|MIC Bicycle Planning Initiatives
|Bicycling is an important and growing transportation option in Duluth-Superior. The MIC has been working to develop a long-term plan for a system of safe, coordinated, on-street bike routes throughout Duluth and Superior since it released its first bike route plan in 1994 (described below). |
Current and recent MIC-area bicycle planning efforts include:
|Duluth Bikeway System Plan
|Adopted by the Duluth City Council on December 16, 2013, the Duluth Bikeway System Plan establishes a city-wide network of designated bike lanes that will encourage active transportation by serving people's everyday travel needs as well as connect to the existing (and planned) off-street trail network, including the Lakewalk, Munger Trail, Cross City Trail and Lowell to Lakewalk Trail. |
View interactive map of the Duluth Bikeway System
View pdf map of the Duluth Bikeway System Plan
|With the adoption of the Duluth Bikeway System Plan, work began to implement this plan:|
| Downtown Duluth Bikeway – planning work to identify the appropriate bikeway in the downtown area is underway. Meeting with the public and stakeholders has taken place. In February, a survey was conducted to give the public a meaningful opportunity to weigh in. |
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East 4th Street Bikeway – planning work to identify the appropriate bikeway along this corridor: conventional bike lanes on East 4th Street from 6th Ave East to Wallace Avenue
College Street Bikeway – convert bike lanes to an off-street shared-use path
| London Road Bikeway – Conventional bike lanes installed from 12th Ave East to 21st Ave East|
College Street Bikeway – Conventional bike lanes installed from Kenwood Ave to Junction/19th Ave East
|Project Background and Public Input Process
|For much of 2013, the MIC has been assisting the City of Duluth in gathering public input and mapping prospective routes. An intensive public input process began last summer with three interactive workshops facilitated by MIC Planning and City of Duluth Engineering staff. To determine the locations of the proposed bike lanes, the suggestions that were received were then filtered through a number of engineering considerations, including roadway widths and grades, and connectivity to other bike lanes and to the rest of the on- and off-road system.|
A public meeting was held on Wed, November 13, 2013 at Clyde Iron in Duluth to review the proposed routes, how they were developed and when they are planned for implementation.
View the Slide Presentation
Contact Us Directly
You are also welcome to send your comments and questions (by December 1st) to MIC Senior Planner James Gittemeier by email or by calling (218) 529-7556.
|Other MIC-Area Bicycle Planning Initiatives
|2011 Duluth-Superior Metropolitan Bike Map
In 2011, the 4th edition of the Duluth-Superior Metropolitan Bike Map was completed. |
Features of the map include its compact design for easy storage, strategic folding and layout for quick and easy access to information, and topographic information to determine which areas may prove the most challenging. We welcome your feedback on how we can continue to improve it.
To view past editions of the Duluth-Superior Metropolitan Bike Map visit the Maps and GIS page.
To receive a printed copy of the current version of the Duluth-Superior Metropolitan Bike Route Map, contact us by phone at (218) 529-7541 or by e-mail.
|Cross City Trail
|MIC staff is coordinating efforts to identify the alignment and fund a bike route that extends the Munger Trail from its current terminus in West Duluth to the Lakewalk in Canal Park.|
This proposed trail will be approximately seven miles in length and will provide bicyclists, pedestrians, and in-line skaters access to Spirit Valley Commercial District, Grassy Point Recreation Area, Wade Stadium, the Lincoln Park Business District and the Bayfront Festival Park as it works its way eastward toward Canal Park. It will also provide a commuting alternative for those who would rather ride or walk to work by connecting Duluth’s west side with the downtown area along a paved, (mostly-) offstreet trail.
(The Munger Trail to Lakewalk Connector Plan) describes the proposed trail alignment that would take trail users past Duluth’s industrial waterfront allowing visitors and locals an opportunity to view working industrial facilities such as a paper mill, rail yards, and an ore dock.
For more information about the MIC's involvement in the Munger Trail Planning Process, contact MIC Senior Planner James Gittemeier by phone at (218) 529-7556 or by e-mail.
|1994 MIC Area Bike Route Plan
The MIC's 1994 Duluth-Superior Metropolitan Bikeways Plan provided the foundation for improving the bicycling environment in the Duluth-Superior metropolitan area. It outlines policies and recommendations for physical facilities, education, and enforcement. 1994 MIC Bikeways Plan|
The subsequent goal of developing a signed, onstreet bike route network in Duluth, Superior, Proctor, Hermantown and outlying townships is being implemented in 3-phases:
In addition, MIC staff assisted local jurisdictions with grant writing, coalition building and public participation to acquire funding for bicycle projects identified in the Bike Plan and from our recent Bicycle Compatibility Index (BCI) bike route modeling efforts.
|For More Information
|Contact MIC Planner James Gittemeier by phone at (218) 529-7556 or by e-mail.|
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|Notice of FHWA Obligated Projects for 2015
|Listings of the federally-funded highway projects have been updated for 2015 and can be viewed for the Superior, WI and Duluth, MN sides of the metropolitan planning area.|
|Current Planning Initiatives
|Lincoln Park Multimodal Transportation Study|
Duluth-Superior Port Land Use Plan- 2015 Update
Northwest Douglas County Freight Movement Study
4th Street Construction Project
Duluth 6th Avenue East Traffic Study
|Recent Plans and Studies