St. Paul unveils big plans for bikeways

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Public works released an ambitious plan Tuesday that would more than double St. Paul's bikeways.

The plan includes turning the city's 144 mile biking network into 358 miles. It would complete the Grand Round to provide a path around the entire city. The plan also includes a 1.7 mile downtown loop around Kellogg, Jackson, St. Peter and 10th Streets.

"We want people of all experience levels and all preferences to be able to get out there and enjoy the city on a bike," Reuben Collins, project lead, said.

The ambitious plan won't happen overnight and the full cost hasn't been finalized. Collins said the downtown loop alone is estimated to cost $18 million. Funding has not been secured and implementing the entire plan could take up to 30 years.

"We hope it makes the city a more vibrant place. It allows people to get around better. It allows people to choose the neighborhoods that provide the transportation options they find attractive," Collins said.

The city will hold several open houses and presentations at the following locations:

Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, 6:00-8:00 PM

El Rio Vista Recreation Center/Wellstone Community Center

179 Robie St E

Saint Paul, MN 55107

Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, 6:00-8:00 PM

Macalester College

Weyerhaueser Ballroom in Weyerhaueser Hall

(building is on the southeast corner of Grand Avenue and Macalester Street)

Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, 6:00-8:00 PM

Duluth & Case Recreation Center

1020 Duluth St

Saint Paul, MN 55106

Thursday, Feb 20, 2014, 6:00-8:00 PM

Capitol River Council Office (Adjacent Conference Room)

US Bank Center Building

101 East 5th Street

Suite 240

Saint Paul, MN 55101


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