Please see the following letter from Ariane Glover. Many of you knew Matt Glover. If you didn’t know him, Matt was a huge part of our cycling community. He rode almost everywhere, including from his home in North Pole to organized rides in Fairbanks and then back home. He was also an incredibly nice guy. If you have already commented on the bill, that is still in the record so please let others have their turn this time.
Letter from Ariane
The Alaska Legislature is back in session and this coming Tuesday (1/23) at 1:30 PM AKST the Senate Transportation Committee will be meeting to discuss SB129, An Act Naming the Matt Glover Bike Path. The bill was introduced in the last legislative session and this Tuesday will finally be open for public comment. The meeting starts at 1:30PM and SB129 is second on the agenda (as of now), so they are expecting it will open for comments around 1:50 PM AKST. Your support in person, by phone, or via email means a great deal to me.
I’m so grateful to those who have already submitted written comments. Thank you!
There are three ways folks can testify (limited to 2 min):
1. In-Person: Going down to the Legislative Information Office (LIO) in Fairbanks (1292 Sadler Way, Suite 308) on the day/time of the meeting.
2. By phone: Contact Juneau LIO by phone (907-465-4648) 5-10 minutes before the meeting and provide the following:
a. Name of the bill: An Act naming the Matt Glover Bike Path
b. Number of the bill: SB129
c. The committee you want to testify for: Senate Transportation Committee
3. Via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Meeting details:
- Date: Tuesday, January 23rd
- Time: 1:30PM AKST (5:30PM EST, 4:30 CST, 2:30PM PST).
- Watch Live at: www.akl.tv.
Background on SB129:
Matt was hit by a passenger truck at highway speeds while commuting to work on his bicycle in October. He died five weeks later due to unexpected complications from his injuries. To say that we are devastated would be an understatement. To honor his life, legislation has been introduced by Sen Robert Myers (North Pole) to name new, safe cycling infrastructure in Matt’s name. The bike path is scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2024. This path will connect the west end of Badger Road to the new Airport/Steese junction, which was the middle section of Matt’s commute. The new bike path connection will start just before the location of the crash.
Tips for testifying are attached at the bottom of this email.
Full text of the Senate Bill is below and you can follow the status of legislation here.
SENATE BILL NO. 129
01 “An Act naming the Matt Glover Bike Path.”
02 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:
03 * Section 1. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section
04 to read:
05 LEGISLATIVE INTENT. It is the intent of the legislature that funding for a future
06 project relating to the bike path to be built in Fairbanks between Airport Way and Badger
07 Road will include funding for the signage required under AS 35.40.405.
08 * Sec. 2. AS 35.40 is amended by adding a new section to read:
09 Sec. 35.40.405. Matt Glover Bike Path. The bike path to be built in Fairbanks
10 between Airport Way and Badger Road shall be named the Matt Glover Bike Path.
11 The Department of Transportation and Public Facilities shall create and erect signage
12 dedicating the bike path.
For those who missed the introduction of SB129, including FCC support and my comments, you can listen/see it here (SB129 starts ~25:40 min in / timestamp ~1:51:00 PM).
Again, I appreciate you taking the time to read this and I am grateful to all of you who have supported us in so many ways. I know Matt would be touched by the support and love.