Monday, April 14, 2014

MnDOT seeks public input for statewide bicycle system plan

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The public, local government officials and transportation supporters are invited to provide input for Minnesota’s statewide bicycle system plan at one of nine meetings statewide.

April 23 in St. Cloud – Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Drive
April 30 in Granite Falls – Kilowatt Community Center, 600 Kilowatt Dr.
May 1 in Fergus Falls – West Central Initiative, 1000 Western Ave.
May 6 in Mankato – Blue Earth County Library, 100 E. Main St.
May 7 in Bemidji – Hampton Inn and Suites, 1019 Paul Bunyan Dr. S.
May 8 in Duluth – Duluth City Hall, 411 W. First St.
May 13 in Rochester – University Center Rochester, Heintz Center HA102, 1926 Collegeview Rd. E
May 14 in St. Paul – Neighborhood House at Wellstone Center, Westside Room, 179 Robie St E.
May 15 in Minneapolis – University of Minnesota Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center, 2001 Plymouth Ave N

All meetings will take place from 4 to 6 p.m., and attendees should plan to stay the entire time. The event will begin with a brief project description followed by a facilitated workshop. There will also be a community open house from 6 to 7 p.m., where people can come and go. An online participation is also available at

Activities will be offered throughout the evening for adults bringing their children.

“Minnesota is often recognized as one of the top bicycle-friendly states in the country, and the best way to continue improving is to learn from constituents who use the highways, bike lanes and shoulders to bike,” said Tim Mitchell, MnDOT bicycle and pedestrian coordinator.   

Participants will be asked to provide feedback on:

·         Where are the MnDOT roads that could improve the local bike network?
·         Where are the places riders want to bike long distance?
·         Where do people feel comfortable biking?
·         With limited funding, how do we prioritize projects?

Feedback will help MnDOT identify and recommend routes, improve existing facilities in the bike system and more effectively address the needs of bicycles riders in Minnesota.

The public also may submit written comments on the project website, email or mail to Greta Alquist, MnDOT Office of Transit MS 315, 395 John Ireland Blvd., St. Paul, MN, 55155

To request an ASL or foreign language interpreter, or other reasonable accommodation, call Janet Miller at 651-366-4720 or 1-800-657-3774 (Greater Minnesota); 711 or 1-800-627-3529 (Minnesota Relay). Alternatively, send an email to Please request at least one week in advance.

For more information on the project, visit