160.265 BIKEWAY PROGRAM.
Subdivision 1. State bikeways.
The commissioner of transportation shall establish a program
for the development of bikeways primarily on existing road rights-of-way. The program shall
include a system of bikeways to be established, developed, maintained, and operated by the
commissioner of transportation and a system of state grants for the development of local bikeways
primarily on existing road rights-of-way. The program shall be coordinated with the local park
trail grant program pursuant to section
, with the bicycle trail program established by
the commissioner of natural resources pursuant to section
, with the development of the
statewide transportation plan pursuant to section
, and with existing and proposed local
bikeways. In the metropolitan area as defined in section
, the program shall be developed
in accordance with plans and priorities established by the Metropolitan Council. The program
shall be developed after consultation with the State Trail Council, local units of government, and
bicyclist organizations. The program shall be administered in accordance with the provisions of
and standards promulgated pursuant thereto. The commissioner
shall compile and maintain a current registry of bikeways in the state and shall publish and
distribute the information contained in the registry in a form and manner suitable to assist persons
wishing to use the bikeways. The Metropolitan Council, the commissioner of natural resources,
the commissioner of employment and economic development, the Minnesota Historical Society,
and local units of government shall cooperate with and assist the commissioner of transportation
in preparing the registry. The commissioner shall have all powers necessary and convenient to
establish the program pursuant to this section including but not limited to the authority to adopt
rules pursuant to chapter 14.
Subd. 2. Local bikeway grants.
The commissioner shall provide technical assistance to
local units of government in planning and developing bikeways. The commissioner shall make
grants to units of government as defined in section
85.019, subdivision 1
, for the betterment of
public land and improvements needed for local bikeways. In making grants the commissioner
shall consider, among other factors, the number of bicycles in the localities. A grant shall not
exceed 75 percent of the costs of the betterment of the bikeway. To be eligible for a grant, a unit
of government must provide at least 25 percent of the costs of the betterment of the bikeway.
History: 1977 c 421 s 5; 1981 c 356 s 179,248; 1982 c 424 s 130; 1983 c 289 s 115 subds
1,2; 1984 c 558 art 4 s 10; 1987 c 255 s 6; 1987 c 312 art 1 s 26 subd 2; 1994 c 465 art 2 s
14; 1996 c 305 art 2 s 33; 1Sp2003 c 4 s 1