Word on the Streets

What Minnesota, Tennessee, & New York Can Teach Us About Biking Infrastructure

Bike crashes are currently on the slow decline around the US. Although there are many factors contributing to the decline, one of them includes the construction of protected bike lanes in many US cities. Biking infrastructure matters. In fact, studies show that protected lanes are safer for cyclists and drivers.

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Dan Brazil   posted by
January 14, 2020

Paving the Way: Colin Harris

As Our Streets Minneapolis celebrates our 10th anniversary, we're taking a look back at some of the volunteers and groups that helped us get where we are today. As a community driven organization, we depend on local folks lending their skills and time to our movement.  

Colin Harris was a founding member of the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition, now Our Streets Minneapolis. In those early days Colin took the lead on a very special advocacy and outreach initiative: Open Streets Minneapolis. While today Open Streets Minneapolis is a multi-event series each summer, it didn't start that way. Working closely with other dedicated volunteers, Colin organized planning meetings, signature drives, and more to convince the City to let the Bike Coalition host the very first Open Streets Minneapolis event in 2011. 

Join us as we thank Colin for building our movement and paving the way for our future. Check out the interview below to learn more about Colin's motivation for doing this work, and his vision for our city.

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Emily Wade   posted by
January 13, 2020

Downtown Bikeways Work Group January 2020 Update

The Downtown Bikeways Work Group came together in January for their first meeting of the year and had a packed agenda. We kicked off the meeting by talking about fun things we did over the holidays. Group members are energized after the break and excited to get back into advocacy.

There’s a lot happening in the City that we’re engaging in. Folks talked about advocacy efforts including influencing Hennepin County transportation decision-making at the Franklin Avenue Open House, and the Lyndale Avenue S Community Forum organized by Commissioner Marion Greene.

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Ashwat Narayanan   posted by
January 07, 2020