Planning and research
The Minnesota Department of Transportation oversees a statewide transportation system, which also includes people who ride bicycles.
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 District Bicycle Plans
MnDOT’s District Bicycle Plans are a key step toward realizing the vision of the Statewide Bicycle System Plan. MnDOT and local partners worked together to identify roads and paths for future bicycle investment. Each District also created a scoring system based on policy from the Statewide Bicycle System Plan to guide future improvements.
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.
Economic impact and health benefits of bicycling
Long-term MnDOT plans identified bicycling as an integral part of Minnesota’s transportation system. MnDOT contracted with the University of Minnesota to complete a project to better understand the economic and health impacts of bicycling in Minnesota.
Learn about research into economic impact and health benefits of bicycling
Bicycle and pedestrian traffic counts
The Minnesota Pedestrian and Bicyclist Counting Program, started in 2013, set out to build a network of automated people counters (both permanent and portable) to collect non-motorized traffic data, and develop methodology for analyzing, validating, evaluating, and managing it.
Learn about the Minnesota Pedestrian and Bicyclist Counting Program