Get Involved in the Saint Paul Bike Plan

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Mayor Chris Coleman

The City of Saint Paul is developing a citywide long range plan for bicycle infrastructure improvements. The plan will identify corridors throughout the city for the development of future bike facilities. A draft of this plan will be presented to the public in a series of open houses throughout the month of February.

We support the draft plan and we think others should too. We'd like to encourage everyone with an interest in bicycling in Saint Paul to attend one of the upcoming open house events and provide feedback.

Since 2011, Nice Ride has made a considerable investment in building out the network of bike share stations in Saint Paul. In spite of our best efforts, ridership at these stations remains low. We see the development of a safe, well connected network of bicycle facilities as critical to our success. Our ability to make future investments in Saint Paul will depend in part on whether the City can provide effective facilities for bicyclists.

Highlights of the draft plan

  • 214 miles of new bikeways on top of the 144 miles already in place
  • 68% of new bikeways will be off-street paths or separated from traffic
  • 1.7 mile downtown off-street loop connecting popular attractions and cultural institutions
  • Completion of the 30 mile Grand Round

The draft plan is largely the work of Reuben Collins, the city's sustainable transportation planner. "It's critical for people who support bicycling to come to the open houses" says Collins. "We need to send a clear message to city staff and elected officials that bicycle infrastructure is something that has broad support."

A major goal is to encourage more people in Saint Paul to ride bikes. While the existing network in Saint Paul may appeal to some, others who might choose to bike for transportation may not feel safe. The plan seeks to address this by focusing on off-street paths or on-street lanes that separate bikes from motor vehicles.

"This is something that's long overdue" said Bill Lindeke, a member of the Saint Paul Planning Commission who's been following the development of the plan. "It's meant for the average person, anyone should be able to get on a Nice Ride in the downtown and go where they need to."

Download the full plan: www.stpaul.gov/bikeplan

February Open Houses

Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, 6:00-8:00 PM
El Rio Vista Recreation Center/Wellstone Community Center
179 Robie St E
Saint Paul, MN 55107

Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, 6:00-8:00 PM
Macalester College
Weyerhaueser Ballroom in Weyerhaueser Hall
(building is on the southeast corner of Grand Avenue and Macalester Street)

Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, 6:00-8:00 PM
Duluth & Case Recreation Center
1020 Duluth St
Saint Paul, MN 55106

Thursday, Feb 20, 2014, 6:00-8:00 PM
CapitolRiver Council Office (Adjacent Conference Room)
US Bank Center Building
101 East 5th Street
Suite 240
Saint Paul, MN 55101

Other ways to participate

Leave a comment on the City's website at Open Saint Paul. Go to www.stpaul.gov/OpenSaintPaul (login required).

Send comments via email to reuben(dot)collins(at)stpaul.mn.us

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From the FAQ

How long can I take a bike out?

Bike sharing is designed for short trips. Trips over 30 minutes will incur usage fees. You can take a bike out for a maximum of 24 hours. After that time, the bike will be considered lost and a replacement fee will be charged to your credit card.