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by eazydp
December 12th, 2013, 11:59 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Does Minneapolis have too many stoplights?
Replies: 59
Views: 7691

Re: Does Minneapolis have too many stoplights?

I wonder if the anecdotes are actually true. I feel like even East River Rd and Franklin Bridge mess (the 5-way intersection) had less congestion when it was a 5-way stop. Obviously a roundabout would be better there, but it "feels" like the signal has increased congestion. That said, it could have ...
by eazydp
December 11th, 2013, 1:23 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Green Line / Central Corridor construction thread (archive)
Replies: 1598
Views: 289034

Re: Green Line (Central Corridor LRT)

I agree that it is much better than when Washington was an arterial highway. That was the configuration when I was a student. Busing took forever, crossing the sidewalk was a circus act. WATM is an improvement and a much friendly environment has been created. Even during the bus "rush hour" the traf...
by eazydp
December 9th, 2013, 7:50 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: The Marshall - (515 14th Avenue Southeast)
Replies: 238
Views: 44136

Re: The Marshall - (515 14th Avenue Southeast)

I had been wondering why Target has yet to move on campus. It seems so logical, but now it is pretty saturated with two CVS and Walgreens.
by eazydp
December 9th, 2013, 7:49 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: The Bridges - (950 University Avenue SE)
Replies: 242
Views: 39712

Re: The Bridges - (950 University Avenue SE)

Better than the abandoned Hardees which later turned in to a dirt parking lot???
by eazydp
December 9th, 2013, 7:46 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bicycle Infrastructure
Replies: 1559
Views: 149915

Re: Bicycle Infrastructure

WATM is officially opens to bikes (and buses... and dopey cars). For a trip from Oak/Washington to the West Bank, Bikes have a bike lane from Oak, to Walnut, bikes have the entire lane from Walnut to Church (buses switch to Rails), from there they are expected to take a right, then an immediate left...
by eazydp
December 9th, 2013, 7:27 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Green Line / Central Corridor construction thread (archive)
Replies: 1598
Views: 289034

Re: Green Line (Central Corridor LRT)

The return to the WATM routes were not flawless, but were definitely an improvement. Particularly in the evening rush hour. Cars were being derps and driving in all sorts of wrong areas (on the tracks, on the transit mall). They had a metro transit bus blocking the "bike lane" section of WATM from c...
by eazydp
November 15th, 2013, 2:39 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bicycle Infrastructure
Replies: 1559
Views: 149915

Re: Bicycle Infrastructure

To be fair, there was very little (maybe no) painting done yet, so I think they were smart here and will be adding that once the mill/overlay is done in the next few years.
by eazydp
November 15th, 2013, 10:33 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bicycle Infrastructure
Replies: 1559
Views: 149915

Re: Bicycle Infrastructure

mattaudio wrote:Unfortunately there was no mill/overlay.
Good point. This was particularly annoying as the lighting was poor so I really had to keep an eye out for potholes and had a fairly rough ride.
by eazydp
November 15th, 2013, 8:08 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bicycle Infrastructure
Replies: 1559
Views: 149915

Re: Bicycle Infrastructure

I rode the Southern Bike Connection (17th Ave S) from the Greenway to 52nd Ave last night. All of the bikeway improvements are in. I had taken it a few times throughout the summer, it definitely felt faster. The four-way yields were pretty fun and got the job done. Unfortunately there were no improv...
by eazydp
November 5th, 2013, 1:01 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bicycle Infrastructure
Replies: 1559
Views: 149915

Re: Bicycle Infrastructure

Southern Bike connection construction is rolling along. They have poured the connection from 17th Ave S to Minnehaha Parkway. I would imagine it will be done just in time for the winter biking season. Also, it appears from the photo ^^^above that the city is finally learning the lesson about what ma...
by eazydp
October 16th, 2013, 11:59 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Green Line / Central Corridor construction thread (archive)
Replies: 1598
Views: 289034

Re: Green Line (Central)

