Over at the Net Density Blog Brendon put up a very well researched and thought-provoking post about the Southwest Transitway.
For those of you why don’t know, the Southwest Transitway is a commuter rail line, currently in the planning phase for the Southwestern suburbs of Minneapolis.
What we found interesting in the proposed plan, and map (above) is the layout of the planned bikeways, specifically what is proposed for Glenwood Ave and Girard are both pretty major arteries that would be convenient for those out west to get into downtown Minneapolis.
While suburbanites may not be crazy for rail travel (see ridership numbers on the Northstar Corridor Commuter Rail Line) there are a lot of riders on the westside and the traffic on 394 isn’t getting any better. Hopefully, some easy and safe bikeways leading in from the ‘burbs will lead to an increase in bike commuters.