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Alaska lawmakers vote to name Fairbanks-area bike path after cyclist killed by car • Alaska Beacon

The proposal to name a Fairbanks-area bike path after a well-known cyclist is the seventh bill to pass in both the House and Senate this year.

The Alaska House of Representatives voted 39-0 to pass it on Thursday Senate Bill 129Naming the trail under construction after Matt Glover.

Glover, an engineer with the Alaska Railroad, was a well-known cyclist and commuted from the North Pole to Fairbanks by bicycle until a driver killed him on the Richardson Highway in 2022.

Currently, the highway is the only bikeable connection between North Pole and Fairbanks, but that will change when the namesake bike path is built.

The lack of a bike path has long been a problem for residents.

Rep. Mike Prax, R-North Pole, lives in the area and said that as a younger man he drove from the North Pole to Fairbanks, taking a shortcut via Fort Wainwright, a military installation, “because it was safer.”

Eventually the military police came up with the idea.

“I was kicked out of Fort Wainwright and had to push my bike onto the Richardson Highway and ride on the shoulder, which was less than ideal,” he said.

The Alaska Senate voted without dissenting vote to pass the law in February. It was originally sponsored by Sen. Robert Myers, R-North Pole, and Myers sat in the House gallery Thursday to watch the bill pass to Gov. Mike Dunleavy's desk.

Rep. Kevin McCabe, R-Big Lake, was not present for the House vote. All other lawmakers voted for the bill.

Rep. Genevieve Mina, D-Anchorage, said the trail should not just be a recognition of Glover's life; It should also be “a reminder to drivers and everyone on these roads that cyclists are people we need to be aware of…It shouldn’t be up to cyclists to ensure their own safety; It should be left to each person’s own discretion.”

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