A plan to make Anchorage more bicycle friendly over the next 20 years by adding bike lanes, pathways and connections between trails won Anchorage Assembly approval Tuesday night.
The plan, in the works since October 2007, encourages an expanded network of roads and paved paths geared for cycling to make it more convenient and less dangerous. The Assembly approved the document unanimously.
Cyclists turned out in force to support it, as they did at an Assembly public hearing earlier this month. Skeptics have questioned the cost, more than $100 million over 20-plus years. If the plan succeeds, the number of people cycling for transportation would double, crashes would drop by one third, and the size of Anchorages network of roads, bike lanes and paths would grow dramatically.
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