Protected Bikeway

Protected Bikeway Update to the Bicycle Master Plan (June 2015)

Minneapolis City council has adapted “Protected Bikeway Update to the Bicycle Master Plan,” at June 2015.  City Council has already recommended implementation of 30 miles of on-street protected bike facilities by 2020.  This Plan Update identifies priority locations, capital costs, and maintenance costs for implementation of protected bikeways in Minneapolis.  A protected bikeway is a bicycle facility that is physically separated from motor vehicle traffic.   Off-street trails are the most common type of protected bikeway; however, protected bikeways may also be located within street corridors and separated from traffic lanes through parked cars, curbs, medians, bollards/flexible traffic posts, planters or other vertical feature.   Although protected bikeways are not the only tool in Minneapolis’ bikeway toolbox. Other bikeway facility types include bike lanes, shared lanes and bike boulevards.  Please refer to the section #1 and #2 for various strategies that have been proposed at North side.  The City will consider a variety of criteria when implementing protected bikeways, including the following:


Transportation Criteria

  • High bicycle demand
  • High traffic conflict
  • Good network integration Equity Criteria
  • Racial/ethnic populations (census data)
  • Economic (Areas of Concentrated Poverty and Racially Concentrated Areas of Poverty)


Other Considerations

  • Routes identified in the overall Bicycle Master Plan
  • Street reconstruction projects already programmed
  • Linkages to other projects (e.g. Hennepin County and Mn/DOT)
  • Projects must be definable – termini make sense, project can’t be too small or inefficient
  • Other unique circumstances


There are several projects that are labeled “to be determined” because more evaluation is required before a positive recommendation for a protected bikeway can be made.  BALL will continue to monitor the situation.