Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan

As bicycling and walking becomes increasingly popular, the City Council made it a priority to create a bicycle and pedestrian plan to be included in the Transportation Chapter of the City's 2040 Comprehensive Plan. The plan considers Metropolitan Council guiding principles for investment in the Regional Bicycle Transportation Network in the seven county metro area.

Community Input

The City solicited community input on the plan as part of the 2040 Comprehensive Plan update process, eventually appointing a 10-member Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Task Force to discuss goals, options, and potential policies and funding sources before making recommendations to the City Council.

Community members were able to share thoughts about biking and walking around Golden Valley through the Interactive Bike and Pedestrian Map. The process was also guided by a graduate-level Bike Plan Capstone Report by Urban and Regional Planning students at the University of Minnesota Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

+ Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Task Force Meetings

In May 2016, the Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Task Force was created to discuss community goals, options for new facilities, and potential policies and funding sources for implementation. The group is charged with making recommendations on network connections and enhancements to the City Council.

+ 2019 Bike Lanes Project

In 2019, the City of Golden Valley prepared plans and bid a project to install on-street bicycle lanes along corridors identified in the City’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan . This process included an open house as well as discussion about the bike lane plans at several City Council meetings. Once plans were finalized, the project was bid, however the bids exceeded the project budget. The City Council rejected the bids and directed the project to be rebid in 2020.  Below is a summary of each corridor where bike lanes are planned for installation with links to the designs.

Approved 2019 Plans

Sandburg Road/Nevada Avenue from Medicine Lake Road to Douglas Drive
Bike lanes will NOT be installed on Nevada Avenue and Sandburg Road between Medicine Lake Road and Douglas Drive and on-street parking will continue to be permitted.

Olympia Street from Winnetka Avenue to Douglas Drive East End, (see map) & West End (see map)
Bike lanes will NOT be installed on Olympia Street between Winnetka Avenue and Douglas Drive. Instead sharrows will be placed on Olympia Street as well as bike route signs at Winnetka Avenue and Douglas Drive. The current parking restrictions on Olympia Street will remain in effect, but no new parking restrictions will be added.

Golden Valley Road from Pennsylvania Avenue to Douglas Drive (see map)
Bike lanes will be installed on Golden Valley Road from Pennsylvania Avenue to Douglas Drive.  On-street parking is already prohibited on Golden Valley Road, with the exception of the north side of Golden Valley Road from the railroad tracks east towards Florida Avenue. On street parking will be prohibited along this segment.

Pennsylvania Avenue from Wayzata Boulevard to Laurel Avenue (see map)
Bike lanes will be installed on Pennsylvania Avenue from Wayzata Boulevard to Laurel Avenue. On-street parking is already prohibited along this route.

Wayzata Boulevard from General Mills Boulevard to Texas Avenue (see map)
Bike Lanes will be installed on Wayzata Boulevard from General Mills Boulevard to Texas Avenue. On street parking will be prohibited along this route.

Proposed 2020 Bike Lane Project

The City hosted a public open house for residents to learn about the proposed project Feb 19 at City Hall. City staff and members from Short Elliot Hendrickson, the City’s engineering consultant, were available to provide information, discuss plans, and collect feedback on the design and layout of the proposed bike lanes.

The City Council is scheduled to discuss the proposed project at its April 14 Council/Manager meeting. Bike lane designs may change based on comments, feedback, and further review. If you have questions, would like more information, or would like to meet with City staff to discuss the project further, contact the City's Engineering Department at 763-593-8030. .

Below is a summary of each corridor where bike lane installations are proposed.

7th Ave & Golden Valley Rd from Decatur Ave to Wisconsin Ave (see map)
Bikes lanes are proposed to be installed on 7th Ave and Golden Valley Rd from Decatur Ave to Wisconsin Ave. Parking will be prohibited on the north side of 7th Ave. On street parking is already prohibited on the south side of 7th Ave and both side of Golden Valley Rd.

10th Ave from Decatur Ave to Rhode Island Ave (see map)
Bike lanes are proposed to be installed on 10th Ave from Decatur Ave to Rhode Island Ave.  On street parking is generally already prohibited along 10th Ave, and will be further prohibited where gaps in parking restriction currently exist.

10th Ave from Mendelssohn Ave to Decatur Ave (see map)
Bike lanes are proposed to be installed on 10th Ave from Mendelssohn Ave to Decatur Ave.  On street parking is currently prohibited on portions of 10th Avenue and will be prohibited entirely in this segment.

Decatur Ave from Golden Valley Rd to 10th Ave (see map)

Bike lanes are proposed to be installed on Decatur Avenue between Golden Valley Road and 10th Avenue.  On street parking is already prohibited on this segment.

Boone Ave from Golden Valley Rd to Plymouth Ave (see map)
Bike lanes will also be installed on Boone Ave from Golden Valley Rd to Plymouth Ave.  On street parking will be prohibited on this segment except for the east side of Boone Ave between Golden Valley Rd and 10th Ave.

Rhode Island Ave from 10th Ave to Hwy 55 (see map)
Bike lanes are proposed to be installed on Rhode Island Ave from 10th Ave to Hwy 55. On street parking will be maintained on portions of the east side of Rhode Island Ave north of Golden Valley Rd, but will be prohibited through the remainder of this segment.  Additionally, on street parking will be prohibited on Golden Valley Rd west of Pennsylvania Ave.

Laurel Ave from Pennsylvania Ave to Turners Crossroads,  East End (see map) & West End (see map)
Bike lanes were planned for this segment of Laurel Avenue in 2019 but changes were made to the design and are now proposed in 2020. On street parking was prohibited along the northside of Laurel Ave but allowed on portions of the south side of Laurel Ave from Pennsylvania Ave to Colorado Ave. The 2020 modifications propose buffered bike lanes with no on-street parking on either side of Laurel Ave except for approximately 500 feet along the north side of Laurel Ave between Louisiana Ave and Pennsylvania Avenue.