The opening of a new bike trail connection -- my guess is that it's a quarter of a mile, if that -- may seem like a minor thing, but Anchorage has needed this for a long time. One thing I really love about Anchorage is its many bike trails. You can do a big loop through the city, west side to downtown, to east side, back to the west side -- except for this one part, where you had to drag your bike over rocks, next to Campbell Creek under the Seward Highway. Now they've fixed it so it's one seamless loop. As an added bonus -- people living on the east side can now bike to the Peanut Farm (a sports bar) for beer and wings!
Serious bikers will be happy to tell you that there are many problems with the Anchorage bike trails. They have lots of cracks and bumps. They are multiuse trails, so if you're Lance Armstrong, you really can't do any biking without running over someone and their dog. But I think they're great. They wind through the neighborhoods and along the streams. They go through forests and by lakes. I saw evidence of beavers along the bike trail on Saturday. How many cities can say that?
There's a lot of complaints I could make about Anchorage municipality. But in this case, I'm very pleased that they're spending money on something I think is one of our greatest assets -- our trail system.