According to this article in the Pipestone County Star:
The Pipestone Active Living Partnership and the City of Pipestone recently created an experimental one-mile long bike lane…. The Partnership and the Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) funded the project, which took about $600 worth of paint, and the city provided the employees to paint the lane and symbols marking the path.
Michael Vander Haar, project coordinator with the Partnership, said the bike lane is intended to lead people to the Casey Jones Trail. The experimental part is monitoring how much the trail is used.
Increasingly, cities are finding success implementing bicycle and pedestrian projects using experiments or pilot projects. Most notably, the City of New York has had wild success at implementing new bike lanes by calling them pilot projects. Pilot projects, as I understand it, aren’t required to go through the same review process other infrastructure improvements might have to go through because the improvements can simply be removed at a later date if they aren’t effective. However, there also seems to be an implicit understanding that it is highly unlikely that the improvements will actually be removed once they are in place.
What do you think of this experiment, Readers? Is the City of Pipestone likely to see more cyclists on the road or on the Casey Jones Trail as a result of the bike lanes?