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"Desire Paths": Greatest Hits Collection in MN

Posted: March 31st, 2015, 1:21 pm
by Anondson
I was inspired to collect some of the greatest examples of Desire Paths. If you have some photos, please share them. Extreme. Obvious. Egregious. Simple. Here's an extreme one.

ImageMinnesota desire path. SuperTarget Knollwood by xeoth, on Flickr

It's a twoferone. One up and over a two story highway berm across, TH7. And second parallel to the highway between an apartment's fence and the highway for the less brave. It's over by the Knollwood Supertarget. The long one parallel to the highway runs to a regional trail that runs under the highway and delivers peds to the back of SuperTarget.

Re: Minnesota's

Posted: March 31st, 2015, 1:31 pm
by mattaudio
There's a desire path across the BNSF Midway Subdivision connecting Hamline Ave in Como to Energy Park. Hard to see on Google Maps, but it's there. Because otherwise it's a mile between bridges at Snelling and Lexington.

Re: Minnesota's

Posted: March 31st, 2015, 1:36 pm
by FISHMANPET
And here's one I came across, desire so strong it was shoveled:
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This was somewhere in the maze between Cedar Ave and the Cedar Ave LRT station.

Re: "Desire Paths": Greatest Hits Collection in MN

Posted: March 31st, 2015, 1:55 pm
by EOst
There's a prominent one through East Phillips Park between Franklin and E 19th:

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The middle section is the most prominent in Google Maps, but the desire path underneath the trees in the lower left of the park looks very similar to the one branching around the bushes at the NE building's cul-de-sac. The dirt has been worn down to a significant rut, and it's there all winter.

Re: "Desire Paths": Greatest Hits Collection in MN

Posted: March 31st, 2015, 1:59 pm
by grant1simons2
Here's one at my school! The city has talked about finally doing something about it..

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Re: Minnesota's

Posted: March 31st, 2015, 2:39 pm
by mulad
mattaudio wrote:There's a desire path across the BNSF Midway Subdivision connecting Hamline Ave in Como to Energy Park. Hard to see on Google Maps, but it's there. Because otherwise it's a mile between bridges at Snelling and Lexington.
That's the St. Paul Subdivision, but yeah, there's usually a path there. I think the fence on the Bandana Square side got repaired late last year to fix the hole and block the path, so I'm not sure of the current status.

There are multiple desire paths across those tracks. Here's one at Energy Park Drive and the UMN Transitway connecting to Langford Park. There used to be a roadway underpass there decades ago.

Another path crosses the tracks right by Snelling Ave, going from the Oscar Johnson Arena up to the Snelling service road.

Along Energy Park Drive itself, there's a pronounced line where there should be a sidewalk -- not exactly a "desire line", but shows that there's a decent amount of foot traffic. That will probably fade a lot now that the Saints will be playing in Lowertown instead.

There are some decent desire lines by Guitar Center in Roseville. Also a "desire sidewalk" just southeast of there along the north side of County B2 between the sets of Snelling on/off ramps.

Re: "Desire Paths": Greatest Hits Collection in MN

Posted: March 31st, 2015, 2:45 pm
by mulad
Oh, there's also this path across the very eastern end of I-394 just before it reaches Washington Ave. It connects the alleys on either side of the highway.

Re: "Desire Paths": Greatest Hits Collection in MN

Posted: March 31st, 2015, 3:47 pm
by Nick
This is a good thread

Re: "Desire Paths": Greatest Hits Collection in MN

Posted: March 31st, 2015, 4:02 pm
by FISHMANPET
Also, speaking of Franklin, this section of 20th Ave between 94 and Franklin Ave:
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For some reason both N-S roads there are 20th Ave S, so the desire path is connecting 20th to... itself!

Re: "Desire Paths": Greatest Hits Collection in MN

Posted: March 31st, 2015, 4:09 pm
by MNdible
I suppose the unspoken message here is that where there's a desire path, there should probably be a sidewalk. And that's certainly true in a number of these cases.

I would point out, though, that in a number of other instances (and you can't tell from Google maps), the topography is altogether too steep for a sidewalk, and stairs are frowned upon, so mountain goat paths may have to do.

Re: "Desire Paths": Greatest Hits Collection in MN

Posted: March 31st, 2015, 4:24 pm
by David Greene
There's a desire path through our neighbor's front lawn to get from the sidewalk to the concrete along the side of our house.

Or at least there wlll be eventually.

[Mods, feel free to move to Confessions if that's more appopriate.]

Re: "Desire Paths": Greatest Hits Collection in MN

Posted: March 31st, 2015, 5:20 pm
by bapster2006
I can testify to the path south of the Knollwood target as I have seen people running across Hy 7 risking their lives there many times.

When the Cowboy Jacks in Bloomington is very busy, and you can't fit your car in the parking lot, people park at Rainbow to the east and walk up the steep dirt hill to Cowboy Jacks. There is a nice path worn into the dirt now.

Re: "Desire Paths": Greatest Hits Collection in MN

Posted: March 31st, 2015, 6:04 pm
by mplsjaromir
I cannot verify via satellite image, but when I golfed Columbia on Saturday, groups of teens were walking through the course.

Re: "Desire Paths": Greatest Hits Collection in MN

Posted: March 31st, 2015, 8:52 pm
by seanrichardryan
There used to be some epic parties out there.

Re: "Desire Paths": Greatest Hits Collection in MN

Posted: March 31st, 2015, 9:14 pm
by Anondson
Pair of paths in my neighborhood, along the Cedar Lake Regional Trail. This first one is a path between the two halves of the cluster of properties of Edco. The path seen in the upper left corner of the image is used by the employees who walk across the rail/trail between each half of the Edco "campus".

ImageEdco desire path by xeoth, on Flickr

This second one connects the 42 Hoops youth basketball (with the triangular parking lot in the upper left) to the Hardee's (in the lower right). Cheap fast food and youth sports, difficult to keep them apart.

ImageHoops to Hardee's desire path by xeoth, on Flickr

Re: Minnesota's

Posted: April 1st, 2015, 6:59 am
by cond8147
mulad wrote: That's the St. Paul Subdivision, but yeah, there's usually a path there. I think the fence on the Bandana Square side got repaired late last year to fix the hole and block the path, so I'm not sure of the current status
I live on the south side of the fence and you are right that the fence was repaired. However, someone cut it open again already so the path is good for use again.

Re: "Desire Paths": Greatest Hits Collection in MN

Posted: April 1st, 2015, 7:12 am
by twincitizen
^ Didn't Bill Lindeke or Andy Sturdevant write a post about the Hamline passage a while back?

Re: "Desire Paths": Greatest Hits Collection in MN

Posted: April 1st, 2015, 9:02 am
by mulad
Bill's post from a few years ago is here. He missed a paved path that lets you get most of the way across without needing to cut across parking lots or landscaping, but it's difficult to find unless you look at a map first.

I'd like to see the city put in a pedestrian bridge near here. One good option would be to extend the skyway that connects the main Bandana Square building with its parking structure -- it would let people use that ramp when going to sports events at McMurray Field.

Re: "Desire Paths": Greatest Hits Collection in MN

Posted: April 1st, 2015, 12:35 pm
by mulad
Regarding the first item in this thread for MN-7, I'm surprised how high up the embankment is for the highway -- there must be enough clearance for a pedestrian tunnel, though it would probably be more effective to make a proper set of connections to the Cedar Lake Trail that runs just west of there. The podded layouts of the apartments/townhomes and the fence barriers between them make that basically the only place people can access the trail. Looks like a lot of people follow the fence back to the trail, but a few decide to climb over the highway instead.

Back when we were still debating SWLRT freight reroute options for Twin Cities & Western, I had thought about putting the freight line back onto the Cedar Lake trail and creating a new bike path that followed the street layout more closely.

If Highway 7 continues to get new interchanges in the future, it might be possible to build another trail that dips under the bridge that crosses Minnehaha Creek. As it stands today, there probably isn't enough clearance to do that.

Re: "Desire Paths": Greatest Hits Collection in MN

Posted: April 2nd, 2015, 9:18 am
by masstrlk67
I'm not sure if this is a desire path or a maintained path in limbo. It shows up on Google Maps but not on Shoreview's trail map. Anyway, I always enjoy a clearly ignored "no trespassing" sign.

https://www.google.com/maps/@45.050248, ... 5Uqd4A!2e0
County Road E and CP tracks west of Victoria in Shoreview.