Series of workshops look to change routes for Anchorage's pedestrians and cyclists

Published: Nov. 18, 2017 at 9:29 PM AKST
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Making Anchorage a friendlier city for pedestrians, cyclists and some commuters — the state's largest city is seeking input through a series of workshops.

Workers with Anchorage Metropolitan Area Transportation Solutions or AMATS said the goal is to develop more connections with current and proposed pedestrian, bicycle, and trail networks.

"Traditionally Anchorage has been a very car-oriented place and people get around mostly by vehicle but there are a lot of people who use our non motorized facilities because they can't afford a car or want to have a healthier commute," Joni Wilm, a senior transportation planner with AMATS said.

Wilm said trends continue to shape the way Alaskans travel through Anchorage, such as the increasing use of fat tire bikes during winter months.

Planners say the projects will be federally funded and another workshop will be held later this spring.

A final plan is expected to be approved by the end of next year.