Finally, finally, finally, a tool we've been trying to get online is available.
Many of you have seen our "I arrived by bicycle" cards. When cyclists leave them behind at businesses, they let businesses know that some of their customers bike to destinations and to thank them for supporting cycling customers. We used them at 48th and Chicago when we asked for bike parking, and handed them out at Open Streets.
We produced a first version of the cards for the 2010 Bike Expo and hoped to post a printable form online then... but first the online card design couldn't be downloaded, then we were working on a logo, then we needed to redesign the cards, and it just plain took a long time for this to get all the pieces together. TODAY is the day we're able to upload the printable .pdf. This one looks a heck of a lot better than the original!
Please print them out and leave them behind!
A little info on "How to." The .pdf is a two-page document, and it's intended to be printed front/back. If your printer won't duplex (and really, who has a printer that will duplex???), print page 1, flip the paper, then print page 2. If you managed to flip the paper and keep the top "up," the front and back will [ought to] match up so you can cut them out. Repeat as often as you need.
Thanks to Emma Pachuta for the design work, both on the card and on creating the printable .pdf!
Central Avenue NE will undergo curb to curb renovation in 2012, presenting a cost-effective opportunity to add bicycle lanes along this major north-south route. The good news is that there is room for bike lanes, a completed planning study from the City of Minneapolis that demonstrates how and where they could be added, and plans for a public process in which advocates for safe and practical cycling can show support. However, there is no commitment from MnDOT that bike lanes will be included, so this isn't a done deal.
On August 1st, the 2nd annual East Side Bike Summit will be held at the Ritz Theater near Broadway and University from 6-7pm. [Facebook event] Gather with others and learn more!
Background on Central Ave project:
Central Avenue is a state trunk highway (Hwy 65). It will undergo a "mill and overlay" (curb-to-curb renovation) in 2012 as part of regular maintenance by the MN Department of Transportation. Final plans are scheduled to be approved in 2011. [Click here to see Mn/DOT's info about the project.]
In anticipation of this project, and with an eye towards expanding bicycling facilities around Minneapolis, the city conducted a study of Central Avenue with funds from Bike Walk Twin Cities in 2010. [Click here to go to the study]
The study makes recommendations for bicycling facilities along Central Avenue. For various segments of the corridor, the recommendations include on-street markings ("sharrows"), "share the road" signs, and bicycle lanes. Changes to vehicle traffic include a conversion from 4 lanes to 3 lanes along some segments (from two lanes each direction to one lane each direction and a central turn lane for left hand turns - also known as a 4-3 conversion) and the removal of a handful of parking spaces.
Because this is a state road that runs through Minneapolis, staff from both the city and state are involved in creating plans for the public. To date, no official plans have been released.
In late June, two open houses were held to inform the public about the upcoming change, but no specific draft plans were presented.
What can supporters do?
Come to the Bike Summit to learn more about this and other projects (in NE and SE Mpls) and meet other supporters!
If you're the wonky type, read the official documents that have been produced so far.
To get more involved in these efforts with the Mpls Bicycle Coalition, email us at email@example.com.
At some point, which we expect will be fairly soon, the city and state will release official drafts for Central Avenue, along with a public participation process.
The Minneapolis Bicycle Advisory Committee will review plans and make recommendations.
Eventually, the plans for Central Avenue will have to be approved by Mn/DOT, with input from the City of Minneapolis, before a contract can go out for the project construction in 2012.
The Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition will be working to inform the public and our members about this process - we'd love your help to encourage bicycling and help everyone feel comfortable riding in NE Minneapolis.
Hope to see you on August 1st!