Saint Paul Bicycle Plan
On March 18, 2015, the City Council adopted the Saint Paul Bicycle Plan (SPBP) as an addendum to the Comprehensive Plan. The SPBP will guide the development of a safe, effective, and well-connected network of bicycle facilities to encourage and facilitate bicycle transportation. The primary objective of the SPBP is to designate corridors throughout the city for future development of bikeways. The vision established in the SPBP will more than double the mileage of bicycle facilities throughout Saint Paul over the next several decades. In the City’s 2015 budget, Mayor Chris Coleman dedicated more than $27 million of the 8-80 Vitality Fund to road reconstruction, including the creation of bike pathways – the largest investment in bike infrastructure in Saint Paul’s history. The SPBP requires final approval from the Metropolitan Council before it will be considered an addendum to the City's Comprehensive Plan.
On October 7, 2015, the City Council voted to update the SPBP to include modifications to several of the plan figures. The changes are relatively minor and establish five Transit Station Connection areas around planned Gold Line Transitway station areas. The update also established a corridor for additional study across I-94 at Etna Street.
Council Approved SPBP
The following is the current SPBP as approved by City Council.
- Saint Paul Bicycle Plan (26 MB)
- Figure 4 (Planned Bicycle Network)
- Appendix A - 2011 Open House Summary
- Appendix B - 2011 Web Survey Summary
- Appendix C - 2013 Open Saint Paul Questions Summary
- Appendix D - Mapping Criteria
- Appendix E - Phase I & II Public Involvement Summary (11 MB)
- Appendix F - Phase III Public Involvement Summary (7 MB)
- Appendix G - Funding Sources Summary
Final adoption of the Saint Paul Bicycle Plan requires approval from the Transportation Committee, the Planning Commission, and City Council. As the SPBP is proposed as an amendment to the City's Comprehensive Plan, approval from the Metropolitan Council is required after City Council adoption.
9 February 2015 Staff presented the February 2015 draft of the SPBP to the Transportation Committee and recommended approval. The meeting was held at 4:00 PM in the 13th floor conference room of the City Hall Annex. The Committee voted to recommend approval of the SPBP, and recommended five amendments to the plan.
27 February 2015 The Planning Commission considered the February 2015 draft of the SPBP as well as the five recommended amendments to the plan from the Transportation Committee. The meeting was held at 8:30 AM in room 40A at City Hall. The Commission voted to recommend that the City Council adopt the SPBP, including the recommendations from city staff regarding the Transportation Committee amendments as outlined in a Staff Memorandum.
18 March 2015 Staff presented the recommendations from the Planning Commission to the City Council. A public hearing was held at 5:30 PM in the 3rd Floor Council Chambers of City Hall at 15 West Kellogg Boulevard. The Plan was approved by the City Council.
Project Updates and Documents
September 2011 Three open houses were held in September 2011 to gather input from the community. The results are presented above as Appendix A to the Draft Plan. A web-based survey was initiated to gather input from the public about how they use the bicycle network. The results are presented above as Appendix B to the Draft Plan. Based on this feedback and the guidance contained within the City’s adopted Comprehensive Plan, a set of mapping criteria was developed and used to create a draft network of proposed bikeways. This criteria is presented above as Appendix C to the Draft Plan.
10 January 2014 Three questions were posted to Open Saint Paul in April 2013 to solicit feedback. The questions were open for comment through November 2013. The comments received are presented above as Appendix D to the Draft Plan. The questions asked for feedback regarding the following topics:
- Bicycling Vision & Objectives
- Bicycle Facilities & Bikeway Designs
- Safety Concerns
21 January 2014 A draft of the plan is released. See above for links to the documents. Four Open House events have been scheduled - download a flyer here.
20 May 2014 A draft memorandum summarizing the written comments received on the draft plan has been posted. The document also includes the full text of the statements received. See link above.
6 October 2014 An updated draft of the plan has been released. Staff presented the October 2014 draft of the plan to the Transportation Committee of the Planning Commission. 4:00 PM @ 13th floor conference room of the City Hall Annex. The Committee voted to recommend that the Planning Commission release the plan for public comment and set a public hearing date.
17 October 2014 The Planning Commission set a public hearing regarding the draft plan for 5 December 2014.
14 November 2014 Staff presented an overview of the latest draft of the plan to the Planning Commission. This is a public meeting held at 8:30 AM in rooms 40A and B of the City Hall basement.
5 December 2014 The Planning Commission held a public hearing regarding the draft plan. Over 30 statements were delivered at the hearing. Nearly 100 statements in total were received at the public hearing, through Open Saint Paul, and through direct emails to city staff.
8 December 2014 Written testimony regarding the draft plan is due by 4:30 PM.
2 February 2015 An updated draft of the plan has been released. Staff presented an overview of the new changes in this draft at the 1/12/2015 meeting of the Transportation Committee. This draft incorporates feedback received on the October 2014 draft of the plan as well as feedback received from the Transportation Committee at the 1/12/2015 meeting.
Project Presentations and Outreach Summary
The following is a summary of dates and locations where information regarding the Draft Bikeways Plan has been presented to community stakeholders and feedback has been requested.
