CP Rail Regional Trail Master Plan

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CP Rail Regional Trail: Golden Valley/New Hope/Crystal
Luce Line Regional Trail to Crystal Lake Regional Trail Segment (Segments E and F)


Project Introduction

Three Rivers Park District is soliciting public feedback to help determine the preferred route for Segments E and F of the future CP Rail Regional Trail through Golden Valley, New Hope and Crystal and between the Luce Line and Crystal Lake Regional Trails. There are currently three routes under consideration and displayed on the adjacent map. Community members are also welcome to share naming ideas for Segments E and F in the comments section below.


Please share your feedback about the project and route options in the following ways:

All comments will be summarized and shared with city and Three Rivers representatives for their use in reviewing and selecting a preferred route option.


Project Background

The CP Rail Regional Trail is envisioned as a north-south multi-use, non-motorized recreational corridor spanning from the Crystal Lake Regional Trail in Crystal at Becker Park to the Minnesota Valley State Trail in Bloomington. The regional trail is being planned in segments to allow for thoughtful community engagement and detailed route analysis.

This master planning work is critical, as the original vision for the regional trail was to utilize the CP Rail corridor; however, this is not currently feasible and alternative routes are needed in order to provide a safe, comfortable and continuous north-south regional trail for people walking and biking in the near future. The master plan efforts will identify and study alternative routes to determine which option(s) best balances feasibility, cost, private property impacts, and safety.

Master planning for Segment A between the Minnesota Valley State Trail in Bloomington and Nine Mile Creek Regional Trail in Edina was completed in 2019 and Three Rivers is actively seeking funding opportunities to complete the associated missing trail segments and improve wayfinding along Segment A.

CP Rail Regional Trail: Golden Valley/New Hope/Crystal
Luce Line Regional Trail to Crystal Lake Regional Trail Segment (Segments E and F)


Project Introduction

Three Rivers Park District is soliciting public feedback to help determine the preferred route for Segments E and F of the future CP Rail Regional Trail through Golden Valley, New Hope and Crystal and between the Luce Line and Crystal Lake Regional Trails. There are currently three routes under consideration and displayed on the adjacent map. Community members are also welcome to share naming ideas for Segments E and F in the comments section below.


Please share your feedback about the project and route options in the following ways:

All comments will be summarized and shared with city and Three Rivers representatives for their use in reviewing and selecting a preferred route option.


Project Background

The CP Rail Regional Trail is envisioned as a north-south multi-use, non-motorized recreational corridor spanning from the Crystal Lake Regional Trail in Crystal at Becker Park to the Minnesota Valley State Trail in Bloomington. The regional trail is being planned in segments to allow for thoughtful community engagement and detailed route analysis.

This master planning work is critical, as the original vision for the regional trail was to utilize the CP Rail corridor; however, this is not currently feasible and alternative routes are needed in order to provide a safe, comfortable and continuous north-south regional trail for people walking and biking in the near future. The master plan efforts will identify and study alternative routes to determine which option(s) best balances feasibility, cost, private property impacts, and safety.

Master planning for Segment A between the Minnesota Valley State Trail in Bloomington and Nine Mile Creek Regional Trail in Edina was completed in 2019 and Three Rivers is actively seeking funding opportunities to complete the associated missing trail segments and improve wayfinding along Segment A.

Share your comments

Please share your comments about the Golden Valley/New Hope/Crystal segment of the CP Rail Regional Trail Master Plan here.

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Hello, my wife and I bike a lot and live just off Boone in New Hope. Placing the trail on Winnetka only OR Winnetka-Douglas would allow for more residents of New Hope to access the trails. Douglas-only trail cuts New Hope out of the equation and I doubt it would see much ridership from New Hope. Given New Hope destinations of HyVee, YMCA, Ice Arena and the new waterpark and green space near the New Hope City Hall, keeping the trail closer to New Hope is very beneficial. Also, the Winnetka options is in the middle between 169 and 100 that border the area.

glp151 2 days ago

For all these new trails, a few comments:
- When following a main road, it should be separated from the road, see to what has been done on N Plymouth Avenue in Minneapolis
- When following a main road, the trail should have the same priority on the side roads as the main road, see again what has been done on N Plymouth Avenue where all the side roads do not have priority on the bike trail
- Before putting on a stop on a trail, assess if a priority sign triangle would be more adequate especially when the trail has good visibility on the crossing road
- Never put a stop on a trail for drive ways such as what has been done in Orono on the Dakota trail where you have 13 stops for mostly home driveways on 2 miles!
- Overall, Minnesota needs to catch up on bike trails along main corridors (like along 55) or even in typical city streets where a bike trail should always be marked especially at lights; they need to be separated from walking path, minimize stops, be protected from cars. Some cities in the South like Tucson has a much wider network with bike trail or path along most main roads
I bike a lot along these trails, most of them are great (Elm Creek, Carver,…) but in between parks, they can be improved

Bernard 4 days ago

The Winnetka option will be the greater improvement over current conditions. I bike on Douglas already; I will go out of my way to avoid riding on Winnetka. While I would love to see a Douglas trail I would rather have improvements on Winnetka. The Winnetka-Douglas option is not appealing.

bryansomething 4 days ago

Can we please get a couple of safe, off street north/south connections to the Cedar Lake trail? It's a shame that we can't ride from New Hope or Golden Valley straight down to Hopkins or St. Louis Park, especially where there are train tracks and highways that go north/south. Can we please think of actually getting somewhere on a bike/by walking instead of just recreation? If we could actually go shopping/go to work/go out to eat/go to the gym on our bikes/scooters, maybe more people would use the trails you build.

