26th Avenue Bike Lane (Photo credit: Alex Tsatsoulis)
This is a guest post from Joshua Houdek, a Longfellow resident and Sierra Club organizer who bikes all over. Thanks Joshua for helping get bike lanes on 26th! The Bicycle Coalition provided just a little support and advice as he showed that one person can make a difference! If you have a street you want to make a difference on, let us know and we'll do what we can to help.
Sometimes All it Takes is Just Picking up the Phone
What’s Wrong Here?
26th Avenue South in Seward/Longfellow was resurfaced last summer. The road is super smooth and nice new bike lanes were striped south of the Midtown Greenway down to Minnehaha. But bike lanes on 26th Avenue north of the Greenway, connecting it to Franklin Avenue, were mysteriously missing. I scratched my head, thinking: “what’s wrong here?” So I contacted the friendly folks at the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition. They confirmed that 26th Avenue is on the Minneapolis Bicycle Plan Map to have on-street bicycle facilities, and Hennepin County has a Complete Streets Policy. There was no good explanation for the oversight.
“Quick” and Easy Fix
First, I found out who resurfaced the street by calling my city council member’s office. Who knew that 26th Avenue is actually County Road 48? So the County was my target. After a call and email to my county commissioner’s office, I was connected to the project engineer. Presto! Promises were made that it would get fixed this summer. Last week, it did. A shout-out to Hennepin County. Happy riding, Minneapolis bicyclists!
Moral of the Story: Be Aware, Take Action
Is there road construction on a street you ride (or would like to ride if it had better/safer bike facilities)? Is a street near you going to get resurfaced soon? Pick up the phone and drop an email. Sometimes it’s that easy. And remember, the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition is here to help!
The Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition Neighborhood Action Team Committee met on July 11 to discuss neighborhood issues affecting the Minneapolis bicycling community.
We discussed how our organization could better coordinate with the city of Minneapolis Bicycle Advisory Committee and the need to publicize BAC activities.
We discussed the need to significantly improve the current Hennepin County plan for bicycle lanes on and leading to the new Lowry Avenue Bridge. We have met and we are continuing to meet with key elected officials.
We discussed bicycle travel improvements scheduled for Central Avenue. We have met and we are continuing to meet with key elected officials.
We discussed organizing participants for the August 1 Northeast Minneapolis Bicycle Summit.
Finally, we discussed in-progress potential solutions for the 28th and Greenway crossing.
If you have neighborhood issues you would like our committee to address, please communicate them to us by responding to this blog.