(1 MB) This plan assesses current transportation related services for elderly, disabled and low-income individuals in the region, and identifies gaps in service that might be improved with additional resources and enhanced coordination between existing services. Produced by NWRPC with assistance from the MIC.
Source: Duluth News Tribune 11-25-18 Local View: Duluth can follow bikeways plan for active trans…
By Ruurd Schoolderman on Nov 25, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
Duluth has been making great progress as an active outdoor-recreation community. We are well on our way toward achieving the goal of having every citizen within a mile of an access point to Duluth’s trail system. The Duluth Traverse mountain biking trail and Superior Hiking Trail string together Duluth’s many neighborhood parks. Amenities like these make Duluth an attractive city to live in and to visit and are part of the city’s overall economic-development strategy.
This great investment to improve access to our green space by bike and on foot stands in contrast with the limited bike infrastructure that currently exists to safely navigate our neighborhoods and city for day-to-day active transportation. This is a missed opportunity.
The Duluth-Superior Metropolitan Bikeways Plan presents a vision to change this. The plan was prepared by the Duluth-Superior Metropolitan Interstate Council, or MIC, a regional transportation-planning agency. The plan serves as a coordinating framework for the road authorities (city, county, and state) responsible for our road system.
The Duluth Bike Coalition, a chapter of the statewide bike advocacy group BikeMN, advocates for improvements to Duluth’s bike infrastructure. Our mission is to work to make biking for everyday transportation easy, safe, and fun for everyone.
Our current bike-transportation infrastructure for everyday transportation to work, school, and businesses does not serve users of all ages and abilities. As a result, a large portion of Duluth’s citizens which does not have access to a car or prefers not to drive is limited in transportation options. Think about low-income families, teenagers, and the many Duluthians who prefer to ride a bike as part of an active-transportation lifestyle.
Duluth Bikes supports the vision presented in the Duluth-Superior Metropolitan Bikeways Plan. We ask that the roadway authorities, especially the city of Duluth’s, make a concerted commitment toward implementing this vision. We hope the city of Duluth will use this plan to proactively work to develop access to bike infrastructure for all ages and experience levels.
Two open houses organized by the MIC are scheduled so the public may comment on the bike plan. They are a great opportunity for Duluth citizens to show their support for active transportation and to provide input on how they would like to see Duluth’s bike infrastructure improved.
Ruurd Schoolderman is chairman of the Duluth Bike Coalition (duluthbikes.org), a chapter of the statewide bike advocacy group BikeMN (bikemn.org).
Two open houses are scheduled for the public to review and to provide feedback on the draft Duluth-Superior Metropolitan Bikeways Plan. The open houses are both Wednesday — one from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the other from 4-7 p.m. — at the Duluth Folk School, 1917 W. Superior St.
To read the bike plan, go to dsmic.org/study/dsbikeways.
We are interested to know your thoughts about the changes we are proposing to our Public Involvement Plan.
Recently we put these procedures to the test, during the development of our Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP). We noted several edits, deletions and additions to be incorporated into the 2013 PIP document as approved revisions. The proposed revisions are:
1. Delete all references to air quality consultations
Why is this being proposed?
As of late 2014, Duluth has received an ‘Attainment’ area for air quality; therefore federal ‘conformity consultation’ requirements no longer apply. (pages 7, 29, 33, 50)
2. Discontinue the step of placing hard copies of the Draft and Final TIPs and LRTPs at area libraries for review.
Why is this being proposed?
Placing hard copies at the libraries was a method of distribution that predated the 2005 SAFETEA-LU mandate to utilize electronic and online channels (e.g., CDs, websites and email) to deliver plans and planning process information. At that time the MIC switched from producing printed versions to formatting our plans as PDFs designed to be viewed online, as well as developing online-only visualization features such as interactive mapping. (pages 29, 30, 33, 40, 41)
3. Add the following language for members of the public who wish to give comments at regularly scheduled meetings of the Policy Board, TAC, HTAC and BPAC:
Speaker Rules – for Commenting at MIC Policy Board, TAC, HTAC and BPAC meetings (page 11)
- Give your name and affiliation (if any)
- Comment Time Limit: 3 minutes*
- Limit your remarks to the specific plan, study or document under consideration by the Board
- Be respectful in dialogue
* The Chair, with committee approval, has the option of extending or closing the public comment period, depending on the number of people who wish to speak and the length of the meeting agenda
Why is this being proposed?
