Word on the Streets

Notes from 2-2-11 Bicycle Advisory Committee Meeting


The newly reconstituted Bicycle Advisory Committee (BAC) had its first meeting on Wednesday, February 2. Given that there were a number of new faces at the table (and that the City Council will officially approved the membership this month), the meeting focused on introductions and committee goals for the year rather than action items.



Of note, a few items were talked about as potential topics for the next meeting:




  • Bike Plan. Public Works staff will bring an updated version of the Bicycle Master Plan back to the BAC before it goes to the Council, which will be by the end of April. The BAC will have an specific opportunity to comment on the Bike Plan map.


  • Creating BAC subcommittees? Several members recognized the limitations of the BAC trying to offer advice on the multitude of things related to bicycling with only one meeting a month. There will be future discussion on whether to create BAC subcommittees to focus in more depth on things like technical project advice.


  • Communications. There was some interest in better sharing of information to the broader public, including posting meeting minutes (starting at the next meeting!), and having individual members reach out to their neighborhood organizations.



The next BAC meeting will be scheduled soon.


Working to Fix the 5th Street S.E. Bicycle Facility


5th Street S.E. is a narrow street that connects Dinkytown with Central Ave. The road is has an southeastbound lane for all traffic and a contraflow bike only lane for northwestbound traffic. This is an important connector to the University of Minnesota for those who don’t feel comfortable on the 3-lane one-way traffic on 4th Street. The problem is that 5th is marked one-way, even though it is not. The concern is that cross traffic, seeing the one-way signs, will not look the “wrong” way to see bikers in the bike lane.



Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition will be working with Minneapolis Public Works to get the one-way signs removed and proper restricted use signs installed.





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February Funk?




Hey Minneapolis!  Has the February Funk brought you down?



Have you forgotten what your skin looks like?  Do you remember what it was like to pedal in the warm summer sun?  Are you staring wistfully at your bicycle as it sits lonely, sad, and feeling dejected in your living room?



Well get over it and get out this weekend and celebrate what makes this City unique.  Head on over to the City of Lakes Loppet.  The Penn Ice-Cycle Loppet starts tomorrow (Saturday) at Noon.  Plenty of time to get over there and turn that frown upside down!  See you there?