Mayor Coleman calls for major funding for bikes in 2015

jackson bike loopDuring his budget address on August 13, St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman called for major investment in bicycle infrastructure in his proposed 2015 budget.

Out of a proposed $42.5 million dedicated to an 8-80 Vitality Fund, $17.5 million has been earmarked in his budget for reconstructing Jackson Street and starting phase one of the Downtown Loop, as called for in the city’s draft bikeways plan. Another $13.2 million was dedicated for the completion of the city’s grand rounds, including bikes lanes along the route.

Additional investments through this fund are earmarked for improved greenspace along the Green Line and other park improvements.

Mayor Coleman cited Gil Penalosa and his organization 8-80 Cities as the approach his office was taking to dedicating funding for these projects.

In all, Mayor Coleman said he is proposing $54 million in street repairs and upgrades. saying “we will have the streets we want and deserve in Saint Paul”

The City Council will take up debate of the proposed budget in the coming weeks.

We are excited that Mayor Coleman has taken the idea of St. Paul as an 8-80 City to heart and has proposed such substantial investment in bicycle infrastructure in St. Paul.

Learn more

  • Read Mayor Coleman’s complete speech on the 2015 budget. more….
  • Check out the Pioneer Press story about the proposed budget, including video of the speech. more….
  • Watch a video from our 2014 Transportation Summit featuring Gil Penalosa to better understand the 8-80 cities concept. more….

Watch the full budget address here