Four-mile biking/hiking trail link will close key gap in southwest metro

  • Article by: DAVID PETERSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 30, 2013 - 8:38 PM

Hiking/biking path will connect Bloomington and Chaska.

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bigbadbeanDec. 29, 13 6:57 PM

How about user fees to pay for this extravagance.

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gopher68Dec. 29, 13 7:25 PM

Let's cue up the naysayers who will make the following tired (and false) arguments: 1) Bikers don't pay their fair share (never mind that gas taxes and tabs cover about 1/4 of road funding and cars actually wear out the roads). 2) Bikers run stop signs all the time (never mind that motorists roll through stop signs all of the time, speed and drive while distracted, which are far more dangerous than what a biker can do). Fact is, these investments pay huge dividends by taking cars off the road, fight obesity and help mitigate other public health problems. Anyone who is against this project obviously thinks that tax dollars should only be spent on things that directly benefit them self.

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jtkwiatekDec. 29, 13 7:33 PM

I cant wait to bike on this trial !! Bigbadbean, I have never been to Metrodome or Target Center but I still pay for this . So put on big boy pants and act like an adult and member of his State and City . Even better get on the bike and ride one it may help you with writing positive post . See you on the trail !!

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merkinDec. 29, 13 7:33 PM

User fees already pay for the trails: it's called "property taxes."

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mmediaDec. 29, 13 7:38 PM

"How about user fees to pay for this extravagance." __ Property tax, income tax, sales taxes, wheelage tax (on three vehicles), gas tax, I think I've already got my user fees covered for this, don't you? See you on the trail. : )

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elkriverscottDec. 29, 13 8:33 PM

Lots of cities are glad that our Metro is putting huge amounts of money into bike paths and light rail. The 18 wheelers tend to go where it's easy to get in and out. The money for these trails comes from people who bust their butts to pay federal taxes and only half the people with a job pay those taxes. How anyone feels is cute, as long as they are having others pay the freight. By the way, what does the light in light rail mean? You don't know. What is the actual cost vs the riders cost of a one way on light rail. You don't know. Pity.

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mn2niceDec. 29, 13 8:43 PM

Now if they could just finish the Munger trail through Duluth north of the city, I would be happy. These new trails in the Metro will be nice to hike too.

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jugglerDec. 29, 13 8:48 PM

So 1.3 million dollars for a hiking/bike trail that is 4.5 miles long? Does anyone not think there can be a cheaper way to do this? Government thinks money is free to them so they have no incentive to save money.

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RankenFyleDec. 29, 13 8:54 PM

It would really be helpful if the article included a link to the trail map. Looking forward to it!

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merkinDec. 29, 13 9:18 PM

Juggler, $1.3 million isn't even a rounding error on a highway of the same length. You're complaining about a couple of pennies while we spend billions of dollars for the NSA to collect your phone records. Where's your sense of priorities?

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