Read the 2011 Minneapolis Bicycling Account for a full update on recent activities.
The City of Minneapolis Bicycle Program is integrated into many divisions and departments at the City of Minneapolis. The core staff of the Bicycle Program operates out of the Traffic & Parking Services Division of the Public Works Department. They have the primary responsibilities of educating the public through the Bike Walk Ambassador Program and implementing new projects through the Non-Motorized Transportation Pilot Program. Bicycle Program staff also produces the Minneapolis Bicycle Map and organizes the annual bicycle count. Other staff in Traffic & Parking Services responds to bicycle traffic safety issues and rents out bike lockers at municipal parking ramps in the downtown area.
Elsewhere in Public Works, new off-street bike trail projects, the bike rack cost share program, and the Bicycle Master Plan are managed by staff in the Transportation Planning & Engineering Division. Many Minneapolis bikeways are cared for by crews in the Street Maintenance & Repair Division.
In the Minneapolis Police Department, the Bicycle Recovery Unit stores recovered and abandoned bicycles and holds bicycle auctions. The Traffic Unit investigates accidents between bicyclists and motorists. The Traffic Control Unit enforces parking rules in bike lanes. Police officers in each of the five precincts enforce bicycle-related laws and respond to emergencies. Twenty-Eight percent of the MPD police force is certified to patrol by bicycle.
Staff in the Department of Community Planning & Economic Development prepares city plans which contain bicycle-related goals, assists with bicycle-related business development, and prepares land use rules such as bicycle parking regulations (pdf).
Mayor Rybak and City Council Members handle bicycle-related constituent issues, pass resolutions related to staff recommendations, and provide direction and approve financing related to bicycle projects. City Council Members also appoint members of the public to the Minneapolis Bicycle Advisory Committee.
The City of Minneapolis Bicycle Program works with various bicycle-related organizations, such as the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition, Bike Walk Twin Cities, and the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota, Twin Cities Greenways, and the Midtown Greenway Coalition. The City also works with other agencies with bicycle-related programming, such as the Neighborhood Revitalization Program, Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board, Hennepin County, the University of Minnesota, and the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
Last updated Apr. 23, 2012