*FCC FACEBOOK WEEKLY WRAP-UP*(An anti-social media compendium for our non-Facebook members)
*BIKE-HUNTING IN THE ALASKA RANGE*Bikes, hunting, climate change, great photography. There’s a lot packed in this not-too-long, Alaska-based article.
Shared from BIKEPACKING.com Nov 6 This past fall, Bjørn Olson and three others rode their bikes into the mountains of the Alaska Range to hunt Caribou and harvest wild food for the winter. Read his story about their trip and what it means to hunt and gather for sustenance in the 21st century…
*LOW-WASTE BIKEPACKING*Tips to Reduce and Reuse while rolling.
Shared from BIKEPACKING.com Nov 5 Our new Guide to Low-Waste Bikepacking: Convenience has become so highly prized that we often seek it without a second thought, even in our outdoor adventures. If you’re disheartened with all the packaging that seems to accompany your pursuit of the simple life, check out this guide for hints and tips for reducing the trash you create on your next bikepacking trip…
*CHENA RIVER TO RIDGE*Yeah! One of the premier multi-sport races in the Interior! Even if you’re not into racing, it’s a great reason to go out and ride in the Chena River State Recreation Area.
Shared from Chena River to Ridge Nov 5 Registration will open January 1! More details to follow, but mark your calendars. This one will fill up quickly…
*QUICK AND EASY BIKEPACKING *This short, fun video is a reminder that bikepacking can be a quick overnighter. Though maybe when it’s a tad bit warmer.
Shared from International Mountain Bicycling Association Nov 4 Does the election have you stressed, excited, anxious, or all of the above? Pack a bag and hop on your mountain bike for a mid-week bikepacking adventure with a couple of friends! 😉 Watch Pinkbike’s video for inspiration! 🎥
*KEEPING THE BIKE BOOM BOOMING*Ponderings on how to keep the bike boom going.
Shared from League of American Bicyclists Oct 29 More people are biking right now and we love it. How do we keep people riding into the future? Advocacy plays a big role. “A federal agenda focused on making biking safer and more affordable just might keep Americans on the saddle this time around.” That’s why the League works everyday on Capitol Hill to ensure the rights and needs of people who bike are represented.
*WINTER MAINTENANCE AFFECTED BY BUDGETS*If you missed the Fairbanks Winter Maintenance Forum last week, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner had a story on it.
From City of Fairbanks Public Works Director Jeff Jacobson:
“My staffing level at public works for the last 30 years has not increased one position,” Jacobson said during the meeting. “But the amount of roads and sidewalks we maintain has gone up exponentially.”
From Dan Schacher, Fairbanks district superintendent for the state Department of Transportation:
In the past five years, the department’s budget was cut by 31%. As a result, they closed five maintenance stations and lost some equipment and personnel, he said.
In other words, don’t be surprised if it takes a while — maybe a long while — before some roads, sidewalks, bike paths, and trailhead parking areas are cleared of snow. It’s a bummer, but that’s the reality of shrinking budgets and stable or even increasing demand.
*WANT TO CREATE A SAFE ROUTE?*Got an idea for creating a safe route to a nearby park? The Safe Routes Partnership can help. It would also a good idea to touch base with Fairbanks Area Surface Transportation:
Shared from Safe Routes Partnership Oct 30 Ready to make great parks in your community more accessible for people walking, biking, or taking transit? Applications for the 2021 Safe Routes to Parks Activating Communities program open November 9! Mark your calendars with these important dates and start preparing your application: