City Taking Applications For Bicycle And Pedestrian Planning Task Force

The Golden Valley City Council has made it a priority to create a bicycle and pedestrian plan to be included in the City’s 2040 Comprehensive Plan. To ensure that community members are involved, the Council will appoint a 10-member Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Task Force in late June.

The City of Golden Valley and other local agencies will use the plan to guide improvements to the local bicycle and pedestrian network. These improvements will help encourage healthier lifestyles and connect a growing number of people interested in biking and walking to key destinations in the community (eg, light rail stations, schools, major employers, shopping, Luce Line Regional Trail, the new Brookview Community Center, etc).

The plan will consider the following Metropolitan Council guiding principles for investment in the Regional Bicycle Transportation Network in the seven county metro area:

  • facilitating safe and continuous trips to regional destinations
  • overcoming physical barriers to eliminate critical gaps in the bicycle network
  • accommodating a broad range of cyclists’ abilities and preferences to attract a wide variety of users

The plan will also guide investment decisions to address gaps in the network and enhance existing facilities, explore funding sources, and include recommendations for additional education and promotion.

Community Task Force

The Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Task Force will discuss community goals, options for new facilities, and potential policies and funding sources for implementation. The group will then recommend network connections and enhancements to the City Council.

During this process, Task Force members and City staff will be guided by recommendations from a group of graduate students at the University of Minnesota Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, who completed their Master of Urban and Regional Planning capstone report on this subject.

Applications will be accepted on the City website until June 6, 2016.

General Community Input

The City will solicit community input on the bicycle and pedestrian plan as part of the Comprehensive Plan update process that will begin in late summer 2016. Residents will be able to provide ideas and feedback at various open houses and community events. The City will also provide an online interactive mapping tool that provides a convenient way to describe the location of preferred routes, destinations, gaps in the network, areas needing maintenance, and challenging intersections to cross.

The final Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan will be incorporated into the Transportation Chapter of the Comprehensive Plan.

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