City seeking feedback on protected bikeways plan

The Cedar Lake bike trail. Credit:

The city is collecting feedback on a new plan outlining priorities for protected bikeways in Minneapolis.

A protected bikeway is physically separated from motor vehicle traffic. Examples in Minneapolis include the Cedar Lake Trail, West River Parkway and the bike lanes on the Plymouth Avenue Bridge.

The plan, which is the result of a yearlong planning process, recommends 55 miles of projects separated into three tiers based on priority of the project.

The goal is to build the new bikeways within five years to meet the city’s goal for 30 miles of on-street protected bikeways by 2020, which is outlined in the city’s Climate Action Plan.

Some of the projects are already underway and funded, said Simon Blenski, a city bike planner.

The estimated annual maintenance costs for the proposed protected bike lanes is $2.2 million, according to a report presented to the City Council’s Transportation and Public Works Committee on Tuesday. 

The city is holding an open house on the protected bikeway update to the Minneapolis Bicycle Master Plan on Wednesday, April 29, 4:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m., at the Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall.

For more information and to submit comments on the plan, go to minneapolismn.gov/bicycles.

City staff are expected to return to the City Council in June for approval of the final plan.