If you’re a cyclist, you probably don’t need any extra encouragement when it comes to riding your bike to work. You probably enjoy the wind in your air, the dust in your eyes, and the bugs up your nose. Power to ya! For those of us more vehicularly-inclined, it takes a little more of a pep talk in the morning for the bike (effort) to seem like a better idea than the car (easy). However, the powers that be in the Municipality of Anchorage are spreading the word about the 8th Annual Bike to Work Day, part of a national campaign encouraging commuters to ditch four wheels in favor of two. And quite a few businesses have joined in to offer some perks to pedaling participants:
- Cyclists can visit one or all of the 11 treat stations set up around town, including a “Bacon Station” supplied by the Spenard Roadhouse, a “Smoothie Stop” supplied by Acai Alaska, and more, which you can find with this map, courtesy of the Municipality of Anchorage.
- UAA will be providing free hamburgers, veggie burgers, and hot dogs to participants. “The event is free; bring your helmet for admission.”
- The Alaska Club is offering free showers to participants for all those wearing helmets, though they’re less specific on whether you need to wear the helmet into the shower. Let us know how that goes.
- The Alaska Native Health Campus will be hosting a “Bike Blessing” at 12:15 p.m. and a Bike Bash Pizza Party featuring live music from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
If you’re riding your bike today, stay safe and wear a helmet. If you opt to drive, please be aware there may be more cyclists in the streets than usual. Do you know of any other special events for Anchorage’s Bike to Work Day? Be sure to post them in the comments for others to see.
In the mean time, Alaska Commons’ own John and Heather Aronno participated a day early and put together a Short for your enjoyment.