The City of Minneapolis will be reconstructing 26th Avenue in the next two years. In the next month or so, critical decisions about the design of the project are being finalized.
26th Avenue North public meeting
Thursday, August 14, at 6:30 p.m.
New Millennium Academy, 2620 Russel Ave N, Minneapolis
Over the past two decades, the Jordan & Hawthorne neighborhoods of North Minneapolis have developed a vision for a greener 26th Avenue North that includes a protected bikeway.
Unfortunately, the current design is missing key elements of the original neighborhood vision. One challenge is the constrained 60-foot right-of-way. However, there are design options that fulfill the community vision of creating a greener street and a dedicated bicycle trail, and fit within the 60-foot right-of-way.
This graphic shows one option for building a dedicated bike trail, three green boulevards for trees, and sidewalks on both sides of the streets – all within the existing 60-foot right-of-way.
Help advocate for an attractive, safe bikeway that will benefit the neighborhood. The design for 26th Avenue could:
1. Provide a place for bicyclists to travel that is separate from motorists and pedestrians.
2. Build raised (trail level) crossings at minor intersections. Crossings at trail level provide multiple benefits, by reducing the elevation changes for trail users, increasing motorists’ awareness of the trail, and calming the intersecting traffic.
3. Maximizing green space and calm traffic by reducing the roadway width.
The next opportunity for feedback is a public meeting on Thursday, August 14, at 6:30 p.m. at New Millennium Academy, 2620 Russel Ave N, Minneapolis.
Now is the time to support the community’s vision and a high-quality green street and bikeway on 26th Avenue North.