Minnesotans are invited to weigh in on a forthcoming statewide bicycle system plan at nine public meetings around the state over the next several weeks. Public comments “will help us identify and recommend bike routes, improve existing facilities in the bike system and more effectively address the needs of bicyclists,” says the state Department of Transportation.
Details, including an online survey and mapping tool, are available at dot.state.mn.us/bike/system-plan.html
The meetings will include a facilitated workshop and activities for both adults and children. They will run from 4 to 6 p.m., with a community open house until 7 p.m. Here’s the schedule:
St. Cloud: April 23, Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Dr.
Granite Falls: April 30, Kilowatt Community Center, 600 Kilowatt Dr.
Fergus Falls: May 1, West Central Initiative, 1000 Western Av.
Mankato: May 6, Blue Earth County Library, 100 E. Main St.
Bemidji: May 7, Hampton Inn and Suites, 1019 Paul Bunyan Dr. S.
Duluth: May 8, City Hall, 411 W. First St.
Rochester: May 13, University Center Rochester, Heinz Center HA102, 1926 Collegeview Rd. E.
St. Paul: May 14, Neighborhood House at Wellstone Center, Westside Room, 179 Robie St. E.
Minneapolis: May 15, University of Minnesota Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center, 2001 Plymouth Av. N.
Your input is vital for this important initiative to expand our transportation choices. If you can’t make a meeting, comment online at mndot.gov/bike.