The ASATP sets out a vision, goal areas, objectives, strategies, and performance measures for walking and bicycling in Alaska. The ASATP forms part of the Alaska Statewide LRTP. The Vision is:
DOT&PF has identified goal areas, objectives, and performance measures to deliver the ASATP’s vision, guide transportation decisions, and ensure the effectiveness of transportation investments over the 20-year life of the ASATP.
The goal areas identify and describe key matters for focus and improvement over the life of the ASATP. The goal areas are based on input received from public outreach and the Steering Committee, as well as research and input carried out by the planning team.
The goal areas are:
Objectives were identified to address these goal areas and achieve the vision of equitable, accessible, and safer walking and bicycling opportunities as an integral part of daily life. Each goal area and the associated objectives are discussed in greater detail in the next section.
Goal Area One: Safety
Improving safety for walkers and bicyclists using the transportation network is a core goal. Seven objectives are targeted at improving safety:
Goal Area Two: Health
Active transportation opportunities are an important factor in creating a healthy population. They also support DOT&PF’s mission of keeping Alaska moving through service and infrastructure, while providing a transportation system that supports Alaska’s ability to thrive. Two objectives are targeted to improve health:
Goal Area Three: Maintenance/ System Preservation
A key part of delivering the ASATP’s vision is maintaining and preserving existing bicycling and walking facilities across Alaska. Four objectives are targeted at improving maintenance and system preservation:
Goal Area Four: Connectivity
While there is an extensive network of walking and bicycling facilities across Alaska, gaps exist that create impediments to facility use. Five objectives are targeted at enhancing connections in the active transportation network:
Goal Area Five: Economic Development
Improving facilities for all users of the transportation system is strongly correlated with improving economic development. Four objectives are targeted at enhancing economic development through the provision of facilities for walking and bicycling:
Performance measures enable the recording of progress toward the achievement of the ASATP’s vision, goal areas, and objectives. Performance measures establish a data-driven approach to assessing improvement to the non-motorized network over time. The measures set targets for DOT&PF and are consistent with and implement state and national priorities. Where possible, the performance measures use existing data already gathered by DOT&PF or enable partnerships to be established with other departments and organizations to obtain information to track progress using the performance measures.