Bike Paths and More: Bicycle Advisory Committee Endorses Several Key Projects

Last week, the Minneapolis Bicycle Advisory Committee (BAC)—a group of trusted advisers to City Council members—discussed an exciting mix of projects that will make city streets even safer for bicyclists, including:

  • Bike Path on Penn Avenue South: Next year, Penn Avenue South will be resurfaced between 50th Street South and Highway 62. One potential improvement that could be made during this time is a new bike path on the west side of the street. The BAC has passed a formal resolution in support of this improvement. For more, check out Lisa’s blog post from March 2.

    • Want to get involved? This is one of the top infrastructure improvements that the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition is working on this year. To learn more about how you can get involved and volunteer opportunities, contact [email protected]. You can also stop by a public meeting on Tuesday, March 6, 6 pm, in the multi-purpose room of the Armatage Recreation Center.

  • Protected Bike Lanes on 36th Street: This year, the city will be repaving a significant stretch of 36th Street, a major east-west thoroughfare, between Chicago Avenue South and Lake Calhoun. An exciting bicycle-friendly improvement that is being considered as part of this project is a two-way protected bike lane. The BAC passed a resolution in support of this improvement.

  • Bike Lanes at UM’s Seven Corners: The BAC also passed a resolution in support of bike lanes on Washington Avenue on the UM’s West Bank between 19th Avenue South and the 35W bridge. For more, check out Adam’s blog post from March 1.

  • Bike Lanes on Central Avenue: While the BAC did not pass any new resolutions on this project, negotiations continue between MNDOT and the City on how to make Central Avenue as bicycle-friendly as possible when it is repaved this year. For more, check out Adam’s blog post from March 1.

In other news:

  • The City of Minneapolis has hired a firm from Chicago to investigate the cause of broken cables on the Sabo Bridge over Hiawatha Avenue and to determine what needs to be done to remedy the situation.

  • The BAC passed a resolution in support of proposed legislation that would create a program to provide matching funds from the State of Minnesota for a bicycle light safety pilot program. If implemented, this program would enable a local law enforcement department to distribute lights to bicyclists who are operating at night without legal lighting, free of charge and in lieu of a traffic citation.

  • Starting April 13, the City of Minneapolis will be accepting applications for new BAC members.

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