Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Merry Christmas!


Ho, ho, ho. Christmas tree fairies recently decorated a small spruce at the intersection of The Hive and Gasline, so check it out if you're riding or hiking by this week.

Tonight, lights were added! If you're headed that way and want to keep the lights burning, throw some AA batteries and a small Phillips-head screwdriver in your pocket. The strings of lights probably need some fresh power!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Kincaid project update

Greetings and Happy Holidays, Singletrack Advocates!

I have just hit the send button on our 8th grant to support the Kincaid Singletrack Trails Project. To date we have received funding or technical assistance from:

Anchorage Park Foundation
REI, Inc.
National Park Service—Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program

We have applied for and await decisions on the following:

Alaska State Parks, Recreational Trails Program
American Trails Society
Bikes Belong
ConocoPhillips
GCI
Continental Motor Group

The project budget is $200,000 for 9 miles of singletrack in Kincaid Park. Thank you to those of you who have already contributed personally or through your work places. We still have a long way to go. If you can think of any more rocks that I could look under, please send names and contact information my way.

Hope Santa bring us some new trails. Happy Holidays!

Janice

Friday, November 26, 2010

Chugach State Park permits

Chugach State Park is issuing special-use permits for winter fat biking on Middle Fork Trail and other trails as listed on the permits. This special access is for bikes with a minimum tire width of 3.7 inches. Every rider must have his/her own permit and it must be displayed on the bike while on the specified trails.

The permits are free, and can be picked up at park headquarters on the Seward Highway at the southern end of Potter Marsh during regular office hours (M-F 10-12, 1-4). If you send an e-mail to csp@alaska.gov including your name, phone number and e-mail address, they'll prepare your permit before you arrive, and laminate it for you after you sign it in the office.

Don't forget to thank the staff for accommodating fat bikes!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Trail Update

Greetings Singletrack Advocates,

On a recent weekend, six of us sacrificed a weekend to blast up to Fairbanks to check out Jon Underwood’s latest trail project, the Ester Dome Singletrack Trails. For those of you who don’t know, Jon built the Hillside Trails in 2008. Let me just say that since then he has improved his technique. This video says it all: FLOW! Thanks to Joe Campos for videoing the fun and editing this promo. We can’t wait to design and building in Kincaid next summer.

The Parks & Rec Commission passed the preferred concept of the Section 36 Master Plan draft put forward by the Citizen’s Advisory Committee. The next stop is the Planning and Zoning Commission, and from there it might have to go before the Assembly. Stay tuned on this process—we are getting closer to being able to build more trails on the South Hillside. Many thanks to Steering Committee member Steve Ryan for speaking on STA’s behalf at the PRC.

Janice

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Time to give the trails a break

This is a friendly reminder that when the ground freezes at night and thaws during the day, the trail surface becomes like paste, a sticky, icky mess. The STA Trails took a bit of a hit last weekend and earlier this week.

Ride 'em when they're frozen, early in the day, or wait till the temp stays below freezing throughout the day.

Brown Bear and Black Bear were awesome, by the way.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Kincaid Singletrack Approved

Last night the Parks & Recreation Commission approved the Kincaid Singletrack Trails Project. Construction will begin next summer to create about 9-miles of sustainable, multi-use, multi-season trails.

This means that we’re going to have to look under a lot of rocks to find sources of funding. There are two grants that are no longer available to us, grants which funded the lion’s share of the STA Trails on the Hillside. If you know of any grant sources or potential donors to the project, please let me know. Our project budget is $200,000, of which we have raised $27,000. We have a long way to go before we can break ground next summer.

I’d like to thank Lee Bolling for providing the vision and inspiration for this project. Without Lee stepping up to plant the seed for the idea, we never would be at this point.

Congratulations everyone!

—Janice

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Stuck in the Rut

It's the time of year for lovestruck moose, so please be alert on the trails. There was a family of irritated moose spotted on Stinger tonight, with both the cow and the bull quick to chase off anyone invading their privacy or getting too close to the yearling calf.

Several runners and bike riders have reported encounters with edgy ungulates this week, so keep your eyes open and give them a little room for romance!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Buttheads and Bears

Sadly, the tools that were donated and attached to trailhead kiosks back in June proved too tempting for thieves. Someone recently cut through the cable that held a chain tool and hex wrenches to the kiosk at the bottom of Drone Lane, then they took off with the tools. If you break down on the trail and need tools, they are still available at the kiosk at the intersection of Janice's Jive and the Gasline.

Meanwhile, a brown bear sow has been active on the northern section of our trail network—she charged a runner earlier this week—so please be alert and make plenty of noise whenever you're on the trails.

With end-of-the summer vegetation reducing sight lines all over the Hillside, this is an especially good time to use your bear bells or a lot of singing, yelling, etc., to warn bears of your approach. And don't forget to carry your bear spray!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Crunch Time

It's crunch time and we need singletrack supporters to come out and help! There are two important meetings in September--please come to show your support:

1. Sand Lake Community Council Meeting is scheduled for Monday, September 13th, 6:30 p.m., at the Kincaid Chalet. If you live in the Sand Lake Community Council Area please come to this meeting. We will be asking the council for a resolution of support.

