Cleveland Ave Bicycle Lanes

Project:

Implementation of bicycle facilities and parking mitigation strategies on Cleveland Avenue between Highland Parkway and University Avenue.

 

Projected Construction Timeline:

Highland Parkway to St. Anthony Avenue – 2016

St. Anthony Avenue to University Avenue – Future (Construction date to be Determined) 

 

Project Details:

The Saint Paul Bicycle Plan recommends bicycle lanes on Cleveland Avenue. Public Works is proposing to implement bicycles lanes on Cleveland Avenue between St.Anthony Avenue and Highland Parkway in 2016. Bicycle facilities on Cleveland between University Avenue and St. Anthony Avenue are proposed for implementation at a later date as a component of street resurfacing or reconstruction project. For a more detailed explanation of the bicycle facilities proposed and the impacts to parking, please reference the Cleveland Avenue Summary of Engineering Recommendations available here.

 

Changes to Parking:

To accommodate the installation of dedicated bicycle lanes, existing on-street parking must be removed on the west side of Cleveland Avenue between Myrtle Avenue and James Avenue, except for parking bays south of Grand and St. Clair Avenues. Parking must also be removed on the east side of Cleveland between James and Randolph Avenues. The removal of parking lanes is required to meet minimum state aid standards for bicycle and travel lane widths.

To capture demonstrative parking demand, Public works conducted parking occupancy counts at representative time periods along Cleveland Avenue (weekday early morning, midday, evening, and Saturday midday and evening). The parking occupancy data is available for review in here.

 

Parking Mitigation:

Parking Mitigation

The plan as proposed for bicycle facilities on Cleveland Avenue will impact parking availability between University Avenue and Randolph Avenue. The following parking strategies are proposed to help mitigate the impact of on-street parking removal on Cleveland Avenue:

  • Two new half-block parking bays will be constructed to serve business customers, one on the west side of Cleveland from Palace south to the alley, and one on the east side of Cleveland from Randolph north to the alley.
  • The west side of Cleveland from Dayton to Marshall is proposed to be revised from “1 Hour parking 24 Hours a Day, Except by Permit, Area 16” to No Parking. Residential addresses 163-197 Cleveland Avenue will remain in Area 16 and still be eligible to purchase up to 4 vehicle permits and 2 visitor permits per household. New time-limited parking signed “1 hour parking, 8am-6pm” will be created on the east side of Cleveland between Dayton and the alleyway.
  • Permit Parking Area 18 is proposed to be modified to create some short-term parking for 128 Cafe. Area 18 street regulation on both sides of Laurel from Cleveland to 85’ east will be revised from “No Parking 8am-8pm, Monday-Friday, Except by Permit, Area 18” to “2 Hour Parking, 8am-8pm, Monday-Friday, Except by Permit, Area 18.
  • Permit Parking Area 22 is proposed to be modified to include 57-115 Cleveland Avenue, which will be eligible to purchase up to 4 vehicle permits and 2 visitor permits per household.
  • Permit Parking Area 22 is proposed to be modified to create some short-term parking for nearby businesses. Area 22 street regulation on the south side of Grand between Finn and the alley west of Cleveland will be revised from “No Parking 8am-8pm, Monday-Friday, Except by Permit” to “1 Hour parking from 8am-6pm, Except by Permit.”
  • New short-term parking will be created on the south side of Randolph east of Cleveland to service the nearby businesses. Parking will be signed “1 Hour Parking, 8am-6pm.”

For more information on the proposed parking mitigation strategies, please reference the Cleveland Avenue Summary of Engineering Recommendations, available here.

