The BAC kicked off 2017 with updates from the 5E subcommittee on their work plan goals, engineering subcommittee on a variety of ongoing projects, and discussion of the 5th St SE bridge project stands.
The committee discussed a work plan for 3 of the 5 E's (equity, education, encouragement).
- Equity: The BAC will work with staff and partners to increase awareness of equity issues related to bicycling, and increase the use of equity as a factor when making decisions.
- Education: The BAC will work with staff and partners to increase the reach of bicycle education both internally and externally to increase safety, comfort, and encourage more trips by bike.
- Encouragement: The BAC will work with staff and partners to encourage more trips by bike.
- University & 4th Aves SE Protected Bikeway Study: no preferred design yet, only a feasibility analysis; street maintenance is programmed for 2018 (this is the target year for implementation); traffic counts and technical analysis are just beginning.
- Hennepin Ave reconstruction, Lake St to 36th: project planning is underway; full reconstruction scheduled for 2018 with layout approval needed by March 2017; there is currently no existing bikeway, but the bike Master Plan indicates to have lanes when it is reconstructed.
- Oak Delaware bus stop improvements: the goal of the project is to improve American Disability Act (ADA) compliance, layout, and flow for all users; there are 2 concepts that currently exist: (1) sharing the protected bikeway and bus stop, and (2) a "floating island" bus stop, where the bikeway cuts between the bus stop and sidewalk.
- Bde Maka Ska/Lake Harriet Master Planning: the County is reviewing current construction plans for 2017 project; initially widening bike trail around lakes was voted down due to tree and natural space preservation as the priority; proposal for Lake Harriet's lower parkway to be closed to vehicle traffic and create a 2-way bikeway.
- 3rd/Central Ave bridge protected bikeway: 2017 striping project (no resurfacing or moving curbs); project will connect 3rd Ave protected bikeway to the planned University Ave bikeway; the plan implements a protected bikeway along the route instead of existing narrow shoulders, parking, and bike lane.
MNDOT is considering 2 different designs for this pedestrian and bike bridge over 35W. Traffic impacts will be available to the public once they are finalized. Want to give your input? Do so here!
The BAC meets on the 4th Wednesday of the month from 4-6pm at Minneapolis City Hall (350 5th St S) in room 333.