Increase walking, biking and transit use by one or more of the following means:
a. Document increased infrastructure for pedestrians, bikers, and public transit users. b. Increase the number of employers promoting multiple commuting options. c. Be recognized as a Walk Friendly, Bicycle Friendly, or Age Friendly Community.
Consider working with your businesses to bring in expertise to improve pedestrian commercial traffic, conducting downtown pedestrian counts, street vitality indices, traffic projection studies, shopper intercept studies, traffic-shaping projects and retail recruitment campaigns.
See the Walk Friendly Communities program supported by the national Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (NOTE: this program is not accepting new applicants until fall of 2023).
See your city’s (or by any address) walk, bus, and transit scores at WalkScore.
The Bicycle Network Analysis from the national non-profit People for Bikes helps cities assess the degree to which people can comfortably bike to the places they want to go.
The AARP Age Friendly Community program aims to make the places where we live more livable and better able to support people of all ages. Join the network, access training, and find resources for creating a community action plan and taking action.
Conduct regular walk/bike counts of key areas and report increases in walk/bike counts. Report pedestrian/bike safety measures under BPA 11.6.
Install infrastructure such as bike racks, bike stations, park benches, shelters, park-and-ride lots, or real-time arrival data-streaming; document the increase in employer-offered transportation fringe benefits such as transit passes or free bike lockers; report your city's Bicycle Network Analysis score; report a Walk Score of 70+, Bike Score of 80+, and Transit Score of 60+ or show an increase in your city's scores. Report bike lanes and trails under BPAs 11.4 and 11.5.
Be recognized as a Walk Friendly, Bicycle Friendly, or Age Friendly Community; report an increase in your city's Bicycle Network Analysis score; conduct an Inclusive Walk Audit in key areas of the community; allow property owners to substitute bike parking spaces for required car parking spaces. Report transit-oriented design and travel demand management requirements under BP14.
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Albert Lea - 3 star
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Year action initially completed: 2009
City staff connected an organization that allows employees to use pretax income for transit purposes with Workforce Development. Staff hopes that the connection may lead more employees to use transit in Albert Lea and save money in doing so.
In 2009 The City of Albert Lea adopted a Complete Streets Policy. Since 2009, the city has added over seven miles of sidewalk and 3 miles of bike lanes.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Our Walking and biking have increase by 39% since 2010. These numbers are supported by both annual trail counts and the Gallup Wellbeing Index that was conducted Albert lea in 2014 and 2016. We are above the National and State average in active living. In 2015 we won the Local Government Innovation Award for our work in Active Living.
The City maintains a page on its website with information on public trail networks including a map that is available to download. Wayfinding signage is provided throughout the City along public trails. The additional design standards for the B-2 and B-3 Zoning Districts require that properties provide one bicycle parking space for every 20 automobile parking spaces. All multi-family residential developments are required to provide enclosed bicycle parking at a ratio of 0.5 spaces for every dwelling unit.
Maps and schedules of express bus service have been produced and distributed. In 2014, the League of American Cyclists awarded the City of Brainerd with an honorable mention upon reviewing its application for becoming a Walk and Bike Friendly Community. In the coming months Brainerd will be submitting another application in an attempt to increase its standing.
Coon Rapids received grant funding through the Anoka County Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) which strives to help residents lead longer, healthier lives. Grant money was used to make trail and park maps, trail signage, distance markers and signs promoting businesses and local services. Route maps were printed and distributed in the city. Detailed maps and specific park and trail information is available online and regularly updated. Bike facilities have also been added along existing trails and continue to be part of future plans for park improvements from the referendum.
Coon Rapids is also home to the Riverdale Northstar Station which provides residents a park and ride location, signage, shelters and bike facilities. Coon Rapids has also been recognized as a Walk/Bike Friendly City as part of the Mississippi River Trail that goes through Coon Rapids.
The city of Crosslake is a member and supporter of the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway Association a non-profit organization that promotes, preserves and enhances area amenities available to all the public to enjoy. The Paul Bunyan Byway Association provides a website including a route map of thirteen interpretive kiosk sites, miles of walking and biking trails (8 ft shoulders) and bikeways (6-8 ft shoulders), and access to lakes, brooks and rivers including historic Whitefish Chain of Lakes and the Pine River.
A bike rental station is available in the heart of Crosslake. With the Pay-Per-Use bike share system, Riders use the free smartphone App to locate the bike station. Once at the station, they select a bike and use the App to access the bike. Information on roads and trails is provided.
The city of Dilworth cooperates with cities in the Fargo-Moorhead metro area to operate the MATBUS public transportation system. MATBUS has route maps and a website that allows users to plan trips and see buses in real-time. MATBUS also has an app available to both Apple and Google Play. All buses on fixed routes include bike racks on the front to accommodate three bikes, and Dilworth design stops with bike facilities in mind. Dilworth is a Bike Friendly Bronze Level Community, as Dilworth is in the Fargo-Moorhead metro area. Bike maps and walking maps are available at City Hall in brochure form as well as online. MetroCOG has also recently made the bike map available via an app for mobile users.
