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Sitka cyclists can ride, win prizes on International Winter Bike To Work Day on Feb. 14


Sitka cyclists are hardy souls, and many of us ride our bikes all year round, not just in the summer. Now Sitka cyclists can ride and win prizes by participating in International Winter Bike To Work Day on Friday, Feb. 14.

This is the second year of International Winter Bike To Work Day, which started when several communities in Canada challenged each other to see which one could have the highest number of bike commuters. This year the event has expanded, and Sitka and Anchorage have committed to hosting events. Let’s see if we can get more bike commuters on their bikes on Feb. 14, so we can beat Anchorage and any other Alaska communities that decide to participate.

Our celebration of winter cycling in Sitka will be simple. First, go to the International Winter Bike To Work Day website, http://winterbiketoworkday.org/, and commit to riding to work or school on Friday, Feb. 14 (people who work at home can use a bike ride for errands or sport as their bike commute). Then, on Friday, Feb. 14, during your bike commute, stop by the Yellow Jersey Cycle Shop (329 Harbor Dr.) between 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. to enter your name and phone number in a contest to win prizes. We encourage all cyclists to wear helmets, wear bright reflective clothes, have working solid white headlights and blinking red taillights, and follow all rules of the road, such as riding on the right side of the road (not on the sidewalk) and stop at all stop lights/stop signs.

So far we have prize donations from Yellow Jersey Cycle Shop, Sitka Conservation Society, the Sitka Public Health Nurse ClinicKCAW-Raven Radio, and the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) Health Promotion-Diabetes Program. Businesses and people wanting to donate more prizes to the event can contact Charles Bingham at 738-8875 or charleswbingham3@gmail.com for more information.

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