Increasing Connectivity on the East Side

We have some great news for people desiring to access Mountain View, the Ship Creek trail, and the Glen Highway multi-use path. This week, at a Bike and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) under the coordination of Anchorage Metropolitan area Transportation Solution (AMATS), planners described two great projects to create safer and more effective biking in east Anchorage: 

We have some great news for people desiring to access Mountain View, the Ship Creek trail, and the Glen Highway multi-use path. This week, at a Bike and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) under the coordination of Anchorage Metropolitan area Transportation Solution (AMATS), planners described two great projects to create safer and more effective biking in east Anchorage: 

Pine Street and McCarrey Bike Lanes: from Debarr Road to Mountain View Drive

From Debarr Road to Mountain View Drive, 1.2 miles of separated, buffered bike lanes will be designed along with narrowing of motorized lanes. Engineers will be able to eliminate on-street parking since many of the multi-family buildings have parking lots for residents. This project is a rare treat for Anchorage cyclists in that the bike lane will not only be the requisite five feet wide but will also have a buffer to further enhance safety and make the experience of biking the connection between Russian Jack and Mountain View much more comfortable. 

Peterkin Bike Boulevard: Meyer Street to Bunn Street
& Multi-Use Pathway: Bunn Street to Pine Street

Designs are in the works which will connect the Ship Creek Trail all the way to the Glenn Highway Trail beginning in Mountain View. From Meyer St, the southern end adjacent to Tyson Elementary School, a bike boulevard (shared lanes with cars) will be designed all the way through to Bunn Street. Then .25 miles of multi-use pathway will be designed from Bunn Street to Pine Street that will connect Ship Creek with the Glen Highway. This will create access for Tikahtnu Commons, JBER, and Bartlett for commuters, and will open up the Glenn Highway path for recreational cyclists. 

Want to know more about this exciting news? There will be an Open House on September 20th at the Mountain View Rec Center from 5 to 8PM. Municipal planners will be available to discuss this suite of projects.

Bike Anchorage hopes to see these two transformative projects taken from to design to construction. We applaud Mayor Berkowitz and his staff for finding solutions to creating more connectivity in East Anchorage. Also, we thank the engineers and planners who are thinking in innovative ways to make infrastructure better for cyclists, pedestrians, and motorists. 

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  • commented 2016-09-20 16:50:58 -0800
    Wes,

    My questions were rhetorical.

    The point is that parking on Pine/McCarrey could have been banned, for example, when they redid the road, lol, but it wasn’t, and every attempt at raising that has foundered. So, the real questions are why and how would it happen any time in the near future.

    Unfortunately there is a huge storm rolling in so I am not going to bike over to MountainView (via Pine/McCarrey don’t you know) to attend, while my experince with MOA project management is not encouraging at all. My guess is that most of the trees in RJSP will be cut down and the trails through the park never mended before we get a bermed bike lane from DeBarr to MountainView (and if the second tunnel noted in the RJSP Master Plan was built that would make redundant a nice chunk of that).

    It seems to me that someone is sniffing about for planning funds… Let’s start off by first making on street parking illegal, and go from there ;-)

    Oh, and maybe Brooke and Marcheta could exchange numbers so they don;t hold meetings on bike plans in two different places on the same night
  • commented 2016-09-20 16:26:16 -0800
    Merwyn, many of those questions are beyond my knowledge. I can say that the Pine/McCarrey bike lanes will eliminate some on-street parking where residents have parking available in designated lots.

    The best I can do is direct you to the project contacts:

    Pine Street and Peterkin Projects
    Brooke Blessing
    Municipality of Anchorage
    BlessingBR@muni.org
    907.343.8387

    Alaska Statewide Bike and Pedestrian Plan
    Marcheta Moulton
    907-465-8769
    marcheta.moulton@alaska.gov

    Thanks a ton for being involved!
  • commented 2016-09-19 09:34:09 -0800
    Is there a web page about the open house? If so, where is it? What are the specific purposes of the open house? Dog and pony show, solicitation of input, evaluation by public of design, etc.? How about simple pieces of the puzzle, like providing a way to get past the gate at Tyson Elementary or a safe way to bike across Mountainview Dr.? The MOA has been “able” to eliminate on street parking on this and other roads (for example, Beaver Place) for decades, but has consistently chosen not to. Why doesn’t the MOA ban on street parking now (and this was an issue discussed repeatedly with planners during a variety of meetings addressing use of RJSP)? Why did the MOA and the DOT&PF schedule meetings on bike infrastructure at the same time in two different places?

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