The new Minneapolis Bike Master Plan has a long list of projects necessary to build out the system. 82, if I count correctly. However, only 6 of these are considered “Tier 1” in the plan, which I think means that they are high priority and meet criteria necessary to qualify for funding sources. These six are shown in the map above. The Upper River Trails count as one project.
According to Don Pflaum, the project manager for the plan, much of the funding for these improvements will come from outside sources, such as SAFETEA-LU grants. So each project must be evaluated based on a number of criteria, and must meet these criteria before being eligible for consideration by the City. The criteria include the ability of the project to increase mode share, improve safety, and be cost effective, among others. The end of Chapter 7 contains a matrix of all the projects including their ability to meet each criterion.
This ranking doesn’t exactly prioritize projects, except to say what is and isn’t currently eligible for funding. After speaking with Don, I know the city wants more input on cyclists priorities for the system.
So what are your priorities? Should the six projects above be first? What projects do you think would bring the most benefit? You can add your top priorities right on the map. Click on the view larger link, then click on “save to my maps” and then you can draw right on the map. Ideally, you’ll want to check the project list in the plan to make sure your project is in there, but if you have something the plan doesn’t have, go ahead and add that too, just make a note so we all know it is something new. Also maybe add your name and a short description of the project so we know what it is.