SAINT PAUL, Minn. (Oct. 10, 2016) – Biking and walking in downtown Saint Paul just got a whole lot easier with the completion of the first segment of the newly named Capital City Bikeway [https://www.stpaul.gov/departments/public-works/bicycles/capital-city-bikeway], a network of off-street bike and pedestrian trails in downtown Saint Paul. The bikeway features sidewalk-level, separated bicycle and pedestrian pathways, public art, water fountains, and more. The Capital City Bikeway is designed to make the city more vibrant, enhance economic vitality, and attract new residents, visitors and businesses.
The Capital City Bikeway will feature:
Two-way, off-street bike trail and separated pedestrian sidewalk
Scenic landscaping separating the bikeway from streets and sidewalks
Sustainable pavement and porous asphalt, which will help collect storm water runoff and keep pathways dry, increasing the safety of bicyclists and pedestrians
Aesthetic features including benches, street lights, directional signage and public art
“Saint Paul has long been a bicycle-friendly city,” said Terry Mattson, President & CEO of Visit Saint Paul. “The Capital City Bikeway is one more success and a great way for visitors and residents to experience our downtown on two wheels.”
The Capital City Bikeway will be on Jackson, St. Peter, Ninth and 10th streets and Kellogg Boulevard. The first segment of the bikeway runs along Jackson Street from Shepard Road to 7th Place. The remainder of the Jackson Street segment will be completed in 2017. Over the next several years, the city will construct interim bike and pedestrian treatments to these streets so that we are able to quickly connect more of downtown to the bikeway.
About Visit Saint Paul:
Visit Saint Paul, formerly the Saint Paul Convention & Visitors Authority, was founded in 1927 as the Saint Paul Convention and Visitors Bureau, making it one of the oldest destination marketing organizations in the United States. The mission of the organization is to generate economic growth for Saint Paul by effectively marketing the RiverCentre campus, Saint Paul and the region as a preferred convention and tourism destination. Visit Saint Paul oversees management of the Saint Paul RiverCentre Convention Center and Legendary Roy Wilkins Auditorium. For more information go to www.visitsaintpaul.com.