Our intent is to provide you with clear, concise guidance when designing a bicycle path or trail which is financed with federal or State Aid funds
On-road bike standards are included in State Aid Operations Rules Chapter 8820 adopted November 5th, 2012.
Off-Road Bikeway, Shared-Use Trail or Path
If you are designing an off-road bikeway, shared-use trail or path the standards shown in State Aid Rule 8820.9995 Minimum Bicycle Path Standards must be met.
When design elements are not covered by State Aid Rules, State Aid recommends that the designer follow the Mn/DOT Bikeway Facility Design Manual (BFDM)(pdf), dated March 2007 and its associated website updates. While this document covers many issues, there are some design elements which differ within this manual.
Designers should be aware of the following recommended State Aid bikeway guidelines:
|If a project is being constructed and paid for using state aid funds and if requirements in a State Aid Rule cannot be met, a variance is required. If a project is being constructed and paid for using federal funds and if requirements in a State Aid Rule cannot be met, a design exception is required. Please contact Lynnette Roshell, State Aid Project Development Engineer at 651-366-3822 for further guidance and assistance.|