The Edina Transportation Commission (ETC) will be focusing on "active transportation" such as developing the policies and programs that support the implementation of complete green streets and improve the transportation right of way for walking and biking. To that end, on 4-21-11, the ETC passed a resolution supporting the "Living Streets" concept (complete green streets) and will forward that to the Council. Upon approaval, ETC and City staff will develop a process for getting stakeholder input (other boards and commissions, public, etc.) to develop a policy or plan. The Bike Edina Task Force (BETF) helps to lead community rides, for example: Rides with the Mayor, annual Bike to Work training and events (such as the 50th and France event held in May or June), and on-demand skills ride events to increase bicycling skills and riding options in Edina. The BETF promotes safe bicycling with its website, free wallet cards, and hosting information tables at several community events throughout the year.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
City of Edina was awarded a Bike Friendly Community award:
Lake Region Healthcare requested and was granted permission to place signs encouraging people to stop and stretch or do short sets of exercise (ex. jumping jacks, planks) along Lake Alice and around their campus.
b. Document increased bike facilities, such as racks, bike stations or showers.
The morning Rotary Club donated a number of bicycle racks for public use around the community. A bicycle maintenance station was donated to the city in 2015 and is placed near the public library.
c. Add bus infrastructure, such as signage, benches, shelters, park and ride lots, and real-time arrival data-streaming.
Productive Alternatives runs a bus service Monday-Saturday throughout the city and they have a daily route to the Fargo-Moorhead area as well. Jefferson Bus Lines also has a daily route that uses Fergus Falls as a pick-up/drop-off point. A number of park benches are located in the downtown area and on the west end of the city for public use.
d. Increase the number of employers promoting multiple commuting options, including offering qualified transportation fringe benefits instead of only a tax-free parking fringe benefit.
The school district, community college and Lake Region Healthcare sponsor friendly competitions for Walk or Bike to Work or School events.
e. Be recognized as a Walk Friendly or Bicycle Friendly Community.
The City of Fergus Falls adopted a resolution approving volunteers to develop a Bicycle Master Plan in April of 2014. A group called Pedal Fergus Falls has also been established. A bicycle and pedestrian advisory sub-committee of the Planning Commission has recently been reconfigured and will be a standing commission of the city and will have their membership appointed annually by the Mayor.
Golden Valley has bicycle and pedestrian maps available on its website as well as an interactive bike and pedestrian map where residents can input suggestions for trail changes to be used by the Bike and Pedestrian Planning Task force when working on the City’s 2040 Comprehensive Plan. Golden Valley has a park and ride lot at General Mills Boulevard and Interstate 394 and at Highway 100 and Duluth Street. Metro Transit routes and ridesharing information are available in paper form at City Hall.
Taprooms and cocktail rooms are allowed to substitute 2 bicycle spaces for every 1 required car parking space up to 15% of required parking spaces. Bicycle parking spaces are required for residents in developments with more than 12 units as well as for employees and the public in all other developments at a rate of 5% of the required vehicle parking (minimum of 4 spaces).
General Mills and Vocal Laboratories Inc., two Golden Valley based businesses, are bronze business recipients from the Bicycle Friendly ranking program. As of 2016, according to walkscore.com, Golden Valley has a Walk Score of 29 out of 100.
The City and County worked with Sawtooth Mountain Clinic to launch an active living campaign - “Moving matters” (http://becausemovingmatters.org/about/ – funded by a Blue Cross/Blue Shield grant to the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic. The program includes educational efforts, maps and designated bike and walking routes, grants to do small projects like the bike repair stations, and promoting healthy living/transportation. The effort also includes a safe routes to school component and a website; Becausemovingmatters.org.
The Moving Matters program includes a “Great Places Project” (http://becausemovingmatters.org/greatplaceproject/) for creating people friendly areas in commercial area and community gathering places by awarding grants to businesses and organizations for installing public art, pedestrian infrastructure like outdoor seating, and landscaping.
The City added two bike repair stands in public spaces for bicyclists to do repairs to their bikes.
In 2009, the First Congregational Church of Christ created the “Workers on Wheels” program. The program renovates old bicycles for foreign workers who are coming in to work in the tourist service industry, but who do not have cars or other transportation. The program has 60 bikes in service. See story at http://www.cookcountynews-herald.com/news/2014-09-13/General_News/Busy_year_for_Workers_on_Wheels.html.
The City created a unique initiative to address the safety and mobility issues along Highway 61, identified through the Moving Matters efforts to engage the community. MNDOT had no plans for upgrades or improvements in its 20-year plan. Grand Marais engaged MnDOT’s complete streets and design flexibility staff to come to the City and conduct workshops and participate in a conceptual redesign process for Hwy 61 that filled bicycle trail gaps, addressed ROW conflicts, and improved pedestrian safety. As a result, MnDOT has now identified a redesign project in Grand Marais. The City and Moving Matters incorporated a redesign community engagement process in 2014. A number of facilitated stakeholder meetings, hosted by MnDOT and the City, were held. Stakeholders participated in a design and functional discussion to accommodate more pedestrian, multi-model traffic, enhance walkability, improve accessibility. Implementation targeted for 2020.
Near the City of Hermantown runs the Williard Munger State Trail. It runs a total of 70 miles between the cities of Duluth and Hinkley. Hermantown seeks to expand its trail system via a connector to the Williard Munger Trail. A preferred route has been chosen that includes the school, many of the more concentrated residential areas, as well as the Hermantown Marketplace Zone.
We have been working on multiple avenues to promote walking, biking, and transit. We are currently in the process of updating our 2013 pedestrian plan and have applied to be recognized as a Bicycle Friendly community. We have a strong Bicycle Shoppe which is supported by the city and helps to promote bicycling and fix bicycles. For additional information see our links and attached document.