M Flowers 5 days ago

The Douglas route would establish important connections between areas that the City of Crystal seems to be investing in, Bassett Creek Park, City Hall, the Library, the Community Center and perhaps most importantly, in the context of the incoming Blue Line, the Becker Park area and "Town Center". This last item should be *directly* connected to the others and is why I think the Douglas route should be favored. This obviously has a Crystal bias and a personal perspective bias.
Re: City of Crystal investments. There are incentives for Storefront improvements along the Douglas route as well: https://www.crystalmn.gov/resident/community_development/storefront_improvement_program

nathanlcarlson 10 days ago

This trail, no matter which route, should be off street family friendly walking/biking trails. Traffic on these streets is intimidating and dangerous even when we walk on the current sidewalks. We will look forward to walking/biking to businesses along the Winnetka corridor in the future and prefer the Winnetka trail! Thank you for this North/South route.

MLW2001 12 days ago

I feel this trail should follow the most direct route possible, along Douglas.

Phoebe Sodman 12 days ago

Would love to see the Winnetka trail! Thank you for your work on this!

emilykstock 13 days ago

Will these be sprayed on lanes or protected? These roads are intimidating to ride down given the speed limit and the amount of unlicensed people. When riding in mpls I find many streets are built to keep people paying more attention. Slower speeds. On street parking. Ironically narrower roads make me feel safer biking on them. Some of the roads in this map don't have that and people are off guard. Just a couple hours ago on Douglas a woman stopped, I hit breaks, she turned around, I look in mirror, she did a 360 in the middle of the road.

JRO 28 days ago

There’s a small paved trail on the south side of 55 from Theo worth Parkway going west toward the intersection on sharper rd. It stops by the frontage road and does not continue over to that intersection. If it were continued along the frontage road to the intersection decide 55 it would cut up a big shock to get to the Luce line by the park.

Jackie D about 1 month ago

There is no need to have a Winnetka-Douglas route. Two routes are fine. How about giving us a refund rather than wasting our tax money. Property taxes are ridiculous and we’ve already been taxed enough for the New Hope pool and the Crystal police station. Please take this inquiry seriously - many residents believe our city representatives truly only represent themselves rather than the community. There are more important things that need to be addressed such as making fiber internet available to all citizens and burying power lines - this isn’t the 1950’s!

Lower tax rates about 1 month ago

Also, it would be really helpful to have restaurants marked on the map, specifically, so we can see which route has more of them as I think many bike to get to places to eat, drink and socialize.

Brittany about 1 month ago

I like the Winnetka and the Douglas routes as they are the most straightforward, but I think I’m leaning toward using Winnetka Ave for the trail as it seems to pass more shopping areas, including the Hy-Vee and the YMCA. Winnetka traffic has been building though over time and I imagine the bikers would slow things down as it’s only two lanes so cars would have to wait for bikers to pass before turning. If Douglas has more space to have separate turn lanes (as I can’t recall) then that would definitely help maintain the flow of traffic if a big lane was added. I am also very curious if one route or the other is worse in regards to incline, and I think that should be an important factor to consider! You wouldn’t want a large hill to deter bikers from using the path if we build it. I suspect the Winnetka incline heading north might be somewhat difficult, and I’m not sure how it would be on Douglas.

Brittany about 1 month ago

Please do not select the pink route, this goes through the most residential areas of all the plans and is not a straightforward pathway with existing sidewalks causing people to cross more streets.

Mindy about 1 month ago

Do you have any mock ups of what the trail would look like? Seems like a great idea but wondering if home owners along Winnetka would have to give up some of their front yard?

Stacy about 1 month ago

I disagree with using 49th Ave. North for this purpose. I live on a cul-de-sac off 49th and 49th is our only access in and out of the cul-de-sac. It's already busy with traffic and adding a rail line would make congestion worse! Please find another option for this rail line.

ingramm about 1 month ago

Love that you are connecting these trails. Will be great to have new places to go as I primarily use the Dakota Rail Trail and the opportunity to go north will be a welcome change.

One thing I'm not clear on ... will the section of the Luce Line Trail that is being used be paved? I believe it's crushed limestone (or similar) right now, but it would be amazing if that section could be paved to increase accessibility for people using various modes of travel.

Thank you !

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