St. Paul describes itself as the most livable city in America. All across America, cities are investing in Bicycle infrastructure to make their cities more livable – improving their economy, their vibrancy and the health of their residents. Saint Paul recently passed our Bikeways Plan, with an ambitious goal of increasing bicycle mode share to 5% and to quadruple mode share of bicycling commuters by 2025.
The plan calls for funding from various grants and outside sources to meet these goals. Yet, Saint. Paul has not yet committed to ongoing Public Works funding for bikeways development in order to increase mode share. Protected/Buffered bikeways are proven to significantly increase the safety and number of cyclists who choose to use bicycles. Minneapolis has recently committed funding to meet their goal of 30 miles of protected bike lanes by 2020.
As a Councilmember, will you put forth a budget, or a budget amendment, that includes a plan for a minimum of $500,000 annually for the building of protected/buffered bike lanes?