The City of Mankato, in partnership with the City of North Mankato, has received "Honerable Mention" as a Bicycle-Friendly Community in 2011. For 2012 the cities undertook additional efforts and have re-submitted updated information in hopes of achieving higher status as a Bicycle-Friendly Community.
The City of Mankato requires provision of bicycle parking for all new non-residential uses, and multiple-family residential uses. Provision of additional bicyle parking may allow developers to reduce required number of automobile parking stalls accordingly. See http://www.mankato-mn.gov/CityCode/Section-10.85.aspx (scroll to Section 19 F).
The City created and distributes a Trails Map which outlines the best bike and pedestrian routes. Creation and distribution is partnered with other area organizations.
Pioneering a Healthier Marshall in conjunction with the City of Marshall has developed and distributed updated maps to encourage walking and biking. There are also several kiosks located on the trail system to promote trail use.
In December of 2018, the City of Marshall was named a Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of America Bicyclists. This was the result of several community meetings with the Minnesota Bicycle Alliance and the collection of data to meet the Bronze Level status.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Trail maps are available at city offices, the chamber of commerce, community businesses, trail kiosks and the city website. Bike racks have been expanded and include locations at: Aquatic Center, all public and private schools, all city parks, 3 downtown locations, city/county library, and Southwest Minnesota State University. Marshall was selected as the first MN city destination as part of the Tour de Kota cycling event in 2012 because of its reputation as a bike friendly community.
The achieve Bronze Level status the City of Marshall received high ratings in the following measures: Share of Transportation Budget
Spent on Bicycling, Bike Month and Bike to Work Events and Bicycle–Friendly Laws & Ordinances.
The City of Moorhead in cooperation with the City of Fargo, ND, operates the MATBUS public transportation system in the metro area. MATBUS produces printed route maps of the jurisdiction boundaries with each bus route shown in color, along with common destinations. MATBUS recently introduced a newly revised website. The website contains individual maps for each route, along with timetables and any applicable detours. Passengers can plan their trips, see their buses in real time at specific bus stops, watch a “How to Ride” video and much more.
All of the MATBUS fixed route buses have bike racks on the front that can accommodate up to three bikes. In addition, the main transit center has a bike docking station to allow multi-modal transportation from bike to bus. The docking station is coordinated with Great Rides Bike Share and discounted prices are available to encourage use of both bike and bus in tandem. Bike racks are also available at a number of key passenger shelters or transfer hubs.
Specially designed MATBUS stop signs are placed at all designated bus stop locations along the bus routes. There are over 250 signs, which contain both phone number and web address to assist passengers. Moorhead has 31 passenger shelters located along routes and each shelter has an interior bench, with many also having exterior benches and bike racks. The shelters each have a display case with a printed map and specific information on scheduled stops at that location. There are depot monitors or kiosks located at two of the college bus stops (MSUM and M|State) that show passengers when buses are scheduled to arrive in real time. MATBUS has an app available through Apple and Google Play that displays real time arrival of buses along routes and at specific bus stops. MATBUS also works with Google Maps to provide directions on how to get to and from locations on the bus. Moorhead sponsors a Park and Ride lot at the Moorhead Center Mall, where commuters can hop on the LinkFM downtown shuttle to access Moorhead and Fargo downtown businesses, as well as the MATBUS Transfer Center.
MATBUS works with Sanford Health, a major employer for the metro area, to offer a discounted 30-day bus pass to employees. Currently, 122 Sanford employees utilize MATBUS through this program. In addition, to encourage participation by employers, a new pilot program offering a Downtown Pass at a discount price was introduced in February 2017. The Downtown Pass is only available through employers in the downtown zone and 90 passes have been sold.
The entire FM metro area, including Moorhead, has received the BRONZE Bicycle Friendly Community designation.
The city offers transit route maps at City Hall and public transportation options are listed on the city's website. Options include Metro Transit, Transit Link, and Metro Mobility.
The city has bicycle parking requirements in place for all commercial land uses within the R-O (Residential-Office), R-B (Residential-Business), L-B (Limited Business), C-B (Community Business), and CC (City Center) zoning districts. Streetscape improved planned for Xylon Avenue in 2015 include 6 new bike racks.
A 2010 Bass Lake Road water main and transit improvement project included installation of a bus shelter on the south side of Bass Lake Rd at Yukon Ave N.
The City of New Ulm has a 13-mile bike/walking loop around the city. The paved recreation trail is marked by "bike route" and "1/2 mile" markers which also includes benches along the way.
Maps of the trail can also be obtained though the New Ulm Chamber of Commerce and Explore Minnesota webpages. The City of New Ulm has also included the bike trail on its webpage GIS portal that all can view.
New Ulm has been a Bronze Bicycle Friendly Community since 2017.
The City of Richfield has been certified as a Bicycle Friendly Bronze community by the League of American Bicyclists. The City's Comprehensive Plan includes detailed maps of civic and commercial centers and transit corridors. The City's Bike Master Plan shows existing and planned bicycle facilities. The Twin Cities Bike Map shows numerous designated bike routes that criss-cross the City. MetroTransit provides printed and on-line route information. Hennepin County maps show bike routes and trails.
A pathway map on the city's website shows over 100 miles of pathways for biking and walking. Bus maps are also available. The city has also implemented transit shelters that are maintained by the city. The zoning code requires bicycle parking to promote bicycle use. The code requires bicycle parking spaces equal to 10% of the automobile parking requirement.
The City has a "Get Moving" map (attached) that includes parks, bike trails, bike lanes on roads, road routes, as well as street names for the city. The map was produced in association with Mississippi Partners organization.
