The Bikeway - August 2016

In This Issue

  • 3rd Avenue Protected Bikeway Celebration
  • Franklin Ave bridge & W. River Pkwy are reopening today!
  • Protected bike lanes on Hennepin & 1st NE?
  • Reflecting on the Northside Temporary Greenway
  • Public Works Director
  • 1st Floating Bus Stop Open
  • Blaisdell and 11th Ave bikeways nearly done! Broadway NE can improve
  • Orange Line BRT stays on track
Celebrate new bikeways on 3rd Ave, Franklin bridge, and more!
 August 2016
The Bikeway

3rd Avenue Protected Bikeway Celebration

Join Mayor Hodges and City Council Members to celebrate the new 3rd Avenue protected bike lanes! We'll ride the full route, have food, and maybe even a surprise announcement (or two)!

Thursday, September 8 at 12:15pm
Likely starting location: South Government Center Plaza at 3rd Avenue and 7th Street 
RSVP for updates and final location.

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Rendering by Hennepin County

Franklin Ave bridge & W. River Pkwy are reopening today - come celebrate with us!

After two years, West River Parkway is re-opening north of Franklin Avenue! And, after 6 months, the Franklin Avenue bridge is re-opening with protected bike lanes included!

Join us today (Sept. 1) at 4:30pm to be among the first to ride both! Meet up at the Gold Medal Park sign along 2nd Street S. We'll roll out about 4:45pm. Full details

Other News

 

Protected bike lanes on Hennepin & 1st NE?

The Hennepin Ave bridge now has buffered bike lanes. And those may connect soon to protected bike lanes on Hennepin and 1st Ave NE across the river from Downtown too!

A new Hennepin/1st Avenue Transportation Study includes 6 options--all with protected bike lanes. We hope to see them as soon as next year. If you are interested in learning more, we'll be discussing at our Downtown Bikeways meeting Wednesday, Sept. 7 at 6pm at our office.

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Reflecting on the Northside Temporary Greenway

Matthew Hendricks, a long-time volunteer and the originator of the idea of making greenways on quiet residential streets, reflects on the support and opposition apparent around the Northside Greenway and reports from a recent community meeting.

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Public Works Director

The City's new Public Works Director, Robin Hutcheson, started this week!

We are happy to welcome Ms. Hutcheson to the Department, which manages streets, water, sewers, recycling, and more.

Submit your well-wishes to Ms. Hutcheson here along with your vision for the Department. We'll be giving her your thoughts next week.

 

1st Floating Bus Stop Open

The first "floating bus stop" bikeway design in Minneapolis is now open on 7th Street North. More details and video here.

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Blaisdell and 11th Ave bikeways nearly done! Broadway NE can improve

You may have noticed changes happening on Blaisdell Avenue and 11th Avenue South. The new protected bike lanes on both will be finished anytime now! You can see a map of all this year's protected bikeway addition's here.

Meanwhile, the new Boardway Ave NE bikeway/sidewalk is open, but leaves some room for improvement.

Orange Line BRT stays on track

The Orange Line bus rapid transit line is planned to run on 35W from Minneapolis to Burnsville. It includes a tremendous new station at Lake Street with a direct bicycle/walking connection to the Midtown Greenway (the picture here). Funding was threatened for the Orange Line, but after local officials and stakeholders stood up, the Counties Transit Improvement Board found a solution to keep the line on track!

 
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