Biking and walking

Hennepin County is committed to supporting livable communities and healthy citizens. By encouraging bicycling and walking as an integral part of daily life, the county supports environmentally-responsible, cost-effective, and healthy ways to travel.

Updating the bike plan

The county is working with Three Rivers Park District to update the Hennepin County bike plan to reflect current and growing uses of cycling in the region.

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Bike plan

Updating the bike plan

The county is working with Three Rivers Park District to update the Hennepin County bike plan to reflect current and growing uses of cycling in the region. The new plan should be in place by summer of 2014. If you would like to stay informed about the progress of the bicycle plan, sign up for email updates.

Community input

The county has held ten listening sessions and an open house to gather input from the community. We also collected input via a survey and an interactive map. We asked for your preferences for bikeway types and what barriers to biking you think exist. There will be additional opportunities to provide feedback on the draft plan in 2014.

Bike plan status (PDF)

Project advisory group summary (PDF)

Draft bikeway system map (PDF)

1997 bike plan

A safe, convenient bicycle transportation system opens up opportunities for current and new cyclists in Hennepin County. The Hennepin County bike plan addresses the county's role in providing bicycle planning services, in designing and constructing bicycle facilities, and in supporting the provision of other bicycle amenities.

Bicycle transportation plan for Hennepin County (PDF)

Bicycle systems plan map (PDF)

Pedestrian plan

The county has created its first official pedestrian plan. The goal is to increase walking and pedestrian safety throughout the county’s roadway system by creating a plan that will include strategies to support walking through infrastructure, facilities, enforcement, education and evaluation.

The pedestrian plan will ultimately become part of the overall 2030 transportation systems plan, as well as complement the county’s Complete Streets policy. Creation of the plan was funded by a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Community Transformation grant and the Statewide Health Improvement Program.

Pedestrian plan (PDF 10.9MB)

Pedestrian plan appendix (PDF 10.9MB)

Pedestrian plan priorities map (PDF)

Public comment report (PDF)

Plan for ADA Access and Transition

Hennepin County's Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) "Program Access and Transition Plan for County Rights of Way" is scheduled for completion this year. The plan involves a review of current policies, practices, and infrastructure, and outlines how the county will continue to provide accessibility on sidewalks, curb ramps, crosswalks, multi-use trails, and at traffic signals.

Please contact Pete Lemke, Hennepin County ADA Implementation Engineer for more information. Email Peter Lemke at or call 612-596-0394.

Bicycle systems 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 1996. 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 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)

Bicycle Advisory Committee (BAC)

In 1989, Hennepin County established an advisory group, called the Bicycle Advisory Committee (BAC) to assist the Board of Commissioners and county staff to promote and expand the use of bicycles for safe and convenient transportation and recreation purposes in the county.

Each Hennepin County Commissioner appoints one voting member and one alternate member to serve for a three year term. The BAC also has a number of ex-officio members that represent other government agencies in Hennepin County. A number of the members are affiliated with area biking organizations and advocacy groups such as the Twin Cities Bicycle Club, Minnesota Coalition of Bicyclists, The Cedar Lake Park Association, and The Midtown Greenway Coalition.

Current membership

  1. Pete Hall - District 1 (Opat)
  2. Dacia Durham - District 2 (Higgins)
  3. Dave Carlson, Chair - District 3 (Greene)
  4. Marcy Levine - District 4 (McLaughlin)
  5. David Gepner - District 5 (Johnson)
  6. Mark Brill - District 6 (Callison)
  7. Greg Anderson - District 7 (Johnson)

The BAC meets on a monthly basis at various locations around Hennepin County. Discussion items include the status of current projects, bicycle issues, and planning studies. A bicycle tour of the local area sometimes follows each meeting.

Contacts for more information

Robert H. Byers, P.E., Senior Transportation Engineer
Phone: (612) 596-0354 

Meeting minutes

BAC meeting minutes March 2014 (PDF)

BAC meeting minutes February 2014 (PDF)

BAC meeting minutes January 2014 (PDF)

BAC meeting minutes December 2013 (PDF)

BAC meeting minutes November 2013 (PDF)

BAC meeting minutes October 2013 (PDF)

BAC meeting minutes September 2013 (PDF)

BAC meeting minutes August 2013 (PDF)

BAC meeting minutes July 2013 (PDF)

BAC meeting minutes June 2013 (PDF)

BAC Meeting Minutes May 2013 (PDF)

BAC Meeting Minutes March 2013 (PDF)

BAC Meeting Minutes February 2013 (PDF)

(No January or April Meeting for 2013)

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