Hennepin County recently had a grand opening celebration for the Franklin Bridge.Read more
I’ve gone to Open Streets Minneapolis events since the beginning - my favorite memory from the first one was watching then Mayor R.T. Rybak ride the Nice Ride ice cream tricycle down Lyndale Avenue, churning ice cream the whole way! The events have evolved a lot since then, and have become more than just celebrations of our streets. Having gone from a role of event attendee to event planner (part of a great team of folks working on Open Streets), I know that behind the scenes we work hard to make sure they’re inclusive events that reflect the neighborhoods they’re held in, and that the local community feels ownership over the event and is supported in making it their own.
With family in from out of town and my wife expecting our second child any day now, I decided to take the day off of working the event and enjoy it as an attendee again. For the first time since I started working at pulling together these events I got to bike through with my family and experience a day at Open Streets!Read more
On January 21st, a meeting about the addition of bike lanes and traffic calming on Franklin Ave SE was held at St. Frances Cabrini Church. We had previously notified the community about a proposal to add bike lanes to Franklin Ave SE. Looking at the project, there are some clear benefits to having a bike lane installed on this stretch of Franklin Ave SE when it is resurfaced in 2016. The project would stretch from the Franklin Bridge to Emerald St SE.Read more
If you have been following our work in the past few months, you are aware that we have been doing extra engagement and work around the Franklin/ Cedar/Minnehaha intersection redesign. The intersection is currently the second most dangerous in the City of Minneapolis and stands to have more than two and half times the “critical rate” of accidents.Read more
This past month, Hennepin County has hosted several community engagement meetings around the 2016 Redesign of the Franklin/Cedar/Minnehaha Intersection. The last of the meetings is tonight, February 9th, at 7PM (Open House begins at 6:30PM located at Matthews Recreation Center in Seward), if you have not attended a meeting and would still like to give feedback, it is strongly encouraged that you attend this one. Thank you to all of the community members, residents, local businesses, and other stakeholders that came out and supported making the intersection safer for everyone.
The County has done a good job of crafting up a safer intersection than the one that currently exists, but we see the potential for additions and changes that will make the redesign safer for all modes of transportation- particularly cyclists and pedestrians.Read more
On Wednesday, January 27th at 5pm, a group of 40 residents, local business owners, other stakeholders, and community members gathered at Precision Grind Coffee in Seward to hear a presentation of the plan for the 2016 redesign of the Franklin/Cedar/Minnehaha and give feedback. Bob Byers from Hennepin County Transportation Planning and Kelley Yemen, the County’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator, presented the plan. Thank you to the local businesses, residents, the County, and our local partners who were there to made this event so successfully attended, and Precision Grind for hosting.
For full details on the project, check out this blog written about the plan in full detail.
Your input on final plans is needed
Many iterations of planning have taken place, and the latest plan can be found on the County's website. Your input on this plan is crucially important at this time, as the plans near completion.
The expectation is that this project would be fully built next year.
Attend the coffee hour with the County the Bicycle Coalition is hosting, or one of the other open houses hosted by the county, and tell them how you feel about this intersection. More details on how to get involved at the bottom of this post.Read more
The City of Minneapolis is holding a public meeting to discuss the proposal to add bike lanes to Franklin Ave SE.
This project needs your support!
Thursday, January 21, 7:00pm
St Frances Cabrini Church, 1500 Franklin Avenue SE
Please attend this public meeting if you would like to improve Franklin Ave SE for all road users, especially bikes.Read more
Hennepin County is designing a project to make the Cedar/Franklin/Minnehaha intersection safer, and more intuitive. This is the second most dangerous intersection in Minneapolis, with the second most bicycle crashes. It’s also one of the most dangerous intersections in Hennepin County, with crash rates more than two and a half times the “critical rate.”
The good news is that Hennepin County, the City of Minneapolis, and other local groups are working on improving this intersection. The initial design showed stopping car traffic on Minnehaha north of Franklin, squaring up car lanes, and improving designated turning lanes, but did not have much in the way of specific designs for bicycles. Since then, the County provided three options, which are all detailed in this post.