The City has a Park & Ride lot on the East side of the City, to catch the Northstar Link Buses into the Twin Cities.
The City of Saint Cloud was awarded a "bronze" score in by the League of American Bicyclists for for their role as a bicycle friendly community.
Trail/sidewalk maps are updated annually and provided at https://www.stlouispark.org/parks-trails/regional-bike-trails.html, at events and in brochure racks in each public building. In Nov. 2016 the city was recognized as a Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) at the Bronze Level by the League of American Bicyclists.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
More people using trails and sidewalks and biking; national certification of the city as a Bicycle Friendly Community.
The City of Shakopee’s Parks and Trails website provides users with a web-based map and a printable map both of which show the city’s park stations. These maps identify trails, bike boulevards, bike lanes, sidewalk connections, transit stations, and future trails throughout the city. 3,000 printed copies of these maps were distributed to several locations within the city, free of charge.
Additionally, the City of Shakopee has a Bicycle Facilities showing the location of installed bike racks, the quantity of bike racks at each location for a total ¬¬of 978 bike racks throughout the city, and identifies holes in bike parking.
The City’s Public Transportation website shows six transit services provided by the Minnesota Valley Transit Authority and Dial-A-Ride as well as locations of free park and rides such as; Marchall Road Transit Station, Southbridge Crossings Park and Ride, and Eagle Creek Park and Ride.
Shakopee City Code 151.143 – Required Number of Parking Spaces (G) details the bicycle infrastructure required to be provided by apartment/condominium developments with more than 8 units, institutional/educational, commercial, and industrial uses.
All facilities for required bicycle parking must meet Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals Standards for design. Racks and other facilities must not interfere with accessible paths of travel, or accessible parking as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act. Bicycle parking must be located at least as close to the main entrance of a building as the nearest non-accessible/handicapped parking space, or 100 feet, whichever is less. Multi-tenant buildings are permitted to have 1 centrally located bicycle parking area. Bicycle parking facilities may be placed in public right-of-way with the approval of the Public Works Director, or designee. Outdoor racks must be in areas that are lit by exterior lighting. Use of building or pole mounted lighting is acceptable. An area of at least 2 feet x 6 feet of clear space is required for each bicycle parking space. Bicycle racks directly adjacent to automobile parking areas shall be placed at least 2.5 feet from all parts of an automobile parking space to not interfere with doors, bumpers, etc. If covered automobile parking is provided, at least 50% of required bicycle parking must be covered.
The amount of required bicycle parking for multiple-family dwellings, (excluding townhomes), commercial, institutional, and industrial uses is equal to 2 spaces + 5% of the required number of automobile parking spaces. Fractions of spaces greater than one-half of a space are rounded up to the nearest whole number of spaces. The Zoning Administrator may waive or reduce the requirement for bicycle parking for uses that are unlikely to generate bicycle trips; such as cemeteries, car washes, kennels, commercial feedlots, junk yards, etc. All new multi-family residential buildings greater than 12 units, commercial, and industrial buildings, and buildings that are remodeled, renovated, added onto, or altered by a building permit with a construction valuation greater than $100,000 are required to comply with the bicycle parking requirements.
Other traffic calming measures the City of Shakopee has implemented include; requiring boulevard trees, pedestrian bump-outs in the Downtown, multiple roundabouts, and two permanent radar signs where the school zone starts.
The City has created a map which is distributed widely, available online or to pick up at city facilities.
Bike lockers have been added to some bus stops throughout the City, and bus shelters were added in 2011. Shoreview has been recognized as a Bike Friendly Community.
The City has an active Bikes and Trailways Committee that serves under the City Council and is advisory to the development of bikeways, trailways and alternative means of transportation, and to promote their implementation.
Each year, the leisurely Tour de Trails bike ride celebrates Shoreview as a bicycle-friendly community and is a terrific way for family and friends to experience first-hand the exceptional bicycle paths that cover the length and breadth of the city. The enjoyable summer tour showcases the most scenic parkland the city offers, and participants bypass busy roads and highways by using a series of bridges and tunnels on our trail system.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Shoreview was the first city in the Minnesota to be recognized as a "Bicycle-Friendly Community" by the League of American Bicyclists for its comprehensive 50-mile trail and sidewalk system.
The City website features a page on "Bicycling" that lists route maps, rules and other resources. Since 2013, the City of Winona is a bronze level bicycle friendly community: http://bikeleague.org/sites/default/files/bfareportcards/BFC_Fall_2013_ReportCard_Winona_MN.pdf
The City's recently approved Pedestrian and Bicycle plan should help improve the infrastructure for human powered transit. The plan is available online here: https://www.cityofwinona.com/city-services/planning-zoning/complete-streets/
"A map showing the City's trail and sidewalk system is available on the website. In addition, the City website has a larger-scale commuter bike route map. City maps indicate the location of City parks and businesses in the downtown.
"Minnesota Valley Transit Authority (MVTA) provides bus service in Apple Valley. Bus station stops provide benches, seating, bicycle lockers and bike racks. The park and ride facilities at 157th Street, the Apple Valley Transit Station and the Palomino Park and Ride provide enclosed waiting areas. The Apple Valley Transit Station (AVTS) provides 750-spaces of structured and surface parking, and a skyway over Cedar Avenue to ensure pedestrian safety. Real-time arrival data is expected to be implemented as part of the bus rapid transit (BRT) service on Cedar Avenue in 2012.
