Bicycle Infrastructure

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Re: Bicycle Infrastructure

Postby grant1simons2 » October 19th, 2016, 12:16 pm

The 2017 Bikeway plan is starting to emerge

http://www.minneapolismn.gov/www/groups ... 188159.pdf

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Re: Bicycle Infrastructure

Postby mattaudio » October 19th, 2016, 12:28 pm

Grant, what agenda/meeting was that from? I don't see it under any of the recent TPW agendas.

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Re: Bicycle Infrastructure

Postby grant1simons2 » October 19th, 2016, 12:35 pm

No meeting. Just checking up on the 'Bicycling in Minneapolis' page on the cities website.

http://minneapolismn.gov/bicycles/projects/index.htm

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Re: Bicycle Infrastructure

Postby intercomnut » October 19th, 2016, 1:07 pm

I'm excited for the connection between William Berry Parkway and Sheridan on Richfield Road. Accessing Sheridan from Lake Calhoun isn't easy right now.

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Re: Bicycle Infrastructure

Postby amiller92 » October 19th, 2016, 1:10 pm

That jumped out at me as particularly useful too (as did the spelling of "Sherdian").

Connecting the Parkway path to 54th on Bloomington makes sense too, although that starts with a pretty big hill. I'd like to see even a painted bike lane extend farther north too (obvs, this is just next year).

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Re: Bicycle Infrastructure

Postby EOst » October 19th, 2016, 1:56 pm

I hope they use the opportunity on 15th St downtown to do something better than the couple sharrows there right now. There are effectively bike lanes on the bridge (when they aren't parked up by idling buses) but the resulting merge at 5th can go wrong easily.

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Re: Bicycle Infrastructure

Postby RailBaronYarr » October 19th, 2016, 3:06 pm

Agreed - I make a right from Portland to 15th to head over to Nicollet to pick my kid up from daycare fairly often and this is a really frustrating spot in the evening rush hour. Removing one side of parking to get a full 5' lane on each side would be nice (curb-to-curb is 40', so it'd be 8-5-10.5-10.5-5 with a little wiggle room).

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Re: Bicycle Infrastructure

Postby Sacrelicio » October 19th, 2016, 4:47 pm

What they should do is seal off the West 94 entrance so the cars don't back up along 15th. I ride down Portland every day and that area is always very backed up and it's a hassle for both cars and bikes on Portland. And then tear down 94 altogether. Only being a little facetious on both of these.

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Re: Bicycle Infrastructure

Postby mulad » October 20th, 2016, 8:48 am

Here's a page for the St. Paul Capital City Bikeway: https://www.stpaul.gov/CapitalCityBikeway

(the URL currently expands to https://www.stpaul.gov/departments/publ ... ty-bikeway )

There's going to be an open house on the project at the Union Depot next Thursday, October 27, from 5:30 pm to 7 pm, with a brief presentation at 5:45 pm.

Near the bottom of the page there are several PDFs. The one for Appendix E includes conceptual designs with street layouts (though things may change) https://www.stpaul.gov/sites/default/fi ... %20v.1.pdf

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Re: Bicycle Infrastructure

Postby Didier » October 20th, 2016, 11:05 am

This isn't specifically bike infrastructure, but I noticed there are new digital signs on the Seward side of Franklin Bridge that list the temperature as well as what looked like the total number of Nice Rides taken that day/that year. I didn't get a super close look. It might have had the time, too.

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Re: Bicycle Infrastructure

Postby grant1simons2 » October 20th, 2016, 11:27 am

That's not just nice rides, that's all bikes that pass it.

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Re: Bicycle Infrastructure

Postby amiller92 » October 20th, 2016, 12:20 pm

Saw that when I went by this weekend, but it was not yet turned on. May take a detour on the way home to be counted.

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Re: Bicycle Infrastructure

Postby Ohiosotan » November 3rd, 2016, 5:48 pm

I think this year I'm most impressed by all of the bike lanes built in St Paul in the last year, they're really starting to cover a lot of ground. And the downtown bike path will really be something once a full stretch or two gets finished.

Over in Minneapolis I was just riding on Minnehaha and am wondering why they couldn't upgrade the bike lanes from buffered to protected since it seems like there's room in the buffer to install the bollards that would designate it as "protected". Otherwise they're plenty wide and I didn't have to worry about the door zone.

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Re: Bicycle Infrastructure

Postby intercomnut » November 3rd, 2016, 6:17 pm

Ohiosotan wrote:Over in Minneapolis I was just riding on Minnehaha and am wondering why they couldn't upgrade the bike lanes from buffered to protected since it seems like there's room in the buffer to install the bollards that would designate it as "protected". Otherwise they're plenty wide and I didn't have to worry about the door zone.
IIRC, Hennepin County's stated reason was that they didn't have money set aside for protected bike lanes. The real reason was probably that they just didn't want to (Washington's protected lanes barely got approved).

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Re: Bicycle Infrastructure

Postby EOst » November 3rd, 2016, 9:46 pm

Ohiosotan wrote:I think this year I'm most impressed by all of the bike lanes built in St Paul in the last year, they're really starting to cover a lot of ground. And the downtown bike path will really be something once a full stretch or two gets finished.
St. Paul's bike lanes are great if you're in a couple neighborhoods (mostly the western Minneapolis-proximate ones) and marginal or nonexistent everywhere else. So yeah, some praise due, but lots more to be done. That's changing though (Payne Ave just got 'em!) and we're working to get more. :)

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Re: Bicycle Infrastructure

Postby intercomnut » November 5th, 2016, 3:38 pm

New bike lanes are in on 38th St E between Hiawatha and Minnehaha. Looking at them from the bus, they seemed uncomfortably narrow.

Has anyone who's ridden on them comment on your experience?

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Re: Bicycle Infrastructure

Postby amiller92 » November 7th, 2016, 11:17 am

Think I rode them and thought they were fine. Beats the parallel stretch on 42nd, that's for sure.

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Re: Bicycle Infrastructure

Postby mattaudio » November 28th, 2016, 11:29 am

18th Ave NE is getting a two-way cycletrack on the south side, from Monroe to Central to Johnson. http://minneapolismn.gov/www/groups/pub ... 149341.pdf

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Re: Bicycle Infrastructure

Postby nBode » November 28th, 2016, 1:43 pm

^It's nice, but it's really squeezed in there with those power lines. The 2' southernmost grass strip seems unnecessary; why not pave it to give people a little more room?

This is also going to create a nightmarish intersection at Johnson (an already terrible intersection).
Side note: could there be a city policy where design has to include all intersections, rather than stopping at the near side of them and ignoring them?

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Re: Bicycle Infrastructure

Postby mattaudio » November 28th, 2016, 2:14 pm

Not to mention stopping this 500 feet short of the quasi-MUP that rings the Quarry along 18th.


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