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SUMMER 2015 Facebook.comBikeLifeCities BikeLifeCities BikeLifeCities BikeLifeCitiesFacebook.comBikeLifeCities Facebook.comBikeLifeCities BikeLifeCities BikeLifeCities Best Places to Ride Bike to Work Day Recap Meet Bike Anchorage How to Pedal in a Skirt 4 Great Bike Locks THE ANCHORAGE BIKE PLAN KICKS INTO GEAR WIN COOL PRIZES see pg. 6 Pullout BIKE MAPS Inside ICONIC TRAILS OF ANCHORAGE GET ACTIVEDISCOVER NEW LOWER PRICES ON OUR BEST SELLING LIFESTYLE AND YOUTH BIKES THE BICYCLE SHOP- DIMOND 1801 W Dimond Blvd Anchorage AK 99515 907-222-9953 PARAMOUNT CYCLES 1320 Huffman Park Drive Anchorage AK 99515 907-336-2453 12201 Industry Way Unit 2 907-336-0383 Chain Reaction Cycles - Alaska ALASKAS PREMIER BIKE SHOP Publisher Lynn Guissinger Editor Becca Heaton Art DirectorDesigner Kristal Boni Production Beth Prehn Contributors Jamie Acton Dan Baum Duncan Benning Colleen Bowling Steve Cleary Jeanne Eisenhaure Brian Litmans Mark Mew Janice Towers Joni Wilm Online Ryan Amirault Gavin B. Griffin Michelle Jackson Greg Thomas Finance Shirlee Adolfson Sales Brian Bauer 303-444-5545 x122 Russ Chandler 303-444-5545 x122 Lynn Guissinger 303-444-5545 x106 Editorial Office BikeLife Cities 1515 Walnut Street Boulder CO 80302 Tel 303-444-5545 Fax 800-579-1515 Advertising Contact for media kit and rate card. StoryPhoto Submissions Contact for submission information. Distribution Contact for information. BikeLife Cities is a program of Catalyst Communication Inc. launching in multiple cities. 2015 Catalyst Communication Inc. ON THE COVER Photo by Clark James Mishler A longtime bike and trails advocate Lanie Fleischer helped bring the Chester Creek Trail to Anchorage in 1973. In 1994 Lanie was honored to have the trail named after her as the Lanie Fleischer Chester Creek Trail. Youll see Lanie riding the roads and trails around Anchorage on her town bike with its signature sheepskin saddle cover. Read more about Lanie on pages 1213. ride hard all year round8.7.15 the ride begins at anchorage cycle. JEANNE EISENHAURE Through her Bike Stylish project Jeanne is on a mission to help further the perception of biking as fun accessible and aspirational. Always well dressed Jeanne shares her tips on biking stylishly in this months issue. Follow her on Facebook at Bike Stylish and Twitter bikestylish. CLARK JAMES MISHLER Clark has lived in Anchorage for more than 40 years and his photographs have been featured in hundreds of regional national and international publications. His award-winning books includeANCHORAGE Life at the Edge of the Frontier 2006 and Portrait Alaska 2013. DAN BAUM The author of several books including Gun Guys A Road Trip Nine Lives Death and Life in New Orleans and Citizen Coors An American Dynasty Dan was also a staff writer for The New Yorker and has reported for the Anchorage Times The Atlanta Journal- Constitution and The Wall Street Journal. CONTRIBUTORS 7 Welcome Letter 8 Making Biking Better for Everyone The Anchorage Bicycle Plan kicks into gear 9 Meet Bike Anchorage Helping make Anchorage more bicycle friendly 11 Bike to Work Day Recap More than 3900 people traveled by two wheels to work 12 A Tale of Two Trails The Lanie Fleischer Chester Creek and Tony Knowles Coastal trails 14 How to Bike Stylish in a Skirt Avoid the dreaded ash with these easy tips 16 5 Great Rides Anchorage is host to one of the best trail systems in the country MEET BIKE ANCHORAGE 9 18 Anchorage Bike Map Pull it out and get riding 20 Plenty of Dirt Pedaling Fun Our picks for great singletrack trails around Anchorage 22 Pedal Smart Rules of the road for bikes and cars 23 Travel with Care Campaign AMATS embarks on a safety awareness campaign 24 Kidding Around 3 ways to commute by bike with your kids 26 Mix and Match Modes to Get Around Bicyclists are always welcome on People Mover buses 27 Dawn of the Bike Age Using fossil fuels to get around is so pre-historic 28 Need-to-Knows Quick and easy cycling tips for a safe and comfy ride 30 Protect Your Ride 4 great bike locks plus locking dos and donts 32 Building Bike Repair Stations and More Meet CRW Engineering Group 33 Calendar of Events Plus local bike shops and groups 34 The Final Mile How to train yourself to travel via two wheels instead of four ON THE WEB FOLLOW US Facebook.comBikeLifeCities BikeLifeCities READTHIS ISSUE ONLINE You can access this issue anytime. Share it with your friends by sending a link so they can read it too BLOGS Read fun stories and news about biking every day RESOURCES Were your one-stop shop for everything biking in Anchorage from places to ride to events bike shops groups and more. TAKE OUR SURVEY What do you think about BikeLife Anchorage What would you like to read or write about We want to hear from you. SIGN UP FOR OUR E-NEWSLETTER Well keep you up to date year- round on all kinds of fun interesting and newsworthy bike-related stories. BikeLifeCities BikeLifeCities BikeAnchorage 5 WINAPUBLICBIKE AND OTHER COOL PRIZES For details and to entergo to BikeLifeCities.comSweepstakes15 PublicMariadelRio2012 Facebook.comBikeLifeCities BikeLifeCities BikeLifeCities BikeLifeCities Sweepstakes closes August 31 2015. Winners will be posted on Facebook Twitter and Instagram. Winners must reside in the U.S. 1231 W. Northern Lights Blvd. 907 222-1967 SpeedwayCycles Your source for the finest in mountain and cross bikes MarkSilverman welcome Welcome to AMATS rst issue of BikeLife Anchorage Who We Are AMATS stands for Anchorage Metropolitan Area Transportation Solutions and is your local metropolitan planning organization MPO. Every metropolitan area with a population of more than 50000 residents must have a designated MPO in order to receive and program federal surface transportation funds. What We Do Our main focus is to coordinate with the Alaska Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration Federal Transit Administration and interested public agencies in the metropolitan transportation planning process. AMATS is responsible for developing the Metropolitan Transportation Plan which guides almost 4 billion in transportation network improvements between 2012 and 2035. These improvements include new and improved road connections additional buses sidewalks bike lanes and trails to better streets and improved intersections. Our Vision for Bicycling in Anchorage Here at AMATS its our job to encourage all modes of transportation including bicycling walking and public transit. In an effort to make Anchorage streets safer for bicyclists we have decided to join the national effort called BikeLife Cities. BikeLife Cities is focused on helping cities educate and inspire people to ride bikes more Being a part of BikeLife Cities is one way that AMATS is investing in the future of bicycling in Anchorage. In This Issue This rst issue features Lanie Fleischer and Governor Tony Knowles two famous trail advocates who spearheaded the effort to create the world-class trails system that we all enjoy today. We honor Lanie and Governor Knowles for their hard work even as we seek to improve our existing bicycle network by implementing the Anchorage Bicycle Plan. We hope you enjoy this issue of BikeLife Anchorage which also includes stories on Bike to Work Day transit and bikes great places to ride bike safety from Anchorage Police Chief Mark Mew the NEW Anchorage Bike Map and more. Enjoy reading share this with your friends and hope to see you out pedaling Joni Wilm AMATS Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator 248 miles of bikeable trails and bike lanes 541 miles planned by 2028 30 miles of singletrack trails 