Will Saint Paul Make a Path for Bikeways?
Posted by Brandon Hedges & Matt Barker on Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 12:00 AM By Brandon Hedges & Matt Barker / June 26, 2014 Comment
Bikeways Plan. The plan is to encourage bicycles as a means of transportation by adding corridors that connect across the city with special lanes or "bike boulevards" for bicycles. The Bikeways Plan falls under the 2008 Comprehensive Plan of Saint Paul. One goal for the Comprehensive Plan is to increase the number of bike trips from 2% set in 2000 to 5% in 2025. Although that percentage doesn't seem very high, that equates to thousands of cars off the roads. We currently are just a few years past the middle years of that goal and now barely just passed the Bikeway Plan itself (2014). Currently throughout the Twin Cities there are 144 miles worth of existing bikeways. The Bikeways Plan hopes to add on 214 more miles giving a grand total of 358 miles of bikeway paths in metro. The draft of the Bikeways Plan quotes that:
"The plan places a high emphasis on bikeway facility types that provide separation between motor vehicle traffic and bicycles. 68% of the total recommended bikeway network will be off-street paths or in-street separated facilities such as bike lanes or cycle tracks. An additional 13% will be bicycle boulevard facilities, local neighborhood streets with low traffic volumes."Jim Denham -- Matt' Johnson