"The City was one of the founding partners in the Active Living Dakota County group. Active Living Dakota County has secured grants through Blue Cross Blue Shield and the State of Minnesota Health Improvement Program (SHIP) to promote active living in its member communities. The City of Apple Valley has received grants to conduct the Bike Walk Apple Valley Trail and Sidewalk plan and the Business Bike Rack program. Grants have also been submitted to fund construction of some of the key missing trail and sidewalk segments in the City.
a) AMCAT has printed brochures and maps, has a website, and has added two new shelters. Used Ship Grant to purchase trail signage for the city of Austin trail system, signage for JC Hormel Nature Center & Shooting Star Trail.
b) Used Ship Grant to add 39 bike racks with in the city of Austin. A total of 77 new racks county wide.
c) AMCAT added two new shelters.
e) Used Ship Grant to promote and market a get fit be fit campaign. Purchased free swim times for the Austin pool & skate time for the Austin arena. Purchased 40 pairs of snow shoes for shooting star trail, 30 pairs of skates for Packer Arena, 25 sets of snowshoes and 6 sets of skis for the JC Hormel Nature Center. Helped fund start up cost for summer outdoor program for children in concert with Park & Rec. Paid to train the trainer for the Silver Sneaker Program at the senior center encouraging the elderly to exercise. Sponsored Active Living Conference with Nationally known speaker Mark Fenton. City officials did a walking audit around downtown Austin learning ways to make the city more pedestrian friendly.
Received SHIP Grant in 2010. Used to install bike racks at 5 community parks. (Hamlet, Oakwood, Highlands, Kingston, and Woodridge) Bike rack guidlines have also been created for commercial developments. Requirements for location, spacing, style, quantity and installation.
A map of all City parks and trails can be found on the City's website. The map includes all hard surface trail and all city, county and state natural trails. All recreation facilities, schools, government buildings and all parks with an individual description of what is available at each.
Crookston is working on a bike workshop where people can fix and maintain their bikes. There will also be a permanent bike repair stand located downtown for public use. T.H.E Bus is installing bike racks on the front of 2-3 buses before the fall of 2015. On the bike path near the entrance of the University of Minnesota Crookston, a ZAP unit has been installed. A TRAILS Master Plan is close to being released that will show all of the paths available for walkers and bikers. Signs will be posted on these paths with names and distance markers.
The City of Falcon Heights created a walking club for residents to join where they can meet up with fellow walkers and chart their progress. We also provided a map of popular walking routes in the city. The city also received a grant through Transit for Livable Communities to place over 20 new bike parkign stations within the city.
We are also working with the City of Minneapolis to access $2500 through a Transit for Livable Communities grant to place 25 bike parking stations througout the city in 2011
In addition to the existing Paul Bunyan Trail that goes through Hackensack, the City has added 5 bike racks in locations around town and has two bike shops: one that is also a coffeeshop, and one that has e-bikes!
We have trail maps as well as trail signage. Recently the City of Hastings has started to use Zagster, a bike rental program, to encourage use of the extensive bike trails and also to encourage biking as a mode of transportation vs. just a physical activity or hobby.
Hastings also has a park-and-ride lot downtown to encourage carpooling.
The City of Inver Grove Heights has produced a printed map of trails and park facilities (2008). Signage was implemented at just under 30 park facilities through a Wayfinding Project (2012). These park facilities have an in-person wayfinding map at the park entrance that corresponds to information on the City's printed map.
In 2015, a bike fix-it station and bike racks were installed at Swing Bridge Park Trailhead, which is situated on the Mississippi Regional River Trail. Over 14,000 feet of regional trail have been created within the City's Northwest Area.
A Trail Gaps Study was completed in 2011 with SHIP funding. This study highlighted areas that lack trail connectivity between trails and sidewalks. The study is reviewed on a regular basis by engineering and parks and recreation departments during redevelopment, development, and street reconstruction projects, and has been used to eliminated multiple trail gaps.
Non-motorized Trail-We have engineered a trail that will provide a non-motorized method of travel that will connect our city to the City of Grand Rapids Trail system. Once this connection is made, travel to commercial areas, the clinic etc in Grand Rapids will possible. Additionally their trail system connects to the Mesaba Trail.
Purchased and installed a bike rack at the city hall and city park to encourage the use of bicycles.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
We obtained a grant of $10,000 which paid for the engineering costs and we have obtained the right of way. The project is shovel ready and we are awaiting the results of our grant application for Legacy funding. We have subsequently obtained Legacy Grant money for the construction of the trail. This trail is scheduled for construction in 2012 and our engineer is requesting RFP's. This project has been completed. The trail is paved and connects the City of LaPrairie to the City of Grand Rapids. Furthermore, the trail connects to the Grand Rapids trail system allowing for year round safe biking and walking to the entire business and government areas in the city. This project is now completed and we are working with the group Get Fit Itasca to encourage use of the trail and to create events the promote our inter-connected trail system.
The City of Maplewood has implemented a "Living Streets" program. Livings streets is essentially Complete Streets, however, it adds a component of green streets. Living streets encourages additional boulevard tress, reduced impervious areas, cleaner street runoff, enhanced pedestrian facility and alternative modes of transportation. This policy was approved by the City Council in January of 2013. This policy will increase the amount of side walks and access to biking trails. The plan also requires the creation of paved shoulders that are the width of the average city bike lane.
