Our Streets Minneapolis works for a city where biking, walking, and rolling are easy and comfortable for everyone.
We envision a city where:
- Biking, walking, and rolling are easy and joyful for people of all backgrounds and identities in all parts of Minneapolis;
- Streets and trails are vibrant community spaces with people walking and biking year-round and at all times;
- Kids and families feel safe and comfortable walking and biking to neighborhood schools, parks, and businesses;
- Older adults and people with mobility challenges are healthy, independent, and connected with their communities through streets and sidewalks designed for them; and
- Abundant biking and walking contributes to happy people, a healthy environment, and a strong economy.
We are a part of Bikeways for Everyone, a campaign to see a network of 30 miles of protected bikeways (bike lanes that are physically separated from vehicle lanes) installed in Minneapolis by 2020. The campaign has had a number of successes, including seeing 6.6 miles of bikeways installed by the end of 2016, and for the Protected Bikeway Update to the Minneapolis Bicycle Master Plan. Just in 2016, new bikeways were installed on Franklin Avenue, 11th Ave S, 3rd Ave S, Blaisdell Ave S, Broadway St NE, and 26th Ave N. There are a number of new bikeways and bike lane projects in the works for 2017, you can see a full list of our priority projects here.
In 2016, the Coalition helped put on eight Open Streets Minneapolis events across the city that attracted over 80,000 people and brought together more than 100 planning partners and sponsors. Each event transformed a major road in Minneapolis into a safe, car-free space that inspired attendees to think about their streets and communities in new ways. People enjoyed Open Streets by bicycle, foot, wheelchair, skateboard, and more, and discovered the hidden gems of unique neighborhoods through shopping, eating, mingling, and exploring.
Since hosting the city’s first-ever Open Streets event in 2011, Our Streets Minneapolis has grown Open Streets across the city every year. The 2016 events included activities such as yoga, live music, bike repair, pop-up protected bikeways, pop-up playgrounds, and visioning exercises for street improvements.
Minneapolis Bike Month
We partner with the City of Minneapolis to host Minneapolis Bike Month! Minneapolis Bike Month encourages those who don’t normally ride to give it a try, and those who do ride occasionally to try riding in a new way! Thousands of people bike throughout the event, which is supported by over 100 volunteers and our partners each year. In May 2017 Bike Month included dozens of events, including Twin Cities Bike to Work Day and rides led by a number of Minneapolis City Council Members and Hennepin County Commissioners.
In 2016 the City of Minneapolis passed a Complete Streets policy that prioritizes the movement of people walking and in wheelchairs, people on bikes, and transit users over motor vehicles. The policy is one of the strongest in the nation, and was made possible by the hard work of our volunteers and supporters who attended meetings and advocated for roads that work for all users. Many implementation details of the policy are being worked out in 2017 and 2018, and it will be important for bicycle and pedestrian advocates to remain a strong voice for better streets for all.
volunteer driven and member supported.