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Officials say bike paths and walking paths will complement Central Corridor light rail route

As part of the Central Corridor Light Rail project — which is scheduled to connect the downtowns of Minneapolis and St. Paul (God and MPR willing) — officials hope to install what’s described as “an extensive network of bike lanes, bike boulevards (low volume streets with bike route markings) and pedestrian improvements such as new sidewalks along with, traffic calming, bike parking facilities and route way-finding signage.”

This planning is funded by a Bike Walk Twin Cities grant, administered by St. Paul-based Transit for Livable Communities.

Now they want citizens to review these draft plans at an open house Thursday in St. Paul.

“This plan is really about trying to make St. Paul more livable,” said Greg Ingraham, a consultant. “Being able to have the choice to ride or walk on a safe, pleasant route.  Biking and walking are surging in popularity as more people want to get exercise, save money on gas, live more of  a green lifestyle or just plain enjoy walking or biking.”

The Open House will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Central Corridor Resource Center, 1080 W. University Ave., St. Paul.

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