St. Paul Bike News

Over the past few days there has been a good bit of news that should be of interest to those cyclists who call St. Paul home.

St. Paul named a bike friendly city: While Minneapolis gets most of the accolades for bike friendliness, this week in Las Vegas, St. Paul was added to the League of American Bicyclists list of Bike Friendly Cities!  It enters at the Bronze level, but we are sure that with time this designation will move up.  Nice work St. Paul.

St. Paul Greenway Initiative Officially Dead:

 

We received this information from St. Paul Smart Trips:

The St. Paul Greenway Committee was created in August 2009 by passionate people devoted to developing a vision for a proposed extension of the Minneapolis Midtown Greenway across the Mississippi River east to Pascal Avenue and then south along the Ayd Mill Road Corridor, eventually connecting to the Sam Morgan Trail along the Mississippi river.
St. Paul Greenway route proposal
St. Paul Smart Trips convened the committee and worked to move their ideas forward. For several years, the City of St. Paul negotiated with CP-Rail for an easement in the Ayd Mill segment of the proposed route. More recently, the city attempted to acquire the land through legal action. The city was unsuccessful in both attempts, and the project is at a standstill until a solution for this critical segment is available. Learn more from the Saint Paul Bicycle Coalition.

After reaching out to members, Greenway committee leaders decided to disband until additional support and clarity for the effort develops. Smart Trips will continue to monitor the situation. When positive momentum emerges, we will resume planning and advocacy efforts to realize a St. Paul Greenway.

We appreciate the strong community support for the Greenway. More than 200 people have registered to stay connected with the committee. Thanks to all who have donated their time, effort and support for this vital link for bicycling in and around St. Paul.

Upcoming St. Paul Events: 

City Wide Bike Planning Open Houses:  Two events left for you to put in your two cents;

Thursday, September 22 – West Minnehaha Recreation Center
Monday, September 26 – Phalen Recreation Center

Jefferson Avenue Bikeway Public Meeting: Tuesday, September 27.  We can’t believe that this is still going on…..

Sibley Bike Depot Bike Library Celebration: 

Celebrate the Bike Library patrons’ graduation and hear about the successes of the 2011 Bike Library season!  Eat drink, be merry, and win awesome door prizes.  Join us Monday, September 26th 5:00-7:00pm at Goodwill Easter Seals, 553 Fairview Avenue N. in St. Paul (just north of University and Fairview).

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