18-mile long Tony Knowles Coastal Trail 47 of Americas Best 50 Bike Cities Bicycling magazine Anchorage By The numbers Silver-Level Bicycle Friendly City League of American Bicyclists BikeLife Cities is a program of Catalyst Communication. Catalyst Communication 2015 DO YOU HAVE A GREAT COVER PHOTO FOR OUR FALL ISSUE We are searching for a fun beautiful photo for our fall issue that features winter biking fat tire biking. If you have any fat tire photos that could be cover-worthy send them to and and well take a look 7 MAKING BIKING BETTER FOR EVERYONE The Anchorage Bicycle Plan kicks into gear FUNDING Funding for the AMATS Bicycle Plan implementation comes from Federal Highway Administration sources designated for non-motorized transportation projects. The total funding appropriated through 2014 for implementation of the AMATS Bicycle Plan and Pedestrian Plan is 1 million for design and construction throughout the AMATS area. The 2015-18 Transportation Improvement Plan TIP allocates an additional 2.35 million for design and construction of projects in the AMATS Bicycle Plan and Pedestrian Plan. This money will be allocated over the four-year TIP cycle for 2015-2018 in the amounts of 650000 1 million 500000 and 200000 respectively. Find more info at DepartmentsOCPDPlanning AMATS. I magine 508 miles of bike lanes bikeways and paths for people to pedal around Anchorage. This is the vision for the Anchorage Metropolitan Area Transportation Solutions AMATS Anchorage Bicycle Plan. The purpose of the plan is to expand the bicycle infrastructure and the use of bicycles for transportation. The focus is on improving connectivity and safety of the transportation network that meets the needs for access to jobs schools and services within the AMATS area. The plan identies 508 miles of an on- and off-street bicycle network that would safely and comfortably connect all parts of Anchorage. IMPLEMENTING THE PLAN Several projects are slated for summer 2016 including striping of new bike lanes creating shared road facilities and improving shoulders. The consultant group tasked with design of these new facilities CRW Engineering read more about them on page 32 has set up a project website that includes an interactive project map a design toolbox helpful links funding and contact information. Find out which projects will be getting underway by visiting the project website link at Have comments or suggestions on upcoming bicycle projects Contact the project team at 907-562-3252 or For more info and updates on the Anchorage Bicycle Plan head to BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN SAFETY AWARENESS CAMPAIGN AMATS recognizes that making improvements to the existing bicycle infrastructure is not enough. Thats why AMATS is partnering with several local municipal and state agencies to begin a Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Awareness Campaign called Travel With Care. This campaign will educate the public on safety issues as well as expand the network of bike friendly organizations and businesses in Anchorage. Read more about it on page 23. JoniWilm 8 BIKELIFE ANCHORAGE NEWS NOTES E stablished in the spring of 2008 as Bicycle Commuters of Anchorage Bike Anchorage has been working hard to help make biking a fun viable and safe form of transportation for people of all ages around Anchorage. And there have been many successes. Were proud of our many accomplishments to make Anchorage a vibrant livable and healthy city where its safe and practical to go by bike shares board member Brian Litmans. Accomplishments include Helped AMATS gain unanimous Assembly approval of the Anchorage Bicycle Plan which was adopted in 2010. Helped rewrite municipal code which included improvements to bicycle laws including establishing a 3-foot passing provision. Led a successful grassroots advocacy effort to increase the 20132014 bicycle transportation federal funding from 1 million to 2.3 million. Co-hosted and was the principal organizer in the rst statewide bike summit in 8 years. Established a sustainable Bike Fridays program where businesses organizations and government agencies sponsor and host bicycle energy stations on Bike to Work Day and on the last Friday of every month through the summer. MEET BIKE ANCHORAGE Helping make Anchorage more bicycle friendly COMMUNITY RIDES ALL SUMMER LONG Join Bike Anchorage every other Wednesday through September 9 for FREE Community Rides led by volunteers. Each ride has a theme such as parks bike shops architecture gardens artisan food and raspberries The rides follow low-trafc shortcut routes around the city to help people feel more comfortable and condent pedaling with stops along the way for discussion and re-grouping. Check out the schedule at BikeAnchorage.orgCalendar. ImagescourtesyofBikeAnchorage There is much more work to be done Want to help Support Bike Anchorage by becoming a member or come out and volunteer at one of Bike Anchorages many events or fun rides. Visit for details. 9 Outdoor Cycling Consignment Store Your Next Good DealAwaitsYou AtThe Hoarding Marmot 1231W.Northern Lights Blvd. Anchorage 907-334-3333 Bright People. Powerful Solutions. Building Alaska. Northern Lights Blvd LakeOtisPkwy 15th Ave Knik Arm Lake Hood Coastal Trail Anchorage Chester Creek Trail Westchester Lagoon PostmarkDr Need a trail fix The Fixit Station includes all the tools needed for basic bike repairs and maintenance to get you back on the trail or roadway. CRW Engineering Group is donating and installing Two Fixit Bicycle Repair Stations along our trails this summer The BICYCLE SHOP 1035 W Northern Lights 272-5219 1801 West Dimond Blvd 222-9953 Anchorages home for SUPER BIKES SUPER PRICES and SUPER SERVICE. Anchorages home for SUPER BIKES SUPER PRICES and SUPER SERVICE. BIKE TO WORK DAY RECAP More than 3900 people traveled by two wheels to work A lways celebrated on the third Wednesday of Maythis year it was May 20Anchorages Bike to Work Day is a favorite holiday for cyclists across the region. More than 175 teams 3977 people left their cars at home and pedaled to work. Thirty-one treat stations around town including the infamous Bike Anchorage Bacon Station offered all kinds of yummy food and drinks. A stilt-walking juggler and DJ Brendan Babb entertained at the Bacon Station too. For many Bike to Work Day is a great excuse to get out of their cars get outside and get some exercise. For newbies it provides a supportive atmosphere to try bicycle commuting. And for regular bicycle commuters its just another dayalbeit a day with free food drinks entertainment and bacon 176 teams 3977 riders 31 treat stations 75 lbs. of bacon at the Bike Anchorage Bacon Station 20 gal. of coffee at the Bike Anchorage Bacon Station BTWD BY THE NUMBERS Karol Fink obesity prevention and control program manager with the states Health and Human Services Department and Craig Lyon AMATS coordinator conducted bike counts on the Delaney Park Strip. AllphotosJoniWilm Volunteers and bike commuters at the United Way treat station. 75 pounds of bacon was served Commuters at the infamous Bike Anchorage Bacon Station. Two happy commuters enjoy a pick-me-up at the Kaladi Brothers Coffee treat station. 11 FUN STUFF A TALE OF TWO TRAILS The Lanie Fleischer Chester Creek and Tony Knowles Coastal trails By Steve Cleary B ack in the 1970s they were just ideas on paper. Today the Lanie Fleischer Chester Creek and Tony Knowles Coastal trails are ingrained in the landscape and are iconic to Anchorage its residents and visitors for biking and walking. Its hard to believe that back in the day some residents and politicians actually opposed constructing them. AN IMPORTANT LINK IN ANCHORAGE Lanie Fleischer after whom the Chester Creek Trail is named moved to Anchorage in 1971. I was running around town when I rst got here thinking there should be trails. Many people said you should do something about that says Fleischer. Soon thereafter she and former judge John Reese became co-chairs of the newly created Bike Day Committee. The group wanted a network of trails both for recreation and for bike commuting. We wanted to be able to bike safely to schools libraries and parks. We wanted to make it so that everyone didnt have to get in a car to go everywhere she says. I couldnt believe that I moved to Alaska and had to go every place in a car. The group put together a trails master plan that would among other goals connect all elementary and secondary schools via trails. Anchorage was rapidly developing and Fleischer saw a rare moment to advance the groups vision. There were no curbs no shouldersand lots of resistancebut there was also the ability to build and plan for trails. Public hearings abounded and trail advocates went to all of them. Back then people didnt think you could bike very far Fleischer says. At one meeting where she was advocating for trails Anchorage City Mayor George Sullivan asked her Young lady do you know how far that is She didnt actually know the specic length but she and the other supporters knew that the Chester Creek Trail would be an important link for Anchorage and a way for people of all ages to travel by bike and walk through the city. Anchorage Borough Mayor Jack Roderick supported the trail and arranged for purchase of land along Chester Creek. In 1973 the Chester Creek Trail was ofcially established. The Lanie Fleischer Chester Creek Trail parallels Chester Creek from Westchester Lagoon for four miles to Goose Lake. But back in 1973 there werent enough funds to build the whole trail and complete the tunnel under the Seward Highway. We thought the Highway Department would see all the mothers pushing strollers across the highway and be so horried that they would build the tunnel Fleischer says. Funding eventually came through and the tunnel and trail were nally completed in 1975. The trail was an instant success and was ofcially named after Fleischer in 1994. ClarkJamesMishler Lanie Fleischer is proud of her signature trail which was named after the trail activist in 1994. She is excited about the popularity of Anchorages trail system and sees it continue to become a viable alternative to cars for commuting as well as recreation. The City and Borough of Anchorage combined in 1975. While bits and pieces of the trail have been repaired over the decades the entire Chester Creek Trail will be resurfaced this summer for the rst time. For info on the resurfacing including detour maps and the proposed schedule head to DepartmentsParksPages ChesterCreekImprovements2.aspx. 12 BIKELIFE ANCHORAGE FUN STUFF A TIDEWATER TRAIL The Tony Knowles Coastal Trail was completed in 1987 and stretches 11 miles along Anchorages coastline from Second Avenue in downtown to Kincaid Park. The trail skirts the fault line of the 1964 earthquake travels through forests and offers up sweeping vistas for walkers and bicyclists where you can spot beluga whales and North Americas highest peak Mount McKinley all in a single view. Tony Knowles got his start in politics on the Anchorage Borough Assembly in 1975 and served on the Anchorage Assembly until 1980. He served as Mayor of Anchorage from 1981-87 and as Governor of Alaska from 1994-2002. Knowles echoes the comments that an enormous amount of planning and zoning was being done in the early 80s. Many new roads were being built and each time they were Knowles and others worked to make sure bike trails and beautification came along with them. The Coastal Trail had what Knowles terms a unique competitora Tidewater Freeway that the Department of Highways precursor to the Department of Transportation wanted to build from the Port of Anchorage to the airport. But with persistence by a number of trail advocates planners put the Coastal Trail on the Area- Wide Trails Plan in 1975. The freeway idea was defeated when Knowles was still on the Assembly. And in that same election citizens passed Project 80s which outlined support for projects including the Coastal Trail as well as the Z.J. Loussac Public Library the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts Sullivan Arena the Anchorage Museum and many others. It was an advisory vote that allocated no money but gave the city a guideline for spending money. When Knowles became mayor in 1981 a large amount of money was coming in to the city paving the way for completion of projects. But the right of way for the Coastal Trail would prove difficult. A number of private landowners did not favor the project. Robert Atwood publisher of the now defunct Anchorage Times owned a house along the route and consistently used his newspaper to print how wrong-minded he believed the project to be. More difficult was the railroad which was still owned by the federal government at that time. The railroad director told Knowles in no uncertain terms You will never get it. But there was strong public support for the project says Knowles. Eventually the railroad was sold to the State of Alaska which had a more positive disposition to the trail. Construction of phase one of the trail from downtown to Kincaid Park was completed in the six years that Knowles was in office. The trail is a real testimony to people power and the vision to insist on a unique piece of community identification. The strength of the project came from the grassroots Knowles recounts. He sees the trail as a great way for people to recreate and moreto meet up socialize and see wildlife. Ive been stopped I dont know how many times by a slow moose in the winter time waiting to get home Knowles recalls. When asked about phase two of the Coastal Trail which would connect Kincaid to Potter Marsh Knowles states Ive got it on my to-do list. Threats to the existing trail still mount on occasion. The Anchorage Airport owns some land that the Coastal Trail passes through. Recent proposals for another runway would put the trail in a tunnel. Bridges on the trail are aging and in need of replacement. Luckily voters approved a bond in April that will fund some bridge replacement. Knowles big vision is a trail that starts in downtown Anchorage and continues to Girdwood Portage and even Seward. Many connections to the south already existthe paths next to the Seward Highway and parts of the old highway that have been converted to trail at Bird to Gird and Canyon Creek. With more connections camping facilities and other amenities bikers could start pedaling in downtown Anchorage and connect all the way to Seward. As Anchorage celebrates its centennial its clear that citizens and the community will continue to benefit from the vision and the commitment that it took to build these two extraordinary trails and that people like Lanie Fleischer and Tony Knowles will continue to support and work hard for that vision. Steve Cleary is the executive director of Alaska Trails and a board member of Bike Anchorage. In 2014 bike counters deployed by the Municipality of Anchorage logged over 220000 bicyclists and pedestrians at Westchester Lagoon where the Lanie Fischer Chester Creek Trail and the Coastal Trail meet. Read more about the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail at Former Governor Tony Knowles still resides in Anchorage and has phase two of the Coastal Trail on his to-do list. A longtime