The Fargo-Moorhead Metropolitan Council of Government 2016 Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan identified 119 gaps in the bicycle network and potential projects to improve connectivity in the metro area. The Fargo-Moorhead Metro Bike Gap Study analyzed 16 of these gaps and developed concept designs to close the gaps and provide safe and comfortable bikeways.
Toole Design and Bolton & Menk partnered to prepare base maps and perform field evaluations of the gaps. A Study Review Committee (SRC) comprised of representatives from nine local agencies provided input and oversight throughout the study. We assessed the existing conditions and documented constraints and opportunities within each gap. Extensive public engagement helped to identify issues and needs for each of the 16 study areas. Engagement techniques included virtual and in-person events such as online comment mapping and comment boxes along existing bike trails. We received more than 600 comments. Alternatives to close each gap were developed with solutions ranging from on-street treatments to off-street trails. Sketches and renderings were developed for each alternative. We presented concepts to the SRC and the public along with advantages and disadvantages of each alternative. Using public input, we developed recommendations for short- and long-term solutions for bicycle network connections along with cost and funding options.