Matanuska-Susitna Borough

Bike & Pedestrian Plan

Scope

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!
Vision & Goals

The Matanuska-Susitna Borough envisions equitable access to safe bike and pedestrian transportation network where residents and visitors of all ages and abilities enjoy an improved quality of life through healthier, better-connected communities. 

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:

  • Inventory and document the bike and pedestrian network to identify gaps and deficiencies
  • Review MSB Code, the MSB Subdivision Construction Manual, and MSB policy to identify potential changes that will help implement the plan’s recommendations
  • Create a prioritized list of projects to start building out the bike and pedestrian network
  • Educate the public on the vision and goals of the BPP
  • Solicit public input on the plan’s gap analysis and other finding
  • Identify funding mechanisms to help implement the plan’s recommendations.

 

 

Project Status

The plan was adopted by the MSB Assembly on September 26, 2023.

Contacts

Kelsey Anderson
Senior Planner
907-861-8525
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Project Docs

MSB Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan (pdf 9.69 MB)   |  652 hits

Adoption Ordinance OR 23-068 (PDF 149.46 KB)   |  317 hits

Resolution of Support from Planning Commission (pdf 111.64 KB)   |  313 hits

Print-friendly Full Plan (pdf 478.52 KB)   |  320 hits

Economic Analysis Report (PDF 250.6 KB)   |  342 hits

Full Stakeholder List (PDF 46.51 KB)   |  291 hits

Existing Conditions Report (PDF 7.58 MB)   |  335 hits

Bike & Ped Crash Data Map (PDF 1.18 MB)   |  311 hits

Current and Planned Projects (PDF 5.99 MB)   |  317 hits

Potential Grant Opportunities (PDF 54.03 KB)   |  305 hits

Road Service Advisory Board, Resolution of Support (PDF 153.38 KB)   |  261 hits

MSB BPP Maps (pdf 16.48 MB)   |  176 hits