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December 10th 2018 Lake Links Meeting :
Focus on Plans for South Shore Trail

Joe Lux, senior planner with Ramsey County Public Works,  provided an update on plans to add a bicycle and pedestrian trail along the South Shore of White Bear Lake at the Lake Links Association meeting Dec. 10, 7 pm

Please find his presentation here

The 2018 Minnesota Legislature provided $2.6 million to Ramsey County to create the trail. Two open houses were held earlier this year to take public input on various options to accommodate motorized and nonmotorized users.

Click here for Minutes (prelim) from the meeting

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​2018 Lake Links Association Monthly Meetings

Monday, December 10

- Agenda: Ramsey County presented the latest on the right of way  study and plans for South Shore Boulevard section of the proposed trail

Ramsey County presentation link

2019 Monthly meetings: expected to be held on the 2nd Monday of every month - watch this space for confirmed schedule. Come to the meetings to hear the latest trail news and also be part of the discussion.

Questions? Comments? Like to volunteer? Email us at [email protected]
November 12th 2018 Lake Links meeting update

1) Mahtomedi section: City of Mahtomedi has ordered WSB Engineering to begin final design work for the Birchwood Rd, Briarwood Ave,  BN right of way, Streetcar park and MN 244 (Neptune to Maple) sections . There will be public open houses to review the designs in early 2019 with expectation of being ready for construction bidding  in April 2019. The Birchwood Road section is expected to be two 10' wide traffic lanes with a turtle compatible sloped curb and a 10' wide bike/ped trail on the lake side.

Birchwood Road  details (12/4/2018)  HERE

2) South Shore Boulevard section: we await Ramsey County study findings (to be presented at Dec 10 meeting by Joe Lux, Ramsey County Public Works) see above

3) North Shore (hwy 96) section : White Bear Lake and White Bear township will  jointly retain an engineering consultant to advise on trail possibilities in the next few months

4) Lake Links support from elected officials :  the recent elections have changed some faces, but those elected and reelected tend to be supporters of the trail and we are confident that we will continue to move forward. Lake Links principal in the legislature, Peter Fischer was returned to office.

5) There have been local questions about how the existence of the trail will affect local parking and traffic. We are working with the various communities on those questions.

Next meeting: Dec 10th


A preliminary look at the proposed historic spur trail courtesy of Steve Wolmagot. Click HERE


White Bear Police share perspectives at August meeting

Officer Jon Sanders and Captain Phil Henry of the White Bear Lake Police Department joined us for our August meeting to talk about bike and pedestrian policy. They noted that bicyclists are required to follow all of the rules of the road that car drivers do. Bicylists currently are not allowed to ride on White Bear Lake city sidewalks, but WBLPD is working with city government to change that. The department is also working to encourage drivers to stop for pedestrians at crosswalks.

Regarding bike and pedestrian interactions on Lake Ave., the two noted there are no rules in terms of which side of the path to use, and that safety really depends on courtesy and goodwill. The group discussed signage that might be helpful.

Lake Links Trail DESIGN and CONSTRUCTION update August 2018

Work on the trail sections funded by the 2018 Minnesota Legislature and is progressing nicely.

WSB Engineering (under contract from the City of Mahtomedi) is working on soil borings and detailed wetland delineation and topography along Birchwood Road. The design team is working to minimize impact on wetlands and habitat while ensuring a safe trail.

2) Ramsey County has elected to assess its right of way along the South Shore Blvd section using a statutory procedure that it expects to be quicker and less costly than engaging a right-of- way analyst.

3) MnDOT is surveying along MN 96 to ensure accurate information.

More updates here in 8/15/2018 White Bear Press

A Capitol Success

In late May the Minnesota Legislature approved $4.022 million in funding as follows:

Ramsey County – $2.6 million for trail improvements on South Shore Boulevard in White Bear Lake and White Bear Township

Mahtomedi – $1.4 million for Birchwood Road, Wildwood Beach Road, and Briarwood Road and trail elements

White Bear Township – $11,000 for preliminary engineering (omitted from prior bill along MN 96)

City of White Bear Lake – $11,000 for preliminary engineering (omitted from prior bill along MN 96) 

Together, we are getting  this done!


Fun in the Sun! 2nd Annual Bike Ride Around White Bear Lake

Thanks to all who joined us Sunday, June 17, for our second annual bike around White Bear Lake!

Along with bicycling and discovering little-known facts about our area's history, participants had a chance to learn about legislative funding, the timeline for trail completion, and what the various trail segments will look like.

Icy vanilla custard was donated by the Centerville Road Culver's (THANK YOU, CULVER'S! Look at those happy faces in the picture above ).
Lake Links White Paper for Birchwood Road
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PICTURES from the DEC 10 2018 Lake Links meeting

Showing in the group  (top left): Joe Lux (Ramsey County planner, State Senator Chuck Wiger, Steve Wolmagot (Lake Links co-chair) and Ramsey County Commissioner Victoria Reinhardt .
Top right: Steve explains features of the Birchwood Road proposal
Bottom: Joe Lux and his presentation

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