cyclist he will be featured on posters for the new Travel With Care safety campaign. Read more about it on page 23. ChrisArendPhotography 13 TanyaDueriPhotography F irst a quick discussion about the type of bike you ride If you have a step-through frame a bike with a dropped center tube biking in a skirt is much easier. If you have the standard triangle-framed bike you have to get a little creative. Here are my top tips based on the type of skirt you want to wear. Mini-Skirt or Pencil Skirt. Since these are often tight I recommend choosing a stretchy option that will allow for more comfort and exibility while you ride. If your skirt is super short and tight one option is to hold down the center of the skirt to your seat with one hand while you ride. There is no getting around the awkwardness of this move and it can be tricky and possibly dangerous so I recommend wearing short spandex shorts underneath your skirt to avoid ashing your skivvies. Bikie Girl Bloomers are a fun option Knee-Length Skirt. These are the easiest skirts to bike in with enough material and coverage to easily avoid ashing as you ride. Wind can be an issue with these skirts so consider investing in a skirt weight visit for more on this cool product or check out the Penny in Yo Pants video on YouTube. When you get off your bike scoop the skirt material between your legs so you avoid ashing. Long Skirt. Tie the extra material in a knot at the side of your thigh so it doesnt get caught in your pedals or bike chain. When you dismount hold the material between your legs or nd a wall or an alleyway to hop off your bike near your destination. Remember ashing a wall is ne Now throw on your cutest skirt and get out and bike stylishly Jeanne Eisenhaure writes about being bike stylish on her blog I get this question all the time I would bike buthow would I wear a skirt and ride without ashing everyone My answer Its simple Here are a few tricks to make pedaling in a skirt no matter what the lengtha breeze. HOW TO BIKE STYLISH IN A SKIRT Avoid the dreaded ash with these easy tips By Jeanne Eisenhaure 15 5 GREAT RIDES Enjoy breathtaking views of Cook Inlet Fire Island and Sleeping Lady along the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail. BikeAnchorage ON BIKE PATHS VALLEY OF THE MOON PARK TO GOOSE LAKE 8 miles round trip out and back on a paved pathway From Valley of the Moon Park on mile 1 of the Lanie Fleischer Chester Creek Trail ride east towards the Chugach Mountains. This trail is marked by mileposts every half mile and follows Chester Creek. The trail contains a few minor grades and bridges. After mile 3.5 and just after crossing over a wooden bridge stay right at the fork and take the pedestrian bridge over Benson Boulevard. Coming off of the bridge stay right to enter into the Goose Lake parking lot. Highlights Wildlife sightings such as moose small mammals ducks birds and fish and multiple rest stop areas to enjoy the creek and surrounding beauty. ON BIKE PATH Anchorage is host to one of the best trail systems in the country. So invite a friend grab your kids or enjoy some time to yourself and head out for a fun ride along some of the areas premier roads and trails. 16 BIKELIFE ANCHORAGE FUN STUFF WESTCHESTER LAGOON TO KINCAID PARK 18.6 miles round trip out and back on a paved pathway From Westchester Lagoon Mile 0 of the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail head west toward the ocean to follow the Coastal Trail along Cook Inlet. This trail is marked by mileposts every half mile and has some moderate to steep grades. Just before mile 9 the trail starts climbing to finish at the Kincaid Chalet. Bring a kite to fly on the grassy slopes or watch a soccer game at the new soccer stadium. Or just bring your lunch and rest up before you make the mostly downhill ride back to Westchester Lagoon. Highlights Breathtaking views of Cook Inlet Fire Island and Sleeping Lady and wildlife sightings such as moose small mammals ducks birds and fish as well as occasional black bears near Kincaid Park. Enjoy stops along the trail such as learning about the geological effects of the 1964 Earthquake at Earthquake Park watch planes come in at Point Woronzof and enjoy many idyllic pull-outs for picnicking. ON A ROAD BIKE ANCHORAGE TO EAGLE RIVER NATURE CENTER 45 miles round trip paved highway Begin at Bartlett High School and take the bike trail north to Eagle River. This trail parallels the Glen Highway on the west side. Nearing Eagle River use the overpass to turn right onto East Eagle River Loop Road. Where this road intersects with Eagle River Road turn right onto Eagle River Road. Continue along Eagle River Road until you arrive at the Eagle River Nature Center. Highlights This ride is hilly and can be tiring but is beautiful and features stunning views of the Chugach mountain range. The Nature Center has a small snack bar rest area and outside seating. BIRD CREEK TO GIRDWOOD 26 miles round trip paved pathway and road From the Bird Creek Parking Lot milepost 101.5 on the Seward Highway take the bike path east towards Girdwood. The path runs for 13 miles between shore and glacier-covered mountains. Highlights Beluga whale spotting in the inlet and Dall sheep along the rocky southern hillside. Part of this trail uses the old Seward Scenic Highway which features historic interpretive signage. If youre feeling adventurous bike all the way into Girdwood and stop at the Bakeshop for amazing cinnamon rolls or an out-of-this- world old-fashioned malted milkshake. ON A MOUNTAIN BIKE POWERLINE PASS TRAIL Variable distance wide dirt path and old service road This trail can also be accessed from Upper Huffman Trailhead and Prospect Heights Trailhead. From the Glen Alps parking lot head east towards the mountains. Once at the powerline trail turn north to make your way down to Prospect Heights Trailhead and Wolverine Peak Trail or south to head towards Powerline Pass. Highlights Stunning views of the Chugach Mountains Cook Inlet Denali on a clear day and the Talkeetna Mountains. The trail is natural habitat to wildlife such as moose brown and black bears coyotes and Dall sheep. The valley just east of the powerline trail is a popular hangout for rutting moose in the fall. This is also a popular area for paragliders. Check out more great singletrack rides on pages 20-21. 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March 907 351-8545 1941 Hamilton Drive 18 Paramount Cycles 907 336-2453 1320 Human Park Drive 17 Chain Reaction Cycles 907 336-0383 12201 IndustryWay Unit 2 16 Play It Again Sports 907 272-7529 8840 Old Seward Hwy. 14 Webike Bicycle Repair 907 245-3669 8160 Fairwood Circle 907 15 The Bicycle Shop 222-9953 1801 W Dimond Blvd. 13 York Cycles Inc. 907 646-4200 2520 E 68th Avenue 12 RTR Cycles 907 563-2054 3110 E 42nd Avenue 11 Second Cycles 907 334-9266 6020 Doncaster Drive 9 O the Chain 907 258-6822 1406 W 33rd Avenue 10 Trek Store of Anchorage 907 743-6000 530 E. Benson Blvd. Suite 9C 8 The Bicycle Shop 907 272-5219 1035 W Northern Lights Blvd. 7 REI 907 272-4565 1200 W Northern Lights Blvd. 6 Play It Again Sports 907 278-7529 2636 Spenard Road 4 Sunshine Fitness Sports 907 272-6444 123 E Fireweed Lane 5 Speedway Cycles 907 222-1967 1231 W Northern Lights Blvd 3 Downtown Bicycle Rental 907 279-3334 333 W 4th Avenue 206 2 Lifetime Adventures 907 232-9219 440 L Street 1 Pablos Bicycle Rental 907 272-1600 501 L Street ANCHORAGEA Anchorage Parks ANCgreenparks The Municipality of Anchorage publishes this map to help bicyclists navigate the streets and trails of Anchorage Eagle River and Girdwood. Be aware that potential hazards and obstructions may exist on the routes shown and Look for roads with bicycle lanes shoulders or paths or less busy streets. Evaluate routes based on your indivual bicycling ability and experience. Improve your biking skills take . 