 

Project Background:

On 6/17/2015, the Saint Paul City Council adopted Resolution PH 15-164, directing Saint Paul Public Works to propose a robust public engagement plan including a study and conversation of implementing bicycle facilities along the Cleveland Avenue corridor from I-94 to Randolph Avenue. On 8/12/2015, the City Council adopted Resolution RES15-1455 that further clarified the study area, approving a public process to create a neighborhood supported north-south bicycle route that runs from Randolph Avenue to University Avenue between Mississippi River Boulevard and Fairview Avenue. The approved public engagement plan established a Community Working Group comprised of 14 community members representing diverse voices and viewpoints. The objective of the Community Working Group was to provide voices and input from the community resulting in a community and stakeholder driven recommendation for the Saint Paul Bicycle Plan that would maximize the benefit and minimize impact to the neighborhoods in which it is located. The Community Working Group met five times and hosted a public Open House to present information and receive feedback on identifying a north-south bicycle route within the study limits. On 11/9/2015, the working group concluded its work and voted 8-4 to recommend that Cleveland Avenue be the designated north-south bicycle route between Randolph and University, and stressed the importance of parking mitigation. Following the recommendation of the Community Working Group, Saint Paul Public Works is proposing to implement bicycle facilities on Cleveland Avenue from St. Anthony Avenue to Highland Parkway in 2016. 

Additionally, Ramsey County is planning a mill and overlay of Cleveland Avenue between Summit Avenue and St. Anthony Avenue in 2016. The Saint Paul Bicycle Plan recommends “instreet separated lanes” on Cleveland Avenue within the project limits. To take advantage of the efficiencies associated with implementing bicycle facilities with existing maintenance projects, Saint Paul Public Works is proposing that Ramsey County implement bicycle lanes on Cleveland Avenue as a component of their scheduled mill and overlay project.

 

Project Updates:


March 16, 2016

Following a Public Hearing on Wednesday, March 16, the City Council approved amended resolution RES PH 16-93, recommending the implementation of bicycle facilities on Cleveland Avenue between Highland Parkway and University Avenue.

The Council also approved resolutions RES PH 16-68 and RES PH 16-70, which approved changes and modifications to Permit Parking Areas 16 and 22 for the Cleveland Avenue Bicycle Project. A Public Hearing for resolution RES PH 16-69 (that would approve changes to Permit Parking Area 18 for the Cleveland Avenue Bicycle Project) was continued to May 4, 2016 to allow for updated revisions to the proposed changes to Area 18.

Next Steps: Following the approval of resolution RES PH 16-93, the proposed bicycle facilities on Cleveland Avenue will be presented to the Ramsey County Board of Commissioners. The information from the open houses, public hearings, and all public feedback received will be provided to the County Board. A date has not yet been established for this item.

February 29, 2016

A public open house was held on Monday, February 29 at the University of St. Thomas to present information and receive feedback on the Cleveland Avenue bike lanes and the parking mitigation strategies proposed.

Next Steps:  Following the February 29 Open House, Public Works is reviewing all feedback received and is continuing to evaluate parking strategies along Cleveland Avenue. Review Open House comments received.

February 12, 2016

Following the Working Group’s recommendation, Public Works prepared a Cleveland Avenue Summary of Engineering Recommendations, detailing the plan to install bicycle facilities and parking mitigation strategies on Cleveland Avenue. The Cleveland Avenue Summary of Engineering Recommendations is available for review here.

February 10, 2016

On February 10, Ward 3 City Councilmember Chris Tolbert and Ward 4 City Councilmember Russ Stark released a Cleveland Bike Lanes Project Memo, providing an update on the planning efforts for the project and announcing that an Open House and City Council Public Hearing for the project. That memo is available for review here.

November 9, 2015

Community Working Group Final Meeting: Final Recommendation ~ Monday, November 9, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. ~ University of St. Thomas, Anderson Student Center (ASC) 378, South Woulfe Alumni Hall

On Monday, November 9, the working group concluded its work and voted 8-4 to recommend that Cleveland Avenue be the designated bike route between Randolph and University.  While the decision to recommend Cleveland had support among the majority of working group members, the working group also submitted implementation and mitigation strategies that they feel are important to explore if bicycle lanes are implemented on Cleveland Avenue. These implementation and mitigation strategies are specific to safety, parking, and business support/bicycle community engagement. View the Community Working Group’s Recommendation.

