The bikeways for everyone work group meets the third Monday of the month. On June 17th, we met in Bryant Square Park and this is what we discussed:
1. Washington Ave Update: Our work on Wash Ave is mostly done. Hennepin County has closed the project to public input but we are very optimistic that the final plan will include a cycletrack (protected bikeway) of some sort. This is a major victory and deserves celebration, especially considering that the initial plan for the Wash Ave redesign had NO bike lanes at all. We will plan an epic party when the cycletracks are done…which won’t be until some time in 2015. Save the date!
2. Minnehaha Ave Update: As other bloggers have noted, Hennepin County has delayed the reconstruction of Minnehaha Ave until 2015. This will allow for more public engagement and outreach on the project. We will be working hard to educate residents and businesses on the benefits of cycletracks (protected bikeways) in the coming weeks and months. Stay tuned for a public meeting coming up in July.
3. Planning for Open Streets: This Sunday, June 23, is Lyndale Open Streets. Lyndale Ave S will be closed from 22nd to 42nd St West from 10am to 4pm. We will be creating a pop-up cycle track (protected bikeway) to show everyone what a cycletrack really looks like and get people thinking about how great it would be to have 30 miles (or more!) of these protected bikeways around Minneapolis. We are still looking for volunteers to help out with lots of different Open Streets tasks; send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
4. New Website Discussion: We are still looking for content to put on our awesome new website that will be coming out soon. If you have pictures or written content that you think belongs on the web site, send us an email at email@example.com and we will put you in touch with the right people.
That’s all for this meeting. This work group is always open to new volunteers and new ideas. Feel free to join us next month—check the website for updates on location, time, and potential pre/post meeting happy hours.