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Bicycle Plan Leads to Parking Policy Questions in St. Paul

St. Paul is in the community engagement stage of a bike planning process expected to culminate early next year. Among the bike plan's proposals, none have sparked as much controversy as a downtown loop that would remove street parking.
December 13, 2014, 7am PST | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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Bill Lindeke provides a dispatch from a public hearing to discuss the St. Paul Bicycle Plan. Lindeke notes that a downtown business owner raised concerns about the impacts of the proposed bike plan's downtown loop. To address to question, "What kind of parking policy is good for downtown?" Lindeke describes the history of parking in downtown St. Paul and provides a primer on the work of Donald Shoup in The High Cost of Free Parking.

In a separate article, Kevin Duchschere details the discussion from the perspective of the parking debate's impact on the adoption of the bike plan. The bike plan is expected for City Council discussion in February.

Finally, Joe Collins reports on the details of the bike plan, which would more than double the city's bikeways.

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Published on Friday, December 12, 2014 in Minneapolis Post
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