PUBLISHED: 4:08 PM on Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Sitka to hold Bicycle Friendly Community planning meeting
SITKA - League of American Bicyclists trainer W. Preston Tyree will lead a planning session about Sitka's Bicycle Friendly Community project and the next steps Sitka needs to take to become Alaska's first community to earn a Bicycle Friendly Community designation.

The work session takes place from 6-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 19, at the University of Alaska Southeast-Sitka Campus, Room 106. This meeting is open to the public and feedback is welcomed.

"Preston will be facilitating this planning session on the next critical steps for moving our community forward on this goal," said Matthew Turner, coordinator of Sitka Advancing Our Community.

Before the meeting, Preston will have spent a week in Sitka training cyclists on safety and bike-handling skills, teaching local cycling trainers, working with local schools on the Safe Routes to School program, meeting with city leaders and planners, and working with local residents and cyclists for their feedback.

Preston is the founder and principal partner of mobiliti, a not-for-profit consulting firm on community transportation issues. He is the author of "The State of the Art: Bicycle Education in America," which was used at a national bicycle safety conference in Washington, D.C., sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Sitka's Bicyle Friendly Community project is one of four main goals from the Sitka Health Summit earlier this year, and the City of Sitka received a grant of $9,739 from the SEARHC Steps to a Healthier SE Alaska program to pursue the project. For more information about the project, contact SEARHC Health Educator Doug Osborne at 966-8734, SEARHC Steps to a Healthier SE Community Coordinator Gretchen Clarke at 966-8629 or Matthew Turner of Sitka Advancing Our Community at 747-3665, or go online to