Regional Bicycle Transportation

Resources for building a bicycle transportation network


The RBTN and RBSI bicycle datasets and maps are intended to provide planning guidance to build a bicycle transportation network for the Twin Cities metro area.

Regional Bicycle Transportation Network (RBTN) data

The RBTN dataset was developed as part of the 2014 Regional Bicycle System Study to highlight important regional transportation connections for cyclists.  The RBTN includes planned and existing facilities within nine metropolitan counties: Anoka, Carver, Chisago, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, Washington, and Wright. 

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Regional Bicycle System Inventory (RBSI) data

The RBSI dataset includes existing and planned bicycle facilities within nine metropolitan counties: Anoka, Carver, Chisago, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, Washington, and Wright. The bicycle system was developed as part of a collaborative processes where the metropolitan counties aggregated lcoal bicycle plans and the Metropolitan Council aggregated the county datasets. Spatial and attribute accuracy varies by location but the RBSI respresents the most current regional inventory of bicycle infrastructure. .

The RBSI data represents the best available regional information.   Users can feel confident using the data for regional planning purposes. Since the data is an aggregation of data from a variety of sources, the quality of the underlying data varies with source organization.   Care should be exercised for higher resolution uses since the geographic accuracy, attribute completeness, and timeliness of the data is not uniform for the entire region. The RBSI dataset is a collaborative effort. It will be maintained and updated by the Metropolitan Council with the cooperation of the metropolitan counties on an annual basis.

Bikeways map

The map shows on-road and off-road bikeways, proposed and existing bikeways, and includes bike lanes, bike-able road shoulders of over five feet in width, and off-road trails. 

The map provides an inventory of exising bikeways and identifies cost-effective bicycle infrastructure opportunities that will interface with local projects. The Bicycle and Pedestrian Section, Office of Transit of the Minnesota Department of Transportation, developed the electronic bikeways map and GIS database to fill the need for a comprehensive inventory of bicycle routes in the Twin Cities metro area. The bike route data layer represents an interconnected regional network of bikeways that meet basic criteria as developed by the Metro Bikeway Mapping Advisory Committee and helps to meet the region's goal of increased and safe transportation options.


The bikeways data and mapping represents a multi-year effort between the

  • Metropolitan Counties

  • State Agencies (MnDOT and DNR) 

  • Metropolitan Council

  • local governments 

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