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Since its creation in 2004 STA has completed a number of great projects including The Brown Bear Project 2004 One mile of singletrack laboriously tooled by hand as a demonstration project. Hillside Singletrack Trail System 2008 This 8-mile system won an award in 2011 from the Coalition for Recreational Trails. Kincaid Park 2011 A 9-mile singletrack trail system on the south side of the park. Kincaid Park 2013 2014 8 miles of singletrack on the north side of the park. A variety of groups recreate and compete on the STA trails year round including mountain bikers Dirt Divas Mighty Bikes cyclocross and mountain bike races snow bikers runners Tuesday night races snowshoers skiers and hikers. Join the cause and help build more trails Learn more at is a go-to resource for mountain bike trail info and directions on how to get to the best trails. L ooking for some mountain bike fun within city limits Anchorage is host to close to 30 miles of great trails for singletrack riding for beginners on up. On a partnership with the International Mountain Biking Association IMBA mountain bikers note this about Anchorage From the ultimate beginner experience on the Campbell Tract to cross-country ow at Hillside Park to some new-school gravity at Kincaid Park Anchorage has one of the best and most diverse municipal trails networks in the U.S. Campbell Tract Flat singletrack and doubletrack trails great for beginner mountain bikers and families. Access the trail system from the Smoke Jumper Trailhead just off Elmore Road. Hillside Park This fun owy network of trails has lots of climbing and descending. Access trails from the Hilltop Ski Area or Prospect Heights parking area. Kincaid Park Trails are rockier and rootier with some fun climbs serving up challenges for more intermediate riders. Check out the map at right on where to ride RyanGreef Kincaid Park is host to a network of roller coaster-like singletrack trails like the QFB Trail that bend and dip through lush forest. Always be on the lookout for moose 20 BIKELIFE ANCHORAGE FUN STUFF W N S E 42 41 40 39 38 37 3635 34 33 30 29 27 26 25 21 22 23 28 24 20 19 15 1 14 16 2 17 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 1018 12 11 13 32 31 SandBox 0.6mi. BollingAlley CExpress 1.2mi. LeesTrain0.4mi. QFB0.1mi. C Express Good Greeff 0.7 m i. MightyBi ke 0.6 mi. M iddle Earth NorthwestPassage 0.4mi. MiddleEarth SecondBreakfast0.4mi. M iddle Earth Candy M tn. 0.7 m i O ld School 0.6 m i. Evolution 0.3mi. Hanging Chad 0.7m i. MiddleEarth 4.0mi. ChangeofPace 0.4mi. BollingAlley 3.6mi. ToiletBowl 0.4mi. RaspberryRoad Multi-UsePathway RASPBERRYRD.Unnamed Unnamed TonyKnowles CoastalTrail TowerPower KitchenSink 0.6mi. Unnamed RASPBERRYRD. Tower Power 1.4mi. TowerPower WelcometotheKincaidSingletrackTrails.Thesetrailsarefortheenjoymentofall. TODONATEORVOLUNTEERGOTO VERYDIFFICULT EXPERTSONLY Mountainbikingisahighrisksport.Accidentscould resultininjury.Donotattempttorideinthisareaor attemptanyofthejumpsunlessyouareaskilledrideron anappropriatebike.Afullfacehelmetandbodyarmor arestronglyreccommended.Rideatyourownrisk. YouAreHereLocator OneWayOnlyTrails NordicSkiTrails TrailIntersections DESIGNATEDBYNUMBERONMAPONTRAIL TRAILDIFFICULTYRATINGSYSTEM MapLegend MOREDIFFICULT INTERMEDIATERIDERS Thistrailcontainsnaturalandconstructedobstaclesthat maybedifficulttothebeginnerrider.Alwaysridein controlandwithinyourskilllevel.Rideatyourownrisk. PEDAL SMART Rules of the road for bikes and cars C ycling is exploding in popularity and drivers and riders alike need to get used to being around one another. Whether youre riding a bike or driving a car staying safe in the roadways is everyones responsibility. In all 50 states bicyclists are required to follow the same laws as motorists and motorists should be respectful to share the road with cyclists. So read on for an explanation of key traffic laws in Anchorage for everyone traveling on two wheels or four. DRIVERS Bicycles are allowed on the road. Cyclists must stay to the right part of the right lane. They can take the lane i.e. occupy the entire lane to avoid parked cars obstructions or debris on the road or to change lanes to make a left turn. When they take a lane cyclists may ride two abreast but never more. Cyclists must signal turns lane changes and stops. They must have front and rear lights on at night. If you are going to pass a cyclist you must pass on the left and give the bike three feet of clearance. BICYCLISTS If you are riding in the street obey all traffic laws. Be decisive in your movements so drivers can determine your intentions. Use hand signals when turning or stopping. Wear bright clothing so you can be seen. Use a front and rear light at night. If you ride in the downtown business district you must ride in the street sidewalk riding there is illegal. If you are riding on the sidewalk or trails go slow. Ride at a speed that is reasonable and prudent considering the conditions and users you encounter. FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO READ THE RELEVANT LAWS in the Anchorage Municipal Code visit The codes related to bicycles can be found in AMC 9.16.030 9.16.095 9.18.060 and in the entirety of 9.38. HINT FOR DRIVERS A nod or a thumbs-up will let a cyclist know whether its safe to proceed and he or she will really appreciate that. HINT FOR CYCLISTS If you acknowledge attentive drivers with a thank you wave it will go a long way. Mark Mew is Chief of Police in Anchorage and recently received his instructor certification from the League of American Bicyclists. When crossing a driveway or intersection you must ride slower than 10 mph. If you cross a driveway or intersection faster than 10 mph you lose any right-of-way otherwise afforded to you by the city code. Be predictable. Dont jump back and forth between street and sidewalk. Remember even if youre in the right from a legal standpoint the likelihood of coming out on top in a vehicle vs. bicycle collision is slimin other words swallow your pride and always ride defensively. We have well-reasoned laws here in Anchorage so if we ALL learn them and exercise some courtesywe ought to be able to make cycling and driving safe for everyone. BikeAnchorage By Mark Mew Anchorage Police Chief 22 BIKELIFE ANCHORAGE NEWS NOTES Thea Agnew Bemben --- Planner Business Owner Anchorage Alaska TRAVEL WITH CARE. PLANNER. MOTHER. RIDES A BIKE. LETS ALL GET HOME SAFE. Paid for by AMATS Holly Brooks --- Olympian Anchorage Alaska TRAVEL WITH CARE. OLYMPIAN. WIFE. RIDES A BIKE. PLEASE DONT TEXT AND DRIVE. Paid for by AMATS Anchorage Alaska TRAVEL WITH CARE. NON-PROFIT DIRECTOR. FATHER. RIDES A BIKE. Paid for by AMATS SHARE THE ROAD. O lympian. Former governor. Non-prot director. Mother. What do these people have in common They are all people who live in Anchorage and also ride bikes. And theyre all part of a campaign by Anchorage Metropolitan Area Transportation Solutions AMATS to help raise awareness about bicycle and pedestrian safety in Anchorage and encourage everyonefrom people on bikes to people on foot and in carsto Travel With Care. We were inspired by the People For Bikes campaign because it humanizes bicycle riders as a neighbor a friend someones mother husband or child explains Joni Wilm AMATS Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator. AMATS is partnering with state and local