Location: Intersection of Franklin, Cedar, Minnehaha
This intersection has the second most bicycle crashes of any intersection in Minneapolis and it’s also one of the most dangerous intersections in Hennepin County, with crash rates more than two and a half times the “critical rate.”
Hennepin County and the City are working together to reconfigure this dangerous intersection to better serve all road users.
On January 21st, a meeting about the addition of bike lanes and traffic calming on Franklin Ave SE was held at St. Frances Cabrini Church. We had previously notified the community about a proposal to add bike lanes to Franklin Ave SE. Looking at the project, there are some clear benefits to having a bike lane installed on this stretch of Franklin Ave SE when it is resurfaced in 2016. The project would stretch from the Franklin Bridge to Emerald St SE.
If you have been following our work in the past few months, you are aware that we have been doing extra engagement and work around the Franklin/ Cedar/Minnehaha intersection redesign. The intersection is currently the second most dangerous in the City of Minneapolis and stands to have more than two and half times the “critical rate” of accidents.
This past month, Hennepin County has hosted several community engagement meetings around the 2016 Redesign of the Franklin/Cedar/Minnehaha Intersection. The last of the meetings is tonight, February 9th, at 7PM (Open House begins at 6:30PM located at Matthews Recreation Center in Seward), if you have not attended a meeting and would still like to give feedback, it is strongly encouraged that you attend this one. Thank you to all of the community members, residents, local businesses, and other stakeholders that came out and supported making the intersection safer for everyone.
The County has done a good job of crafting up a safer intersection than the one that currently exists, but we see the potential for additions and changes that will make the redesign safer for all modes of transportation- particularly cyclists and pedestrians.
Your input on final plans is needed
Many iterations of planning have taken place, and the latest plan can be found on the County's website. Your input on this plan is crucially important at this time, as the plans near completion.
The expectation is that this project would be fully built next year.
Attend the coffee hour with the County the Bicycle Coalition is hosting, or one of the other open houses hosted by the county, and tell them how you feel about this intersection. More details on how to get involved at the bottom of this post.
Hennepin County is designing a project to make the Cedar/Franklin/Minnehaha intersection safer, and more intuitive. This is the second most dangerous intersection in Minneapolis, with the second most bicycle crashes. It’s also one of the most dangerous intersections in Hennepin County, with crash rates more than two and a half times the “critical rate.”
The good news is that Hennepin County, the City of Minneapolis, and other local groups are working on improving this intersection. The initial design showed stopping car traffic on Minnehaha north of Franklin, squaring up car lanes, and improving designated turning lanes, but did not have much in the way of specific designs for bicycles. Since then, the County provided three options, which are all detailed in this post.
Hennepin County's project page
The Cedar/Franklin/Minnehaha intersection: You've probably walked, biked, or driven through it before. If you're like me, you probably approached it thinking something like, "Wait, how do I stay on Cedar? How can I get across this mess? How did they come up with an intersection more confusing than the Hennepin/Lyndale bottleneck?!" There's no denying that this intersection is a huge mess.
The good news is that's all going to change in September 2016 when the County repaves the intersection. When that happens, we want to make sure it is an improvement for biking. So, we're looking for your thoughts.
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