*FCC FACEBOOK WEEKLY WRAP-UP* *(An anti-social media compendium for our non-Facebook members)*
*STATEWIDE TRANSPORTATION SURVEY*Remember to speak up for cycling and other forms of transportation regarding the Statewide Long Range Transportation Plan. Take the survey. Planners need to hear from you. You have until Feb 25.
In a previous survey in 2021, more than 2,400 Alaskans responded. For Interior Alaska “Lack of Walking/Biking Paths” was listed as third in the “Top Transportation Challenges.” And “More Walking/Biking Facilities” was listed as third under “Priorities.”
So keep speaking up. Keep participating in surveys. If we don’t, planners won’t think cycling is important.
Take the survey here: www.surveymonkey.com/r/WTX6BSX
To find out more about the plan go here: alaskamoves2050.com/
*EARLY REGISTRATION FOR THE TRC ENDS SOON*Shared from Tanana River Challenge
Early registration ends Feb 28th! Sign-up before the price increase and before the race fills up! tananariverchallenge.org/registration/
*BIKE BUS!*Here’s an idea. “Bike buses” are when groups of people — adults and kids — ride to school as a group to enhance safety. Plus it’s a lot of fun to ride with others!
Shared from Active Towns Profiles by John Simmerman 5d · More bike train bliss…
*WINTER BIKEPACKING/RACING PRESENTATION*Sounds interesting! Iditarod Trail Invitational competitor Fletcher Yancey shares what lead him to compete, tips on winter cycling & bike packing, and how to prepare for the grueling work of ultra marathons.
Event by Beaver Sports MONDAY, Feb 21, at 5:30 PM – 7 PM 3480 College Rd, Fairbanks, AK 99709-3700, United States Duration: 1 hr 30 min
The Iditarod Trail Invitational is one of the most challenging experiences on the planet. Participants brave extreme physical, environmental and mental challenges as they travel along the historic Iditarod Trail on bicycle, foot or skis. Requiring self-sufficiency and the considerable resilience to make it through up to 30 frozen days and nights, the Iditarod Trail Invitational has built its reputation on notoriously inhospitable conditions and minimal outside support. For its participants, the ITI is a measure of human willpower like no other.
*EARLY REGISTRATION FOR ARCTIC TRIATHLON SERIES*For you tri fans, it’s time to start thinking about summer!
Shared from Arctic Triathlon Series Feb 16 Still on the fence about signing up for Arctic Triathlon Series 2022 events? Everyone who registers by February 22 is automatically entered in a random drawing for a $25 Visa gift card. Every race you enter is another chance to win.
All races are linked here: arctic-triathlon-series.weebly.com/
*ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION FUNDING*The Bicycle and Pedestrian Program of the Federal Highway Administration has a whole website about active transportation funding opportunities. Check it out here: www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/bicycle_pedestrian/resources/atfft/
*DOGPACKING? CRATEPACKING?*People find all sorts of things to do with and on their bikes!
Shared from BIKEPACKING.com
Newbie dogpackers Cass and Huesos share their experiences—and experiments—in cratepacking. Read on to find all the details of their current setup and those they aspire to, along with a selection of photos from recent dirt road rambles in Oaxaca, Mexico…
*FIRST LADY VOLUNTEER NOMINATIONS SOUGHT*Alaska First Lady Rose Dunleavy has opened the nomination period for the 2022 First Lady’s Volunteer Awards. If you know of a deserving volunteer, check it out. gov.alaska.gov/newsroom/2022/02/10/first-lady-opens-nomination-period-for-2022-volunteer-awards/
*WINTER BIKE COMMUTING*If you aren’t bike commuting in winter, here’s an article to get you thinking. It’s from Minnesota, but it’s got tips relevant to interior Alaska. We have more tips here:
Great quote from the article: ““I don’t bike every day to torture myself, I bike to feel good.”
*ARTICLE ON CYCLE MONOPOLIES*Interesting story about big bike brands buying up independent bike shops. The author takes a while to get to the meat of the story. Here’s the upshot:
“Once the independents are gone, then it will be basically impossible to introduce new independent brands into the market. There will be a few big bike conglomerates like Trek, Giant and Specialized, who do various parts of manufacturing, retail, distribution component production, and assembly, and there will be SRAM and Shimano. And that’s it.”
*50+ CYCLING SURVEY *The Mineta Transportation Institute is conducting a survey to gather thoughts and preferences about cycling among adults, 50 years old and older. The survey takes about 10-12 minutes and is anonymous. If you’d like to participate, see the survey here: survey.alchemer.com/s3/6365205/50-Cycling-Survey-Summer-2021-to-winter-2022
Here’s an AARP article on the results of a previous survey: www.aarp.org/livable-communities/getting-around/info-2020/50-plus-cycling-survey.html
*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/