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SUMMIT AVENUE REGIONAL BIKE TRAIL

RHA UPDATES REGARDING
THE SUMMIT AVENUE REGIONAL BIKE TRAIL

With the Summit Avenue Regional Trail Master Plan under way, RHA has moved to solicit feedback from neighborhood residents and engage both concerned groups and the City to help provide a voice for our community. Below you fill find updates of informational meetings and updates between the city and the RHA. (Most recent updates listed first)

September 19, 2022

RHA hosted a meeting with Saint Paul Parks and Recreation on September 19th regarding the Summit Avenue Regional Trail proposal. During this meeting, we posed questions raised from the neighborhood and asked the City to provide answers, insight and opportunities for further engagement. Please watch the video below for more information.

Questions Received from Ramsey Hill Association in DAC Summary of Feedback Form – July 2022:

 
  • Who maintains the green buffers?
  • Where does the snow go when it is shoveled from the bike path onto private driveways and Vice versa?
  • Where do trash and recycling go when there’s no alley and the only place to put the receptacles are in the street? Or bike lanes?
  • How do moving trucks, delivery vehicles etc. access properties?
  • Where does the overflow of cars go when huge events are held at the Cathedral or any of the churches, schools and special events centers that rely on folks needing to park nearby?
  • Many are asking what alternative routes were looked at?
  • Why Summit?
  • Why connect a trail that is already connected?
  • Where’s the plan for Kellogg to the Cathedral?
  • Were any constituents and taxpayers asked about the need prior to this complicated process being undertaken?
August 28, 2022

We are scheduling a meeting with the RHA Board and City for mid-September. Please submit your latest and newest questions about the Summit Avenue Regional Trail proposals by September 19. Our plan is to record and share this conversation.

July 30, 2022

From the City:
Thank you for staying engaged in the Summit Ave. Regional Trail Master Plan process.  As leaders in your organizations, we appreciate the time you have shared to facilitate conversation and be a resource for project-related information in the community. At this point in the process, the City is working on development of a draft Regional Trail Master Plan document to share with the public that reflects community engagement and design processes to-date.  An updated project schedule, including previous and ongoing steps, is outlined below for reference.

Anticipated Schedule
2021
Oct-Nov.    Engagement Website & Project Kickoff

2022 | 2023
Jan-Feb.               Advisory Committee Meetings & Corridor Evaluation
Mar-Apr.             Master Plan Development & Corridor Analysis
May-Jun.            Design Concepts & Public Info. Session
July-Sept.             Draft Master Plan & Open House
Oct.-Dec.             Final Master Plan & Approval Processes

Project Resources & Next Steps

Meeting materials from June 6th public information session show the most current design concepts, reflecting about 30% design progress.  These are posted to the project website HERE under project documents < meeting materials.

July 19, 2022

With the Summit Avenue Regional Trail Master Plan under way, RHA has moved to solicit feedback from neighborhood residents and engage both concerned groups and the City to help provide a voice for our community.

RHA is a multi-issue neighborhood association, serving over 360 households from Summit to 94 and the Cathedral to Dale. Our neighbors have an array of needs and opinions. As such, we’re working to engage all sides of the issue and provide access to information. Recently, RHA hosted a presentation by SARPA at the Cathedral, with over 120 people in attendance. This was both informational and activating for many neighbors.

RHA has also engaged with the City of Saint Paul to provide feedback on design, voicing that over 75% of our neighbor respondents stated they were firmly against the design plans as they are presented today. The City has offered an opportunity to present to the RHA board and clarify any points of the existing plan. A date is being scheduled. RHA will sending out a questionnaire, requesting neighbors submit their questions to the RHA board. The City has also committed to an Open House once the Master Plan Draft has been completed. In addition to our District Councils and our neighborhood associations such as SARPA and RHA, this will offer another direct feedback loop opportunity.

We will continue to send updates.

The RHA Board

From the city last week: Summit Ave. Regional Trail Master Plan

We’re working on development of the draft master plan document that summarizes engagement processes, corridor evaluations, and trail design ideas for the corridor.  The latest project design information is available in the June 6th meeting materials.

 

Community members can connect with their local district councils and utilize the site "Summit Regional Master Plan" to take the survey, map ideas, and share feedback.

 

Future engagement opportunities will include an open house and public comment period when a draft of the master plan is available, later this summer.  Open House event details are to be determined, but will be shared on the project website and through Parks social media outreach.

July 2, 2022

Thank you to the members who attended the meeting on Monday to hear Save Our Street. We have shared your questions with the city and continue to have conversations with them as the plan “rolls the road”. Plan on end-of-the week updates from us.

 

The RHA Board of Directors has not taken a stance either for or against the Summit Avenue proposal since is not complete, and the city is still taking input. I (Cathy Maes) do think that it is fair to say that a majority of the board is not in favor of tree loss.

 

The city will be giving RHA weekly updates and we will communicate the plans as they progress. We do know that Parks had a meeting with Public Works this week to review the plan in greater detail. Once there is a plan that doesn’t have so many moving parts and pieces, we will schedule another listening session for city staff to present face-to-face.

 

Here are your questions from Monday (shared with the city):

- HPC has not been actively part of the process.  Concern that we could lose historic district designation and funding that comes with it

- Question about the federal funding formula.  Is that the motivation driving this proposal?

- Has there been an environmental study done? (Tom responded that the City had not done one)

- Comment on destroying the symmetry of the Summit Avenue streetscape

- Highlight to Slide #5 as the Better Way June 27 RHA Meeting tsd presentation final version 2-25-2022 (1).pdf

- Comment on inclusiveness???? I did not know how/if this was relevant.  We have not chosen the path for the trail.

- Possibility of funding an independent audit of bicycle/traffic?  Funding for this?

- What are the economics of this proposal?  City does not currently do a good job of maintaining infrastructure.  What are the City's plans to maintain this new trail?  What are the implications of poor maintenance?

- Who is leading the political effort to push this proposal?   Has the City already decided?

- Comment by avid cyclist - If City's plan is implemented, commuters will ride on street without bike lanes.  Not safe.

As always, if you have any questions please reach out.

Cathy Maes, RHA President