10/25/12

New Bike and Pedestrian Routes Open in Roseville, Falcon Heights and LauderdaleNew Bike and Pedestrian Routes Open in Roseville, Falcon Heights and Lauderdale

New Bike and Pedestrian Routes Open in Roseville, Falcon Heights and Lauderdale

$1.3 Million Investment by Bike Walk Twin Cities Helps Connect Roseville with U of M and Beyond; Celebration and Community Bike Ride, Thursday, Nov. 1

New, wider sidewalks on both sides of Fairview Avenue (between County Road B2 and County Road B)

  • New on-street bike lanes on Fairview Avenue (between County Road B and Larpenteur Avenue)
  • New traffic signals, street trees and benches

Saint Paul, Minn. - Oct. 25, 2012 - Residents, businesses, and visitors in Roseville, Falcon Heights and Lauderdale now have substantial new bicycle and pedestrian pathways available in their communities.

Through $1.3 million in funding provided by Bike Walk Twin Cities, a program of Transit for Livable Communities and $330,000 of local funding, new bicycle and pedestrian routes have been added along Fairview, Larpenteur, and Gortner Avenues. These new routes make it easier and safer than ever to get around the area - from Rosedale Center and the University of Minnesota to Minneapolis and Saint Paul. Improvements include:

  • Improved bicycling and pedestrian routes near Rosedale Center - New, wider (8-feet wide) sidewalks on Fairview Avenue between County Road B2 and County Road B, as well as a shared path for bicycling and walking under Highway 36.
  • New bicycle lanes and sidewalks link Roseville, Falcon Heights and Lauderdale - New on-street bike lanes on Fairview Avenue (between County Road B and Larpenteur Avenue), along  Larpenteur Avenue (past the Gibbs Museum) and along Gortner Avenue (between Larpenteur Avenue and Dan Patch Avenue).
  • New traffic signals and pedestrian benches - Along the new routes, updated traffic signals provide for improved pedestrian and bicycle movement. Additionally, new shade trees and benches provide added pedestrian comfort. 

"Improvements such as these are vital for extending the Twin Cities' bicycle and pedestrian network beyond the core cities," said Joan Pasiuk, director of Bike Walk Twin Cities. "Kudos to the city and public works staffs of Roseville, Falcon Heights and Lauderdale for making these upgrades a reality, and providing their residents and visitors with safer and more attractive bicycle and pedestrian routes." 

 

Community Celebration of Bicycling and Pedestrian Improvements, Thursday, Nov. 1

 To celebrate their new bicycle and pedestrian routes, the cities of Roseville, Falcon Heights and Lauderdale, as well as the University of Minnesota and Bike Walk Twin Cities, will host a community celebration on Thursday, Nov. 1, at noon. Attendees can enjoy celebratory activities and local food and beverages - Mim's Café falafel sandwiches, Saint Paul Classic Cookie Company cookies, and coffee donated by Peace Coffee (while supplies last).  Attendees can then gather for a group bicycle ride along the new bike and pedestrian routes from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., rain or shine. Free goodie bags to the first 20 group riders. Attendees will visit Gibbs Museum, Evergreen Park and Rosedale Center.

 The celebration will begin at the University of Minnesota Department of Horticultural Science Display & Trial Garden, at the corner of Gortner and Folwell Avenues. (Rain location: Cargill Building for Microbial & Plant Genomics, 1500 Gortner Avenue). Those interested in joining the bike ride are asked to RSVP to briw@tlcminnesota.org or 651-789-1403. For more information, visit www.bikewalkmove.org