Anchorage transportation plan to hold steady on money for bike routes

The city will not be increasing the $11.8 million they plan to use for non-motorized transport projects in the 2015 to 2018 Transportation Improvement Program. The Anchorage Metropolitan Area Transportation Solutions advisory committee took comments on the plan on Thursday.

A dozen people spoke in favor of increasing the money used to mark bike lanes and improve the trail system. However the committee said that they could not reallocate money from other areas, like repaving roads or project design, because they are required to spend certain percentages on different types of projects. Some of the money for non-motorized transport will be shifted from trail rehabilitation to marking bike lanes in 2015.