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Hennepin County hires new bicycle/pedestrian coordinator to plan paths

Kelly Yemen, who comes from the New York City Department of Transportation, will help the county revise its bicycle and pedestrian plans.

Hennepin County has hired a new bicycle and pedestrian coordinator.

Kelley Yemen, who has been working at the New York City Department of Transportation, replaces Rose Ryan. She’ll start here Feb. 10.

County officials say she also has worked in the private and nonprofit sector working on transportation planning for bicycle and pedestrian projects.

“Ms. Yemen will help implement Hennepin County’s complete streets priorities by focusing on bicycle and pedestrian issues and she will be a crucial liaison to our partner communities,” said Commissioner Peter McLaughlin.

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After helping revise the county’s bike plan, Yemen will help implement it and the newly revised pedestrian plan. And she’ll work with the county board on ways to incorporate bicycle accommodations into roadway and transit projects.

The county says it has spent more than $3.8 million on improving and expanding the county’s bicycle system.