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Are the bike trails plowed in winter?

k s
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Are the bike trails plowed in winter?

Are Fairbanks' bike trails plowed in winter? Are they in decent condition?

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1. Re: Are the bike trails plowed in winter?

In Anchorage one can ride on the groomed multipurpose trails that bikers as well as skiers, runners & walkers share. To find out about the system in Fairbanks, here is a link to their bike club winter rides:

http://www.fairbankscycleclub.org/Winter/

Hope that link helps until a Fairbanks resident rider comes along!

Edited: 19 September 2013, 14:18
k s
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2. Re: Are the bike trails plowed in winter?

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Sidewalks, pedestrian paths, and bicycle paths are maintained by the City of Fairbanks, AK DOT, Fairbanks North Star Borough Parks Department, University of Alaska, and private property owners who have frontage along these paths. Generally, I think it can be said these paths are cleared of snow within 2 or 3 days of a winter storm. Very few of these paths have traction sand applied to them, winter bike tires would be advisable. In a few locations AK DOT does not plow bike paths as they are used by snow machines.

Recreational trails are not cleared of snow. Trails used for skiing, dog mushing, or snow shoeing are groomed for these activities by dozens of agencies and private organizations. A internet search would lead you to a lengthy list of trails groomed for these purposes in the Fairbanks area. Many bike enthusiasts ride on trails packed down by snow machines. You’d need to talk to folks in the bike community to learn more about these trails. You might try calling a few of the bike shops in town for more information. You can find their contact information on the internet.

John Haas

Parks Superintendent

Fairbanks North Star Borough

459-1198

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