I'm guessing you probably don't think much about the width of car lanes. I can't blame you--they are just there. But right-sizing car lane widths is the cheapest and easiest way for us to improve walking, biking, and greening in our city. Here are a few details on how narrower lanes can be valuable and examples from 8th Street to Washington Ave where we can put this to use now.Read more
For Minneapolis to become a world-class bicycle city, a network of protected bikeways is essential. The draft protected bikeway plan can get us there!
A network of protected bikeways--where people biking are separated from cars (and sidewalks) by some sort of physical barrier--will connect our world-class trail network with key destinations. It will allow everyone from 8-year old kids going to school to grandparents going to the park to feel more comfortable biking. The protected bikeway network will improve safety, saving lives and reducing traffic injuries. It will improve the health of thousands of Minneapolitans by making active transportation easier and by reducing air pollution. It will expand affordable transportation options, saving families thousands of dollars, providing easier access for people reaching jobs, and keeping more money in our local economy. It will attract people and businesses to our city. And more.Read more
1) The Park Board trails are a big part of making Minneapolis the biking city it is. They are a critical part of the biking system and a critical asset for the entire city.
2) The trails should and do serve a wide range of people--from kids learning to ride to people going to the grocery store to riding clubs on a weekend jaunt. It is very concerning to hear some Park Boardrepresentatives say things like "It really is a recreational bike path system and not a commuter system." It is both. Pretending it isn't won't improve anything for anyone. Assuming that it is only commuters that may exceed 10 or 15 mph on the trails is just plain incorrect. Discouraging people from biking for transportation on the trails would be both folly and fruitless.Read more
The League of American Bicyclists has a program focused on bike advocacy by women, for women, called Women Bike. Women Bike has been funding organizations doing advocacy, and this report, "Engaging More Women in Bicycling," comes from a grant recipient, Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA).
This report, like many of Women Bike's toolkits, are made for advocates looking to encourage and increase ridership among women.Read more
The Hennepin County Board will hear the 2040 Hennepin County Bicycle Transportation Plan on Tuesday, March 24. The plan is quite excellent (summary of draft plan here). Passage will culminate two years of work.
If you are interested in hearing the discussion on the plan, the hearing will be part of the committee discussions, which start at 1:30pm at Hennepin County Gov't Center (300 S 6th Street) in the 24th Floor Board room. We can't say for sure what time the bike plan will be heard Tuesday afternoon.Read more
MnDOT is holding a series of open houses to give you an opportunity to learn more about the Statewide Bicycle System Plan. If you would like to talk to the people that worked on this plan, they are available for questions, and they will be receiving your ideas to help guide next steps.
The Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition will have a table at the open house, talking about protected bikeways and our advocacy work in Minneapolis.Read more
Level of Service (LOS) is a widespread concept in engineering. On an easily understandable A-F scale, it ranks how smoothly (motorized) traffic moves along a street or through an intersection. Level “A” is a free flow — like an empty freeway — while Level “F” is defined as the “breakdown of flow”, which might mean stop-and-go traffic, or waiting through multiple cycles of a traffic signal.
Historically, LOS and bicycling have not always been compatible concepts. Maintaining adequate LOS on Washington Avenue, for example, was one of the barriers to reducing that street to five lanes to make room for a bikeway. Concerns that a breakdown of flow would result — LOS E or F — have thus far prevented road diets on streets like Lyndale Avenue or Franklin Avenue.
But as I learned in a webinar by the Association for Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (hosted by TLC), the concept of LOS is being expanded to take into account bicycle and pedestrian service.Read more