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Worthington’s Kuhle joins Mayoral Active Transportation Caucus

ST. PAUL -- Worthington Mayor Mike Kuhle joined a group of 30 mayors in an effort to raise awareness of the importance of transportation safety in the state. The Minnesota Mayoral Active Transportation Caucus helps Minnesota legislators understan...

ST. PAUL - Worthington Mayor Mike Kuhle joined a group of 30 mayors in an effort to raise awareness of the importance of transportation safety in the state.
The Minnesota Mayoral Active Transportation Caucus helps Minnesota legislators understand issues in transportation and will serve as an informational resource.
“We need to ensure that the legislators know that they should keep safety first and foremost in whatever they are putting together,” Kuhle said. “We (Worthington) should have a greater voice in safety transportation issues that come up.”
The group emphasizes that bicycle and pedestrian safety should be analyzed in transportation plans, in addition to motor vehicles.
“We want to make sure that we keep bikers, pedestrians, walkers and joggers in mind when we design streets and roads,” Kuhle said. “We want to provide for them because exercise and health is a big part of our everyday lives.”
The caucus was founded by the mayors of Rochester, Apple Valley and Frazee.
“I applaud Mayor Kuhle for joining this caucus, said Rachel Callanan a member of the Minnesotans for Healthy Kids Coalition, in a press release. “It demonstrates his concern for the safety of Minnesota’s families.”
City and county leaders in Minnesota have reported a backlog of $1.3 billion in projects for sidewalks, curb ramps, safer intersections and bike routes. In 2013, 11 percent of traffic fatalities in Minnesota involved people who were walking or bicycling and more than 1,680 pedestrians and bicyclists were injured, according to the press release.
Other members of the caucus include the mayors of Eyota, White Bear Lake, Le Sueur, Center City, Grand Marais, Wabasha, Maplewood, Inver Grove Heights, International Falls, Royalton, Perham, Bemidji, Granite Falls, Falcon Heights, Owatonna, Northfield, Marshall, Hawley, Willmar, Hopkins, North Mankato, Coon Rapids, Redwood Falls and Fergus Falls.
“Minnesota is likely on the cusp of making significant investments to update the state’s transportation system,” said Mayor Hank Ludke of Frazee. “This caucus is an opportunity to make sure that not only are our dated roads and bridges rebuilt and improved, but that our communities have the resources necessary to update and modernize infrastructure to meet the needs of pedestrians and bicyclists as well - needs that include safety, business and economic opportunities, and of course improved health.”

Daily Globe Reporter Alex Chhith contributed to this report.

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