The Bikeway - April 2016

In This Issue:

  • Protected Bikeway Coming to 3rd Ave!
  • Hennepin Avenue Public Meeting
  • University Students Push for Bikeways
  • What to do in a crash
  • Franklin/Cedar/Minnehaha Design Approved
  • Advocacy Skill Share Recap
  • Workgroup Updates: Diversity & Equity, Downtown Bikeways, UMN Bikeways
Join Important Hennepin Avenue Public Meeting Apr 25!
 April 2016
The Bikeway
3rd Ave

Protected Bikeway Coming to 3rd Ave!

Last week the City Council unanimously approved a protected bikeway for 3rd Ave in downtown Minneapolis, scheduled to be built this year! We are excited about this critical connection and thank Mayor Hodges for bringing this forward and the entire Council for supporting. And we thank everyone in the community who has built support for a protected bikeway network.

While we were not successful in getting the state's first planter protected bike lane with the three lane option (instead of four lanes) on the southern part of the street, the protected bikeway was never up for debate. This shows how much impact community has had in speaking out for safer routes on our streets in just the last few years. We thank the Council Members who spoke up in favor of the three lane option, as well as the pedestrian advocates who pushed hard for the safer option.

Read an overview of the Council debate on 3rd.


Now's the time for Hennepin Avenue--come to Public Meeting Monday

The City of Minneapolis is redoing Hennepin Avenue through downtown in 2020 and is deciding now what Hennepin will look like. We need your voice at a public meeting:

Hennepin Avenue Public Meeting
Monday, April 25, 4-6pm (presentations at 4 & 5pm; come anytime)
Minneapolis Central Library

We are excited that the City's initial draft concept plan for Hennepin includes protected bike lanes! We are committed to ensuring that the final concept plan and detailed designs to come guarantee an improved walking experience on Hennepin as well. The current plan is a good starting point for that, but we hope for more. Please come to Monday's meeting and offer your support for both protected bike lanes and an improved walking environment!


University Students Push for Bikeways

The UMN Bikeways group has been working on a Photo Campaign to raise awareness about a protected bikeway on University Ave SE that would run from 1st ave to Oak St. Throughout the month of April, concurrent with 30 Days of Biking, there have been four pit stops encouraging people to stop, grab a free bike check-over from Varsity Bikes and take an optional picture to show their support for the campaign. The campaign will culminate in a Group Ride next Friday, April 30th at 12:30PM at Bohemian Flats, roll out at 1pm. Email Emily for more information on the campaign and the ride!

Other News

What to do in a Crash

What to do in a crash

As more and more folks are out biking with the warmer weather, we thought it'd be a good time to share this blog post from last year by guest blogger Attorney Daniel J. Brazil on what to do if you're injured in a bike crash with a car or other vehicle.

Read more on our blog!

University Ave SE

Franklin/Cedar/Minnehaha Design Approved

The City Council approved safety improvements for this dangerous intersection. The County will be starting work in September. Thanks for everyone who engaged!

Read details from the Star Tribune and on our blog!

Skillshare Recap

Advocacy Skillshare Recap

On Saturday, March 19th, the Coalition and Fun Committee hosted their second Advocacy Skillshare which focused on Grassroots Outreach and Organizing. Our great group of participants included volunteers, young adult ministries from Minneapolis First SDA Church, and other community members. Read more!

Workgroup Updates

Volunteer Action

Diversity & Equity

At the March meeting the committee focused on Goals that the committee wants to reach in 2016, including beginning more projects. Join us for the next meeting and help continue that conversation!

Next meeting TBD, contact Laura Kling to get involved!

Downtown Bikeways

Downtown Bikeways

The Downtown Bikeways group is focused on engagement around connecting Washington Avenue protected bikeway to the U of M, Hennepin Avenue, and 3rd Avenue.

Next meeting:
May 9th, 6:00pm
Coalition office, 1428 Washington Ave S, #204

UMN Bikeways

UMN Bikeways

The UMN Bikeways Work Group connects with students and community members in the University of Minnesota area to work on bicycle infrastructure and advocacy. This spring, they plan to advocate for a protected bikeway in the area.

Next meeting TBD, email Emily for to get involved in advocacy work!

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