2021-2022 Bicycle Plan Update
The City is updating the Bicycle Plan! The current plan (linked here and below) was adopted by the City Council in March 2015 after several years of public engagement. While the current plan is still used by the City and its partners to expand the bike network, it could use a refresh.
This update will focus on two major objectives:
1) Update the planned network to include more separated bike lanes and paths
- National and state guidance recommends spaces to bike that are more separated from car traffic.
The City has heard from the community that to get more people biking, there needs to be a connected network of separated bike lanes and paths.
2) Identify where and how the City should prioritize resources to expand the bike network and get more people riding bikes
The current plan prioritizes 1) creating a network of comfortable bike facilities in downtown and 2) completing the Grand Round, a network of bike facilities connecting our beautiful parks. The City has made major progress since 2015, and as we continue to work towards completing these goals, we want to think about what’s next.
What are separated bike lanes and paths? Why is Saint Paul considering them?
Separated bike lanes and paths are spaces for people biking that are separated from car traffic by some sort of physical barrier. They can be designed just for people biking, or they can be designed to be shared by people walking and biking. Separated bike lanes and paths can be for one way bike traffic or two way bike traffic.
There are many examples of separated bike lanes and paths in Saint Paul shown in the photos above – and residents and community members have asked for more of them! Separated bike lanes and paths:
- Provide a comfortable space to bike for people of all ages and abilities
- Allow for a narrower roadway, which encourages slower driving speeds and is easier to cross for people walking. By constructing the bikeway outside of the road, the street can be narrower.
Timeline (subject to change)
- Summer 2021: Outreach to City departments, Council offices, District Councils
- Fall 2021: Public outreach, events, virtual presentations
- Winter 2021 thru Summer 2022: Draft bike network updates, network prioritization
- Fall to Winter 2022: Draft plan engagement
- Spring 2023: Plan adoption