The county held ten listening sessions, held an open house, conducted a survey and collected information via an interactive map to gather input from residents about biking in the county. Residents shared their preferences for bikeway types, and what they see as barriers to biking in the county.
There will be additional opportunities to provide feedback on the draft plan later in 2014.
Draft community engagement report (PDF)
In total, three large-format public open houses will be held with the goal of gathering information from members of the general public at different stages of the project. The first was held in the fall of 2013 in St. Louis Park to kick-off public engagement and gather input about existing conditions and bicycle network needs. More information will be posted when the next open house meetings are scheduled.
Kick-off open house summary (PDF)
Community members attended ten community listening sessions throughout the county and participated in small-group activities and discussion.
Session 1: PYC Arts and Technology High School in North Minneapolis summary (PDF)
Session 2: Cleveland Neighborhood Association summary (PDF)
Session 3: Bloomington Senior Leaders Group summary (PDF)
Session 4: Commuters and advocates at Quality Bicycle Products summary (PDF)
Session 5: Bike Edina Task Force summary (PDF)
Session 6: Blake Road Corridor Collaborative summary (PDF)
Session 7: Orono Navarre Community Initiative summary (PDF)
Session 8: Target Cycling Club summary (PDF)
Session 9: SPOKES Bike Walk Connect summary (PDF)
Session 10: New Hope Citizen Advisory Committee summary (PDF)
The county hosted an online survey in fall 2013 in order to reach a wider audience and elicit input on perceived barriers to bicycling, bicycle facility preferences, and priorities for future investment.
Survey summary (PDF)
In addition to the survey, participants could provide feedback on bicycle routes, barriers and destinations on an interactive map.
Wikimap feedback (PDF)
Additional community events and meetings
Hennepin County staff facilitated additional activities with the public at several community events, including two Open Streets events, a farmer's market and a meeting of the Northwest Hennepin County League of Municipalities.
Minnehaha Open Streets summary (PDF)
Lowry Open Streets summary (PDF)
Richfield Farmer's Market summary (PDF)
Northwest Hennepin County League of Municipalities summary (PDF)
Partners and work groups
Hennepin County Bicycle Advisory Committee (BAC)
The BAC was established in 1989 as an advisory group to assist the Board of Commissioners and county staff with ideas on how to incorporate bicycle facilities into roadway and transit projects. It consists of seven appointed members and seven alternates – representing each of the county commissioner districts. The BAC also has a number of ex-officio members that represent other biking organizations, governmental agencies and other interest groups. It meets on a monthly basis at various locations around Hennepin County and all meetings are open to the public. Discussion items include the status of current projects, bicycle issues, and planning studies.
Summary of engagement activity with Hennepin County BAC (PDF)
Project advisory group (PAG)
The PAG is comprised of local agency representatives from municipalities, government agencies, bicycle interest groups, and the business community. The PAG has several key roles in the development of the bicycle plan update:
- Provide input on items impacting county procedures, practices and methodologies
- Provide feedback regarding system improvement needs, gaps, etc.
- Assist in disseminating information within the county
During the PAG kickoff meeting in September 2013, the participants were led through a series of group exercises to provide input to the development of the draft vision and goals for the Bicycle Plan. A brief summary of the key takeaways from the kickoff meeting are summarized below.
Project advisory group summary (PDF)
Internal working group
As part of the bike plan update, an internal working group was established to help provide feedback on various elements of the plan including goals and objectives, design guidelines, bikeway system network, system gaps, and improvement priorities and implementation plan. This group includes staff from Hennepin County Public Works as well as staff from the City of Minneapolis and Three Rivers Regional Park District who work closely with county staff on bikeway projects.