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.