Sharrows. You know these things. Chances are you have an opinion on them. Some think that they are a waste of time, some enjoy that they don’t box you in to a specific lane.
But sharrows on Central Ave NE in Minneapolis, how will that be helpful?
Central Ave NE is about as unfriendly to cyclists as it can be. High speed traffic, lots of stop lights, weirdly angled streets joining to make 5 and 6 way intersections, it pretty much has it all. Tonight at 6:15 at the NE Library (2200 Central Ave NE) the Minneapolis Bike Coalition, and Transit for Livable Communities (TLC) will be hosting an information meeting to try to get the ball rolling on something more than sharrows on Central Ave NE.
From the Bicycle Coalition Facebook page for the event:
Join members of the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition and Steve Clark, program manager for Bike Walk Twin Cities, to find out how you can work for bike facilities on Central Ave NE.
The MN Department of Transportation will resurface Central Avenue in 2012. Staff at Mn/DOT and the city of Minneapolis have been working on plans, which are not yet finalized. A final design is expected later this year.
What do you think readers? Should Central Ave NE have something more than sharrows? We try to avoid Central Ave all together if possible – how about you?