*FCC FACEBOOK WEEKLY WRAP-UP* *(An anti-social media compendium for our non-Facebook members)*
*FATBIKE RIDES OFFERED*FCC will offer a beginner-friendly fatbike tour of trails south of Chena Hot Springs Road on February 27. The ride will offer two loops so that people can choose a 5- or 10-mile option. Read more here: www.fairbankscycleclub.org/2022/02/love-road-tour-to-kick-off-2022-fcc-fatty-tours-on-feb-27/
*Weekly Fatbike Rides*Remember that there are a few weekly free guided fatbike rides being offered. Beaver Sports has a low-key, no-drop ride on Thursdays (starting at 5pm). Goldstream Sports has two A-rides, one on Tuesdays (starting at 7pm) and one on Saturdays (starting at 8am). The A-rides are for people who want to go hard and probably get their butt kicked! Call either store for more details.
Also, please remember while out riding to minimize bothering moose as much as possible. They are incredibly stressed and exhausted after our recent unprecedented snow and rain storms. Just try plowing through the snow off trail. That ice crust makes a hard task even harder. If possible, turn around rather than chase moose off the trail.
*A REASON TO EXPLORE HOMER FATBIKE TRAILS*Want to ride some fatbike trails on the Kenai Peninsula? Here’s a good excuse! The festival begins on Friday, April 8.
Shared from BIKEPACKING.com
Held by the Homer Cycling Club, this year’s Big Fat Bike Festival adds a bikepacking element to the ride. Find all the details here…
*CALL TO ACTION: SUPPORT MORE LONG-DISTANCE ROUTES*If you support the BOLT Act to create more long-distance routes, write to our legislators. Adventure Cycling has a handy-dandy letter form for you to sign and adapt. Or you can write on your own. Here’s our legislators’ contact info:
Sen. Murkowski: www.murkowski.senate.gov/contact
Sen. Sullivan www.sullivan.senate.gov/contact
Rep. Young donyoung.house.gov/contact/
Shared from Adventure Cycling Association
Do you want more long-distance, off-road routes to explore in the coming years? Write to your member of Congress and let them know the BOLT Act is important to you.
*SIGNS OF AN ANGRY MOOSE*Considering the problems people have been having this winter with moose, here’s a couple of webpages with information on how to determine if a moose is getting angry and what to do about it.
*WARNING ABOUT BIKER HERDS*Fat bikers are becoming a danger in the Fairbanks area!
*ADVOCACY TOOLS FOR CYCLISTS*This advocacy toolbox had good advice that’s applicable to anything cycle-related, not just bikepacking. Here’s a direct link to the page: www.bikepackingroots.org/advocacy-toolbox-for-bikepackers.html
Shared from Bikepacking Roots
The Advocacy Toolbox for Bikepackers is now out in the wild and available for you to use! Over the past week we’ve shared 5 tools for communicating your voice to your representatives, including writing a letter, making a phone call, attending a meeting, writing an LTE or OpEd, and using social media. For the whole toolbox, including talking points for bikepackers, visit the Advocacy Toolbox webpage. Link in Bio.
The BOLT Act that we shared about a couple weeks ago is making progress towards Congress, and we’re working on an opportunity with @adventurecycling to call on you – bikepackers – to help us increase opportunities for biking on long-distance trails. Stay tuned! Thank you to @rideshimano for their support of this project!
*COMMENT OPPORTUNITY ON STATEWIDE TRANSPORTATION*Another opportunity to comment, this time on statewide transportation planning. Please speak up for yourself and all cyclists. Take the survey. Planners need to hear from us.
Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities Feb 3 How would you spend Alaska’s transportation dollars? DOT&PF is planning the transportation system for the next 25 years with the Statewide Long-Range Transportation Plan and Freight Plan and we want to hear your ideas. Take a short survey to make your voice heard and learn more here: arcg.is/rDOTq
*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/