WTS MN Saint Paul Bike Tour
Join WTS for a bike tour of the Wakáŋ Tipi Center and Capital City Bikeway in Saint Paul!
We will meet as a group at City House (Red River Kitchen). The group will depart promptly at 4:30 PM for the Wakáŋ Tipi Center in the Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary, where Mishaila Bowman with the Lower Phalen Creek Project, will share information about the Wakáŋ Tipi Center Project.
From the Wakáŋ Tipi center, we will continue our tour by exploring a segment of the Capital City Bikeway along Jackson Street, which is the first grade-separated protected bikeway in the State of Minnesota! Along the route, we will hear from leaders of the design team, including KC Atkins (SEH), Ciara Schlichting (Toole Design Group), and a representative from the City of Saint Paul.
The tour will be approximately 4.5 miles in length, and will conclude back at City House for food sponsored by WTS and a happy hour.
Or just join for the happy hour portion around 6:00 PM! Hope to see you there!
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The bike tour will be postponed in the event of rain. If this occurs, information about rescheduling the event will be sent out at a later time.
Wakáŋ Tipi Center
Wakáŋ Tipi means "Dwelling Place of the Sacred" in the Dakota language. This is the traditional name for the cave in Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary ("Carver's Cave"). The area was severely desecrated with the coming of European explorers and the railroad, including the destruction of the petroglyphs that once existed on the cave walls. The cave is a site of immense culture and historical importance in the region, but the history is not well known. The Lower Phalen Creek Project team is working towards restoring the 27-acre site, including the design and construction of the Wakáŋ Tipi Center to provide authentic Dakota interpretation of the site and offer historical context. Learn more about the center, and transportation's impact on this Dakota sacred site by watching this
Capital City Bikeway
As part of the Saint Paul Bicycle Plan, the Capital City Bikeway is a planned downtown bicycle loop that is being designed and implemented to enhance the outdoor experience, improve mobility for all modes of travel, and boost economic vitality in the City. The first segment of the Capital City Bikeway was completed along Jackson St, from University Ave to Kellogg Blvd in 2017. This was the first grade-separated protected bikeway in the State of Minnesota! Design included innovative green infrastructure for drainage and stormwater management, and incorporated traffic engineering and operations to achieve a balanced multimodal design.