From Comprehensive Plan, p. 34: "The City has worked to expand its trail system. A bicycle trail follows Minnesota TH 95 with the exception of the central part of the City, where the trail runs one block west of Minnesota TH 95 along local streets. There is a network of walking trails in the southwest portion of the City, through Jackson Meadow, through the City’s passive parkland located to the southwest of Jackson Meadow, along Nason Hill Road, along Oak Knoll Drive and northward. Trails in the northern part of the City run from the TH 95 trail through the area by the City’s wastewater treatment drainfield and northward to O’Brien State Park."
Footpaths connect the upper and lower village, two DOT crosswalks exist to facilitate crossing Hwy 95, and many residents use footpaths to access businesses and activities in the commercial district, attend church, or walk to school.
The City routinely publishes "Public Trail Announcements" in the city newsletter, such as: "While the City encourages all residents to use and enjoy the City trails, there are a few guidelines to remember which will help improve safety and enhance the beauty of the trail system..." then including details on seasonal trail use rules. A system of Nordic ski trails is maintained by volunteers on public trails in Jackson Meadow.
It is possible for paddlers and recreational boaters to access the Village Center from the St. Croix River via a new official National Park Service canoe landing and improved walking trail maintained by the MN Historical Society and City.
+The City has identified all trails, sidewalks and foot paths throughout the City.
+At City Hall and the Community Center transit schedules can be found as well is on the City's website and Facebook page.
+In late 2012 the City purchased bike racks to be placed in key areas throughout the City to promote use of bikes in the community. With the Gateway trail we are working to attract bikers into downtown to bolster economic activity and promote biking as a mode of transportation.
In 2017, the City of Pierz applied for a grant to purchase a number of bike racks to be set around town. By doing so, the City hoped that the residents would reduce their driving in town and bike more.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
The City received the grant, and purchased 6 bike racks, which contributed to an increased number of residents biking around town.
The city produced a historical walking map of Pine City to get people out walking more. There is an established bike route that goes through the city. A grant from the Statewide Health Improvement Program helped fund two bike racks and signage for routes. City received $125,000 from DNR to build a trail through the community.
Red Wing adopted a Complete Streets policy resolution in January 2011. In November 2011, the city adopted the Red Wing Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan (trails, routes/bike lanes, and sidewalk connections).
Public Works locker rooms added showers in April of 2012. Local Initiative to add 27 bike U-racks in the downtown area.
The city currently has a project underway with the Hiawatha Land Transit to develop Park and Ride and Bus transfer station in the center of town.
a. Produce/distribute route maps, signage or a web site. City Council has amended sign ordinance to permit Metro Transit install illuminated route signage.
b. Document increased bike facilities, such as racks, bike stations or showers. Multiple Bike Racks are available in our Downtown area.
c. Add bus infrastructure, such as signage, benches, shelters, park and ride lots, and real-time arrival data-streaming. Benches are provided at many bus stops and the City is working with Met Transit to have a new park and ride structure at the Robbinsdale Station as part of the Blue Line LRT Extension project.
In 2010, the Rosemount developed the Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan. The plan seeks to build on existing infrastructure to create a community where choosing walking and biking is a safe, convenient and enjoyable recreation and transportation option for all users. The Plan begins with an assessment of Rosemounts existing conditions and needs. It then establishes the Walk-Bike Framework to identify routes and specific treatments for each route to create a convenient and complete bike-walk network. A series of best practices are recommended to make walking and biking safer and more enjoyable. In order to move the plan to reality, a series of implementation strategies are outlined and potential funding sources identified.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Designate and map City, County and State bicycle routes in Rosemount.
The League of American Bicyclist designated Rosemount as Honorable Mention for its Bicycle Friendly Communities program.
The City has received over $44,000 in State Health Improvement Program (SHIP) grants for pubic bicycle facilities and wayfinding signs.
In 2011, the City offered $10,500 for a business bike rack grant program. The City participates in Walk to School month in October and National Bike Month in May. Partner with Dakota County and the City of Apple Valley to offer a community bike ride.
a. The City produces and publishes a variety of biking, pedestrian and transit maps on its website. The City also links to Metro Transit, where residents can find information on busing in the metropolitan area. The City also has a list of transportation resources, including nonprofit or business organizations in Saint Paul with a transportation focus. All the library and park and recreation centers in the city also hosts information about busing and biking, which visitors of those centers can take.
The maps can be found in several locations including:
b.One of the goals of the City of Saint Paul’s Comprehensive Plan is to create public bicycle parking facilities to increase bicycling citywide. To meet that goal, the Department of Public Works offers the Neighborhood Bike Rack Program. In 2014, the Neighborhood Bike Rack Program will dedicate $10,000 received from Transit for Livable Communities to installing approved bike racks on public right of way in front of local businesses and organizations upon request at no cost. In return, the applicant agrees to provide snow removal to maintain access to the bike racks during the winter.
To be eligible for the program, the business or organization must be located in the City of Saint Paul, and must be able to demonstrate a lack of space feasible for bike rack installation. Also, all bike rack installations must meet all applicable accessibility and construction standards.
For details about the bike rack program, including eligibility requirements, responsibilities, and restrictions, read the Neighborhood Bike Rack Program Guide.
The Neighborhood Bike Rack Program is new in 2014. Prior to that, the City had a 50/50 Bike Rack Share Program where businesses and the City could collectively finance for a bike rack. In 2014, 75 meter hitches were installed to increase biking parking in downtown.
