BIK28 Protected Bikeways Program


Project Detail:

Project Start Date: 4/15/2022

Ongoing Program: Y/N

Submitting Department: Public Works

Contact Person: Mike Samuelson

Level of Need: Significant

Estimated Project Completion Date: 11/15/2027

Department Priority: 11 of 62

Contact Phone Number: (612) 673-3130

Website: TBD

Project Location:

Address: Various Locations throughout the City

City Sector: Citywide

Affected Neighborhoods: Citywide

Affected Wards: All


Project Description:

This program will implement protected bikeways on streets recommended in the Protected Bikeways Update to the Minneapolis Transportation Action Plan. Sometimes referred to as “protected bike lanes” or “cycletracks”, protected bikeways are physically separated from motor vehicle traffic and are intended to provide a similar user experience as off-street trails. Physical separation may be provided through parked cars, curbs, medians, bollards/flexible traffic posts, planters, or other vertical features.

Purpose and Justification:

The City has declared racism a public health emergency, noting that “racism in all its forms causes persistent discrimination and disparate outcomes in many areas of life”. Public Works recognizes the impact of racism in transportation systems and this program seeks to promote transportation equity and justice in accordance with the goals of the Strategic & Racial Equity Action Plan 2019-2022 by providing equitable access to multimodal transportation in all parts of the City through thoughtful planning and design.




The local bicycle network has been expanded significantly in recent years, and many people are biking. However, not everyone feels comfortable and safe riding on a busy street in the same space as cars, even within a striped bike lane . There are some parts of the city where potential bicycling demand is high, but where low-stress bikeways such as trails, bike boulevards, and lower-traffic streets aren’t an option. To continue to grow bicycling in Minneapolis, new types of infrastructure are needed to make Minneapolis easier to bike for people of all ages and abilities.



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Project Cost Breakdown

Department Funding Request

Partnerships


Have Grants for this Project been secured?

No


Describe status and timing details of secured or applied for grants or other non-City funding sources:

No grants or non-city funding has been secured at this time.


Describe any collaborative arrangements with outside project partners, including who they are and what their role is with the project:

Not Applicable


Planning


State Law Chapter 462.356 (Subd. 2) requires review of all capital improvements for compliance with the comprehensive municipal plan. Chapter 13, Section 4 of the City Charter requires Location and Design Review for the purpose of approving the sale of bonds for these projects.

Transportation: Minneapolis will build, maintain and enhance access to multi-modal transportation options for residents and businesses through a balanced system of transportation modes that supports the City’s land use vision, reduces adverse transportation impacts, decreases the overall dependency on automobiles, and reflects the city’s pivotal role as the center of the regional transportation network. This project is consistent with planning and policy guidelines set forth in the City’s comprehensive plan Minneapolis 2040.


Provide the date that Location and Design Review was conducted for the project, the outcome of that analysis and the date formal action was taken by the Planning Commission:

Location and Design Review for this project occurred on June 4th, 2015.


Economic Development


Will the project contribute to growth in the city’s tax base?

Supports moderate tax base growth.


Describe the economic development impact of the project:

As the protected bikeway network is developed, bicycle access to commercial areas will be improved, supporting the economic function and viability of the city's commercial areas.


Does the project support redevelopment opportunity that without the project would be infeasible?

Not Applicable

Transportation


Is the proposed project on an existing or planned transitway, transit route, or high-volume pedestrian corridor? If yes, provide details on how the project will improve the transit and/or pedestrian experience.

Many of these routes are in high-volume pedestrian corridors and most are along or provide connections to transit corridors. Protected bikeways are part of an overall strategy to improve multimodal transportation choices in Minneapolis and make it easier to get around without a private motor vehicle.


Does the proposed project anticipate multi-modal enhancements (sidewalks, bicycle or transit facilities)? Provide details.

These projects will provide a more comfortable bicycle facility than standard bike lanes.


Is the right-of-way constrained and do you anticipate that modes of travel will be competing for space? Provide details, is there potential for innovative design options? Provide details

Yes, right-of-way is constrained in most of these corridors, and there are generally tradeoffs in most of these corridors with traffic lanes and parking lanes; however, these corridors are the result of a feasibility analysis of the best opportunities for near-term implementation of protected bikeways in Minneapolis.

Operating Impacts


Operations & Capital Asset Maintenance:

Is this request for new or existing infrastructure? Existing

What is the expected useful life of the project/Improvement? 10 Years

Year that Operating Incr/(Decr) will take effect? 2022-2027

What is the estimated annual operating cost increase or (decrease) for this project? Not Applicable

Any Prior Year Remaining Bond Authorizations? Yes

Prior Year Remaining Bond Authorizations: $1,460,327


Describe how operating cost increases or decreases were determined and include details such as personnel costs, materials, contracts, energy savings, etc:

Public Works is still assessing the costs of maintenance for protected bikeways. A winter walking and biking study is currently underway. Public Works is having ongoing discussions regarding the appropriate level of maintenance for protected bikeways, particularly for winter operations including plowing.


