Bike plan

In October 2014, the county and Three Rivers Park District released a draft version of a bicycle transportation plan that emphasizes ways to make bicycling safe and comfortable for people of all ages and abilities. The plan guides how, where and when the county and the parks district will build bikeways, and outlines an integrated system that will be developed through 2040.

The county and park district began gathering input from the community, cities and other stakeholders in June 2013 and the public comment period on the latest draft of the plan closed December 5, 2014. The county board will consider adopting the final bike plan in early 2015.

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DRAFT 2040 Hennepin County Bicycle Transportation Plan

Early plan outreach

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)

Open houses

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) 

Listening sessions

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)

Online survey

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

The Bicycle Advisory Committee, or 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 Bicycle Advisory Committee (PDF)

Project Advisory Group 

The Project Advisory Group, or 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.

Southwest bicycle facilities study

Online survey

We want to know how you might travel to get to the LRT station near you. Will you travel by bike? If yes, what support facilities would you like to see? If not, why not? This survey will, in part, inform Hennepin County and local community plans for bike parking, support amenities, and bikeways at and near the proposed LRT stations.

This brief survey should take no more than 10 minutes to complete.

Please click here to take the online survey.

Thank you for your participation!

Overview of the bike facilities assessment

The assessment will help prioritize future bicycle facilities along the corridor by identifying strategic placement of the facilities at each station including parking, storage, rental, and sharing systems. It will also identify areas that need better bicycle access to the stations.

This process will provide greater definition on specific location, type and design of potential bicycle facilities. The assessment will build on past planning work which identified the need for bike facilities at and around the future stations. The goal is to improve ridership by supporting bicycle use throughout the light rail.

Assessment work is expected to begin January 2015. Final recommendations will be available by September 2015. Results will ensure that partners are providing appropriate bicycle facilities at each station and are allocating their resources in a cost effective and efficient manner.

The county will lead the assessment through its Southwest Community Works program and will complete it in partnership with corridor cities, park and trail agencies, and the Metropolitan Council.

2002 Bicycle system gap study

The bicycle system gap study is recognition of the significant strides that have been made since the county adopted its Bicycle Transportation Plan in 1997. As many miles of county, regional park district, and city bikeway facilities have been built, focus needs to be directed to ensuring that these systems interconnect. In addition, attention needs to be aimed at locations that continue to be a barrier to bicycle travel such as freeway interchanges, major river crossings, and other missing segments of the bicycle system. This study was done in 2002.

This report documents the identification and prioritization of gaps in the overall bicycle transportation system. An implementation plan that puts special emphasis on closing these gaps is included.

Bicycle system gap study (PDF)

As a result of ongoing analysis of the Hennepin County Bicycle System, the county continues to identify additional gaps in the system and identifies them in the Bicycle Gap map.

Bicycle gap map (PDF)

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