More at: http://www.stpaul.gov/index.aspx?NID=5257
c. In 2014, Metro Transit added Bus route 83 that runs north and south through Saint Paul along Lexington Parkway. Metro Transit is improving four of downtown St. Paul’s main bus boarding areas, located at Cedar Street and 5th Street, 5th Street and Minnesota Street, 6th Street and Cedar Street and Minnesota and 6th Street. The City continues to be an advocate for mass transportation.
d.The City partners with St. Paul Smart Trips to promote alternative commuting options for workers in Saint Paul, specifically in the downtown area. St. Paul Smart Trips is able to offer employers various benefits for promoting alternative commuting options to their employees. See more at: http://www.smart-trips.org/
e.The City partners with St. Paul Smart Trips to promote alternative commuting options for workers in Saint Paul, specifically in the downtown area. St. Paul Smart Trips is able to offer employers various benefits for promoting alternative commuting options to their employees. See more at: http://www.smart-trips.org/
The city has a bike and sidewalk map located on the city's website. The city has identified and planned for future trails and sidewalks through its comprehensive plan. The city also keeps Bus Schedules and maps at City Hall.
During the development of Epic Center (Wal-Mart, Sam's Club, other retail clusters) the city worked with Metro Bus to develop new routes to accommodate the shopping area. Now the area serves as a transit Hub station for Buses. The Hub connects riders to other destinations in the St. Cloud Area.
Silver bay is a very pedestrian-friendly city. There are many walking maps throughout the city to guide visitors and citizens as easily as possible. They have even been recognized as a "fit city."
In 2014, the city of South St. Paul adopted a bike and pedestrian plan (attached). There was a substantial public engagement component that gathered feedback from residents and stakeholders regarding existing bike/ped issues and desired improvements. The bike/ped plan has an existing route map with future trails and bikeways identified.
As part of our Stillwater Trails Master Plan, more bike parking has been installed downtown in recent years.
In the last couple of years, the city installed a bike station, that includes an air pump and associated tools, at the south-east edge of Lake McKusick.
Also, there is a park and ride lot at the St. Croix Valley Rec. Center in Stillwater. In addition to providing people who car pool with a central location to meet up and park their cars, the park and ride is also by the bus stop for the 294 bus to downtown St. Paul.
The City of West St Paul has made transportation and pedestrian travel a priority over the last decade. The following are a few examples of this dedication to making the City more pedestrian friendly for our residents:
* Completing a Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan in 2011
* Multiple Trail Gap studies, using SHIP funding, including; Garlough and Marthaler Park Study in 2017 and the Oakdale/Thompson Ave Study in 2020
* Listing Transportation options and schedules on the City Website and at City Hall
* Dedicating park facilities to a Metro Transit Park and Ride Lot (WSP Sports Complex)
* Listing Trail Maps on City website
* Adding a bike rack at City Hall in 2018
* 73 Walk Score
Burnsville Parks & Trails Map is available on the City of Burnsville's website. Bike racks are provided in all City Parks. Bike racks and shower facilites are available at City Hall. Burnsville's downtown core, Heart of the City District, has installed bike racks in all city-owned parking ramps and decks.
In terms of bus infrastructure, Burnsville partners with the Minnesota Valley Transit Authority which provides all infrastructure, including benches, signage, shelters, and park and ride lots.
In 2011, the City completed work on a comprehensive project to educate and promote the use of the City's trail systems for walking, running, and biking. The City received funding from the Live Wright Grant (administered by Wright County) to do a two-part project.
The first component of the project was developing an overall Parks and Trails Master Plan. The master planning process involved surveying community members, meeting with focus groups, establishing a plan development committee, and preparing a City-wide plan. This plan was adopted in the fall of 2011 and serves as the guide for the City to expand and increase the use of its parks and trails systems.
The second part of the grant involved increasing signage and communicating options for residents regarding park and trail options. The City installed 10 signs at strategic locations around the community. The signs included large maps that display the City's entire trail system, and also show the related parks and facilities.
Further, the City was able to expand mapping on its website of the parks and trail systems. A link to this document is included.
Bicycle trails maps are provided on the City of Eagan website @ http://www.ci.eagan.mn.us/upload/images/Public%20Works/park%20trails&sidewalks.pdf, and along routes. The transit routes may also be found via the City of Eagan website and MVTA website @ http://www.mvta.com/System_Map2.html
The City completed an application for an Active Living grant through the Dakota County Public Health Department, funding provided by the Statewide Health Improvements Program. The application proposes funding for 1.) WayFinding signage at key points and trail heads along the City non-motorized trail system. The signage would included a City trail map as well as a County/regional trail map; 2.) New bike racks at major City owned facilities; and, 3.) Healthy initiative (bike/walk) promotions at the City sponsored Market Fest events
Cedar Avenue Bus Rapid Transit Corridor; new MVTA Park and Ride station opened in Cedar Grove in 2010, and numerous other Park and Ride facilities across City
City has active wellness program for employees and encourages employees and residents to participate in Healthy Steps, a Dakota County walking effort
East Grand Forks collaborates and Grand Forks on displaying and promoting the local bike trails and transit use. Maps are provided at GF/EGF city halls, the main bus station, and at websites provided with this action report.
The city has a basic map of key civic and commercial sites as well as the best pedestrian and transit routes and schedules. This can be found online at: http://www.nacplanning.com/Elko%20New%20Market%20Park%20Plan.pdf
The city also has installed along main street and its park trails infrastructure for city-wide bike lanes and pedestrian walkways and can report an increase in walking and biking counts since the installation.
