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HB 57: "An Act authorizing municipalities and nonprofit organizations to sponsor a program to encourage the safe use of bicycles as a mode of transportation, and amending the duties of the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities to include administration of state funds appropriated for that purpose."

00                              HOUSE BILL NO. 57                                                                          
01 "An Act authorizing municipalities and nonprofit organizations to sponsor a program to                                  
02 encourage the safe use of bicycles as a mode of transportation, and amending the duties                                 
03 of the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities to include administration of                                  
04 state funds appropriated for that purpose."                                                                             
05 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:                                                                
06    * Section 1. AS 29.55 is amended by adding a new section to read:                                                  
07                      Article 2. Safe Bicycle Ridership.                                                               
08            Sec. 29.55.100. Safe bicycle ridership. (a) To encourage the safe use of                                   
09       bicycles as a mode of transportation, the governing body of a municipality may                                    
10       establish a program within the municipality to encourage the safe use, distribution, and                          
11       maintenance of bicycles, bicycle helmets, bicycle facilities, and bicycle trailers.                               
12            (b)  The municipality may apply for a grant under AS 44.42.150 to receive                                    
13       funds for the purchase, maintenance, and repair of bicycles, bicycle helmets, bicycle                             
14       facilities, and bicycle trailers by municipal residents.                                                          
01    * Sec. 2. AS 44.42 is amended by adding a new section to read:                                                     
02             Article 1A. Program to Encourage Safe Bicycle Ridership.                                                  
03            Sec. 44.42.150. Grant program to encourage safe bicycle ridership. (a) To                                  
04       encourage the regular and safe use of bicycles and bicycling as a mode of                                         
05       transportation, a grant program is established in the department to allow municipalities                          
06       and nonprofit organizations within the state to apply for financial assistance to                                 
07       establish programs for the purchase, maintenance, and repair of bicycles, bicycle                                 
08       helmets, bicycle facilities, and bicycle trailers by residents of the community where                             
09       the grantee is located.                                                                                           
10            (b)  The department shall develop regulations establishing criteria for issuing                              
11       grants to municipalities and nonprofit organizations for the program, giving priority                             
12       for receiving grants to municipalities and nonprofit organizations that actively                                  
13       encourage safe bicycling as a mode of transportation.                                                             
14            (c)  The commissioner shall appoint an administrator of the program. The                                     
15       administrator shall                                                                                               
16                 (1)  educate communities and nonprofit organizations about the                                          
17       program and the grant requirements;                                                                               
18                 (2)  receive and evaluate grant applications;                                                           
19                 (3)  from money in the fund described in (d) of this section, award                                     
20       grants to qualified applicants.                                                                                   
21            (d)  There is established in the department a fund to encourage safe bicycle                                 
22       ridership. The Department of Revenue is the fiduciary of the fund and may invest                                  
23       money in the fund under AS 37.10.071. The fund consists of appropriations by the                                  
24       legislature of                                                                                                    
25                 (1)  money to provide grants for the program;                                                           
26                 (2)  gifts, bequests, contributions from other sources, and federal                                     
27       money; and                                                                                                        
28                 (3)  interest earned on the fund balance.                                                               
29            (e)  In this section, "program" means the grant program to encourage the                                     
30       regular and safe use of bicycles and bicycling as a mode of transportation, as described                          
31       in this section.                                                                                                  
01    * Sec. 3. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section to                          
02 read:                                                                                                                   
03       PROGRAM SURVEY. Not later than                                                                                    
04            (1)  December 31, 2011, the Department of Transportation and Public                                          
05 Facilities shall mail a survey to all Alaska residents who received a bicycle or bicycle trailer                        
06 under the program established in AS 44.42.150, added by sec. 2 of this Act, to evaluate the                             
07 effectiveness of that program;                                                                                          
08            (2)  December 31, 2012, the department shall deliver a report to the legislature                             
09 with an evaluation of the program to encourage safe bicycle ridership and recommendations                               
10 for the program.