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Proposed Minnesota Trails and Bikeways Data Standard

The Standards Committee of the Minnesota Geospatial Advisory Council (GAC) published a proposed Trails and Bikeways Standard for a 90-day public comment period that ended December 23, 2020. The committee is currently reviewing the comments.  

The purpose of this standard is to provide a single, commonly accepted set of attribute specifications (field name, type, and length) for transferring and aggregating trails and bikeways data in Minnesota for a wide variety of purposes. It is intended to be used when data are being transferred between organizations. Its use will improve the ability to share data resources by reducing incompatibilities when acquiring, processing, and disseminating trails and bikeways data.

A secondary goal of this standard is to support the establishment of a repeatable process for improving inventory and knowledge of what trail and bicycle facilities exist in Minnesota. This inventory will be useful to local, regional and state governments for identifying network gaps within and between jurisdictions, easing data transfer between all levels of government and across partnering stakeholder organizations, and providing data critical for level of service, level of traffic stress and other network evaluations.

Proposed Standard and Supporting Materials

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If you have questions on this proposed standard, contact the Standards Committee via email:

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