Minnesota Department of Transportation

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News Release

May 8, 2014

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MnDOT hosts statewide bicycle system plan meeting in Rochester


ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation is hosting a meeting in Rochester Tuesday, May 13 for the public, local government officials and transportation supporters to provide input for Minnesota’s statewide bicycle system plan.

The Rochester meeting is one of nine meetings being held by MnDOT across the state to gather input. Rochester’s meeting is from 4 to 6 p.m., Tuesday, May 13 at the University Center Rochester, Heintz Center HA102, 1926 Collegeview Rd. E. A public open house is scheduled for 6 p.m.

Some communities in the region, such as Rochester, have a well-developed trail system. Regional bike trails are also well-used in southeastern Minnesota and a number of bicycle groups continue to support and promote the addition of trails and routes that are good for bicycling. MnDOT encourages members of those groups to attend the meeting.

The meeting will take place from 4 to 6 p.m., and attendees should plan to stay the entire time. The event will begin with a brief project description followed by a facilitated workshop. There will also be a community open house from 6 to 7 p.m., where people can come and go. An online participation is also available at www.mndot.gov/bike.

Activities will be offered throughout the evening for adults bringing their children.

Last week, as National Bike Month kicked off, the League of American Bicyclists named Minnesota as the second most bicycle-friendly state in the nation. Minnesota has consistently ranked in the top five since 2008.

“The best way to continue improving is to learn from constituents who use the highways, bike lanes and shoulders to bike,” said Tim Mitchell, MnDOT bicycle and pedestrian coordinator.   

Participants will be asked to provide feedback on:

  • Where are the MnDOT roads that could improve the local bike network?
  • Where are the places riders want to bike long distance?
  • Where do people feel comfortable biking?
  • With limited funding, how do we prioritize projects?


Feedback will help MnDOT identify and recommend routes, improve existing facilities in the bike system and more effectively address the needs of bicycles riders in Minnesota.

The public also may submit written comments on the project website, email greta.alquist@state.mn.us or mail to Greta Alquist, MnDOT Office of Transit MS 315, 395 John Ireland Blvd., St. Paul, MN, 55155

To request an ASL or foreign language interpreter, or other reasonable accommodation, call Janet Miller at 651-366-4720 or 1-800-657-3774 (Greater Minnesota); 711 or 1-800-627-3529 (Minnesota Relay). Alternatively, send an email to janet.rae.miller@state.mn.us. Please request at least one week in advance.

For more information on the project, visit www.dot.state.mn.us/bike/study.html.