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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Projects and studies

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 statistics

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.

2016 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)

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:


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


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


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.


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.


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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