*FCC FACEBOOK WEEKLY WRAP-UP**(An anti-social media compendium for our non-Facebook members)*
*ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION ADVOCACY OPPORTUNITY*Anyone want to represent the FCC with the Active Transportation Coalition? The coalition strives to make Alaska friendlier to cycling and pedestrians.
Julius Adolfsson to Fairbanks Cycle Club Jan 7 Hello all, Please find the invitation to our next Active Transportation Coalition below. I hope to see you there!
Jan. 14 @ Noon. Statewide Active Transportation Advocates meet to discuss actions to create a more bike- and walk-friendly Alaska. Agenda items will include suggestions for state administrative code changes being developed by Fairbanks Area Surface Transportation (FAST) Planning, the proposed non-motorized plan proposed by Anchorage Metropolitan Area Transportation Solutions (AMATS), an overview of Complete Streets in practice and policy, and topics for the Alaska Outdoor Week Annual Fly-In.
Julius Adolfsson Planner II, Statewide Bike and Pedestrian Coordinator, Rural Transit Planner
*LAEL RIDES ALASKA*Looking for inspiration? Check out Lael Wilcox’s new 17-minute video “Lael Rides Alaska.” Lael gave a talk at Beaver Sports last summer after she and her partner/filmmaker Rue finished riding the Dalton Highway.
As Lael says about biking in the video: “Anyone can start or end an adventure from home.”
Check it out and then get out!
*ALL ABOUT THE BIKEPACKING WORLD*If you’re into bikepacking, Bikepacking.com tries to keep you updated on everything happening.
Shared from BIKEPACKING.com Jan 6 We’re seeing more and more bikepacking events popping up all over the world each year. From workshops and clinics to major self-supported races and group rides, we do our best to keep track of these in our events calendar. We’re busy updating the 2021 listings and need your help in making sure it’s up to date. Find details on how to submit your event, plus key stats from previous years here…
*RIDING 1,0000 MILES ACROSS ALASKA*Awesome write-up of an even awesomer feat. Riding 1,000 across Alaska in winter…more than a century ago!
*NEWS ON SATELLITE COMMUNICATION DEVICES*This post seems timely to share. The Garmin inReach series is popular in Fairbanks. Several Fairbanksans have recently discovered that if you don’t regularly “sync and update” your inReach, you can run into a variety of communication problems. Not something you want to find out in the field. So, if you have an inReach make sure to regularly update it. Anyone know of any quirks to the inReach or any other satellite devices?
Shared form BIKEPACKING.com Jan 5 In our latest video, Neil dives into the world of satellite messengers, explaining their features, the differences between one-way and two-way devices, and the pros and cons of carrying one while cycling. He also reviews the Garmin InReach Mini and touches on a few other devices that are available on the market today…
*NEW YEAR, NEW BIKE TRIP*Chilly temperatures and a dead truck didn’t put a damper on this first fatbiking cabin trip of the year.
*VISION ZERO FOR FAIRBANKS?*Vision Zero is “a strategy to eliminate all traffic fatalities and severe injuries, while increasing safe, healthy, equitable mobility for all.” And “all” includes cyclists and pedestrians. Anchorage has started Vision Zero planning (see the article). Who wants to advocate for Fairbanks Vision Zero planning?
Shared from Walk/Bike Alaska Jan 3 From Terry Snyder “Vision Zero is by no means impossible in small cities, there is just a different path to success. Instead of the top-down approach employed by many large cities, advocates in small cities may need to search out their own solutions to help local officials see the light. To do that, advocates will need to reach out to larger Vision Zero Cities, educate themselves, and change local standards to meet their small city’s needs.
Residents of smaller cities looking to take up Vision Zero should first aim to learn their local processes. Getting involved early in a corridor study or project design effort is critical. Find the milestones within your local agency design processes where you can influence change, work your way onto advisory committees, or ask agencies to put their bicycle and pedestrian advisory committee members on consultant selection panels and steering committees for projects and plans.
Another important step is advocating for changes to local standards. A common default position by road designers is that they “follow federal standards” for street design. But these are only guidelines, and small cities may adopt their own standards. There is no federal mandate for vehicle level of service, speed limits, or motor vehicle lane widths. Advocating for change in these local standards is important, and full of potential. Change may require only a few votes of a city council.”
Writer Don Kostelec has done some great work with the borough and cities in Alaska. Worthwhile article to read in the community’s efforts to make roads and streets safer for all ages.
*CR2R ON WAITLIST NOW*Were you planning to enter the CR2R but hadn’t done it yet? Well, it filled up in a hurry! But you can still get on the waitlist. This is a great way to do a supported 25- or 50-mile fatbike ride on some outstanding trails in the Chena River State Recreation Area. Get on the waitlist here: ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=81552
Shared from Chena River to Ridge Jan 2 The race is full! I was having some issues earlier, but the waitlist function should be up and running!!! Sorry about that! So, get on the waitlist if you’re still interested!
*BEAVER SPORTS THURSDAY RIDES*Beaver Sports has free Thursday Night fat bike rides! They start at 5pm at Beaver Sports. Call the store for more details (479-2494).
*FCC RESOURCES*We’ve got lots of useful stuff on our website, including a bunch of information under our Resources dropdown menu: –National and International Cycling Advocacy Groups –Tanana Valley State Forest Roads –Winter Riding Tips –Maps Archive
See those and more under Resources at: www.fairbankscycleclub.org/