The point of the speaker rules is to ensure that all people who show have the opportunity to have their say. The 3-minute time limit is consistent with Duluth City Council and St. Louis County Commission rules. Some flexibility in the amount of time for each speaker is allowed.
Let us know what you think
Public comments about the proposed changes may be made from December 14, 2014 through January 30, 2015, by commenting below, or contact Rondi Watson at (218) 529-7511 or by email .
Comments are also welcomed in person at the MIC Policy Board meeting on Wed, February 18, 2015, at 7pm at the Hermantown Dept. of Public Safety Training Center, 5111 Maple Grove Road, Hermantown, MN. The proposed revisions will be presented for a vote at this time, along with a summary of all comments received during the public comment period.
To view a copy of the 2013 Plan and the proposed changes, please visit www.dsmic.org/pip.
Updating the 25-year Vision for Transportation in the Twin Ports
You are invited to attend one of the four public meetings on Connections 2040 – the Twin Ports Long Range Transportation Plan.
The Duluth-Superior Metropolitan Interstate Council (MIC) is updating its Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) to provide policy guidance, goals and strategies for jurisdictions within the greater metropolitan area of Duluth, Minnesota and Superior, Wisconsin. It covers a twenty-five year planning horizon and is updated every four years.
The over-arching purpose of the LRTP is to provide a planning foundation for jurisdictions to work cooperatively to provide a well-maintained, integrated, accessible and multi-modal transportation system to safely and efficiently move people and freight for the next 25 years, within the constraints of funding the region can reasonably expect to receive.
The heart of the Plan is a listing of proposed federally-funded transportation projects, as well as transportation initiatives underway within the region, to be implemented from 2015-2040. You can view an interactive map of the projects here.
To learn more about demographic trends for this area, projections, transportation priorities and planned projects, you have three opportunities for input:
1. Attend a Public Meeting
Thurs. Sept 11, 2014
Community Action Duluth, 2424 W 5th Street, Duluth, MN 55806
Thurs. Sept 18, 2014
Superior Public Library, 1530 Tower Avenue, Superior, WI 54880
Thurs. Sept 25, 2014
Arrowhead Regional Development Commission (ARDC)
221 W First Street, Duluth, MN 55802
Mon. Sept 29, 2014
214 West Superior Street
221 W First Street, Duluth, MN 55802
2. Visit our Connections 2040 web page at www.dsmic.org/lrtp for more information about the plan and to view the interactive map of proposed projects. You can use the “layers” tab in the upper right corner to toggle on and off views of information about environmentally sensitive areas, low-income and minority populations, etc.
3. Contact MIC Senior Planner James Gittemeier by phone at (218) 529-7556 or by email at email@example.com.
For many of us, transportation projects seem to come from nowhere. Others may vaguely remember a project “promised” years ago. Too often, people develop negative impressions of the process by which transportation projects come into being because of the lack of information about how these decisions are made.
That’s where public involvement comes in.
Right now we are updating our Public Involvement Plan – the steps we take and the tools we use to facilitate two-way communication while our plans and studies are underway. Public involvement gives community members an opportunity to provide input and lets our planning staff provide information, answer questions and understand their perspective.
Our work at the MIC is to study, analyze and make recommendations to make it easier for people and businesses to get where they need to go—whether by car, bike, bus, on foot, by air or on water. We think about how well these transportation systems will function, and how they can be paid for, not just today but for the next 5, 10, even 25 years.
Public involvement ensures that these decisions are made with input from the people who know this area first-hand.
With this in mind, take a look at the draft of the MIC’s updated Public Involvement Plan. We understand that there’s more to public participation than holding meetings. We need to become more visible and find multiple ways to get people and organizations involved.
So let us know: will these steps help to encourage participation in the MIC’s planning activities, as well as to broaden the range of voices and views expressed?