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2023 Legislative Agenda

BikeMN’s 2023 Legislative Agenda

(Stay tuned for the actual bill numbers in January)

The Legislature adjourned in May of 2022 without passing a transportation finance or policy bill. BikeMN will be working with authors in the House and Senate to pass some of the things that had been previously proposed as well as some new things. There are several policy changes and funding opportunities that BikeMN feels will make things safer for people walking and biking. The first is encouraging the bike policy bill that passed the House 122 – 0 in 2019, was never granted a hearing by the Senate, and was introduced again in 2022 by Representative Lillie and Senator Howe. 

Another major concern is the challenges faced by school districts and local governments trying to lower speed limits on county roads and state and U.S. highways that are adjacent to schools. BikeMN also supports requiring schools to provide walking and biking safety training in addition to the already mandated bus safety training. BikeMN also supports the Bicycle Safety Stop (AKA: Idaho Stop, Stop as Yield) which is now law in 9 other states, using the original Idaho Stop language as a starting point. Finally, BikeMN supports a statewide e-bike rebate program. These things and several more policy and funding issues will be addressed in a 2023 Omnibus Biking and Walking Improvements Bill similar to the ones introduced by Representative Bernardy and Senator Johnson Stewart in 2022. BikeMN also supports a bill that would allow a pilot program for implementation of speed camera enforcement near work sites being led by the Minnesota Safety Council.

You can check the last year’s bills described below and read the full text here (Hint: use this format in your search HF1908 – leave no space)

The Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota (BikeMN) supports and is working with House and Senate authors on:

  • Bike Policy Bill – Currently being redrafted for 2023 (Lillie/Carlson)
  • Bill Dooley Bicycle Safety Act – HF 677 (Lillie) SF??? (Morrison) – the comprehensive/omnibus policy and funding bill that includes all but the e-bike rebate program.
  • $10 million in bonding for Safe Routes to School infrastructure in a bonding bill. Currently there are two $10 million bonding bills. SF 283 (Nelson/Housley) and HF 669 (Lee)
  • $50 million for Active Transportation in Minnesota – will be amended onto HF677 or the general climate or transportation omnibus funding bills
  • E-bike rebate program – This is being drafted as a stand alone bill that will provide a $750 credit for prequalified low income e-bike purchasers and $500 for everyone else.

Help keep Minnesota walk, bike, and transit-friendly by joining us on Thursday, February 9, 2023 for the Minnesota Walk Bike Summit!


2022 Legislative Agenda

2021 Legislative Agenda

The 2021 Summit was entirely virtual and free. You can view the entire playlist on our YouTube page here.

2020 Legislative Agenda

FUNDING ISSUES

  • Support including $10 million for Safe Routes to School infrastructure grants in the bonding bill and an allocation from the General Fund for Active Transportation grants in the budget bill
  • amending current Minnesota Statutes (Chapter 123B.90 (e)
  • -School District Powers and Duties) to change that May to Must to require inclusion of
  • biking and walking safety training in addition to requiring school bus safety training?

POLICY ISSUES

  • Amend Minnesota Statutes to change May to Must require inclusion of biking and walking safety training in addition to requiring school bus safety training
  • Support giving local authorities the power to lower speed limits on all roads adjacent to school property
  • Update the electric-assist bicycle definition and operation statutes to reflect the national best practices for the three classes of E-bikes currently being sold
2019 Legislative Agenda

FUNDING ISSUES

  • Support the inclusion of $30 million for Active Transportation grants in the budget and/or bonding bill with a minimum of $1 million per year for planning, education, and other program-related activities
  • Support $6 million for Safe Routes to School infrastructure grants in the bonding bill and an increase in MnDOT’s base budget from $500,000/yr to $750,000/yr for program-related grants

POLICY ISSUES

  • Hands-Free Cell Phone
  • Include walking and biking in the goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector
  • Ensure the 3-foot passing law applies to shoulder users, make it legal for a bicyclist to ride through a right turn lane without turning, and allow the bicycle operator to determine how far to the right it is safe to ride
2018 Legislative Agenda

FUNDING ISSUE

  • Support both the inclusion of $6 million for Safe Routes to School infrastructure grants and the trail priorities outlined by the Parks & Trails Council and the Met Council in the bonding bill

POLICY ISSUES

  • Address distracted driving through the Hands-Free Cell Phone Law
  • Include funding for bicycling and walking in any transportation funding package passed by the Legislature through a dedication of the sales tax paid on bicycles and bike parts, equaling about $15 million each year, to proposed state-level active transportation grant programs
2017 Legislative Agenda

FUNDING ISSUES

  • Requests for SRTS funding in MN far exceeded available state and federal dollars; in 2015 there were $14.6M in requests, but just $5M available, primarily through federal resources. We asked for an additional the inclusion of $6 million in the bonding bill for Safe Routes to School infrastructure grants.
  • BikeMN also encouraged the inclusion of $3.6 million in the bonding bill for improvements to the Cuyuna State Recreation area and another $8 million for State Trails in Greater MN and $5 million for Metro Regional Parks and Trails.
  • BikeMN asked for the reauthorization of the Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP) program.

POLICY ISSUES

  • Hands Free Cell-Phone Law
  • MnDOT Bike Law Task Force
  • School Buses in Bike Lanes
  • Safe Passing
  • Urban Bike Lane Permits
2016 Legislative Agenda

FUNDING ISSUES

  • Include funding for pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure and programs in any transportation funding package approved by the legislature this session

POLICY ISSUES

  • Fund Minnesota’s Safe Routes to School program with $6 million to provide students with sidewalks and safe street crossings
2015 Legislative Agenda

FUNDING ISSUES

  • Transportation Funding Should Include all Modes Including Walking and Bicycling
  • Walking and Bicycling MnDOT Grant Program

POLICY ISSUES

  • Riding and Passing Rules
  • State Aid Roadway Design Standards
  • Enhanced Penalties/Vulnerable User
  • James L. Oberstar State Bikeway

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[BikeMN’s] advocacy work has had a remarkable impact throughout the state! We need to push cities and towns to be more bicycle and pedestrian friendly – Minnesota could use more sidewalks in rural areas, more traffic calming strategies, more bike rail guards on city streets, bike and pedestrian plazas, and curb cuts! – BikeMN Advocacy Member