Project Description

Bret-OstbyBrett Ostby sees members of his Greater Minnesota community struggling with limited transportation options—and he knows something has to change. “I have little trouble traversing Rochester by bike, but I’m a healthy, able bodied man. I can choose to bike or drive. My fellow citizens are not all so lucky. Infrastructure barriers and poor public transit options limit their freedom, ability to stay healthy with regular exercise, and build wealth. Public transit is limited in Rochester so people can’t use it in most parts of the city or later at night. Those late night and early morning shifts are critical for people who work at Rochester’s well-known clinic and other employers. Bike and pedestrian networks are incomplete, lacking in connectivity and safety infrastructure. More funding for public transit, biking, and pedestrian infrastructure is needed to allow all Minnesotans to thrive.”