It appears up to 20 buses will be running on the WATM during rush hour. I could not find any evidence that there will be a spot near Moos/Transportation building. From the initial design, it looks like West Bank and Coffman will be the drop off spots. With that many buses, I would guess it would get...
by eazydp
October 10th, 2013, 9:20 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)
Replies: 4470
Views: 406627

Re: Southwest Corridor (Green Line Extension)

I work, drive, bike and walk on Washington Avenue every day and can say the experience for everyone (including cars) is better. Unsurprisingly, a number of people were using Washington Ave as a shortcut from Downtown, not to get to campus. Biking, and walking is fantastic without the insane traffic ...
by eazydp
October 9th, 2013, 11:02 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)
Replies: 4470
Views: 406627

Re: Southwest Corridor (Green Line Extension)

This feels a lot like the CCLRT back when they were trying to figure out what to do on Washington Ave. I think they actually came up with a pretty darn good alternative, which was making Washington a transit mall. I'd hope that cooler heads can prevail in this case as well. It certainly seems unreas...
by eazydp
October 9th, 2013, 9:21 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bicycle Infrastructure
Replies: 1559
Views: 149915

Re: Bicycle Infrastructure

The Southern Connection project is finally underway. This project was funded for 2012 but got bumped to 2013 for some reason. I biked it last night and they had all of the non-artery intersection improvements underway. I believe they are all mini-roundabouts. The biking experience was already improv...
by eazydp
September 4th, 2013, 11:35 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Franklin Avenue, 3rd Avenue & 10th Avenue Bridge Projects
Replies: 22
Views: 2776

Re: F.W. Cappelen Memorial Bridge (Franklin Ave) Rehabilitat

I think that looks great. Easy cost saving measure would be to leave the old piers. Kind of cute, but I have no idea about the environmental and navigation impacts they have. Anyone have insights on if/when this would happen? It would have a big impact on my bike ride and car ride to work as I norma...
by eazydp
July 23rd, 2013, 11:15 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Pleasant Street and Pillsbury Drive Roundabout
Replies: 44
Views: 4011

Re: Pleasant St and Pillsbury Dr Roundabout

The Minnehaha roundabout is one the worst places for bikes in the city. Mainly because bikes are obviously the slower vehicle and are supposed to stay on the right in general, but that's the wrong place for them if they are going to the 2nd or 3rd right turn (I hope that made sense). And I hope tha...
by eazydp
July 23rd, 2013, 11:10 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bicycle Infrastructure
Replies: 1559
Views: 149915

Re: Bicycle Infrastructure

I use a section of Minneahaha everyday. I do love it, but the section I am on (and many other sections) have quite dangerous intersections. If I was playing the role of an inexperienced cyclists, I can think of about 4/5 intersections that are quite dangerous. For that reason, I prefer West Mississi...
by eazydp
July 22nd, 2013, 9:02 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: U of M Bike Trail
Replies: 63
Views: 5725

Re: U of M Bike Trail

Any idea when the U of M Bikeway will officially open? I may or may not have taken a pre-opening tour the other day and it looked pretty much good to go. I don't honestly see this trail getting that much use. It's super slick, and I will use it as I work in the Alumni Center and have to go to the We...
by eazydp
June 20th, 2013, 8:27 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Cedar Avenue - Powderhorn-Nokomis area
Replies: 162
Views: 19373

Re: Cedar Ave / Minnehaha Pkwy

The M'haha Parkway Bike/Walking path intersection there can also be very hairy due to the same "car sewer" treatment. I bike it frequently on my way to and from work in the summer. People are aware for the most part, but the path can get blocked by cars who don't understand the concept of stopping a...
by eazydp
June 19th, 2013, 11:38 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Chicago Avenue Corridor - Powderhorn & Nokomis Area
Replies: 52
Views: 9084

Re: Chicago Avenue - Powderhorn (Lake St to 42nd St)

38th/Chicago also has the Fire Arts center ( http://www.cafac.org/ ), which is a cool and unique amenity. It is seemingly one of the more "artist friendly" intersections in South, due to the proximity to reasonable cheap housing and cheap retail spaces. I had not heard of the Arts on Chicago project...

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