2. Parks & Recreation Commission Meeting originally scheduled for September 9th will be pushed back to Thursday, September 23rd, 6 p.m. at the Spenard Rec Center (behind Spenard Builders Supply). This is the most important meeting because you can have the opportunity to make a Public Comment if you wish. This is the meeting when Parks and Rec will decide whether or not the project will go through! Please come!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Meeting canceled

The Parks & Recreation Meeting scheduled for tonight at 6 p.m. has been canceled. They will reschedule our presentation of the Kincaid Singletrack Trails Project soon.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Sand Lake presentation

Greetings, Sand Lake Singletrack Advocates,

On Monday, July 12, Lee Bolling and I will present the Kincaid Singletrack Trails Project to the Sand Lake Community Council. It would be very helpful to have a lot of Sand Lake trail supporters present at the meeting. We will asking the council for a resolution of support, a very critical document for the project approval process. If you have neighbors and friends who would like to see skinny trails and who aren’t necessarily mountain bikers, these trails will be awesome for them, too!

Here are the details:

SAND LAKE COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETING

Monday, July 12th

6:30 p.m.

Kincaid Chalet

Hope to see you there!

Janice

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

What, More Trails?!

Greetings Singletrack Advocates,

I would like you to be in on an exciting new trail proposal that we have cookin’ for your future mountain biking enjoyment. How would you like to see 9 to 10 miles of singletrack built in Kincaid Park next summer? On Thursday, July 8th at 6 p.m. at the Spenard Recreation Center I will present the Kincaid Singletrack Trails Project to the Parks & Recreation Commission as an information item. This is the first time the commission members will have seen the proposal. I and my co-conspirator, Lee Bolling, are preparing a dog-and-pony show that will hopefully go before this same body for approval in August.

Remember “shock and awe?” It would be most helpful to have a lot of mountain bikers show up at this meeting to give a visual showing of support. You do not have to speak. Numbers sometimes speak louder than words. Please, try to come to the meeting. I would appreciate your help.

Ride on!

Janice

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Trail tools

It's been a long quiet spell on the Singletrack Advocates blog site, but summer is here and we're back to keep you updated on happenings and trail projects.

There's a nice addition on the trails this summer, thanks to a brilliant idea from Alex Wilson and the handiwork of John Evingson—not to mention the donation of tools from REI.

When riding the the singletrack network we built on the Hillside two years ago, make a note of the trailside kiosks that have chain tools and hex wrenches attached to them. If you have a minor breakdown and lack your own tools, you can get yourself to one of the tool stations to make a repair.

Thanks to all the folks who made it happen.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Anchorage Bike Plan

Greetings Singletrack Advocates,

There will be a public hearing of the Anchorage Bike Plan before the Anchorage Assembly on Tuesday, March 2, at 6 p.m. at the Loussac Library. It will be vitally important to achieve critical mass of cyclists at this meeting. If you cannot attend, PLEASE send an email message to your assembly member in favor of the bike plan.

Here is the link to the draft plan.

ASSEMBLY MEMBERS:

Chris Birch 346-3265 chrisbirch@gci.net
Matt Claman 350-3105 mattclaman@gmail.com
Dan Coffey 274-3385 274-4258 dancoffey@gci.net
Harriet Drummond 279-7763, 279-7788 harrietdrummond@alaska.com
Chair Patrick Flynn 278-8462 flynnpp@muni.org
Elvi Gray-Jackson 343-4118, Gray-JacksonE@muni.org
Vice Chair Mike Gutierrez 382-5972, gutierrezM@muni.org
Jennifer Johnston 346-1087, jjohnston@gci.net
Debbie Ossiander 688-2308, 343-4113, ossiander@gci.net
Sheila Selkregg 338-3636, selkregg@yahoo.com
Bill Starr 694-5060, 343-4114, 350-5481, starrwe@muni.org

Friday, January 15, 2010

Winter Trail Etiquette

It’s been a beautiful winter and many of you have been out enjoying the trails on your new snow bikes. Since there is a learning curve to most things, we wanted to post this announcement about trail etiquette.

Thank you for being courteous to other trail users and for refraining from riding on ski-only and mushing trails. The new sign posts are marked with appropriate uses now, so knowing which trail is multiuse has never been easier. Mushing trails are particularly risky for poaching. The dogs run fast and silently, and they can seem to come out of nowhere. These trails are maintained by the Alaska Sled Dog Racing Association and they have been in heavy use this season. ASDRA says that mushers do train on their trails at night for long distance racing, particularly when daytime temperatures rise. In that situation, training is best done at night, when it’s colder.

There is a growing concern in Chugach State Park. There were a limited number of permits distributed to study the impact of winter riding. Granted, there are other users that punch through the snow, but we can do our part to make relationships better. The lobby to keep us out of Chugach State Park is large and vocal.

STA is producing a reminder card with trail etiquette points. These will soon be distributed in bike shops and made available at special events.

Thanks. Be kind and enjoy your ride!

WINTER RIDING ETIQUETTE

Avoid Freshly Groomed Trails—Refrain from riding until they harden.

Ride Multi-Use Trails—Winter biking is prohibited on ski-only and mushing trails.

Wider Wheels = Easier Riding—Fat tires improve flotation.

If In Doubt, Let Air Out—Over-inflated tires dig ruts into soft snow.

Be Courteous—Yield to other users. Signal to pass.

Uphill Traffic Has the Right-of-Way.