On January 17th, we posted about the changes to the intersection of the Midtown Greenway and 5th Ave. Specifically, the problem that we saw with the new stop signs (nobody was actually stopping). Much to our surprise the intersection looked much different yesterday when we rode past the stop sign.
Our post elicited a response from fellow blogger Ruben at VeloTraffic, who offered some alternatives to the current set-up, hoping to make drivers pay attention to the stop signs and help prevent an accident.
The current (and clearly temporary) stop sign, is directly in front of the trail, easily visible to drivers turning from 29th St. and effective at getting drivers to stop, based on our observations.
The lingering question is whether or not this change is due to a car accident taking out the original stop sign, or due to a recognition for a need for a better solution. The answer is probably the former, however, this serves as an excellent opportunity for the City of Minneapolis to take a second look at the placement of the sign and fix the intersection.
Well Minneapolis, are you listening?