ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation is hosting a meeting in Rochester Tuesday, May 13 for the public, local government officials and transportation supporters to provide input for Minnesota’s statewide bicycle system plan.

The Rochester meeting is one of nine meetings being held by MnDOT across the state to gather input. Rochester’s meeting is from 4 to 6 p.m., Tuesday, May 13 at the University Center Rochester, Heintz Center HA102, 1926 Collegeview Rd. E.

A public open house is scheduled for 6 p.m.

Some communities in the region, such as Rochester, have a well-developed trail system. Regional bike trails are also well-used in southeastern Minnesota and a number of bicycle groups continue to support and promote the addition of trails and routes that are good for bicycling. MnDOT encourages members of those groups to attend the meeting.

The meeting will take place from 4 to 6 p.m., and attendees should plan to stay the entire time. The event will begin with a brief project description followed by a facilitated workshop. There will also be a community open house from 6 to 7 p.m., where people can come and go.   Activities will be offered throughout the evening for adults bringing their children.

An online participation is also available at www.mndot.gov/bike.

Participants will be asked to provide feedback on:

• Where are the MnDOT roads that could improve the local bike network?
• Where are the places riders want to bike long distance?
• Where do people feel comfortable biking?
• With limited funding, how do we prioritize projects?
Feedback will help MnDOT identify and recommend routes, improve existing facilities in the bike
system and more effectively address the needs of bicycles riders in Minnesota.

For more information on the project, visit www.dot.state.mn.us/bike/study.html.