PUBLISHED: 4:24 PM on Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Bicycle group holds events
SITKA - Sitka residents interested in helping Sitka earn a national Bicycle Friendly Community designation from the League of American Cyclists are invited to two upcoming events on Friday and Saturday, July 20-21.

The first event is a Biking in Sitka lunch-and-learn that takes place from noon to 1 p.m. on Friday, July 20, at the Sitka Community Hospital classroom. The first 10 people to attend will receive a free lunch compliments of the Sitka Community Hospital. The program features a local panel of bike-riding advocates who will share experiences and tips on safe cycling, such as biking to work, dealing with rain, and safety and gear.

The second event is a Basics of Bicycling in Sitka workshop that takes place from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, July 21, at Harrigan Centennial Hall. This event includes a chance to work on basic cycling skills and is geared toward adults who haven't been on a bike for awhile. Free loaner bikes and helmets will be provided to anyone who needs them, compliments of Yellow Jersey Cycle Shop, and they can be picked up on Friday and Saturday at Yellow Jersey. Everyone who participates in the workshop will be entered in a raffle for a $75 gift certificate to Sea Mart compliments of the Hames Corp.

To learn more about Sitka's Bicycle Friendly Community project, a Web site has been created at (click on the "Bicycle Friendly Community, Sitka" logo). There also is an online forum/bulletin board logo on the left side of the page. The forum provides residents an opportunity to post concerns and discuss issues about cycling in Sitka. Most important, it provides anyone in Sitka the opportunity to take action by helping answer questions on the Bicycle Friendly Community application.

For information on the Sitka Health Summit's vision for working together for a healthier Sitka, go to To learn more about the national Bicycle Friendly Community project, go to For more event information, contact SEARHC Health Educator Doug Osborne at 966-8734 or Matthew Turner of Sitka Advancing Our Community at 747-3665.