More money for safer Twin Cities walking, cycling

Transit For Livable Communities is aiming more money — $1.172 million — at safe walking and biking.

The largest amount, a million dollars, will go to add as many as 50 stations for the Nice Ride Minnesota bike sharing system. There’ll be eight, for example, for north Minneapolis, an area not previously served.

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Then there’s money for a walking and biking connection in Fridley to the Northstar commuter rail station.

There’s also some money to put those fancy talking, countdown street crossing signals in Minneapolis’ Seward neighborhood.

This follows news earlier this year that Minneapolis will add up to 35 miles of bike lanes and trails to its system. That’s noteworthy because typically the city adds about five miles a year.

Most of the money is from federal transportation funds.

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