It’s hard to believe, but people ride bikes year-round in Fairbanks. The UAF Green Bikes program, through the Office of Sustainability, is a student-funded organization that offers long term bike rentals and mechanical help for cyclists across the campus. Fat bikes are now available for use during the winter. These bikes have sturdier frames and heavier tires to facilitate riding in the winter. For more information see their website.
FAIRBANKS NORTH STAR BOROUGH MACS – PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION
The Fairbanks North Star Borough operates a metropolitan area commuter system, with a scheduled bus stop near the Wood Center and co-located with the UAF Shuttle stop. The bus routes operate Monday through Saturday beginning between 6:00 and 7:00 in the morning. Depending on the day and route, the final buses leave the UAF Wood Center between 7:00 and 8:45 in the evening weekdays. Bus schedules and route maps may be viewed at www.fnsb.us/macs. All rides are free with the UAF Polar Express card. Courtesy card holders may not be eligible for free fare. The regular adult fare is $1.50.
We have put together a handy guide for places you can go on the bus and estimated travel times. To download the document, click here.
Given the limitations of public transportation in Fairbanks the surrounding communities, the purchase of a car can be a worthwhile investment. However, a car also requires a significant financial commitment. Therefore, it is very important that you exercise great care when making your purchase of a new or used car. We strongly advise that you have a car inspected by a qualified mechanic not affiliated with the dealership or current owner before buying it, and that you purchase a car with a warranty, if buying from a dealership.
There is a lot to know about having a car in Alaska – registration, inspection, insurance, winterization, accidents, etc. Deciding whether to buy a car in Alaska can be difficult. Here are some pros and cons to car buying:
- Ability to get around when public transportation is unavailable
- You aren’t waiting for the bus in extremely cold temperatures.
- More flexibility in your travel times.
- Cars must be winterized be plugged in in the winter so the engines don’t freeze.
- Gas and insurance can be expensive.
- Selling your car may be a hassle at the end of your stay.
Before driving a vehicle in the U.S., you must have a valid drivers’ license or a learners’ permit. The learners permit is only valid if you have someone in the vehicle with you who possesses a valid drivers’ license. See Driver’s License and ID card for information about obtaining an Alaska driver’s license.
Under Alaska State Statutes, you are required to:
- Have liability insurance and carry proof of insurance in the car or on your cellular telephone. Check with your insurance company regarding minimum liability coverage required by Alaska State Law.
- Have the vehicle legally registered and carry current registration in the car.
- Wear a seatbelt and have all passengers wear seatbelts. Any small children or infants must ride in a child safety seat approved for their size, preferably in the back seat of the car. Never let a child ride in a front seat that has an airbag. Be sure the child safety seat is properly buckled into the vehicle. For more information please go here.
- Observe parking regulations. Never park in a handicap spot unless you have a handicap sticker.
- Emergency vehicles such as police vehicles, fire department vehicles and ambulances display red and blue emergency lights when responding to a call. If you observe emergency lights or hear sirens from emergency vehicle pull over to the far right side of the roadway and wait until the emergency vehicles have safely passed. If you are pulled over by police for some reason follow the same procedure. The police vehicle will stop behind you. Remain in your vehicle and the police officer will contact you at your vehicle.