Location: 3rd Ave South from 1st St S to 16th St E
The first-ever Minneapolis planter protected bikeway may be installed next year on 3rd Avenue S Downtown! It's part of a broader plan to redesign 3rd Avenue as a greener, safer connection for biking and walking connecting the Convention Center (and points south) with the River (and points NE).
Only a few new projects came before the Subcommittee this month, but all quite impactful. The Emerson/Fremont Ave Project was looked at and supported again. There is now a detailed layout available on the project website of what the bikeway and pedestrian improvements will look like. It is unclear what sort of turn staging elements (e.g., bike boxes) will be included for bike traffic at intersections, they will be important to include in order to establish a safe flow of traffic. The Subcommittee discussed several intersection design possibilities and requested that curb stops be added in the buffer space where feasible. However, there is limited room in the project budget for additions. Continue on to see new projects discussed this month.
The City Council will approve a final design for the redesign of 3rd Avenue on April 15, including the addition of a much-needed protected bikeway in downtown. While the protected bikeway thankfully is not in doubt, the details of the final design have brought forward a decision on the balance of greening, safety, and auto access. Here are some details and our position.
Our city’s planned flagship protected bikeway is planned to be built on 3rd Avenue South this summer. There have been some setbacks after the project was approved, and at last night’s (Feb. 16th) Bicycle Advisory Committee’s engineering subcommittee meeting, we got an update on 3rd Ave S. Here are some of the key points:
The first-ever Minneapolis planter protected bikeway may be installed next year on 3rd Avenue S Downtown! It's part of a broader plan to redesign 3rd Avenue as a greener, safer connection for biking and walking connecting the Convention Center (and points south) with the River (and points NE). It looks pretty darn exciting and can be even more so with some additional connections in the near future.
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