Saint Paul City Council will host a public hearing
on the proposed bike trail on Summit Avenue
Wednesday, May 24
5:30 p.m. (we advise showing up early)
City Council Chambers Room 310
15 West Kellogg Blvd.
Saint Paul, MN 55102
Public testimony will be limited to 2 minutes per person.
You may also submit comments now via email or phone up until 12:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 23. Comments will be attached to the public record and available for review by the City Council.
We encourage you to submit your comments now to the following:
or by voicemail at 651-266-6805.
Tongue tied? Here's a sample email for you:
I am opposed to the planned Summit Avenue Regional Trail because:
- It puts the 100s of trees in the historic tree canopy at risk and will cause irrevocable damage to our treasured city street. Replanting is not preservation.
- I’m against spending $12M on a trail that will risk trees, will not be safer especially when there are less costly options available to improve the biking experience on Summit. The City should be spending our tax dollars on other more important things that benefit a larger number of its citizens.
- The plan calls for widening of drive lanes in almost all segments and closing median crossings. This will lead increase speeding on Summit putting pedestrians and cyclists at higher risk.
- It violates the City Ordinances which state that new, public infrastructure construction, in historic preservation districts, should preserve the traditional pattern of the streets, the granite curbs and the lantern-style street lights. This plan intends to change all of those in the name of “improvements”.
- Vehicles using the 150 driveways on Summit will block the trail when waiting to exit into the drive lanes increasing the risks of car bike accidents. Vehicle turning into driveways will also be less aware of bike traffic on an off-road trail also raising the risks of crashes and injuries.
Please VOTE NO on the Summit Avenue Regional Bike Trail plan.
Why stop there? Let's send that email to Mayor Carter, Deputy Mayor Tincher, his staff and our elected councilors: