Key results from the Regional Bicycle Barriers Study have been included in the draft TPP update. Further results will be incorporated in a future update and made available for the 2020 Regional Solicitation after a review and adjustments are made to local planned barrier crossing points by the Metropolitan Council and its transportation agency partners. This study represents a major step to identifying and addressing critical bicycle transportation links<, which will work toward achieving one or more of the following goals:
- Close a gap in the RBTN or connect a local bikeway to a major regional destination
- Improve continuity and connections between jurisdictions (on or off the RBTN)
- Improve or remove a physical barrier (on or off the RBTN)
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 Met Council coordinated with a Technical Advisory Work Group to review and discuss specific study elements throughout its duration.