The Bikeway - March 2016

In this Issue:

  • Let's keep 3rd Avenue green and safe!
  • Our 2016 Priorities
  • Skillshare #2: Outreach and Organizing
  • Planned 2016 Protected Bikeways
  • Humanizing Hi-Lake
  • University Ave SE Bikeway?
  • Bicycling and Equity Recap
  • Workgroup Updates: Diversity & Equity, Downtown Bikeways, UMN Bikeways
3rd Ave greening needs your support!
 March 2016

Let's keep 3rd Avenue green and safe!

The redesign of 3rd Avenue with a protected bikeway is a huge deal and will offer a much-needed bike connection downtown. The final design is being worked out now and the City Council will vote on it in the next few weeks.

After some concern has emerged about traffic, Minneapolis has a big choice with the design: will we support beautiful greening and safety for everyone on 3rd or a traffic lane that analysis shows is not needed?

We stand with the walking advocates and others to say that we shouldn't just add a protected bikeway on 3rd, we should also make it pedestrian friendly and green too. At stake are the green medians in this picture and the first-ever planter protected bike lanes in Minneapolis.

Please offer your support for greening and safety for everyone with this petition from the Minneapolis Pedestrian Alliance!

You can read more about the decision in this great blog.


Our 2016 Priorities

Thanks to the input of our members, supporters, and volunteers, we have set our 2016 bikeway and policy priorities! Your highest priorities were that we continue to work on protected bikeways, as well as advocate for the priorities of low-income people who bicycle.

Read our complete list of 2016 priorities on our blog, and sign up to volunteer if there's a project that is of particular interest to you!


Skillshare #2: Outreach and Organizing - TOMORROW!

How do you pitch a campaign to a total stranger? How do you encourage them to take action? What do you say when someone disagrees with you but you really need them on your side? What is a 1:1 and how do you do one? How do you find allies and common ground? What can we do together?

Come share your experience and learn at our second skillshare! Local activists will be presenting: Unny Nambudiripad, Executive Director and Co-founder of Compassionate Action for Animals, and Malik Holt, Program Coordinator of the Minnesota Center for Neighborhood Organizing (MCNO).

Advocacy Skillshare: Building Relationships

Saturday, March 19th 10:30am - 12:30pm

Walker Community United Methodist Church

3104 16th Ave S, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55407

Space is limited, please RSVP!


Planned 2016 Protected Bikeways

A number of new protected bikeways are planned for 2016, including some that have been in the works for a few years now. The longest will be 26th Ave N which will connect from Theo Wirth Parkway all the way to the river, and we'll also see the start of work on the Washington Avenue protected bikeway this year (though it's slated to be done in 2017). See all the protected bikeways in the works for 2016 on the Bikeways for Everyone site!

Other News


Humanizing Hi-Lake

At Open Streets East Lake in 2015 a coalition of groups came together to promote their “Humanize Hi-Lake” campaign, a push to make the intersection of Lake Street and the Hiawatha Avenue on/off ramps a safer and more pleasant space for pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers too! Read more about the proposed changes for this intersection!


University Ave SE Bikeway?

University Avenue SE may be getting a protected bikeway as part of its resurfacing in 2018 thanks to the hard work of the UMN Bikeways student group! Read more about what's being proposed and how students are moving the project forward on our blog!


Bicycling and Equity Recap

A recap of Council Member Elizabeth Glidden's discussion session that focused on equity in biking. The panelists were Anthony Taylor, Adventures Director at the Loppet Foundation and co-founder of the Major Taylor Bicycling Club; Matthew Dyrdahl, Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator at the City of Minneapolis; and José Luis Villasenor, a Xicano bicycle and food systems activist. Read more!

Workgroup Updates


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

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:
April 6th, 6:00pm
Coalition office, 1428 Washington Ave S, #204


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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