municipal agencies on the Travel With Care campaign. TRAVEL WITH CARE CAMPAIGN Locals help to raise awareness about bike and ped safety There are even more people posters to come Theyll be featured on the AMATS website Muni.orgDepartmentsOCPDPlanningAMATS PagesDefault.aspx plus ancmetroplanning and Twitter AMATS_planning. They might appear on People Mover buses too as well as in local newspapers. Keep your eyes pealed MartinSundberg Commuting around by bike is fun. And its even more fun when you can get your kids involved too. If thinking about transporting your kids via two wheels seems intimidating with a little planning its quite doable. Read on for three ways to travel with kids that are easy and safe and sure to bring a smile to everyones face. kidding around 3 ways to commute by bike with your kids By Duncan Benning yuba cargo bike 24 BIKELIFE ANCHORAGE BIKE TRAILER A bike trailer is a great option for carrying kids ages one to six as well as cargo like groceries or backpacks. Most trailers have a maximum load limit of 100 pounds. Many trailers also offer various types of quick- release hitches enabling you to quickly remove them from your bike so you can ride unencumbered. Models come in a broad range of prices. The Thule Cadence 299.95 and Burleys top of the line DLite 629 are shown. WHATS A LONG JOHN Also called a Bakfiet this bike style is very popular in Europe. Because of their size though they are difficult to find in great numbers on shop floors in the U.S. That said if you look around you can find shops in many bike-friendly cities that sell them. Cetma Cargo is a brand built in southern California. They offer three different sizes the most popular is the Largo 4395 with space for two or three kids plus room for groceries. Do you get sticker shock looking at prices of the ways to commute with kids by bike Consider the following It costs an average of 9519 a year to operate a mid-size car. Source AAA 50 of all trips Americans make are 3 miles or less 40 are 2 miles or less 28 are shorter than 1 mile. Source PeopleForBikes What if you invested in some kid-carrying gear and took a few of these trips via bike Just think of the longer-term savings. PLUS youll leave less of a carbon footprint youll get exercise and youll always find a free parking space CARGO BIKE Cargo bikes are another fun way to commute with kids. They come in two general categories Long Tails and Long Johns see sidebar. Long Tails carry the bulk of the load behind the rider while Long Johns place the load in front. Xtracycle 14992899 and Yuba 12993499 are popular Long Tail brands. They each offer an array of accessories to help adapt their bikes to various types of use. For example XtraCycle allows you to use two child seats at the same time a child seat along with an older child or as many as three kids all sitting on the rear deck. All of this with plenty of space for cargo. Worried about carrying such a heavy load Some cargo bikes come with electric assist for an extra boost when pedaling. xtracycle thule cadence burley dlite cetma cargo bakfiet CHILD BIKE SEAT Child seats are similar to automobile booster seats and are designed to attach over the top of the back wheel of most standard bicycles. These seats make great child carriers for a younger child beginning at about one year old. Most seats have a maximum weight limit of about 45 pounds. One popular brand is Yepps Maxi Rear Bicycle Child Carrier 229.95 made of shock-absorbant water- resistant rubber. Topeaks Babyseat III 159.99 offers lots of features and adjustability at a good value. yepp maxi topeak babyseat iii 25 MIX AND MATCH MODES TO GET AROUND Bicyclists are always welcome on People Mover buses Learn more about People Mover routes and fares at Muni.orgDepartmentsTransitPeopleMoverPagesBikes.aspx. I ts easy to forget when you travel by bike that you dont have to finish or start your trip just on two wheels. If you need some help getting from point A to B and dont want to bike the whole way the People Mover buses are here to help All buses hold up to three bikes and loading your bike is simple. Just follow these easy steps. 1. Be sure to have your bike ready as the bus approaches. Remove items such as water bottles or packs. Let the bus operator know you will use the bike rack and load it while other passengers are boarding. Always approach the bike rack from the curb side. 2. Unfold the bike rack. Locate the hand latch at the top of the rack. Squeeze the latch to release from the upright vertical position. Fold out the rack to the horizontal position. You should be able to do this with one hand and hold your bike with the other. Scan this QR code for a fun video on how to load and unload your bike on a People Mover bus. PLEASE NOTE Bike racks are available on a first-come first-served basis. Bikes are not allowed inside a bus. Motorized bikes are not permitted and fat tire bikes will not fit in the rack. 3. Place bike in rack. Lift the bike onto the rack. Each wheel tray is labeled for the front wheel. The support arm will secure the front tire. Load bike in vacant position closest to bus. 4. Secure your bike. The support arm is spring loaded. Pull it straight out and place over the front tire. The support arm should rest on the tire not the fender or frame. 5. Unload your bike. Exit from the front door and let the bus operator know you will be unloading your bike. Pull the support arm away from the wheel and lift your bike from the wheel tray. If you are the last person to unload a bike return the rack to the upright position. AllphotosbyPeopleMoverWaydeCarrollPhotography 26 BIKELIFE ANCHORAGE NEWS NOTES DAWN OF THE BIKE AGE Using fossil fuels to get around is so pre-historic W eve had the Stone Age the Bronze Age and the Fossil Fuel Age but this is the dawn of the Bike Age. More and more people are bikingand its not just millennials and grizzled men in spandex bike shorts. Over the last decade the number of bicycling baby boomers has more than doubled. Bicycling among Hispanics African- Americans and Asian-Americans has grown even faster than rates among non-Hispanic White Americans. And even though men on bikes still outnumber women on bikes more women than ever are enjoying two-wheeled commutes. In cities that have invested in quality bike infrastructure up to 45 percent of bicyclists are women. Join folks of every age race ethnicity and gender by evolving Replace some of your fossil-fueled car trips with bike trips. You and your community will notice the benets. Here are some fun facts and statistics. This story comes courtesy of Jessica Hersh-Ballering City of Tucson. PHYSICAL HEALTH Biking is good for your heart Individuals who bike commute tend to have lower blood pressure cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Bike commuters tend to have healthier insulin levels too. Bike commuting to school or work reduces the risk of obesity in kids and adults. Multiple studies have found that car commuterseven those who were physically active at other timesgained more weight than bike commuters. Biking can ease the symptoms of knee osteoarthritis. Biking makes you younger Well almost. One study found that an adult who regularly commutes by bike has a level of tness equivalent to someone 10 years younger. MENTAL HEALTH Long car commutes are associated with poor mental healthespecially in women. Biking on the other hand has been shown to improve self- esteem and overall well being while increasing tolerance to stress. Biking is known to reduce sleep difculties and tiredness. ECONOMIC HEALTH The average American spends more than 8000 each year on their car and about 64 minutes each day behind the wheel. Wouldnt you prefer to save some of that money and time by commuting by bike which will only cost you about 300 each year Companies that encourage their employees to bike save signicant money on health care costs. Multiple business studies have found that customers that arrive by bike visit stores more often than customers who arrive by car. With all of the money they save by not using a car bicyclists also tend to spend more money each month than drivers. MonteWorkman 27 Need-to-KnowsNeed-to-Knows Prepare for a Stop Anticipate your stop by shifting down into an easier gear. This assures a much quicker start. No time to downshift No problem. You can change your gears while stationary. How Three words ShiftLiftTurn. Easiest performed while standing to the side of your bike. 1. Shift your gear lever to an easier gear either right shifter to control rear derailleur or left shifter to control front derailleur. 