Capital City Bikeway Interim Design Study

9th/10th Street Bikeway Implementation

This fall, the bikeway on 10th Street from Dorothy Day Place to Jackson Street and 9th Street from Jackson Street to Broadway Street will be implemented. This work is being done in coordination with the Downtown Pavement and Sidewalk Improvement Project.

The bikeway will be a two-way bikeway on the south side of 10th Street from Dorothy Day Place to Jackson Street and one-way bikeways on both sides of 9th Street from Jackson Street to Broadway Street.

Addition of the bikeway on 9th Street and 10th Street will include the following changes to the roads:

  • 10th Street between Cedar Street and Jackson Street will become a one-way road with westbound traffic only and the new bikeway.
  • Traffic signs will be changed and added with the addition of the bikeway and the modification of 10th Street to a one-way between Cedar Street and Jackson Street.
  • Existing on-street parking (and meters) will be removed on both sides of 10th Street from St. Peter Street to Cedar Street, the south side of 10th Street from Cedar Street to Jackson Street and the south side of 9th Street. Parking will remain on the north side of 10th Street between Cedar Street and Jackson Street.
  • Concrete median buffers will be constructed along portions of 10th Street to separate the bikeway from the roadway. Access to driveways will be maintained.
  • The mill and overlay will improve the roadway surface and new striping will indicate the added bikeway and roadway changes.

Timeline for implementation of the bikeway on 9th Street and 10th Street:

  • Any needed sidewalk work will be completed by the end of September.
  • Parking removals and striping will start as early as next week (September 8) on 9th Street between Jackson Street and Broadway Street.
  • Parking removals on 10th Street will be done in the later half of September before the mill and overlay.
  • Striping on 10th Street will be completed with the mill and overlay in late September or early October. No parking signs will be posted at least 24 hours in advance of the mill and overlay.
  • Signs will be changed in conjunction with other work on the roadway section.
  • The concrete median will be constructed by the end of November after all other work is completed.

What is the Capital City Bikeway?

The Capital City Bikeway is a planned network of bicycle facilities throughout downtown Saint Paul. The bikeway network will connect to existing trails and on-street bikeways, allowing people comfortable and convenient bicycle access to and through downtown.

The development of bicycle facilities in the downtown was a top priority of the Saint Paul Bicycle Plan, adopted by City Council in March 2015. Following the adoption of the City’s Bicycle Plan, the City developed the Capital City Bikeway: Network Study and Design Guide in 2016, which includes a bikeway network study, bikeway network map, bikeway design guide, and bikeway implementation plan.

The first segment of the Capital City Bikeway was completed in 2017 along Jackson Street from University Avenue to Kellogg Boulevard. The network will include bikeways on Kellogg Boulevard, 9th Street/10th Street, and St. Peter Street, St. Peter Street/Market Street, or Wabasha Street.

What is the Interim Design Study?

The Capital City Bikeway Interim Design Study will build off the work completed in 2016-2017 and take the network development a step further. The project includes the development and evaluation of interim designs along with a public engagement process for the following segments of the Capital City Bikeway:

  • 9th Street/10th Street
  • St. Peter Street, St. Peter Street/Market Street, or Wabasha Street
Capital City Bikeway Map highlighting 2019 Interim Design Study on 9th Street and 10th Street and St. Peter Street, Wabasha Street, or St. Peter Street/Market Street in downtown Saint Paul.

The bikeway designs are considered “interim” because they will be at street-level and incorporated into the existing, between-the-curbs street width. The long-term vision for each of these segments is to develop protected bikeways, but design and development of those bikeways will likely not happen until there are full street reconstruction projects along each segment.

The project is being conducted in 2019 due to street resurfacing projects that are taking place over the next several years on 9th Street, 10th Street, St. Peter Street, and Wabasha Street. Bikeways will be incorporated as part of the street resurfacing projects on 9th Street, 10th Street, and either St. Peter Street or Wabasha Street.

The Capital City Bikeway: Network Study and Design Guide recommended St. Peter Street as the primary north/south route on the west side of downtown. This project will include an evaluation of two potential routes - St. Peter Street or Wabasha Street - as well as engagement with stakeholders to help arrive at a recommended route alignment.

Anticipated Project Schedule

Capital City Bikeway Interim Design Study Timeline for 9th Street and 10th Street and St. Peter Street and Wabasha Street. Timeline goes from Summer 2019 to Spring 2020. A public engagement activity will be held in each quarter of the project.

Engagement Activities and Materials

City Council Public Hearing - Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Saint Paul City Council held a public hearing on the proposed plan to implement the Interim Capital City Bikeway design on 9th Street and 10th Street between Dorothy Day Place and the I-94 bridge on Wednesday, May 6 at 3:30 p.m., with an opportunity for public comment.

3rd Open House - Thursday, February 6, 2020

This was an opportunity to see and provide feedback on updated design concepts, including the recommended design for 9th Street/10th Street corridor.

2nd Open House - Thursday, October 10, 2019

This was an opportunity to provide feedback on design concepts for different segments of 9th Street/10th Street and different configurations of bike lanes on St. Peter Street, St. Peter Street/Market Street, and Wabasha Street. 

Open House - Thursday, May 30, 2019

This was the first opportunity to learn about the project and provide some initial feedback about the corridors.

Project Materials