Where do you think are Minnesota's most important bike routes?


A new map gives cyclists the power to choose which trails they think should be included as part of a statewide biking network for Minnesota.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is seeking the input from the public, and is asking them to select five proposed bike trail routes that they think are the "most useful, most needed or most important" in the state.

You can register and use the map here.

The Pioneer Press reports that MnDOT will use the feedback to create a "master bike trail plan," with the most popular bike corridors the ones that the transport officials will prioritize for improvements.

The suggested routes stretch across the state, and were identified following a series of public meetings held last spring, which saw more than 3,000 comments and ideas put forward, according to WCCO.

Among the main themes of the feedback last year, the news station notes, was that the majority of cyclists want to see more bike lanes separated from regular traffic, and an improvement of facilities on busy roadways to downtown areas.

A study by the University of Minnesota of the state's transportation use found that biking and public transport is becoming more popular among residents, with car usage falling.

The Minnesota Daily reports that bicycle use rose by 13 percent between 2000 and 2010, while public transport trips rose by 25 percent in the same period.

The number of people with a driver's license however is lower now than it was in 1970.

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