*FCC FACEBOOK WEEKLY WRAP-UP* *(An anti-social media compendium for our non-Facebook members)*
*FAST CONSIDERS WINTER MAINTENANCE FOR NON-MOTORIZED PATHS*Good story on the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on FAST Planning’s possible pilot project to “either groom or compact the snow” on non-motorized paths. It was described by transportation coordinator Olivia Lunsford.
–“I’ve often heard that the trails aren’t used during the winter, but it’s really a chicken or an egg scenario,” Lunsford said. “The paths aren’t maintained in the winter, so if we can find a way, we could use data for those conversations to show if they are maintained, they are used by people.”
The concept would involve compacting and grading up to one or two miles of pathways. It would be a constant process, Lunsford said.–
*PROJECT TO WIDEN PARKS HIGHWAY SHOULDER*The Department of Transportation is collecting public comment on a project to reconstruct the Parks Highway between MP 206-209. The project includes “widening the roadway to add shoulders.” This is south of Cantwell in the Broad Pass area. A wider shoulder makes for safer cycling. If you support this effort, please send a quick comment and mention your support of projects that make cycling safer.
*SIGN-ON LETTER TO ADVOCATE FOR REDUCED EMISSIONS*The LAB is advocating for a new rule to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. “One way would be by making biking and walking safer and easier!” If you support this action, the LAB has an easy sign-on letter. A link is in the article.
Shared from League of American Bicyclists Aug 30 A new Greenhouse Gas Performance Measure would require states to set a target to reduce emissions by transportation trips. We need your voice calling for U.S. Department of Transportation to finalize it quickly — and incentivize making #biking and #walking safer and easier »
*REVIEW OF BIKE TRACKING DEVICES*We’ve had quite a few reports of stolen bikes this summer. If you leave your bike in places where it can be stolen, you might want to consider a bike tracking device. Earlier this year, Bicycling.com did a good review of several devices.
*RIDE LIKE THE DUTCH*It would be awesome if we could make a huge dent in climate change just by getting more people to replace lots of car trips with cycle trips. Besides the environmental benefits, people would be healthier and happier. It’s within reason. The Dutch used to be much more motorized-focus.
Sunday, September 18, starting at noon Meet at Patty Center parking lot
*CYCLING VIDEOS FOR BEGINNERS*New to cycling? The League of American Bicyclists has some helpful videos.
Shared from League of American Bicyclists
Just started biking? Welcome to the 🚲 family! Know your bike basics before you head out on the road. From tips on performing an ABC Quick Check to basic road rules, we’ve got you covered — in both English and Spanish — with our new Smart Cycling videos ➡️ www.youtube.com/bikeleague
*FCC RESOURCES*We’ve got lots of useful stuff on our website, including a bunch of information on our Resources page and under our Resources dropdown menu: –Bikeways Fairbanks cycling map –Info on Alaska cycling laws –Tanana Valley State Forest Roads –National and International Cycling Advocacy Groups –Winter Riding Tips –Maps Archive
See those and more under Resources at: www.fairbankscycleclub.org/