2. Lift up the bike by the saddle with one hand to get rear wheel off ground. 3. Grab the pedal crank arm and rotate FORWARD until you hear a clean change of gears and no more grinding. Youre now in a low gear to start pedaling with more ease By Andrea Tollefsrud RIDING BUMPY STUFF Use your body for a shock absorber. Keep knees and arms bent gripping the bars. When approaching obstaclesrailroad tracks potholes debrisget up off the saddle very slightly no need to stand all the way to let bike oat underneath you. Keep pedals level at the 3 and 9 oclock position this allows for even weight distribution to right and left side of bike for better control and balance. Once through obstacle take a seat 28 BIKELIFE ANCHORAGE Quick and easy cycling tips for a safe and comfy ride ID Always carry some form of ID in case you get hurt or need to show identication. If you have a saddle bag make a copy of your drivers license and store in the bag. Check that brakes are not rubbing on the tire or rim Check by spinning the wheel off the ground. If rubbing center brakes. Check chain to be sure its adequately lubricated If it looks dirty or rusty add drops of lube to the chain while turning pedals backwards then wipe off excess lube with a rag. Check tire pressure and pump IF tires feel soft Not sure how much air to pump Check tire sidewall to nd the PSI number to pump to. Check Wheels Be sure theyre not wobbly and be sure quick-release lever is tight so wheel is locked into place. BEFORE EVERY RIDE EYES EARS Awareness is your friend. You need both eyes and ears when riding. That said its best not to wear headphones while biking. Check your local laws on headphone use. While you can see in front of you there is a whole world behind you that you need to hear and sense. Once A Month Check wheels brakes and shifting and suspension systems. YOUR HELMET SHOULD BE LEVEL ON YOUR HEAD not tilted back forward or to the side Adjust straps and tighten retention knob to achieve a snug level t. Leave two ngers of space between strap and underside of chin. Helmet t is tricky sometimes. Dont be afraid to ask your local bike shop staff or another experienced rider to help. BE HEARD Have a bell and dont be shy about using it. Be vocal. Whistle. Yell if you need to get noticed by a car you feel is a potential threat. When passing anyone ALWAYS announce yourself On your left. 29 Protect Your Ride 4 great bike locks plus locking dos and donts F ace it having your bike stolen stinks. Close to 190000 bikes are stolen in the U.S. every year and that doesnt include the incidents that go unreported. Its important to lock your bike. A good lock offers two types of protection visual deterrence and a longer louder effort to break it. Thats why youll hear people singing the praises for U-locks. They look tough and take longer to saw through. Cable locks are more affordable but they can be clipped with a single effortif a thief has the right tools. By Becca Heaton WilMatthews2013Abus So consider this The more money you invest in a good sturdy lock the harder it will be for a would-be thief to steal your bike. And a new bike costs a heck of a lot more too. No lock is completely foolproof though. That said the following four locks will help protect your bike from the bad guys. 30 BIKELIFE ANCHORAGE SECURITY OF A U-LOCK WITH THE FLEXIBILITY OF A CHAIN Made of hardened steel this accordian-style lock makes it easier to secure your bike in sometimes awkward or tight places. Its simple to carry too the lock folds up and ts in a carrying case that attaches to the frame via Velcro straps or screws into bottle-cage mounts. 149.99 abus.comusa A NEW TAKE ON THE STANDARD BIKE LOCK This lock may not be right for your old refurbished commuter but if you have a nicer ride to protect and appreciate good design this sleek new lock may be worth the money. What we love A father-son engineering team designed this solid titanium lock to complement the beauty and simplicity of bikes. 159.99199.99 AnnChaneckaTucson DONT lock just your frame or just your wheel to the bike rack. Bicycle thieves can and likely will remove your wheel and steal the rest of your bike or vice versa. Also make sure your bike cannot be lifted over the top of the object to which it is locked. DO Lock BOTH the frame and your wheel to the bike rack. If its easy to release your front wheel place it by the rear wheel and lock both of them with the frame to the rack. DO lock your bike in a high-trafc area ideally with a constant ow of people going by and good lighting at night. DO register your bike and serial number with a local registration service or via the National Bike Registry Take a picture of your bike too. LOCK SMARTS Its a brutal reminder to come back to your bike and nd your wheels missing. Even worse is nding just one locked wheel and no bike. Opportunistic thieves look for unsecured or improperly secured bikes. WRONG WRONG RIGHT A U-LOCK WITH EXTRA REACH Securing your bike in the city is changing with different styles and shapes of bike racks. To accommodate this the Mini has an extender that allows for more variety in how and where you lock your bike. Lock your bike frame to a bike rack and capture either your front or back wheel with the extender. 85.95 A U-LOCK WITH EXTRA REACH Securing your bike in the city is changing with different styles and shapes of bike racks. To accommodate this the Mini has an extender that allows for more variety in how and where you lock your bike. Lock your bike frame to a bike rack and capture either your front or back wheel with the extender. 85.95 CABLE LOCK WITH KEVLAR TO INCREASE CUT RESISTANCE The Kevlar sheath around this cable locks hardy braided steel makes the Angola 50 percent harder to cut for would-be bike thieves. And the price is right for commuting. 