Anchorage Participates in 6th Bike to Work Day this Friday, May 21
Bike event promotes clean air, alternative transportation and healthy lifestyles
Contact: Allison Biastock
Friday, May 21 marks the 6th year that Anchorage residents will bike to work in support of cleaner air and a healthier community. Over 120 worksite teams encompassing 1,600 riders have already signed up to participate in this year’s event.
Bike to Work Day began in 1956 with the League of American Bicyclists. This year, Bike to Work Week, May 17-21, and Bike to Work Day are being observed by communities across the country. The day is a chance for commuters to leave their cars at home and to help reduce local traffic congestion and improve air quality. In addition, the increased physical activity of biking is a step in the direction of creating a healthier community.
Recently the Municipality of Anchorage was named as a “Bike Friendly Community” by the League of American Bicyclists and received recognition in Bicycling magazine as one of the top 50 bike-friendly cities in the United States.
“As a regular bicycle commuter, I think Bike to Work Day is a great way to get more Anchorage residents out of their cars and onto their bikes” said Brian Litmans, President of Bicycle Commuters of Anchorage. “By participating in Bike to Work Day, they see how easy and fun it is to bike instead of being in your car dealing with the traffic on our roads during the morning and afternoon commute.”
“Biking to work is a great chance for bikers who have never considered riding to work to get out there,” said event organizer Anne Schlapia, with the DHHS Air Quality program. “We encourage new riders to seek guidance from friends or co-workers who are familiar with bike commuting the help ensure a smooth ride.”
This year there are several free, community events occurring on Friday, May 21 in celebration of Bike to Work Day:
- 7:00 - 9:00 am: The Bacon Station, sponsored by the Bicycle Commuters of Anchorage and the Spenard Roadhouse. East Chester Park (corner of New Seward and East 20th Avenue): Coffee, treats, bacon and more.
- The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium and Southcentral Foundation will host three events on Friday on the Alaska Native Medical Center campus at the Consortium Office Building (corner of Tudor and Elmore, adjacent to bike trails).
- 7:00 – 9:00 am: Biker’s Breakfast with coffee and treats for riders
- 12:00: Bike Blessing
- 4:30 - 6:30 pm: Biker Bash! Pizza, games, prizes and live music for the whole family
- Worried about working up a sweat on your ride? The Alaska Club will offer free showers to anyone who brings in his/her bike helmet to a club location on Friday. All day.
After Bike to Work Day, participants can fill out a survey on the DHHS webpage and register to win one of several great prizes. For more information, please call DHHS at 343-4619 or visit http://www.muni.org/biketowork