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District Bicycle Planning in Minnesota


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During the National Regional Transportation Conference, Netty Fiedler shared the process in which the Minnesota Department of Transportation worked with Minnesota's Regional Development Organizations on bicycle route planning in greater Minnesota.

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District Bicycle Planning in Minnesota

  1. 1. District Bicycle Planning in Minnesota 2019 National Regional Transportation Conference Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Session June 18, 2019 Netty Fiedler, SRDC Slayton MN 1
  2. 2. The bigger picture Drilling down to the Districts Successes and the Process matures 2
  3. 3. Minnesota's Family of Transportation Plans 3
  4. 4. People who responded Interested but concerned 60% Casual and somewhat confident 7% Experienced and confident 1%
  5. 5. Bicycle Plans • Statewide Bicycle System Plan 5
  6. 6. State Bicycle System Plan 6
  7. 7. District Plan Purpose 1. To support local bicycle networks, 7 2. Prioritize MnDOT bicycle investments in the District, and 3. Identify actions District staff can take to implement the SBSP* strategies and achieve the SBSP goals and vision. * SBSP = Statewide Bicycle System Plan
  8. 8. District Planning Process 8
  9. 9. Regional stakeholders 9
  10. 10. Local and regional networks • Bicycle facility planning and implementation at the local level is performed by a variety of partners: • Units of government • RDOs • public health professionals • bicycle advocates • And local plans i.e. SRTS, Active Living 10
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  16. 16. Implementation • Builds on the SBSP ▫ priority search corridors  identifying Bicycle Investment Routes  Guidance tool, not route guide. • Bicycle Investment Routes will happen ▫ over the course of many years and  in partnership with local and regional agencies. • Maintaining the system will be critical ▫ in providing safe and comfortable accommodations for bicycle users of all ages and abilities. 16
  17. 17. Key take aways • Visioning, Planning, Goals, Implementation are great – to a point. ▫ Use common sense and a mix of resources • The Plans are a guidance document and set out common goals for the road authorities. • If the opportunity's comes about: ▫ The connections from here to there might deviate from the line on the map. ▫ Lower priority routes might get done before high priority ones 17
  18. 18. District Process Matures • Re-evaluate corridors. • GPS data from Streetlight, existing use and TAC for latent demand. • Better check on local plans. • Prioritize the routes. • Coordinator with others. 18
  19. 19. Resources 19 • Minnesota Statewide Bicycle System Plan • Bikeways Facility Design Manual (PDF) • Minnesota's Best Practices for Pedestrian/Bicycle Safety (PDF) • Best Practices Synthesis and Guidance in At-Grade Trail-Crossing Treatments (PDF) • Road Design Manual • Minnesota Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices • Complete Streets in Minnesota • American with Disabilities Act - Best Practices Tool Kit for State and Local Governments • National Association of City Transportation Officials design guides • Guide for the Development of Bicycle Facilities • Bicycle and pedestrian traffic counts • Institute of Transportation Engineers Complete Streets resources