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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 multimodal 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.

Funding

This is a guide to funding resources to assist state, local and tribal government, communities, and non-governmental organizations obtain funding to construct and maintain bicycle and pedestrian facilities, and other important aspects of bicycle transportation, including research, training and education. This is not a comprehensive list of funding opportunities.

Bicycling and walking facilities are eligible for Federal-aid Highway Program funding. Federal legislation establishes that bicycling and walking are part of the transportation decision-making at the State and local level and that funding bicycle and pedestrian facilities encourages more people to bicycle and walk. Some of these funding sources also provide resources to provide and expand bicycle research, education, and training. Your Area Transportation Planning organization or Metropolitan Planning Organization administers these funding dollars.

The success of obtaining funding depends on matching the criteria set forth by the funding program. Also, it pays to research other non-conventional sources. Bicycle transportation includes not only a network of bicycle lanes, on-road facilities and trails, but also maintenance of these facilities, adequate bicycle parking and storage, route-finding tools, and connections to transit facilities. Transit is one of the most important ways to expand bicycling opportunities by diminishing the impact of inclement weather, shortening longer bike commute distances, and avoiding high motor vehicle traffic areas by hopping on the bus!