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welcome Welcome to AMATS rst issue of BikeLife Anchorage Who We Are AMATS stands for Anchorage Metropolitan Area Transportation Solutions and is your local metropolitan planning organization MPO. Every metropolitan area with a population of more than 50000 residents must have a designated MPO in order to receive and program federal surface transportation funds. What We Do Our main focus is to coordinate with the Alaska Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration Federal Transit Administration and interested public agencies in the metropolitan transportation planning process. AMATS is responsible for developing the Metropolitan Transportation Plan which guides almost 4 billion in transportation network improvements between 2012 and 2035. These improvements include new and improved road connections additional buses sidewalks bike lanes and trails to better streets and improved intersections. Our Vision for Bicycling in Anchorage Here at AMATS its our job to encourage all modes of transportation including bicycling walking and public transit. In an effort to make Anchorage streets safer for bicyclists we have decided to join the national effort called BikeLife Cities. BikeLife Cities is focused on helping cities educate and inspire people to ride bikes more Being a part of BikeLife Cities is one way that AMATS is investing in the future of bicycling in Anchorage. In This Issue This rst issue features Lanie Fleischer and Governor Tony Knowles two famous trail advocates who spearheaded the effort to create the world-class trails system that we all enjoy today. We honor Lanie and Governor Knowles for their hard work even as we seek to improve our existing bicycle network by implementing the Anchorage Bicycle Plan. We hope you enjoy this issue of BikeLife Anchorage which also includes stories on Bike to Work Day transit and bikes great places to ride bike safety from Anchorage Police Chief Mark Mew the NEW Anchorage Bike Map and more. Enjoy reading share this with your friends and hope to see you out pedaling Joni Wilm AMATS Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator 248 miles of bikeable trails and bike lanes 541 miles planned by 2028 30 miles of singletrack trails 18-mile long Tony Knowles Coastal Trail 47 of Americas Best 50 Bike Cities Bicycling magazine Anchorage By The numbers Silver-Level Bicycle Friendly City League of American Bicyclists BikeLife Cities is a program of Catalyst Communication. Catalyst Communication 2015 DO YOU HAVE A GREAT COVER PHOTO FOR OUR FALL ISSUE We are searching for a fun beautiful photo for our fall issue that features winter biking fat tire biking. If you have any fat tire photos that could be cover-worthy send them to and and well take a look 7