TONIGHT: Public Hearing for the Grand Round and Downtown Loop

Tonight the St. Paul City Council will hold an assessment hearing for Wheelock Parkway and Jackson Street. This hearing is the next step for implementation of both the Grand Round and the Downtown Loop and it is an exciting move toward creating a more bike-friendly city.

Unfortunately, a recent Pioneer Press article got many of the facts wrong about the Wheelock Parkway project. This reporting has ignited negativity and the belief that homeowners are paying millions of dollars for bike lanes.*

Take Action Before 5:30 Tonight

Even if you don’t live on Wheelock, elected officials need to hear from you.

Attend the public hearing and testify in support of the project.

Wheelock Parkway and Downtown Loop Public Hearing

Wednesday, February 17 at 5:30 PM
City Council Chambers (3rd Floor) of City Hall, 15 West Kellogg Blvd

Send an email or call your City Councilmember.

Can’t make the hearing or don’t want to testify? You can still weigh in. Let your City Councilmember know you support this project before 5:30 PM! Find who represents you. Be sure to copy St. Paul City Staff (kathleen.anglo@ci.stpaul.mn.us) on any communication you send.

Let City Council know that you support Wheelock Parkway and the implementation of the Grand Round. Let them know:

  • This is a good investment. Wheelock Parkway is long overdue for street reconstruction. The vast majority of project assessments are not for bike lanes but reconstruction of the street.*
  • Bike lanes are a valuable asset to our community and basic amenities (like lighting and sidewalks) that are included in this project benefit public safety and neighborhood vitality.
  • Off-street paths like those included on Wheelock meet the needs of women, families, and people who want to bike but don’t feel safe on the streets.
  • Connecting the Grand Round will increase property values along Wheelock and other Grand Round streets for years to come.

Questions?

Contact Stephanie at stephanie@smart-trips.org or 651-224-8555 x 26.

*Of the $12M project, $1.4M (a little more than 10%) is being assessed. Money from the city’s 8-80 Vitality Fund will pay for the remainder. Additionally, only 14% of the project cost is attributed to bike paths and wayfinding. Therefore the majority of the cost is for road reconstruction, the addition of lighting, and new sidewalks where none currently exist.