When you plan for cars and traffic, you get cars and traffic. When you plan for bikes and people, you get bikes and people.
The effort, which ranges from widening roads to add bike lanes to increasing signage and bike racks, is the result of a 2009 Bikeways Master Plan instituted by the city. This month marks the five-year anniversary of the plan's approval.
Mayor Craig Moe, an avid cyclist himself, said the plan was constructed, in part, as a way to increase connectivity within the city by leveraging existing pathways and roads. He said given the city's compactness, it's four square miles, and existing amenities, which includes pools, parks and various retail, it made sense to reevaluate the system.
"It goes back to moving people in and around the city," Moe said. "We felt at that time, and still do, we need to look at all different modes of transportation. We have all these different patches in all these different communities. By hooking all these paths together, we are making sure it's safe for people to bike."