Bicycling Saint Paul Newsletter: November 2011

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November 2011 •

Bicycle Friendly Community

Bicycle Friendly Community Designation

On October 4, Dorian Grilley of the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota presented the Bicycle Friendly Community designation to Public Works Director Rich Lallier, who accepted the award on behalf of the City.  We're currently taking suggestions on where to place the two Bicycle Friendly Community signs! 

International Bike Walk To School Day

International Bike Walk to School Day was on October 5 this year.  Mayor Coleman got in on the fun, greeting students with "I Biked" and "I Walked" stickers at Ramsey Jr. High.  Even though International Bike Walk to School Day is just one day a year, biking and walking to school has benefits every day for kids and their families.  The CDC's webpages on walking to school have great information about the benefits of physically active ways of getting to school and how to make them work in your community.
Coleman and kids

Griggs Street Bikeway

October was a big month for the Griggs Street Bikeway.  We held three public meetings and received recommendations for approval of the resulting design proposal from the City's Transportation Committee and Planning Commission.  The public meetings included several dozen residents all told, some of whom even joined us on foot and by bike for a mobile public meeting -- the first of its kind for Saint Paul!  Over 120 others provided input on the project online.  Next stop for the Griggs Street Bikeway is City Council, anticipated to be on January 18, 2012.  For more information, please see:

Jefferson Avenue Bikeway

Last month brought the second of two identical informational meetings about the Jefferson Avenue Bikeway.  At these meetings, City Engineer John Maczko shared information on the background, progress-to-date, and next steps for the bikeway project.  These next steps include three design meetings in December, which will focus on sharing information on the the pros and cons of particular traffic calming treatments to be followed by a discussion of potential applications of those treatments at specific geographic segments along Jefferson Avenue from Mississippi River Boulevard to Snelling Avenue.  There will also be an online survey for citizens to share their opinions of these traffic calming treatments that will be live in December.  For the latest on the Jefferson Avenue bikeway, please see:  
Jeff Ave Bikeway

Farewell for Now, Nice Ride!

Ending its successful first season in Saint Paul, Nice Ride will be turning off the system for rentals at 10pm on Sunday, November 6 and pulling bikes and stations throughout the following week.  We were thrilled to see the green bikes in the east metro this year and look forward to seeing more of them next year when the snow thaws!

We're Now on Flickr!

We're always looking for more ways to connect with folks about the great bicycle-related initiatives happening here in Saint Paul.  You may have already discovered the newest way to connect, if you clicked through on some of the links above -- our photostream on Flickr, which has fun photos from recent events and public meetings:
"To me, being a Bicycle Friendly Community means that [Saint Paul] is listening to its citizens that want to have a more active lifestyle and feel safe doing it.  Realtor surveys consistently show that walkable and bikeable neighborhoods and communities are the most desirable." -- Dorian Grilley, Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota.