After a weeklong break, we return to ask more of our staff about their favorite protected bike lanes. This week, I spoke with our newest hire, Emily Stumpf, Communications and Outreach Associate.
Tyler: Emily, thanks for taking the time to talk with me.
Emily: Well, you're welcome Tyler.
T: By the way, sorry about having to cancel the interview last week.
E: Oh don't worry about it. I know you were working on that really important survey about improvements to the Franklin/Cedar/Minnehaha intersection, so I was happy to reschedule.
T: Thanks for understanding. We really do want input on those improvements. Anyways, you're new to the Twin Cities, right?
E: I am. But, I'm already loving being able to bike here. It's especially fun to ride around the chain of lakes to get some exercise.
T: And what route do you take to get there?
E: I take my favorite protected bike lane, 36th Street. It's a great straight-shot route to the lakes. But, the street is always busy with cars, so having a protected bike lane there makes it so much easier to get to the lakes. Otherwise, I guess I'd have to go all the way to the Midtown Greenway to get there.
T: Would you like to see more two-way protected bike lanes like 36th Street and Oak Street around Minneapolis?
E: I would like to see them used in the right places. I got to try the Oak Street bikeway during Open Streets Minneapolis and I know it's got some issues, but its much better than just a plain old bike lane. So if there's a place where a two-way protected bike lane is the best fit, I hope it will be put in.
T: Well, thanks again Emily!
E: No problem!
Want to learn more about the new protected bike lanes being installed this year? Check out our list of 2015 protected bike lanes.
And look forward to hearing more about what protected bike lanes our staff is excited for every week.