In an effort to improve the region’s on-street and off-road biking facilities, the Council, in collaboration with MnDOT, conducted a Regional Bicycle System Study in 2013 - 2014. The Study has provided the technical basis for updating the bicycling section of the region’s Transportation Policy Plan (TPP).
The Twin Cities Regional Bicycle System Study was undertaken to deepen the understanding of the bicycle component of the regional transportation system. This included an examination of how on-street bikeways and off-road trails interact to serve regional transportation trips. The Study results have informed the TPP process in proposing regional priorities for planning and investment in bicycle infrastructure. See the Regional Bicycle Study (38 pages PDF).
This Study provided a more complete understanding of how the regional bicycle transportation system functions, particularly with respect to the interaction between on-street bikeways and off-road trails. The focus of this Study was to examine the transportation function of the bicycle system, with an understanding that many segments of multi-use, recreational off-road trails in the metro area often serve purposeful transportation trips by providing direct connections to and between key regional destinations. This Study used local data and public stakeholder input to guide a process that:
Identified key regional destinations
Developed a set of guiding principles for identifying regional bicycle corridors
Proposed a Regional Bicycle Transportation Network with a set of Priority Regional Bicycle Transportation Corridors, and
Proposed a framework for monitoring the performance of the regional bicycle transportation system on an ongoing basis.
The study provided the following key outcomes: