Anchorage Moves Toward Becoming a Bike Friendly City
The cost is the main challenge
ANCHORAGE - It has been more than three years since the city created a vision to make Anchorage bicycle friendly. But so far, only two of the 37 bike plan related projects are in the works.
One project is on Arctic and Fireweed and another bike improvement plan is slated for Cordova Street.
It costs $80,000 per-mile to put a bike lane on an existing road, which doesn't include signs and markings.
“It’s a lot of money, but it really helps towards bicycle safety,” said Schanche.
City officials say they're trying to be more efficient by using permanent bike lane markings like the one on Elmore Road.
“We don't want to just paint lines on the street; we want to grind them in so that they last longer,” she said.
For bicyclists it's about safety.
“The more infrastructure we provide for bicyclists, the more bicyclists there will be on the road. Study after study shows with more numbers of bicyclists, the safety improves,” said Brian Litmans, president of the Bicycle Commuters of Anchorage.
It is all in an effort to make sure bikes and cars can share the road.