*FCC FACEBOOK WEEKLY WRAP-UP* *(An anti-social media compendium for our non-Facebook members)*
*BIKE POLICIES HAPPENING ACROSS THE NATION*Great succinct article by PeopleForBikes!
Shared from PeopleForBikes.org Feb 25 5 Bills Every Bike Advocate Should Care About: The five policies highlighted below represent shifts in the way America is making recreation and active transportation decisions.
*DUATHLON SET FOR MAR 24*Woohoo! A bike race! Well, one that also makes you run with boards strapped to your feet, but still a bike race!
Event by Fairbanks Spring Duathlon UAF Ski Hut Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 6 PM AKDT Price: Free Public · Anyone on or off Facebook
The 2nd annual Fairbanks Spring Duathlon hosted by Nanook Recreation and presented by Goldstream Sports!
Fat bike on some ski trails that have never allowed fat biking before! Sign up for this unique duathlon event with a 5k cross-country ski followed by a 10k fat bike ride! The minimum tire width must be 3.8″!
Sign up as an individual to do both events back to back. Or do it as a relay! Men, women, and co-ed divisions in the relay race. Men and women’s divisions in the individual duathlon. The start, transition, and finish line will be at the UAF Ski Hut.
The event is on March 24, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.
Proceeds from the event go to benefit the UAF Trails Club.
Want to race but need a bike? Students can reserve a bike from UAF Green Bikes (Email Christi at [email protected]) Community folks can rent a bike from Goldstream Sports (Call the shop at 907-455-6520) You must do this in advance!. Looking forward to a great evening race! Stay tuned for registration costs and details!
*UPDATE ON FAIRBANKS-AREA PLANS, LAWS*Several things are happening right now that will affect cycling in the Fairbanks area for many years: A non-motorized plan update, a proposed change to state cycling laws, and an update to the borough trails plan. Read more here.
*VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS BIKERAFTING*Starting to hear more about bikerafting. New Zealand now has a “course” for training.
Shared from BIKEPACKING.com Feb 25 Helen’s Journey is a new video from Deane Parker that follows 68-year-old Helen as she makes her way through New Zealand’s first-ever bikerafting course. It’s a motivational story of finding adventure and learning a new skill regardless of your age. Watch it here, along with an introduction from Deane…
*SULLIVAN CO-SPONSORS ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION BILL*Just read this in an Alaska Outdoor Alliance newsletter!
Promising News for Active Transportation
Alaska Senator Dan Sullivan is co-sponsoring Connecting America’s Active Transportation System Act which would provide $500 million annually for a federal competitive grant program to help communities and regions build connected active-transportation routes—trails, sidewalks, bikeways and other infrastructure—to ensure people can get where they want to go safely by foot, bike or wheelchair.
For more about Connecting America’s Active Transportation System Act:
To connect with Statewide Active Transportation Group email to [email protected] and ask to be put on the Active Transportation listserv
*FATBIKEHUNTER*A Facebook group about using bikes to go hunting? Of course there is.
*1928 BLACK FEMALE BIKE ADVENTURE*Here’s an interesting bit of cycling history.
Shared from Adventure Cycling Association Feb 23 Five women take on a three-day, 250-mile bicycle trip in 1928! Why? For their love of the great outdoors, of course.
*BORO TRAILS PLAN UPDATE SEEKING COMMENT*If you’re a mountain biker or otherwise use our area trails, now is the time to let your voice be heard on the Fairbanks North Star Borough Comprehensive Recreational Trail Plan update. The borough Trails Advisory Commission had one Zoom meeting already and another is set up for Mar 1 to discuss trails in specific areas.
Check out the new Trail Plan website at www.fnsbtrailsplan.com/. Meeting links and info on the website.
(This is different from the non-motorized plan update that is also happening now.)
*BIKING/RUNNING CHALLENGE BENEFITS FOUNDATION*From the Chena River to Ridge: Some good info on how the Be Good Foundation came to be. Rebecca’s Giddy Up Challenge benefits this foundation and it’s worth checking out. Open to runners and cyclists, we will be giving away three entries to this event.
Shared from Be Good Foundation 23h · Instagram · How did The Be Good Foundation come to be? . During Rebecca Rusch’s journey down the Ho Chi Minh trail for the production of the documentary, Blood Road, she was able to observe the staggering impact bombs left on the landscape of Southeast Asia and the enormous threat of landmine and UXO (unexploded ordinance or bombs) contamination that still plagues these countries. After seeing this devastation, Rebecca was pulled to return to Laos so she could help. During her return, she meets with Mine Advisory Group (MAG), a 501 (c)3 that helps keep land safe for schools, farms, and basic infrastructure around the world by removing landmines, unexploded ordnance (UXO), providing risk education (MRE) sessions, and helping control light arms and munitions. She also met with Article 22, an ethical jewelry company which works with Laotian artisans to create handcrafted jewelry from Vietnam War shrapnel. . Through this experience, Rebecca was able to learn more about the efforts of these two organizations and how she can continue to work towards making Laos a safer place. To watch the video “Bombs Journey” click on the link below 🇱🇦💣
*DAWSON TO NOME – JUST BEFORE FATBIKES*Here’s an incredible story! Why have we not heard more about this?! Dawson to Nome – pre-fatbike days but in this century. And one of the stars is Fairbanks tough guy Andy Sterns! (46-min video)
*ARE YOU PREPARED?*Good thing to keep in mind anytime you’re going out for an overnight or even just a long day ride.
Shared from Bureau of Land Management – Alaska Feb 19 It’s 30 below zero 😰 in the BLM-White Mountains National Recreation Area and the weather is getting bad. Your snow machine/fat bike/skis fail you and you’re on foot. Do you have the stuff with you to make it back safely?
*BIKE LOCKING TIPS*This 7-min video is aimed at bikepackers, but it has good tips for bikers doing errands in town, too.
Shared from BIKEPACKING.com Feb 16 How do you secure your bike while bikepacking or touring? There are many ways to go about it, some far more secure than others. In our latest video, Neil walks through a few creative solutions, as well as more robust security measures that we’ve used over the years…
*SPEAK UP ON NON-MOTORIZED PLAN UPDATE*Now is the time to be heard! Speak up about the Non-Motorized Plan update!
Shared event from Fairbanks Area Surface Transportation Planning
Feb 19 at 12 PM AKST – Mar 5 at 12 PM AKST Price: Free · Duration: 14 days Public · Anyone on or off Facebook
📰 News item! Ready to make a difference in your community? FAST Planning’s ✨ Draft ✨ Non-motorized Plan Update “Connect Fairbanks” is now out for public comment!
👉🏽 If you bike, wheel, walk, run, skate, ski, or use the non-motorized network in Fairbanks any time of the year (or haven’t yet, but would like to someday), this involves you!
🌐 Go to the project website page to view the full plan, find the comment form, and interact/comment on the project map! 👍🏽You can also support and “like” other people’s comments on the map!
📅 This public comment period will be open for 30-days and extends to 03/19/2021 (Facebook events cannot run longer than 2 weeks, so don’t let the dates above confuse you!).
*BEAVER SPORTS THURSDAY RIDES*Beaver Sports usually 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/