (opens as Excel file)

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WinterBikeToWorkDayPoster2014BlueHeartCongratulations to our prize winners from the International Winter Bike To Work Day event held Feb. 14 in Sitka.

People who braved our snow and ice, a rarity for Sitka this winter, to ride their bikes to work or school that day were eligible to enter a drawing at Yellow Jersey Cycle Shop. The following prize-winners can pick up their prizes at Yellow Jersey Cycle Shop during normal business hours (note, Yellow Jersey is closed on Monday).

  • Dave Clark — a Rejuvenation with Kathy Smith body sculpt kit;
  • James Poulson — a bike safety kit;
  • Chester Miyasato — a copy of the book Salmon In The Trees;
  • Irbert Vega — a Sitka Conservation Society t-shirt;
  • Tracy Gagnon — a water bottle/car cup;
  • Brant Brantman — a water bottle/car cup:
  • Greg Johnstone — a pedometer;
  • Alli Gabbert — a pedometer;
  • Jasmine Shaw — a pedometer;
  • six random cyclists — bike frame bumper stickers; and
  • Nancy Behnken — a $50 gift card for bike supplies.

Many thanks to the groups who donated prizes — Yellow Jersey Cycle Shop; Harry Race/White’s Inc.; the Sitka Public Health Nurse Center; the Sitka Conservation Society; KCAW-Raven Radio; and the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) Health Promotion/Diabetes Program. Thanks to all who participated. This event is a great way to remind the community that several people in Sitka do ride their bikes throughout the year, including in the winter.

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WinterBiketoWorkDay2014LogoWidth600pxSitka cyclists are hardy souls, and many of us ride our bikes all year round, not just in the summer. Now Sitka cyclists can ride and win prizes by participating in International Winter Bike To Work Day on Friday, Feb. 14.

This is the second year of International Winter Bike To Work Day, which started when several communities in Canada challenged each other to see which one could have the highest number of bike commuters. This year the event has expanded, and Sitka and Anchorage have committed to hosting events. Let’s see if we can get more bike commuters on their bikes on Feb. 14, so we can beat Anchorage and any other Alaska communities that decide to participate.

Our celebration of winter cycling in Sitka will be simple. First, go to the International Winter Bike To Work Day website, http://winterbiketoworkday.org/, and commit to riding to work or school on Friday, Feb. 14 (people who work at home can use a bike ride for errands or sport as their bike commute). Then, on Friday, Feb. 14, during your bike commute, stop by the Yellow Jersey Cycle Shop (329 Harbor Dr.) between 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. to enter your name and phone number in a contest to win prizes. We encourage all cyclists to wear helmets, wear bright reflective clothes, have working solid white headlights and blinking red taillights, and follow all rules of the road, such as riding on the right side of the road (not on the sidewalk) and stop at all stop lights/stop signs.

So far we have prize donations from Yellow Jersey Cycle Shop, Sitka Conservation Society, the Sitka Public Health Nurse Clinic, KCAW-Raven Radio, and the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) Health Promotion-Diabetes Program. Businesses and people wanting to donate more prizes to the event can contact Charles Bingham at 738-8875 or charleswbingham3@gmail.com for more information.

Cyclists in the 2012 Sitka Winter Cycling Celebration ride on Harbor Drive underneath the O'Connell Bridge.

Cyclists in the 2012 Sitka Winter Cycling Celebration ride on Harbor Drive underneath the O’Connell Bridge.

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