Getting kids on bikes: the story of the Gastineau Bike Club

At Gastineau school, I noticed there were just a few kids who did bike to school. Though we had two bike racks, there were rarely more than two to three bikes in them daily. Each spring, I would ask students, “How many of you have bikes and go biking”? Not very many would raise their hands. And as their P.E. teacher, I would send home monthly calendars where students would log their weekly fitness activities. Few calendars would include biking.

Commuter Profile: John Wright

The electric assist cuts off at about 17 mph so I cruise along a little slower than I did on a regular road bike, but that's okay because now I'm able to tackle over 100 miles a week. I'm convinced these bikes are a great solution for anyone that aspires to ride everyday but doubts their ability to do it.

Commuter Profile: Nancy Peel

Don't worry about the "right gear" or what the weather is doing. Just get whatever bike you have and start riding. You will realize that the weather is never as bad as you thought and that any old bike can be a source of exercise, good health and just plain pleasure in your hectic life.

Mechanic Tip: Be Prepared For Flats

Always be prepared for more than one flat on a ride. The roads around Juneau can be a minefield of tire puncturing debris, and carrying a tube as well as a patch kit, or just two tubes can mean the difference between completing your ride and calling for a roadside pick up!