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There is a plan for Bike Anchorage to teach more Smart Cycling classes around the state in the next year or two, and even some League Certified Instructor classes. There also was a presentation to the Greater Sitka Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday about the advantages of being a walk- and bike-friendly community. The next two days featured a variety of presentations on a wide range of topics.

On Thursday, these included sessions on engineering and infrastructure planning, pop-up projects in Anchorage, working with law enforcement, a session for motorists, a lunch-and-learn about basic bike repair led by Charlie Lowell of the Susitna Bicycle Institute in Anchorage, starting a bike school, youth and family cycling, equity and access of all ages and abilities, and best practices for developing a mountain bike culture.

After a group bike ride, the day concluded with a Bikes and Bites presentation from Lee Hart of Confluence AK , who discussed how communities have transformed themselves with mountain biking. On Friday, the session topics included making systemic changes and working with various partners and decision-makers, creating behavior change, a lunch-and-learn on walkable communities, a series of three walk audits using wheelchairs and other assistive equipment loaned from Southeast Alaska Independent Living , and a chance to work on developing projects to do in your home communities as a follow-up to the conference.

On Saturday, participants had an optional bike ride or hike with boat trip, followed by an organizational meeting about starting a statewide active transportation group. Event organizers plan to host a second annual Alaska Walk and Bike Conference in , so watch this website for more details. Some of the presentation PowerPoints are linked below as PDF files, and there are a few handouts people might want. If other PowerPoint presentations become available, they will be added below.

A slideshow of scenes from the conference is linked below. The conference opens with two days of Smart Cycling training from the League of American Bicyclists , followed by two days of walking and biking presentations. The Aspen Suites Hotel , where much of the conference will take place, has a block of rooms reserved for the conference, but will release them to the general public on May 3, so book now. Building active and walkable communities can help support local economies, reduce the risk of many chronic diseases, and encourage safe walking and biking for all ages.

Sitka is an example of a community Sitka is an example of a community working to create activity friendly routes to everyday destinations to encourage active people and a healthy nation. Elle Steele of Sacramento, Calif.

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Sitka was honored with a Bronze level Walk Friendly Community designation in and , and earned a Silver level Bicycle Friendly Community designation in with Bronze level designations in and Both designations came out of Sitka Health Summit projects, which also led to the creation of Walk Sitka and the Sitka Cycling Club groups to promote walking and biking in Sitka. The Smart Cycling training part of the Alaska Walk and Bike Conference is designed to help cyclists feel more comfortable and safer riding in traffic.

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It also is good for educators especially physical education teachers , youth leaders, and others who might be leading group bike rides with younger students. In addition, there will be presentations on the health benefits of active transportation, accommodations needed for the elderly and disabled, how to start a bike school, and how to conduct a walk audit. She is board president of Trips For Kids Sacramento, a nonprofit that provides bike adventures for underserved youth, and also owns Whimsical Cycle , which promotes riding bikes for everyday transportation.

Lee Hart of Valdez and the Anchorage-based Confluence coalition promoting the outdoor recreation economic sector in Alaska will be a keynote speaker. Conclusion of the project — This expedition, combined with the mountain bike journey on the Dalton Highway in , represents the Alaska crossing from south to north, from the North Pacific Ocean and the Gulf of Alaska to the Arctic Ocean in the Beaufort Sea.

These are insidious conditions that can be found on rivers in sub-arctic regions and in Alaska; — The wind and the wind chill factor , the perceived decrease in air temperature felt by the body due to low temperatures and the flow of air; — The significant temperature variation.

Wind storms, heavy snowfalls, soft or powder snow can slow us down or even stop us; — Grizzly bears. If the warm season comes early they might come out of hibernation looking for food. Wolverines are very aggressive.

Elks can be a danger as well. Is it a different type of glacier, making the experience different?

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My other choices were walking on Exit Glacier with the guides but I may be there too early and walking on Matanuska Glacier. No glacier is totally safe, but I've never heard of anyone dying at Byron. I have at Exit and Matanuska. I believe the end of May is still avalanche season for Byron, so you might want to check at the Portage Visitor Center before you go: fs.

But yes, you can walk a bit on Byron, and for free--just be careful not to go near fissures or any other dangerous-looking area like the "cave" over the creek. Here are some photos: …alaska. I believe Byron is the only one of the 3 where you have a chance of seeing iceworms.

The visitor center has an Iceworm Safari a couple of days a week in the summer. Assuming you'd like to explore the crevasses of a glacier, yes, you'd have to go with a guide.

Exit Glacier

Ice treks are offered on several glaciers in Alaska , with Exit and Matanuska being the two main ones unless you're going to Valdez or Wrangell-St. Elias NP. There is also one on Alyeska Glacier in Girdwood , but I don't know anything about that tour. Exit is more strenuous, since you have to hike part-way up the mountain to get onto the glacier.

Costs more too though cheaper than driving all the way to Matanuska, lol. If you're going past Matanuska, that would probably be the best one. You hike about 15 min.

But to safely explore crevasses, etc. I saw that Matanuska is about two hours away from anchorage. How much time would it take if we did a detour and stopped there on the way from Anchorage to Denali? Or Talkeetna if we decided to overnight there. Or Talkeetna if we decided to overnight there ". Depends on what you want to do at Matanuska. You could still drive all the way to Denali, though Talkeetna would be a lot easier destination that day.

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Right now, we still have a lot of flexibility. We arrive in Seward on Friday and don't have any set plans until the following Wed, where we have reservations to stay the night in Denali. If we decided to add in Matanuska we would probably do that on Tuesday head there from Anchorage , and spend the night somewhere between there and Denali.

Then Wed morning we can just head to Denali and check out the front of the park.

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It would just change how long we spend in Seward and the other areas of the Kenai Peninsula. You will probably be a bit too early for Byron.