Story last updated at 5/13/2009 - 11:29 am
SITKA - Want to have fewer $50 gas fill-ups and get healthy at the same time? The SEARHC Health Promotion and Injury Prevention programs are teaming up with Yellow Jersey Cycle Shop, the University of Alaska Southeast-Sitka Campus and the Sitka Bicycle Friendly Community Coalition to promote National Bike To Work Week on May 11-15 in Sitka.
There are several excellent reasons to bike to work or school in Sitka, which is Alaska's only official Bicycle Friendly Community. Most employees live within five miles of their workplaces, gas prices are expensive and there are important health benefits. During National Bike To Work Week there will be more incentives to ride.
Sitka cyclists who bike to work or school during the week can stop by Yellow Jersey Cycle Shop and enter once per day they make the bike commute. Share the Road stickers also will be available at Yellow Jersey. The winning ticket will be drawn at the Julie Hughes Triathlon on Saturday, May 16, and the winner will receive a $100 gift certificate to Yellow Jersey.
The University of Alaska Southeast-Sitka Campus also will host a free pancake breakfast for bike commuters from 7-8:30 a.m. on Friday, May 15, which is National Bike To Work Day. This year's local spokespeople for Sitka's National Bike To Work Week events are Jeff Johnston and Matt Hunter.
All cyclists should follow a few basic safety rules, such as staying off all sidewalks, riding with traffic, signaling all turns, and wearing a helmet and reflective gear. Sitka city code requires all cyclists age 18 or younger to wear a bike helmet.
National Bike To Work Week events are held nationwide and across the state, including Juneau, Fairbanks and Anchorage. The month of May also serves as National Bike Month, http://www.bikemonth.org/. The League of American Bicyclists sponsors events the entire month and even makes grants available for communities wanting to promote local events.
For more information on Sitka bike events and creating your own local Bike To Work Week programs, contact Doug Osborne at 966-8734 or firstname.lastname@example.org.