If new infrastructure, discuss how the department/agency will pay for the increased annual operating costs:

Maintenance costs for protected bikeways will vary depending on the type of facility installed. Public Works has calculated estimates for annual maintenance of protected bikeways, although it is based on a very small sample of locations and does not include an extended history of seasonal weather events. As more protected bikeway projects are implemented Public Works will better understand maintenance costs and expects to build efficiencies into its operations.


For new infrastructure, describe the estimated timing and dollar amount of future capital investment required to realize the full expected useful life of the project:

Not applicable

Project Coordination


Describe completion status for ongoing projects and how and when the department/agency plans to use the prior year remaining bond authorizations:

Unspent balances will be rolled forward to fund the Protected Bikeway Program in future years. The size and the scope of work can be adjusted to use available funds.


If this is a new project, describe the major project phases and timing anticipated for completing the project:

This is a program with multiple projects. Public Works anticipates beginning preliminary design and public involvement one to two years before each protected bikeway project is scheduled for implementation.


Scalability/Funding Allocation Flexibility – discuss any flexibility to increase or decrease funding among the years in the five-year plan and the most that could be spent in a given year:

Projects are anticipated to be one year construction projects. Spreading the construction over two or more years decreases the cost effectiveness of the projects.

Minneapolis Goals and Strategic Direction

Minneapolis is a growing and vibrant world-class city with a flourishing economy and a pristine environment, where all people are safe, healthy and have equitable opportunities for success and happiness.Below is a description of how this project meets each of the City's Goals. Below is a description of how this project meets each of the City's Goals.


Below is a description of how this project meets each of the City's Goals.

Public Safety


Collaborative and community-inclusive strategies to ensure safety for all members of our community:

Increase accessibility of public infrastructure and public amenities.


Use design principles that ensure a safe and welcoming environment when designing all projects that impact the public realm.

Prioritize safety investments in line with the Complete Streets Policy.


Improve safety for pedestrians, and prioritize pedestrians over other road users, especially at street intersections; focus on signals, crosswalks, lighting, signage, visibility and lowering vehicular speeds through street design and other measures.


Public Health


The City has declared racism a public health emergency, noting that “racism in all its forms causes persistent discrimination and disparate outcomes in many areas of life”. Public Works recognizes the impact of racism in transportation systems and this program seeks to promote transportation equity and justice in accordance with the goals of the Strategic & Racial Equity Action Plan 2019-2022 by providing equitable access to multimodal transportation in all parts of the City through thoughtful planning and design.

Environmental Justice:


The City prioritizes sustainable practices and renewable resources to equitably address climate change while restoring and protecting our soil, water and air.

Reduce the energy, carbon, and health impacts of transportation through reduced single-occupancy vehicle trips and phasing out of fossil fuel vehicles.


Plan, design, build, maintain, and operate the city’s transportation system in a way that prioritizes pedestrians first, followed by bicycling and transit use, and lastly motor vehicle use. (Complete Streets Policy. Adopted May 2016.)


Improve the pedestrian environment in order to encourage walking and the use of mobility aids as a mode of transportation.


Improve and expand bicycle facilities in order to encourage bicycling as a mode of transportation.


Improve access to goods and services via walking, biking and transit.


Support development and public realm improvements near existing and planned METRO stations that result in walkable districts for living, working, shopping, and recreating.


Proactively improve the public realm to support a pedestrian friendly, high-quality and distinctive built environment.


Improve the tree canopy and urban forest.


Improve air quality by reducing emissions of pollutants that harm human health and the environment.


Minneapolis has also declared a climate emergency that demands a massive-scale mobilization to halt, reverse and address the consequences and causes of climate change. Through the Transportation Action Plan, Public Works has stated its intention to drastically reduce the transportation sector’s contribution to greenhouse gas emissions, and this program/project aims to develop networks that will bring a climate-forward transportation system for the people of Minneapolis.

Built Environment & Transportation:


The City prioritizes high quality neighborhoods, streets, infrastructure and equitable access to multimodal transportation in all parts of the City through thoughtful planning and design.

The City of Minneapolis will promote design for the built environment that is dynamic and durable, reflects the diversity of Minneapolis residents, and contributes to a sense of place and community identity. The City will also proactively improve the public realm, including streets, sidewalks, parks and open spaces between buildings, to ensure that public spaces and private development are thoughtfully connected.


Achieving this goal also requires changes to the transportation system that make it easier to walk, bike or use transit to access daily needs. The City will proactively improve the pedestrian environment and continue to build and maintain a network of bikeways, while working with Metro Transit to increase the frequency, speed and reliability of the public transit system.


Additional Information

Add any additional information you feel is important for the CLIC committee, Mayor, City Council members or the general public to know about this potential project and why it should be approved:


Capital improvement projects such as this one complete a corridor and enhance the character of the area which helps preserve property values and the city’s tax base.



Protected bikeway projects accomplish two major goals outlined in the Transportation Action Plan 1) to improve safety and 2) increase the number of people biking. These projects are strategically placed in system gap locations to maximize return on investment and to ensure regional equity.