Share your thoughts on where protected bikeways are needed

The City of Minneapolis is considering adding more protected bikeways to our streets and would like to hear from the public about where new bikeways should go. An open house on May 8 is scheduled to hear public input as part of a planned update to the Minneapolis Bicycle Master Plan.

Open house on protected bikeways
4:30 to 7:30 p.m.  Thursday, May 8
Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall
Doty Board Room

Protected bikeways are areas for bicycles that are physically separated from motor vehicle traffic. Off-street bike trails are the most common type of protected bikeways. However, protected bikeways may also be located along street corridors as long as they are separated from traffic lanes. This can be done with parked cars, curbs, medians, flexible traffic posts, planters or other vertical features. 

Although the current Minneapolis Bicycle Master Plan addresses a broad range of bikeway facility types, it does not specifically address on-street protected bikeways. The City is now planning to update the plan so it includes that information. The City’s Climate Action Plan already recommends the implementation of 30 miles of on-street protected bike facilities by 2020, and there’s growing interest in implementing protected bikeways in Minneapolis and throughout the country.

This is a joint open house being held by the City of Minneapolis and Hennepin County on planned updates to both the Minneapolis Bicycle Master Plan and the Hennepin County Bike Plan. 

More information is available on the City’s website:  www.minneapolismn.gov/bicycles.

Published Apr 25, 2014