Metropolitan Council Regional Bicycle System Master Study

Working with White Bear Lake residents to develop recommendations for improvements to the Twin Cities bicycle network.

The Metropolitan Council is the Metropolitan Planning Organization for the Minneapolis-Saint Paul region, which encompasses seven counties and is home to 2.9 million residents.

In 2013, the Council conducted a Regional Bicycle System Master Study to develop a set of regional bicycle corridors that would facilitate the use of bicycling for a greater portion of transportation trips.

CDG worked as part of a multi-disciplinary team to provide bicycle network planning recommendations, and to design and lead community engagement activities for the project. Engagement tasks included development of the project's Public Participation Strategy, and design, coordination and facilitation of listening sessions with cycling clubs and advocates to gain a better understanding of local bicycling throughout the region.

The project identified barriers, evaluated connectivity and access, and defined a set of regional bicycle transportation corridors to serve as framework for the long-range implementation of a connected and accessible transportation system. The plan’s recommendations are moving forward as part of the Metropolitan Council's Transportation Policy Plan (TPP).