*FCC FACEBOOK WEEKLY WRAP-UP* *(An anti-social media compendium for our non-Facebook members)*
*GRANTS AVAILABLE FOR BIKE/PED SAFETY*Alaska Highway Safety Office is soliciting grants including for “Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety”:
The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) through its Highway Safety Office (AHSO) funds grants which address specific traffic safety priority areas that include:
Impaired Driving, Police Traffic Services, Speed, Distracted and Aggressive Driving, Roadway Safety, Occupant Protection, Child Passenger Safety, Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety, Motorcycle Safety, Traffic Records, and Community Traffic Safety.
Grants may be awarded for assisting the Alaska Highway Safety Office in addressing traffic Safety deficiencies, expansion of an ongoing activity, or development of new program of intervention.
Grant Application Period 03/29/2021 – 4/30/2021, 5:00 p.m., Alaska Time
Grant Application instructions, application information and link to webinar can be found at: www.dot.state.ak.us/stwdplng/hwysafety/forms.shtml
Webinar is not mandatory, but is strongly recommended.
*CALL FOR TRANSPORTATION ALTERNATIVES ADVOCACY*Here’s a simple way you can advocate for more cycle-friendly projects.
Shared from League of American Bicyclists March 29 2021 can be a transformational year to make biking better – if we ride the momentum of the surge in biking and speak up in Washington. One way we can build a more Bicycle Friendly America for everyone is by improving the Transportation Alternatives program, which provides 50 percent of all federal funds for bicycling and walking. Take action alongside the League and other advocates for safer streets and better biking today for better biking tomorrow:
*DUATHLON THIS SATURDAY*The bike/ski duathlon is this Saturday! You must register before the event. Looks like there won’t be a lack of snow!
Details –UAF Ski Hut –Saturday at 9 AM AKDT
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 April 3, 2021 at 9:00am
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@example.com) Community folks can rent a bike from Goldstream Sports (Call the shop at 907-455-6520) You must do this in advance!
General(public/university affiliates) registration is $40 and student registration is $10. Each member of a relay team must register individually. Register through mynookrec.uaf.edu/
Direct link tinyurl.com/hzx6bu6a
*INTERIOR TRAILS NEWSLETTER NEW ISSUE *The most recent issue of the Interior Trails Newsletter is out. If you want to get on the distribution list, contact Eric Troyer at fbxtrails (at) gmail.com. Please put “Request ITN” in the subject line. I am also the editor for the monthly statewide Alaska Trails newsletter. If you want to get that newsletter, too, just let me know in the email.
Stories for this issue include: –MINING COMPANY TO EXPLORE PORTION OF ESTER DOME –PROPOSAL WOULD USE TRAILS TO CONNECT FORESTRY ROADS –AGENCIES, GROUPS PLAN WORK TO REPAIR PINNELL TRAIL –INTERACTIVE MAP FOR FAIRBANKS TRAILS PLAN UPDATE GOES LIVE
You can find the issue (as well as back issues) here: www.interioralaskatrails.org/interior-trails-newsletter-archives/
*COMPLETE STREETS LEGISLATION NEEDS ACTION*Here’s a piece of legislation that would help cycling safety. Take action if you support it. Here is contact info for our legislators:
donyoung.house.gov/contact/ www.murkowski.senate.gov/contact www.sullivan.senate.gov/contact/email
Shared from Walk/Bike Alaska March 30 In February, Senator Ed Markey (MA) and Representative Steve Cohen (TN) introduced the Complete Streets Act, a bill that promotes safer and more accessible street design across the United States. Specifically, the measure would create a grant program to fund Complete Streets projects, including technical assistance and capital funding.
Please take a moment to contact your legislators to urge them to cosponsor the Complete Streets Act, so that landscape architects may continue to design safe streets for all
*HIGH SCHOOL BIKE SHOP?*This would be cool to have in Fairbanks!
Shared from PeopleForBikes.org March 27 Like high school auto shop but for bikes, Project Bike Tech is creating a new generation of bicycle advocates nationwide.
“Students who graduate are great basic bike mechanics and excellent employees for any retail job,” said Project Bike Tech Executive Director Mercedes Ross. “They learn everything from why they should be well dressed at work to why they should get there on time.”
*ALL BODIES ON BIKES*Cycles accept a wide variety of shapes and sizes!
Shared from Filmed by Bike March 29 “All Bodies on Bikes” featuring Marley Blonsky and Kailey Kornhauser is now out, by Shimano-Road!
*PROPOSAL WOULD ALLOW ATVS, SNOWMACHINES ON ROADS*Cyclists should keep informed on the recent proposal by the Dunleavy administration to allow ATVs and snowmachines on roads with speed limits of 45mph or less. This would increase motorized traffic on roads and at least some of that traffic would be near the shoulder, where cyclists are required to ride (unless turning).
The proposal has been met with strong concern and criticism, including from users of ATVs and snowmachines. Below is a list of news and opinion pieces about the topic as well as the State of Alaska notice, which includes directions on how to comment. Comment deadline is April 18.
–KUAC: fm.kuac.org/post/state-proposes-allowing-atvs-and-snogos-some-roads –Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: tinyurl.com/4mswb4me –Anchorage Daily News: tinyurl.com/ye2347fa –Dermot Cole: www.dermotcole.com/reportingfromalaska/2021/3/19/klurnnzmw2ct0ma7u91083scpcfpmj –State of Alaska notice: notice.alaska.gov/201795
*TIME TO RE-UP YOUR MEMBERSHIP?*Summer biking is coming soon!
Traditionally April 1 is the “official” start date for FCC memberships. With our new system you can start anytime. So why not start your membership now? That way you can be up to date so you are ready to participate in FCC group rides and races. Membership provides insurance coverage for group rides and includes access to the FCC listserve. In the past, the listserve was open to anyone with an account. As of 2018, only current members can receive listserve notices.
Not sure about a full membership, but want to try out one of our group rides? We’ve also got day memberships available for just $5.
See all membership options on our website. www.fairbankscycleclub.org/membership/
*FNSB BORO TRAILS PLAN UPDATE MAP IS LIVE*Mountain bikers, fatbikers, and anyone else who cares about trails in the Fairbanks-North Star Borough: Make sure your voice is heard on the borough’s trail plan update.
Shared from Fairbanks North Star Borough Parks & Rec March 26 Calling all trail enthusiasts: We need your input! … The Trail Plan Update’s interactive comment map is LIVE! rmconsult.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=98320cf5a44a4bfeaca0182b51df221c
Check out this robust mapping feature that will help you add detailed, location-specific suggestions for local trail issues, needs and ideas. You can use different maps depending on your preference: one is more detailed and complex, and the other more simple. Don’t hesitate to contact the planning team directly if you need help sharing feedback. More info on the planning process at www.fnsbtrailsplan.com