About

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!

We have received several comments on our comment map. Although the comment period for the map has been closed, you are welcome to reach out to us using the "Team and Contact" page with any additional comments, questions, or concerns. 

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Vision

The Matanuska-Susitna Borough envisions equitable access to a 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.

Goals

  • 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.

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Project Workplan

Updates

Steering Committee Meeting held September 26th, 2022. Edits to the draft recommendations report and public events were discussed.

Comment map closed September 2022.
Steering Committee held July 18th, 2022. The existing conditions report and recommendations are drafted and presented to the Steering Committee for comment.
Economic analysis is revised in July 2022.
Steering Committee held June 20, 2022. The Public Participation Plan is drafted and presented to the Steering Committee. 
Stakeholder interviews conducted May 2022.
Comment Map is open to the public in May 2022.

Bike and Ped Staff attended the Bike and Gear Swap Event April 20, 2022.
Economic analysis is drafted April, 2022.
Steering Committee held April 18, 2022. The project workplan is completed and presented to the Steering Committee.
The Mat-Su Bike and Ped Steering Committee had its first meeting in March 17, 2022.