Biking

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

These projects and studies include bike-related features and improvements.

Current projects

66th Street (County Road 53) in Richfield

Improvements to this segment include: facilities for people on bikes, enhanced accommodations for people walking and those with accessibility needs and more.
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Bottineau Boulevard (County Road 81) in Brooklyn Park

Adds shared paths for biking and walking and extends the Crystal Lake Regional Trail.
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Flying Cloud Drive (County Road 61) in Chanhassen and Eden Prairie

Adds multi-use trail along the north side of the project corridor that will fill the gap in the trail network from Shakopee to Eden Prairie.
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Glenwood Avenue (County Road 40) in Minneapolis

The project will  improve pedestrian and bicycle connectivity to help generate transit ridership at Royalston Station.
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Lake Street (County Road 3) Connections in Minneapolis

Adds wider sidewalks, bump-outs at intersections and meet American with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements near I-35W.
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Pinto Drive (County Roads 115 and 116 in Medina

Adds multi-use trails along the corridor and pedestrian ramps at intersections.
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Completed projects

46th Street

County Road 24 in Plymouth

Added a trail along the south side for a continuous shared-use route along the corridor.

County Road 101 in Minnetonka

Additions included a sidewalk on the west side of the roadway and safer crossings for people biking and walking. between County Road 62 and Hutchins Drive. 

Douglas Drive (County Road 102) in Golden Valley

Added new sidewalks and trails with a boulevard buffer along both sides of the road and widened curbs for people biking.

Franklin Avenue (County Road 3) in Minneapolis

Aligned bike lanes between South 16th and South 21st avenues. North-south bike and pedestrian movements were also improved. 

Franklin Avenue (County Road 3) Bridge in Minneapolis

Added new, separated path for people biking and walking across bridge. 

Minnehaha Avenue (County Road 48) in Minneapolis

Added accommodations for people walking, bicycling and needing accessibility features along project corridor.

Portland Avenue

Washington Avenue (County Road 152) in Minneapolis

Added protected cycle track between Hennepin Avenue and 5th Avenue South in downtown.

Studies

East 46th Street Study

Hennepin County is working with the City of Minneapolis, the Minnesota Department of Transportation and other stakeholders to study options to make East 46th Street (County Road 46) between Hiawatha Avenue and the Ford Parkway Bridge safer and more comfortable for people walking, biking, taking transit and driving. The purpose of the study is to consider different design alternatives to improve mobility and safety for all users and identify preferred configurations that could be implemented as part of a planned repaving project in 2019 and/or a full reconstruction at a later date.

Hiawatha-Lake Interchange Study

Hennepin County and the City of Minneapolis have started Phase 2 of the Hi-Lake Intersection Study. As part of Phase 2, the city and county will work with the community for input on the intersection configuration as well as develop a plan for the implementation of interim improvements to better serve people walking and biking.

Marshall Street Northeast Study

Marshall Street Northeast (County Road 23) is reaching the end of its pavement life. There will be an opportunity to improve the design of the roadway to better serve all users during expected reconstruction in the future. The county and City of Minneapolis are working with northeast Minneapolis communities to study options for making Marshall Street Northeast from 10th Avenue Northeast to St. Anthony Parkway safer and more comfortable for people walking, biking, taking transit and driving.

Vehicle passing distance

University of Minnesota students from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs partnered with Hennepin County to complete a vehicle passing distance study. This study investigated the average passing distance and the rate of encroachment for motor vehicles overtaking people biking at seven locations with different road classifications and configurations of travel lanes, parking facilities, and bicycle facilities.
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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

Bicycle reports and studies

Enhanced bikeway network study

Bikeways that are protected or separated from motor vehicle traffic offer a higher level of comfort for people biking. These types of enhanced bikeways make it easier for more people of all ages and abilities to bike as part of their everyday lives, whether it be for transportation, recreation or physical activity.

Hennepin County staff recently completed an enhanced bikeway network study to:

  • Review county roadways to determine suitability for enhanced bicycle infrastructure 
  • Evaluate estimated construction and maintenance costs and assess changes to the county's cost participation policy
  • Identify a list of roadways potentially suitable for enhanced bikeways

The initial findings of the study were presented to the Board of Commissioners in a public briefing on August 9, 2018.

Briefing materials:

Enhanced bikeways briefing - presentation (PDF)

Enhanced bikeways briefing - handout (PDF)

Pedestrian and bicycle progress report

The accomplishments highlighted in this report are thanks to the collaboration and dedication of numerous departments across Hennepin County Public Works, partner agencies, advocates, and beyond.

2017 is shaping up to be another great year for walking and biking in the county. Construction on our first county-led cycle tracks will be completed, the system continues to grow, and we're expanding our efforts in education and encouragement to help get more people using what's out there.

2017 bicycle and pedestrian progress report (PDF)

Bicycle counting report

In 2016, Hennepin County conducted bicycle counts in the northern half of the county, rounding out its pilot bike count program. Staff collected 48-hour bicycle count data from 33 locations, adding to the 31 locations counted in the southern half of the county in 2015. Both reports can be viewed below. 

The primary focus of the bicycle counting program is to track and report bicycle volume information along Hennepin County roadways, including trails adjacent to county roads. 

2015 bicycle counting report: Southern Hennepin County (PDF)

2016 bicycle counting report: Northern Hennepin County (PDF)

2017 bicycle counting report: Southern Hennepin County (PDF)

2018 bicycle counting report: Interactive Multi Modal Counts Map 

References

2018 Automated bike count methodology (PDF) 

2018 Manual bike count methodology (PDF) 

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.

Get involved

Join the Hennepin County Bicycle Advisory Committee’s monthly meetings to learn about what the county is working on and have your voice heard. Learn more about the Bicycle Advisory Committee.

Bicycling events

Hennepin County and Our Streets Minneapolis invite you to celebrate Minneapolis Bike Month! Whether this is your first time riding, or you've been biking for years, we can't wait to celebrate with you! Mark your calendars for all of our bike month events:

  • Bike to school day: Wednesday, May 9
  • Femme/Trans/Women rider day: Sunday, May 13
  • Nice ride day: Thursday, May 17
  • Twin Cities bike to work day: Friday, May 18
  • Family bike day: Saturday, May 26

Learn how to bike

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