The Bikeway - January 2017

In This Issue

  • Our 2017 Bicycle Priorities
  • Pedestrian Priorities Survey
  • Expanding Protection on Washington Avenue
  • Bicycle Registration Bill Introduced
  • Bloomington Avenue Bike Lanes
  • Laying the Foundation for a Pedestrian Agenda
  • January BAC Engineering Meeting
  • Bicycle Accidents, Crashes, and the Law
  • Winter Sidewalk Maintenance
Our 2017 bicycle priorities, pedestrian priorities, and more!
 January 2017
The Bikeway

2017 Priorities
Our 2017 bicycle priorities

Thanks to everyone who gave their feedback on our potential 2017 bicycle priorities; we've taken your ideas and created our list of high-priority bicycle projects for 2017! Take a look at which projects we will be focusing on this year, and make sure to read below for our pedestrian project process. If you want to help make these bicycle projects a reality, join us as a volunteer!

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Pedestrian Priorities Survey

We are expanding our work to include pedestrian advocacy along with bicycle advocacy! Since we're a small office with limited resources, we need your help to shape our direction and priorities around pedestrian advocacy work.

Please take a few minutes to fill out our pedestrian priorities survey and let us know what you think the most important issues facing pedestrians in Minneapolis are!

Washington Ave Bikeway

Expanding protection on Washington Avenue

Washington Avenue will have a world-class protected bike lane in the heart of downtown later this year! We're interested in your thoughts on what the bike lanes should look like on Washington Avenue in the Mill District (from 5th Avenue South to 35W). Please fill out this quick survey. We'll be sharing the summary of the survey results with County and City staff and elected officials and it will help inform our final advocacy in the area. You can read more about the project here.

Other News

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Bicycle registration bill introduced

You may have seen that a Minnesota Legislator introduced a bill to require registration and fees for people to be able to ride in bike lanes. This ridiculous idea is discriminatory and unworkable. As it stands, it is very unlikely to go anywhere. If you live in his district, by all means contact him, but we encourage Twin Cities cyclists to speak up for local issues that you can have an impact on.

You can have much more impact talking to your City Council Member about a bike lane proposal in your area. There are a number of current proposals where your voice can make a real difference. Find a project near you and be heard!

Bloomington Ave Bike Lanes

Bloomington Avenue Bike Lanes

The City of Minneapolis is planning to add buffered bike lanes to Bloomington Avenue in Minneapolis, between 54th St E and Minnehaha Parkway. This improvement will make the street safer for cyclists and other road users, but the removal of some parking to accommodate the safety improvements has brought out a few vocal opponents.

If you live in the area, it's a great time to contact your local Council Member in support of safer streets.

Read more about this project on

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Laying the Foundation for a Pedestrian Agenda

The Pedestrian Work Group has been meeting to help set the priorities for the Coalition's pedestrian work (remember to take our survey!), and in December met to brainstorm priorities in three main areas including Policy, Infrastructure, and the "E's" (equity, enforcement, education, encouragement, engineering).

Read more on our blog, and take our pedestrian priorities survey!

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January BAC Engineering Meeting

Read our latest update on what's happening at the Minneapolis Bicycle Advisory Committee Engineering Subcommittee! There are some important projects being worked on, including:

  • University Ave & 4th St SE Bikeway
  • Hennepin Avenue reconstruction
  • Oak and Delware bus stop
  • Emerson & Fremont bikeway

Read more on our blog.

Daniel Brazil, Bike Attorney

Bicycle Accidents, Crashes, and the Law

Join #MPLSBikeAttorney Daniel Brazil as he presents a coffee hour on what to do if you get in a bicycle accident, an immediate response to a crash, and how to interact with Bicycle Laws.

Daniel will be giving a presentation on these topics and answering questions from YOU! This is a great opportunity to equip yourself with the resources in case of an accident. You don't want to miss it!

Learn more and RSVP!

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Winter Sidewalk Maintenance

Curious about how our public sidewalks get cleared (and why they oftentimes don't?). Read about the process Minneapolis currently uses for sidewalk clearing, and what resources the city currently has dedicated to sidewalk clearing, as well as some potential ways we could improve the process in the future.

Read more on our blog.

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