The new protected bike lanes on Washington Avenue have the potential to be great, but poor bicycle signals are making it confusing and less safe for everyone.Read more
As the Lutheran Volunteer Corps volunteer, my year with Our Streets Minneapolis is coming to an end. I wanted to write a blog post about my year with Our Streets Minneapolis and what I’ve learned about pedestrian and bicycle advocacy.Read more
I think a lot about the future of our city. Will we choose to address our worst-in-nation racial disparities? Will we plan proactively for our changing climate? Will we invest heavily enough in safe transportation choices that everyone has real choices? If we don't, what does that mean for our children's health, access to opportunity, and lives?
That's the reason I advocate for a better city. I'm thinking 20 years out, doing my part to shift from old habits to calling out racist policies and creating a community equitable for every single person.
That's also why I think Minneapolis' Comprehensive Plan, branded Minneapolis 2040 is important. It's our city envisioning the future we want, planning a path to get us there -- and inviting all of us who live, work, or play to weigh in.
So, what's the big deal with the plan?Read more
Why do you bike?
I can’t speak for anyone else, but what motivates me is joy. Partly it’s the physical thrill of powering up a hill and feeling like I’m going to keep sailing off into the sky, like the elevator smashing through the skylight in the first Willy Wonka movie.
Partly it’s the lyrical flights of creativity inspired by close contact with the beauty of nature, taken to a new level of insight by the oxygen pumping to my brain.
But others might be more interested in the mundane medical benefits, physical and psychological. As the Roman poet Juvenal said, Mens sana in corpore sano: “A healthy mind in a healthy body.”
This post originally appeared on Grease Rag.
Going to your first group ride can be intimidating. Getting in the saddle with a bunch of strangers takes trust, courage, and sometimes a friend to tag along. Whether you’re new to cycling or you usually hit the road alone, here’s a few reasons to give a FTW (Femme, Transgender, Women)* group ride a try.Read more
The intersection of 3rd Ave and 16th St is a major interchange that users must pass through to access major downtown features. Features such as the convention center, an entrance to I-94, and the Stevens Square neighborhood, present significant challenges to drivers, cyclists, transit users and pedestrians alike in its current configuration. In this post I hope to highlight the ways in which this intersection's setup and operation is dangerous for all users.
Why should the ancient world have all the fun?
We in Minneapolis have more than Seven Wonders. How about a bike tour to show them off to visitors?
To keep it simple, I’ve been thinking of sites that are easily accessible by bike, and lend themselves to a quick “fly-by”; i.e., they don’t require cyclists to stop, lock up their bikes, and spend money.
Tricky, I know.
If you’d like to suggest your favorites, just leave a comment on the Our Streets page on Facebook. For now, here are my suggestions:Read more
Below are photos from the intersection of Hennepin Ave and 4th Street N, 5th Street N, and 6th Street N.
4th street is the 17th most dangerous intersection for pedestrian in Minneapolis, 13 reported pedestrian crashes occurred at this location in the the ten year study period of the 2017 Pedestrian Crash Study.
6th street is the 12th most dangerous intersection for pedestrians in Minneapolis. 14 reported pedestrian crashes occurred at this location in the ten year study period of the 2017 Pedestrian Crash Study.
These crashes range from fatal to incapacitating to minor crashes.
Is there an intersection you would like Our Streets Minneapolis to highlight? Contact Frances to let us know and get involved.
All photos taken by Paul Jahn.Read more