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Statewide Bicycle System Plan

The Statewide Bicycle System Plan presents MnDOT’s vision and goals for bicycle transportation, implementation strategies, and performance measures to evaluate progress towards achieving this vision. The Plan strives for a future in which bicycling is safe, comfortable, and convenient for all people.

MnDOT Bicycle Route Planning Guide

The Bicycle Route Planning Guide (PDF) serves as a blueprint to develop and designate long distance bicycle routes in Minnesota, including United States Bicycle Routes (USBR) and the Minnesota Bicycle Route Network (MBRN). The Guide details seven steps for designating a route from route planning inception to management.

Statewide Bicycle Planning Study

MnDOT’s Statewide Bicycle Planning Study (2012-2013) laid the foundation for Minnesota’s State Bicycle Map and the subsequent Statewide Bicycle System Plan.


Minnesota statutes

Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 174, Minnesota Transportation Goals

  • Promote and increase bicycling as an energy-efficient, non-polluting and healthful transportation alternative.
  • Provide safe transportation to users throughout the state.
  • Provide multi modal and inter-modal transportation that enhances mobility, economic development, and provides access to all persons…
  • Increase transit use in the urban areas by giving highest priority to the transportation modes with the greatest people moving capacity.
  • Ensure that the planning and implementation of all modes of transportation are consistent with the environment and energy goals of the state.

Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 116D, State Environmental Policy

State government shall use all practicable means to:

  • assure safe, healthful, and aesthetic surroundings for all citizens;
  • maintain variety of individual choice;
  • encourage styles of living that minimize environmental degradation;
  • reduce the deleterious impact on air quality from operation of motor vehicles with internal combustion engines
  • minimize noise

To the fullest extent practicable the policies, rules, and public laws of the state shall be interpreted and administered in accordance with this chapter.

Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 160.264: Replacing Bikeways and Pedestrian Ways

Whenever an existing bikeway, pedestrian way, or roadway used by bicycles or pedestrians, or the sole access to such is destroyed by any new, reconstructed, or relocated federal, state, or local highway, the road authority responsible shall replace the destroyed facility or access with a comparable facility or access. Replacement is not required where it would be contrary to public safety or when sparsity of population, other available ways, or other factors indicate an absence of need for such facility or access.

Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 160.265

The commissioner shall establish a program for the development of bikeways primarily on existing road rights of way.