29.99 Launched with a Kickstarter campaign Extension for odd-shaped bike racks 10000 lock combinations Folds up like this - 31 WINAPUBLICBIKE AND OTHER COOL PRIZES Facebook.comBikeLifeCities BikeLifeCities BikeLifeCities BikeLifeCities Sweepstakes closes August 31 2015. Winners will be posted on Facebook Twitter and Instagram. Winners must reside in the U.S. PublicMariadelRio2012 BIKE BAGS ACCESSORIES BUILT IN COLORADO USA. AVAILABLE ONLINE SELECT BIKE SHOPS AND REI. MEET CRW ENGINEERING GROUP Leading the charge for better bike infrastructure around Anchorage S ince 1981 CRW Engineering Group has been offering engineering services to the Anchorage region with a big focus on non-motorized transportation projects such as bike infrastructure design. It helps that the staff is full of daily bike commuters with a passion for improving infrastructure. BIKE REPAIR STATIONS Anchorage will welcome two new bike repair stations this summer thanks to CRW. Two Fixit bike repair stations are on their way shares Jessica Smith Communications Coordinator at CRW. Weve been working with the Municipalitys Parks and Rec Department and with a little bit of coordination were looking to install the stations this summer. Each station will have basic bike tools for adjustments along with a bike pump. Having your tires at the appropriate air pressure is one of the best ways you can prevent problems and injuries on your ride says Jessica. ANCHORAGE BICYCLE PLAN Approved in 2010 the Anchorage Bicycle Plan is nally kicking in to gear thanks to Anchorage Metropolitan Area Transportation Solutions AMATS. CRW is working on an array of bike plan implementation projects including on-road markings and signage. This implementation project is particularly amazing because we have CRW team members across multiple service lines working in an incredible coordination with Alaskas Department of Transportation Public Facilities and the Municipalitys engineering teams. Were all working together to promote safety and awareness for all classes of bicyclists through design shares Jessica. Its very exciting to see it all moving forward. CRW has set up a website with an interactive project map plus other helpful information at Read more about the Anchorage Bicycle Plan on page 8. NEWS NOTES calendar sept 9 Community Ride Summer Commuter Challenge Party 6 p.m. location TBD The 9th and final Community Ride. Sure to be a numerical surprise bikeanchorage.orgcalendar FOR THE MOST UP-TO-DATE CALENDARS OF BIKE EVENTS AND RIDES AROUND ANCHORAGE VISIT BikeAnchorage.orgCalendar or Meetup.comBikeMeAnchorage. June Public Art Tour 1 p.m. Anchorage Museum Did you know Anchorage has nearly 500 public art installations throughout the city Join a guided bike tour to visit some of them. 8 museum member10 non-member. bikeanchorage.orgcalendar 27 july 1 Community Ride Lakes of East Anchorage 6 p.m. location TBD There are hundreds of lakes within Anchorage but how many have you visited Join an adventure tour of lakes within East Anchorage. bikeanchorage.orgcalendar Community Ride Architec-Tour 6 p.m. location TBD Visit sites around town. Historical Hysterical Hypothetical Stay tuned. bikeanchorage.orgcalendar Ronde Van Anchorage 1 p.m. Fairview Block Party The Ronde van Anchorage 100K ison the wild side of urban adventures. bikeanchorage.orgcalendar Big Wild Bike Commuter Stories 1 p.m. Anchorage Museum Take of tour of Anchorage through the stories of bike commuters. Email stories tobikeanchoragemuseum. org.8 museum member10 non-member. bikeanchorage.orgcalendar Community Ride Full Bloom Tour 6 p.m. location TBD There are a lot of amazing green thumbs in Anchorage. Follow the leader to visit unique home gardens scattered around town. bikeanchorage.orgcalendar 15 25 29 Aug 26 Community Ride Foodie Tour 6 p.m. location TBD Whats better than riding through town for some bites to eat Come hungry bikeanchorage.orgcalendar Community Ride Raspberry Alley Tour 6 p.m. location TBD From Government Hill to Rogers Park learn where to snack on downtown public fruits. bikeanchorage.orgcalendar 12 bike clubs organizations Arctic Bicycle Club Group rides Bike Anchorage Advocacy education and events Off the Chain Bicycle Collective Volunteer-run bicycle collective bike shops Arctic Cycles 1941 Hamilton Dr. Bicycle Shop 3 locations Chain Reaction Cycles 23302 Industry Way Downtown Bicycle Rental 333 W 4th Ave. Off the Chain Bicycle Collective 1406 W 33rd Pablo Bicycle Rentals 501 L St. Paramount Cycles 1320 Huffman Park Dr. Play It Again Sports 3 locations REI 1200 W Northern Lights Blvd. rei.comstoresanchorage.html RTR Bicycles 3110 E 42nd Ave. 907-563-2054 Second Cycles 6020 Doncaster Dr. 907-334-9266 Speedway Cycles 1231 W Northern Lights Blvd. Sunshine Fitness Sports 123 E Fireweed Ln. Trek Bicycle Store Anchorage 530 E Benson Blvd. York Cycles 2520 E 68th Ave. 33 C limate change fitness and the price of gas are good reasons to transition from car to bike but the best reason is that using a bike for commuting or errands is infinitely more pleasant. When you ride you have the breeze in your face and you notice all kinds of thingsfrom lawn art to sprouting crocusesyou miss from behind a windshield. You feel connected to pedestrians and playing children and you arrive at your destination with no parking hassles your blood full of oxygen. Studies by the British New Economic Foundation reveal that cyclists find their mode of transport at least as flexible and convenient as those who use cars with lower stress and greater feelings of freedom relaxation and excitement. The trick is training yourself to reach first for the bike helmet instead of the car keys. Doing so is largely a matter of challenging your assumptions about how life has to be organized. Think you dont have time to get around by bike For trips of three miles or less riding is about as quick as driving because side streets and paths through parks make it easier to avoid stoplights and you can zip right past traffic. The workout youll get around town on a bike might even save you a trip to the gym. You may not be able to buy a weeks worth of changing habitsTraining yourself to travel via two wheels instead of four By Dan Baum groceries and pick up the dry cleaning all in one bike trip but that can be a good thing. When life slows to the speed of a bike you dont try to do too many things at once. To make the leap from car to bike dont demand too much of yourself. Your job may be too far to bike to but what about your local supermarket the hardware store the movie theater or the post office Instead of hitting these places while driving home from work try going home first and getting the bike its a great way to unwind and move your body after sitting all day. Put your helmet where you usually leave your keys so as you reach you can ask yourself Could I do this on a bike Its a matter of developing the habit and studies show that its never too late to break old ones and develop new ones. The Society for Personality and Social Psychology has found that it takes from 15 to 254 days to develop a new habit and that its easier if you use a natural disruption in your lifemoving a new job a vacationto change one habit to another because the cues on which your habitual behavior relied disappear. Even a small change presents an opportunity. Youll need of course a bike that youll be comfortable riding. It doesnt have to be brand new or cost a lot but it should fit you and be in good shape. Your local bike shop can help. Your local shop can also help you with the extras a rack to hold either baskets or panniers to carry things a good lock a helmet lights for front and back and for wet streets fenders. I got creative and zip-tied a seven-dollar lockable tackle box to my rack so I have a secure place to keep lights tools a spare tube a reflective windbreaker and a credit card. Once equipped start exploring alternatives to the big fast roads. Side streets parks schoolyards and alleys are a parallel universe that you may never have seen before and they can get you across town with surprising speed. Start slow. Choose nice days. Do one errand at a time. Its a head shift as much as anything to switch from car to bike. But its worth it. Dan Baum is the author of four books and was a staff writer for The New Yorker. He and his wife Meg enjoy biking and use bike share to explore a city whenever they can. ask yourself Could I do this on a bike IllustrationbyMikeReisel 34 BIKELIFE ANCHORAGE THE FINAL MILE