The Alaska Bicycle and Pedestrian Alliance is a new group designed to help promote biking and walking in Alaska. We have several small community bike and walking groups, but nothing organized as a statewide advocacy program. It’s hoped this group will help foster some statewide bike and walk advocacy programs.
Why should we promote bicycling and walking? Obviously, any kind of physical activity is good for you and the health benefits are many. But this is about more than just exercise. For many Alaskans, bicycling or walking is their only form of transportation, especially for our children and our elders. If we don’t provide safe places to walk or bike, then these people can’t get around without feeling like their lives are in peril. Many of our roads are not designed with adequate bike lanes or sidewalks, and so we advocate for the Complete Streets format, http://www.completestreets.org. Another good site is the National Center for Bicycling and Walking, http://www.bikewalk.org/.
Here are a couple of other national sites to check out:
Alliance for Biking and Walking (formerly Thunderhead Alliance), http://www.peoplepoweredmovement.org/
The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center, http://www.pedbikeinfo.org/
League of American Bicyclists, http://www.bikeleague.org/
Please keep an eye on this site, because we will be adding lots of content and there will be links to dozens of local bicycle, pedestrian and trail organizations from around the state. We also will link to national and international groups that promote bicycling and walking as modes of transportation.