Right now riding a bike around in Uptown really isn’t that bad in our opinion. You can take the Greenway all the way to Hennepin and from there, it is easy to whiz by cars and get pretty much anywhere you want in a short period of time. Part of the reason that this is possible is that while dense with traffic, the speed of cars is generally very slow. You may come across a car going 35 mph or so, but it is rare that the streets are empty enough to exceed that. Regardless of the time of year, we never consider driving, it would be way too much of a hassle for a number of reasons, including try to find parking once we arrive.
Parking availability may soon change, as a new building project is going to bring a larger capacity parking ramp to the area. If there is one thing that Uptown doesn’t need, it is more cars streaming in. One of the selling points of Uptown is that it is a highly walkable and rideable area with close proximity of neighborhoods, a grocery store and tons of places to eat, not to mention the bars. Adding more parking (and thus cars) is the opposite of what they should be encouraging.
If the city wants to pack more people into the area, they need to continue to improve biking infrastructure and availability of bicycle parking. Things like a bike corral or bike oasis would be a perfect addition. Yes, it would potentially take away 1-2 parking spots, but in exchange it would add parking for dozens of people.
Ultimately, adding parking in Uptown, is not going to change the way that we get to the area and might slow traffic down even more. Who knows maybe in the long run with more cars and traffic, it will encourage even more people to bike it in.