December 22, 2022

Dear SOS advocates,

The light displays along the avenue and surrounding neighborhoods look spectacular. We hope you take these in via your preferred mode of transport. We support all of them -- walking, biking and driving.

We also have a call to action for you over the holidays. Call your city officials and let them know your concerns and questions. Most of the contacts can be found on the website:

Parks and Recreation has published comments made in the first 30 days after the 60% Draft Plan/Summit Trail was posted online. View them here. (including past SOS Newsletters!)

As we hunker down to brace for the wintery weather, we wish you all a warm, happy and healthy holiday season.

SOS Steering Committee
Getting through the plan
to understand what's at stake
Some of you may have found another use for the 239-page 60% Draft Master Plan for the proposed Summit Avenue bike trail. No judgement.
The thickness is similar to the old phone books.

And no worries because the SOS Committee has done the work. We have read, underlined, and stuck Post-It notes throughout the report and we are sharing our summaries and counter points -- one section at a time.

All of these are also posted on the website under RESOURCES.
The truth about bike trails and safety
Factors that impact safety
for cyclists on bike trails

The following is shared by SOS Committee member Sonja Mason:

Cyclists are at greatest risk for collision in the urban environment at conflict points, aka at intersections and crossings. Raising the cycle path to sidewalk level at midblock is a hybrid approach that is NOT equivalent to a true off-street facility, a “greenway” condition, which avoids nearly all crossing conflicts by location planning, such as placement along a naturally protected corridor like a river. In fact, evidence-based practices show that sidewalk level pathways along urban roadway conditions increase risk to cyclists.

Best practices to provide a safe cycle path experience would be to find an alternate location: such as a greenway conditions along the Short-line railroad spur (connecting to Ayd Mill) or a “Bike boulevard” on a parallel, lower traffic roadway.

Best practices for a low-speed roadway like Summit Avenue, would be to follow the European model and slow traffic down by design (i.e. narrower drive lanes) and provide high visibility on-street bike lanes.

Click here to read the full report including:
  • Safety study by a bike parts manufacturer
  • Insurance safety studies
  • Crash/falling stats for different bike trail styles
  • Crash stats on Summit Avenue by section
  • Bike trail designs in Ottawa, Copenhagen and Oslo.

Sign our petition at

We now have more than 2,100 signatures! Click on the map to see how widespread opposition to the plan has spread.

Coming up next:
  • Parking accessibility
  • and the proposal to close side streets west of Snelling Avenue
ABOUT SOS (Save Our Street)
Save Our Street is a citizen group that seeks to educate and advocate for the preservation of the historic streetscape of Summit Avenue as a treasured St. Paul destination and a safe, tree-lined, multi-modal corridor for generations to come.
SOS Steering Committee Chair: Gary Todd 651-470-4720