The county strives to make riding a bicycle as transportation, recreation and health a comfortable, fun, routine part of daily life for people of all ages and abilities.

We envision a future where residents are healthy and successful, living in safe and vibrant communities. A robust on- and off-street bikeway system that serves all ages and abilities and complements other transportation modes and land use will play a significant role in achieving this vision, while promoting economic strength, enhancing quality of life, and sustaining community vitality.

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Current projects and studies

Bicycle Reports and Statistics

Bicycle and Pedestrian Progress Report

The work documented in this report is that of multiple departments across the county as well as work done in partnership with other organizations. Of particular importance is the work of Three Rivers Park District, which partnered with the county to create the new 2040 Bicycle Transportation Plan in 2015.

2016 is shaping up to be another great year for walking and biking in the county. Our first cycle tracks are nearing construction, we’re planning connections light rail, the system continues to grow and we’re expanding into education and encouragement to help get people using what’s out there.

2015 Bicycle and Pedestrian Progress Report (PDF 7MB)

Bicycle Counting Report

In May through October 2015, Hennepin County implemented the first and pilot year of an annual automated bicycle counting program. The purpose of this report is to describe this effort, report results, and make recommendations for next steps.

 2015 Bicycle Counting Report (PDF 4MB)

2040 Bicycle Transportation Plan

The 2040 bicycle transportation plan lays out a vision 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 Three Rivers Park District worked together to gather input from the community, cities and other stakeholders in June 2013. The public comment period on the latest draft of the plan closed December 5, 2014. The county board adopted the plan in April of 2015.

2040 Hennepin County Bicycle Transportation Plan

Southwest LRT bicycle study

Other resources

County investment in bicycling

Bicycling accounts for 2.5 percent of all trips in Hennepin County, more than double the national average. Ridership is increasing rapidly while driving nationwide has been steadily decreasing since 2007.

Anticipating those trends will continue, we are committed to creating a bicycling environment that meets the needs of all residents those who bike now, and those who will bike in the future. We believe a good bikeway system will deliver the following benefits:

Safety: The bikeway system will help reduce crashes by providing a more interconnected network with fewer gaps and more separation from motor vehicles.

Livability: Increasing transportation options helps achieve broader community goals such as improved access to jobs, neighborhood schools and services.

Mobility: Bicycling increases mobility, allowing people of all ages to reach more destinations throughout the county.

Economic sustainability: Bicycling is an affordable transportation option that reduces the cost of transportation for everyone, including the one-third of people who do not drive, seniors, people with disabilities, children, and low-income populations.

Health: Bicycling provides an opportunity for residents to make physical activity a routine part of daily life.

Clean air: Bicycling helps reduce Hennepin County’s carbon footprint, improve air quality and reduce harmful pollutants.

Recreation: Bicycling remains among the top three desired recreation activities in Metropolitan Council surveys, especially among older residents, whose numbers are growing.

Parking and congestion alleviation: Bicycling benefits more than just the person biking, it also benefits those who drive.

Regional economic competitiveness: Supporting bicycling helps attract and retain talented residents who seek to live, work and play in a vibrant community that embraces their values. Bicycling infrastructure also brings in tourism spending.

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