The Twin Cities has received a federal grant to convert several streets in the metro area to bike/pedestrian friendly boulevards. The roads will still be open to vehicular traffic but the idea is that bikes and walkers will have priority and cars will use alternative streets to get around, usually on a parallel street. It will also represent a major link to a number of bike paths in the area.
The only street in St Paul that may gain the "bike boulevard" designation is a section of Highland Parkway from the Mississippi River East to Snelling Avenue. Neighbors living in the area have expressed initial opposition because I really don't think they understand what a bike boulevard is.
There is a public meeting, Monday 8/11 at 7PM at the Hillcrest Rec Center on Ford Parkway in St Paul. If you ride anywhere in this area, it would be great if you could attend and show your support. A huge turnout of cyclists, especially coming by bike will be great.
Kevin will be leaving HC at 6:30 to attend so if you want to ride over as a group, meet up there.
Here is a map for the rec center. Hope to see you there!
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