Next Steps:  Following the Working Group’s recommendation, Public Works is currently evaluating the costs and feasibility of various parking mitigation strategies along Cleveland Avenue. This analysis will be completed by mid-January 2016.

October 28, 2015

A public open house was held on Wednesday, October 28th at St. Catherine University to present information and receive feedback on identifying a north-south bicycle route from Randolph to University between Mississippi River Blvd and Fairview (review open house feedback here). Feedback was also received online on Open Saint Paul and via email to city staff (review feedback here).

October 15, 2015

Community Working Group Meeting 3: Data presentation, draft recommendations, and open house preparation ~ Thursday, October 15, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. ~ Groveland Rec Center

October 3, 2015

Community Working Group Meeting 2: Draft recommendations and bike ride ~ Saturday, October 3, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m ~ Groveland Rec Center Warming House

September 14, 2015

Community Working Group Meeting 1: Introduction and Scope Definition ~ Monday, September 14, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. ~ Owens Science Hall LL54, University of St. Thomas

August 12, 2015

Saint Paul City Council adopts RES 15-1455, approving a public process to create a neighborhood supported, north-south bike route that runs from Randolph Avenue to University Avenue between Fairview Avenue and Mississippi River Boulevard. View the resolution approved by the City Council.

August 4, 2015

The Ramsey County Board of Commissioners approves Resolution B2015-258 to complete mill and overlay work on Cleveland Avenue as part of the 2015 pavement preservation program and apply pavement markings as are currently configured. The resolution further specifies that should the City’s more comprehensive evaluation of north-south routes between Fairview and Mississippi River Boulevard result in resumed call for bike facilities on Cleveland, the County will revisit updated information and City recommendations. View the resolution approved by the Board of Commissioners.

June 17, 2015

The proposal for bicycle facilities on Cleveland Avenue was presented to the Saint Paul City Council on Wednesday, June 17, 2015. Following a public hearing, the City Council voted to delay the implementation of bicycle facilities on Cleveland Avenue to allow for further community engagement and study of routing options. View the resolution approved by the City Council.

May 11, 2015

On Monday, May 11, the Transportation Committee of the Planning Commission considered the proposal for bicycle facilities on Cleveland Avenue and offered comments and recommendations on the design as proposed.

April 29, 2015

A public open house was held on Wednesday, April 29th at the Nativity School Library to present information and receive feedback on the proposal for bicycle facilities on Cleveland Avenue. Feedback was also received online on Open Saint Paul and via email to the City and County project contacts. Review comments received.

April 2015

Saint Paul Public Works, with participation from Ramsey County, proposes to implement bicycle facilities on Cleveland Avenue between Highland Parkway and Summit Avenue. Bicycle facilities would be implemented as a component of Ramsey County’s scheduled 2015 resurfacing of Cleveland Avenue between Randolph Avenue and Summit Avenue.

 

Contact

Luke Hanson, Capital and Transportation Planning

Email: luke.hanson@ci.stpaul.mn.us

Phone: 651-266-6146

 

Resources:

3/7/2016 Update: Revised Cleveland Avenue Summary of Engineering Recommendations (includes parking mitigation strategies)

2/29/2016 Open House Boards

2/29/2016 Open House Presentation

2/10/2016: Cleveland Avenue Bike Lanes Councilmember Memo

Cleveland Ave Parking Count Data (University to Randolph)

Community Working Group Recommendation to City Council

Public Comments Received via email and Open Saint Paul (September - November 2015)

Formatted Public Feedback from the 10/28/15 Open House

10/28/15 Open House Presentation

10/28/15 Open House Boards

Cleveland Ave Visioning Concept (note: this is a conceptual document and not a formal plan)

Prior Ave Visioning Concept (note: this is a conceptual document and not a formal plan)

Cleveland / Prior Ave Bike Corridor Open House Flyer

8/12/15 Public Process City Council Resolution

8/4/2015 Ramsey County Cleveland Resolution (Item # 16)

6/17/2015 Cleveland Ave City Council Resolution

Summary of Public Comments Received (Initial Proposal)