The Matanuska-Susitna Borough (MSB) is Alaska’s fastest-growing borough. As the population of the MSB increases, there is a growing need for transportation infrastructure that provides safe and reliable routes to schools, recreation areas, residential neighborhoods, trailheads, and businesses. The purpose of the MSB Bike and Pedestrian Plan (BPP) is to develop a detailed and prioritized list of bike and pedestrian infrastructure throughout the MSB that, when built, will increase safety and connectivity while promoting a healthier and more active lifestyle for Borough residents. The BPP will identify connectors between urbanized areas, recreation areas, and the backcountry so that MSB residents can safely and efficiently enjoy all that the region has to offer. Whether residents are looking to bike from their home in Willow to downtown Wasilla, or adventure from Chickaloon to Hatcher Pass, a better connected network based on the MSB BPP will help get residents where they are going. This is a borough-wide plan, so all communities will be considered!
The vision of the BPP is to create a roadmap to a safer, better connected bike and pedestrian network for all MSB residents. By drawing awareness to areas of need and focusing on high-volume roads that currently do not have a bike or pedestrian facilities, the BPP will address conflicts between motorized and non-motorized network to reduce safety risks. The Plan will look for ways to increase economic development, property values, and tourism while working closely with partner agencies to develop new facilities and connections.
The goals of the BPP are: