Twin Cities Cycling News From Around the Web

Hey, its Wednesday, that means it’s time for us to catch up on all of the week’s cycling news that you haven’t been reading about on Cycle Twin Cities.

Shaun Murphy, how does he get anything done?  This is the third or fourth interview that we’ve seen with him!  This time it’s the Journal spending some face time with the “cycling czar”.  Seriously, we love the fact that his position get so much attention, after all, that’s kind of his job.

Speaking of people in the news, Minneapolis Bike Love-r, cyclist and all-around good-guy Bjorn Christianson was featured in last week, read all about him.

30 Days of Biking got a little bit of print for the upcoming 3rd year of the event.  Not much of an article but for we’ve included it so that you can have a deep belly laugh in the comments.  Sample: “Ace, I really know what your talking about. These so self importent people who have no reguard for anyone else but theyself’s lay it on everyone else.” Weself’s should be ashamed of ourself’s.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation has released a Complete Streets Resource list.  If you are a cyclist you should be happy to hear and see continued work with complete streets.  It is what helps make roads safer for cyclists and pedestrians alike.

Cyclists up near Stillwater are set to get some new railroad grade, paved trail once the Brown’s Creek State Trail gets finished.  “We really can’t overstate the importance of this addition to our state trail system,’ said Courtland Nelson, director of the DNR’s Parks and Trails Division”.  That’s quite the endorsement.

Photo by: Joe Reinemann

In other future-infrastructure news, the City of Minneapolis put up a temporary test median and pedestrian refuge ahead of the planned north-south 17th ave bikeway.  It is intended to calm traffic down as cars fly down the hill on 42nd street.  While we have to think that the refuge is probably unnecessary for cyclists, it is probably a good thing for pedestrians, although do you feel much safer standing in the middle of speed traffic, even with concrete around you?

The Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition posted a recap of the Penn Avenue South meeting last week.  It sounds like there are some residents who are none-too-happy about the proposed bike and pedestrian way running along Penn.  The major objection?  Parking restrictions and having to cross the street to get to their homes.

Sigh, we might never get to the bottom of the Sabo Bridge cable debacle, but plenty of people are trying.  The Star Tribune, says that all the concerns date back to 2006, that’s quite a long time.  Last week this video cropped up and shows some super stable looking cables before the accident [via Snak Shak].  Does anyone else miss riding over the Sabo Bridge?:


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One Response to Twin Cities Cycling News From Around the Web

  1. Barton says:

    I really really MISS the Sabo Bridge! Since it has been so nice out the last week, everyone and their dog AND cat seem to be biking. Last Friday on my commute home, I was waiting at the light to cross 55 (since, obviously Sabo is out and I don’t take the Franklin Av Bridge after watching two cars careen out of control and up onto the sidewalk during rush hour). There were about 25-30 people (runners/bikers/walkers) waiting to cross the street. The jockeying for position that took place once the light changed was horrifying to watch, and kind of terrifying to be in. It didn’t get sorted out until after the turn to the Greenway (and half the people turned left onto 21st Av, cutting across others trying to get to the front of the line – most signaled, but scant attention was paid).

    I found your blog looking for any – ANY! – updated information on the Sabo Bridge. There is nothing, and I find that concerning.

    And, have you looked at it recently? There appears to be a buckle on the western side closest to the cable tower. I am resigned to not having a bridge back this year, but I would like some assurance that there will be a bridge back someday!

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