10 February 2014 Northwest Quadrant Transportation Forum - 6:30 PM @ Merriam Park Rec Center Representatives from Saint Anthony Park, Hamline-Midway, Union Park, and Macalester-Groveland District Councils were present.
11 February 2014 Wabasha Partners - 4:00 PM @ Fitzgerald Theater Staff presented information regarding downtown strategy.
11 February 2014 Bikeways Plan Open House - 6:00 PM @ El Rio Vista Rec Center
12 February 2014 Saint Paul Parks Commission - 6:30 PM @ Oxford Community Center
13 February 2014 Bikeways Plan Open House - 6:00 PM @ Macalester College
18 February 2014 Bikeways Plan Open House - 6:00 PM @ Duluth & Case Rec Center
19 February 2014 Union Park District Council (District 13) Parks & Recreation Committee - 7:00 PM @ Merriam Park Rec Center
20 February 2014 Friends of the Parks & Trails of St. Paul & Ramsey County - 7:30 AM @ MnDOT Waters Edge
20 February 2014 Bikeways plan Open House - 6:00 PM @ CapitolRiver Council Offices, US Bank Center
24 February 2014 Eastview-Conway-Battle Creek-Highwood Hills (District 1) Community Council Board Meeting - 6:30 PM @Battle Creek Rec Center
26 February 2014 Pelham Friendly Streets Meeting - 6:00 PM @ Merriam Park Rec Center
03 March 2014 North End-South Como (District 6) Board Meeting - 6:30 PM @ North Emanual Lutheran Church (301 Hatch Ave)
04 March 2014 Payne-Phalen (District 5) Community Planning & Economic Development Committee - 6:00 PM @ Eastern District Police Department Community Room (722 Payne Ave)
05 March 2014 Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce Transportation Committee - 8:00 AM
10 March 2014 Como (District 10) Council, District Plan Meeting - 7:00 PM @ Historic Como Streetcar Station in Como Park
11 March 2014 Highland (District 15) Transporation Committee - 7:00 PM @ Hillcrest Rec Center
18 March 2014 West Side (District 3) Council, Riverfront, Development & Land Use Committee - 6:30 PM @ 1 W Water St
24 March 2014 Eastivew-Conway-Battle Creek-Highwood Hills Community Council (District 1) Open House - 5:00-8:00 PM @ 2105 1/2 Old Hudson Road
24 March 2014 Macalester-Groveland (District 14) Transportation Committee - 6:30 PM @ Edgcumbe Rec Center (320 S. Griggs, 55105)
25 March 2014 Summit-University Planning Council (District 8) Board Meeting - 7:00 PM @ Unity Church-Unitarian - Anderson Library (733 Portland Ave)
27 March 2014 Saint Paul Smart Trips Board Meeting - 7:00 AM @ Smart Trips offices
07 April 2014 Cycles 4 Change Bike Library Advisory Council - 5 PM @ Goodwill
08 April 2014 Frogtown Neighborhood Association (District 7) Board Meeting - 6:00 PM @ 500 North Dale St (Kings Crossing)
16 April 2014 Union Park District Council (District 13) Parks Committee - 7:00 PM @ Merrian Park Rec Center Community Room
17 April 2014 Northeast Quadrant Downtown Business Owners Group - 3 PM @ Metropolitan Center for Independent Living
21 April 2014 Dayton's Bluff Community Council (District 4) Board Meeting - 6:30 PM @ 798 E. 7th St.
22 April 2014 Frogtown Neighborhood Association (District 7) Frogtown Forum - 6:30 PM @ West Minnehaha Recreation Center
23 April 2014 West Seventh/Fort Road Federation (District 9) Annual Meeting - 6:30 PM @ Summit Brewery
24 April 2014 Saint Paul Heritage Preservation Commission Meeting - 5:00 PM @ City Hall Conference Room 40 (15 Kellogg Boulevard West)
19 May 2014 A summary of the written statements received on the draft Bikeways Plan was presented to the Transportation Committee of the Planning Commission - 4:00 PM @ City Hall Annex.
6 October 2014 Staff presented the October 2014 draft of the plan to the Transportation Committee of the Planning Commission at 4:00 PM @ 13th floor conference room of the City Hall Annex. The Committee voted to recommend that the Planning Commission release the plan for public comment and set a public hearing date.
3 November 2014 Staff presented an overview of the draft plan to the Transportation Committee of the Saint Anthony Park Community Council (District 12) - 6:30 PM @ South Saint Anthony Rec Center
2 December 2014 Staff presented an overview of the draft plan to the Parking and Long Range Planning Committees of the CapitolRiver Council (District17) - 4:30 PM @ U.S. Bank Building 16th Floor (Download the presentation here - 8 MB)
17 December 2014 Staff presented a summary of recommendations for a downtown bicycle network and upcoming downtown bicycle planning efforts for 2015 to the CapitolRiver Council Board - 7:30 AM @ U.S. Bank Building 16th Floor
12 January 2015 Staff presented a summary of proposed changes to the Plan to the Transportation Committee. The meeting was held at 4:00 PM in the 13th floor conference room of the City Hall Annex.
For more information, contact Reuben Collins at 651-266-6059 or firstname.lastname@example.org