We produce/distribute route maps, signage or a web site by posting maps at all kiosks, and having trail maps on our website
We document increased bike facilities by showing all bike facilities on our maps
Recognition by bikeMN and the League of American Bicyclists as a bike friendly community starting in 2013
Active Living is a way of life that integrates physical activity into daily routines, through activities such as biking, walking and/or taking transit. Hopkins continues to promote wellness activities among City employees, continues to participate in and support the county-wide Step-to-It-Challenge, and continues to support the initiatives of the Hennepin County Active Living program. Hopkins has various Active Living Campaigns in place such as the Step to It Challenge and the Hopkins Citizens Academy. Every year the City of Hopkins offers an opportunity to find out more about how your City works through the Citizens Academy. The Citizens Academy is a five-week course designed to give citizens an in-depth look into City departments and programs. Hopkins in Motion is another event that focuses on the walkability/livability of Hopkins and encourages participants to be active while having fun.
The City’s Comprehensive Park Plan approved in 2011 includes the current city sidewalks and trails as well as what is intended to be built in the future. The park plan is slated to be updated in 2016-2017. Trail maps are available on the City’s website, along with a walk the town map.
The tourism section on the city's website has a downtown walking tour map which lists historic sites and businesses. It also has a map showing the parks in the city. We have also attached the Parks Chapter of our current Comp Plan the highlights out walking and biking trails.
The City website offers a complete list of all Parks and Trails along with detailed maps and location amenities under the Parks and Recreation webpage. In addition to the Parks and Trails map, a map of Transit Routes and Schedule is available on the City website under the Transit webpage. All these maps are also available at the Maple Grove City Hall.
There are miles of running, biking and walking trails within Minnetonka. Many of these trails are part of the 40-mile loop trail corridor system that been planned, developed and maintained by the city. Over three-fourths of the system has already been constructed. The miles of trails and the city’s park system are included on a map available on the city’s webpage or by calling the city’s trail hotline. The map also includes details of the all amenities available within each of the city’s 50 parks.
New Brighton has created a comprehensive route map for all sidewalk and trail routes available to bicyclists and pedestrians. The map details the various types of trails in the City as well as Park and School areas. It can be found on New Brighton’s website by clicking here: http://www.newbrightonmn.gov//wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Trails-Map.pdf New Brighton also offers website visitors access to an online interactive map of both New Brighton and Ramsey County.
The City has a map on its website outlining the number of trails within the City. Additionally, the Newport Transit Station opened in December 2014. The transit station has three express trips in the morning and evening.
The City of North Branch has over 232 acres of parkland at 19 sites for outdoor recreational enjoyment. In addition residents and visitors can utilize four (4) North Branch Area School District 138 site, a 9-hole North Branch Golf Course, Checkerboard County Park, and the Janet Johnson Wildlife Management Area.
The City also has 30 miles and sidewalks and is home to head of the Sunrise Prairie Trail that connects with the Hardwood Creek Trail in Washington County.
Below is a list of active park sites operated and maintained by the City of North Branch that are available for reservations.
Central Park - 6250 Main St
Playground Equipment, Gazebo, Basketball Court
Active Living Rochester launched a new public safety campaign called "SEE. SAFE.SMART. Rochester". The campaign, which will appear on billboards, bus signs and in other high-traffic areas, was developed to promote safe walking, biking and driving on Rochester roads.
The campaign's goal is to foster more active, healthy lifestyles while raising awareness that safety is still the number one priority on the city's roads, paths and sidewalks.
The genesis of the campaign is to reduce the likelihood of crashes between pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists. In the last decade, more than 500 pedestrians and bicyclists were killed and another 20,000 injured on Minnesota's roads.
In 2012 Rochester became recognized as a bicycle friendly community at the Bronze level.
Bicycle and bus maps and routes are available for download on the city website and are very easily accessible.
Rochester recently added wayfinding signs along the bike and pedestrian trails identifying key destinations and mileage. There are also frequently maps showing where one is on the map. The City also added multiple Bike repair stations throughout the city trails.
The City of St. Anthony's mission statement is to be a progressive and livable community, a walkable village, which is safe and secure.
The City provides bike trail maps. The City is currently participating in the Bicycle Parking Grant Program to add bike racks at all public buildings.
The City routinly coordinates with Metro Transit on the management and upgrading of their faciliites and routes.
The City of St. Anthony Police Department utilizes bicycle patrols as a means of crime prevention in high density areas.
A Vital Aging Committee is managed by the City to encourage senior participation in public events and programs.
In 2019 the City Council adopted a Transportation Plan. The vision was to improve traffic congestion/conditions, Improve Hwy 61 corridor beauty, Improve pedestrian conditions, Improve wayfinding/tourism, Improve parking. The City has also installed wayfinding signs throughout town. These sign indicate the distance and "steps" toward certain landmarks in town. The plan addresses bicycle paths and also complements our Trails Plan that was implemented in 2018 by connecting both local and state trails to city streets.
The City of Two Harbors recently received a donation of 4 portable bike racks from SHIP (Statewide Health Improvement Program). We placed these bike racks at Bandshell Park downtown and at our Campground to encourage people to use their bicycles. We are also a bikable community.
The City of Victoria promotes walking and biking in the community. The City has a large trail system and is currently working to remedy any trail gaps. The City promotes walking and biking by having trail maps available at the Recreation Center, City Hall and online at the City's website. One unique feature of Victoria is it's LRT trail that allows bikers/walkers to get from Victoria to Minneapolis.