Minneapolis Bike Lane Openings Galore!

All summer we have done our best to keep you updated on the progress of some of the city’s ongoing cycling projects.  As the fall approaches, Minneapolis is now starting to rollout the grand openings of the projects, before they get covered with snow.

Check out this great list from Minnesota 20/20 that chronicles the openings for the weeks ahead.

  • Bryant Avenue S. Bicycle Boulevard. Grand opening Thursday, Sept. 22. The longest of the new bike routes in Minneapolis, it runs from W. 58th Street to downtown via the pedestrian-bicycle bridge over Lyndale Avenue and through Loring Park. There will be easier access to the Minnehaha Parkway bicycle trail and a safer crossing of Franklin Avenue thanks to a new median.
  • U of M Bike Center. Grand opening week of Sept. 27. Located in the Oak Street parking ramp, it will include the Hub Bicycle Coop and 24-hour bike parking, showers and changing rooms for key-card-carrying members. In addition, a first-in-the-nation radio frequency identification system along campus bicycle corridors will document two-wheeled travel and qualify frequent riders for rewards such as discounts on bike repairs, equipment and health insurance.
  • New Minneapolis routes around downtown. Tentative grand openings Wednesday, Oct. 5. Another national first, “advisory” bike lanes on narrow, low-traffic E. 14th, 15th and 16th Streets, will flank single, center driving lanes. If no bikes are present, cars can drive on the bicycle lanes. Plus, the Hiawatha LRT trail will be extended from its current terminus at 11th Avenue S. into the heart of downtown via paths next to the Valspar parking lot leading to 3rd and 4th Streets S.
  • Bicycle stop light, three Northeast routes. Tentative grand openings Thursday, Oct. 6. The new 5th Street Bicycle Boulevard will run from Dinkytown to 26th Avenue N.E., providing safer crossings with a push-button traffic light at Broadway and signals at Hennepin and Central Avenues that can detect a bicycle’s presence. New east-west bike routes will intersect 5th on 22nd Avenue N.E. and off-road alongside 18th Avenue N.E. Another Northeast route, the Presidents Bicycle Boulevard on Fillmore and 6th Avenues N.E., will open next year.
  • North Minneapolis bike lanes. Grand opening Saturday, Oct. 8. North-south lanes on Emerson and Fremont Avenues N. will connect with existing lanes on 7th Street N. to downtown and 10th Avenue N. to Northeast.
  • LaSalle, Blaisdell and 1st Avenues S. bike lanes. Grand opening Sunday, Oct. 9. These lanes run south from downtown Minneapolis to the 40th Street RiverLake Greenway. Safety features include traffic buffers on 1st south of 33rd Street and green-painted bicycle boxes at the busy Lake Street intersections.
Be sure to check out MN2020 for the full article by Conrad deFiebre
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