This Regional Barriers Study focused on goal three above by identifying prime locations for new or improved barrier crossings, and included goals one and two in the analysis to identify those locations.
The purpose of this study was to assess existing bicycle crossing opportunities of regional barriers (defined as rivers and streams, railroad corridors, and freeways and expressways). The impact that these barriers with too few crossing opportunities have on continuity in the RBTN and local bicycle networks was a primary focus of the study. The final report prioritized locations for improvements to existing barrier crossings and new bridge or underpass crossings.
The Metropolitan Council coordinated with a Technical Advisory Work Group to review and discuss specific study elements throughout its duration.
The Council has developed an interactive version of the Map of Regional Bicycle Barrier Crossing Areas. The interactive mapping application allows users to examine specific areas of the region.