Saturday, May 31, 2008

National Trails Day

Please join us:

Saturday, June 7th
Registration at 8:30 a.m.
Project Begins at 9:00 a.m.
Meet at North Bivouac Parking Lot on Basher Road

There will be a free pizza luncheon for all volunteers at 12:30 p.m. at the Campbell Creek Science Center, 68th Avenue and Elmore Road. For more information call 267-1247.

Singletrack Advocates will once again help with a National Trails Day project in Far North Bicentennial Park. This year we will dismantle and clean up an unauthorized attempt at creating freeride stunts in an area between the Tank Trail and the Gasline to the east.

Items to bring
Work Gloves
Claw Hammer or Crow Bar
Wheelbarrow or BOB Trailer
Water and snacks

Friday, May 23, 2008

Brown Bear Trail Work Day

Let’s give Brown Bear Trail some TLC
before a summer of hard use!

Thursday, May 29th 6 p.m.

Meet at the north end of the Hilltop Ski Area parking lot
to meet Christopher, your crew leader.

Suggested Items to Bring
Work gloves
Water bottle
Shovels
Loppers
5 Gallon Bucket

Need more information?
Please contact Christopher at crsouser@gmail.com.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

ALMOST there

Here’s a brief update on our trail building progress. Grant agreements are being drafted and signed, crews scheduled out and we are on track for our ground-breaking on July 15th! One hitch, though: because of some unforeseen costs and increases in diesel fuel prices, we are short at least $25,000 to complete Phase I of the project. Phase I involves the construction of 8.5 miles of singletrack. We will still be able to build trail, but unless we can come up with more funding, we might have to shorten the project.

This is an appeal to those of you who have not yet contributed to the trail project. Please consider donating generously. Please also consider asking your colleagues, business associates and friends for contributions on our behalf. Some businesses offer incredible programs to contribute. BP employees, for example, may request a contribution from BP through its “Fabric of America Fund.” That means that BP would pony up to $500 per employee simply by requesting a corporate donation to the trail fund! Please inquire about other such opportunities at your work place.

Donations made to us through Alaska Trails are tax-deductible. Donations made online directly to Singletrack Advocates are not tax deductible. To donate online please go to www.singletrackadvocates.blogspot.com and click on the “Donate” button on the right hand margin. To make a tax-deductible donation, please send a check made payable to ALASKA TRAILS to us at: Singletrack Advocates, PO Box 240574, Anchorage, AK 99524.

Let’s give it one more big push and raise the rest of the money to build a showcase singletrack trail!

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Illegal stunts damage FNBP

Renegade stunt builders started cutting trees and attempting to build a wooden, banked turn in Far North Bicentennial Park last fall. They also built a dirt jump, but didn't get far before the snow fell. The damage they caused is now emerging from the snow, and people are starting to complain to the Parks & Rec department.

One trail user went to this week's meeting of the Far North Bicentennial Park user group to show photos of the vandalism, and to express concern that it poses a hazard to other park users, especially since the unauthorized project resulted in holes that were later hidden by snow.

If you know who is involved, or if you are among those building the structures, please make it stop. Please disassemble and clean up the debris. Then find an area that may be suitable for building these kinds of features, make a plan, learn what it will take to build it. Contact Singletrack Advocates. Contact the Parks & Recreation Department. Get a permit and build some legal structures.

But don't step on the goodwill that has been built by others who have worked to get other user groups together so that we can have legal, sustainable, challenging singletrack right here in Anchorage.

Mountain bikers who are available to do volunteer work during National Trails Day on June 7 might consider offering to clean up this site.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Bike commuters unite!

There’s a new cycling organization in town, one that advocates for safe bicycle use and sharing the road. The Bicycle Commuters Alliance of Anchorage solicits members to give voice to the scores of cyclists forsaking the high price of gas for the practical and recreation benefits of commuting to work. Learn more about BCAA at www.anchoragebicyclealliance.org.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Tank Trail citations

Fort Richardson MPs are issuing citations to unregistered users of the Tank Trail. A couple of weekends ago they set up a post and wrote tickets to recreational users one by one. These folks got off with a warning but, according to military police, the penalties are as follows:

1st offense: Ban for 1 year (this applies base-wide to all property on Fort Rich, including the base itself)
2nd offense: Ban for 5 years (base-wide)
3rd offense: Ban for life (base-wide)

How to Obtain a Permit
1. To use the Tank Trail or any other Fort Rich property for recreational purposes you must obtain a USAG-AK Recreational Access Permit available at the main Fort Richardson Gate. Permits are good for 2 years from the issue date and must be carried with you. For information call 384-0296 or 384-2916.
2. Check in by calling the USARTRAK automated system BEFORE entering the training lands and you will need your RAP number to access the system. The system provides daily training closures. The Phone Access System number is 384-3181.
3. Check out upon leaving the training lands for the day. Call the USARTRAK number and enter your RAP number for automated check-out. 384-3181.

For more information, click here.