Animation of development project for Downtown East by Ryan Companies. Streets.mn is a non-profit and is volunteer run. We rely on your support to keep the servers running. If you value what you read, please consider becoming a member.
When it’s a ladder of opportunity. President Obama has talked a lot about ladders of ...
This post starts a series for my newly launched 2014 EU BICI (European Union Bicycling ...
Minneapolis is almost one step closer to joining the 21st century. After months of dragging its feet, ...
Downtown Minneapolis is surrounded by a moat. On one side, the city abuts actual water ...
Protected bike lanes are the latest approach US cities are taking to help their residents get around by bike. But these protected lanes lose their buffer separation at intersections, reducing the comfort and safety for people riding. What the protected bike lane needs is the protected intersection. This proposal for the George Mason University 2014 […]
The Powers of 10, by Charles and Ray Eames for IBM: While the linkage to transportation and land use in Minnesota might appear tenuous, it shows what we look like at different scales. The film is “centered” on Chicago, but that’s just part of Greater, Greater Minnesota, an outer suburb of Minneapolis. Anyway, it’s a […]
This chart (or should we say charts) from the Inrix Scorecard shows the diurnal, weekly, monthly, and trend levels from INRIX. There is more congestion in the morning and especially the evening. Thursday evening gets more traffic than any other day, though Friday afternoon is higher, and Tuesday wins the morning. It’s all very proprietary, […]
Let’s expand on Walker’s article about the bone-shaking paths we’re subjected to walking and riding in winter… My question is: if a city has a plowing policy for paths, but not a “bare path” policy, is it worth it to plow the path at all? Streets.mn is a non-profit and is volunteer run. We rely […]
Last week I wrote a column about Move MN, the transportation bill at the legislature, calling it a “litmus test for pragmatism.” Here was the punchline: If I were a legislator representing Saint Paul, at this point I’d remain on the fence about the Move MN legislation. I’d work hard to get MNDOT to commit […]
Rank Metro Area Road From To Distance Freeflow Travel Time (min) Worst Peak Period Peak Travel Time (min) Peak Average Speed Peak Delay (min) Total Delay Per Year (hrs) Total Delay Per Year (days) Worst Day Hour Worst Day Hour Travel Time (min) Worst Day Hour Average Speed Worst Day Hour Delay (min) 42 Minneapolis […]
This graph shows the percentage of congested directional miles on the MnDOT managed freeway system for the Twin Cities metro area, from the Metropolitan Freeway System 2012 Congestion Report. The trend lines show the difficulties with extrapolation, as choosing different bases will produce widely different trends. The 10 year trend is essentially flat, projecting a […]
MnDOT publishes an annual congestion report, showing congestion on freeways in the greater Twin Cities area. MnDOT defines congestion as segments where speeds are below 45 MPH. N.B. The proximate supply-side cause of the congestion may be downstream bottlenecks, so this map is reflecting the effect, not necessarily the cause. The demand-side cause of the […]
The Twin Cities: A metropolitan region that certainly values idea of transit–in the abstract. It’s full of well-intentioned people (and politicians!) who travel to Chicago ~once a year and take the Blue Line into the city from O’Hare. And college graduates who spent a semester abroad in Hamburg and fashion themselves as folks who know […]
MetroTransit releases a factbook every year, and 2013 was just released (2012 here). The formatting makes this an attractive way to showcase the entirety of work that MetroTransit does for the community, from outreach to the U-Pass, the details add up to a trove of possible calculations begging to be analyzed, or just toyed with, […]
Many of you have seen this Future Transit Map for the Twin Cities by Kyril Negoda, but it is still an admirable piece of work, putting to shame earlier official renderings, and deserving of mention. (Prints are available.) Cameron Booth, the arbiter of quality Transit Maps says: I’ve been following this project with interest for quite a […]
Metro Transit wants to know what you think about some concept Arterial Bus Rapid Transit shelter designs. Click here to take their survey. Streets.mn is a non-profit and is volunteer run. We rely on your support to keep the servers running. If you value what you read, please consider becoming a member.
Until the modern age, visual artists such as Rembrandt or Van Gogh had a relatively straightforward task when it came to painting or drawing landscapes; all they needed to do was paint what they saw just outside their front door or down the street. Today, the visual artist has to contend with a landscape cluttered […]
The Sunday Summary is a quick guide to stories and features on streets.mn in the previous week. Regular features this week include the new Charts of the Day with three charts on three days illustrating work trip mode share information starting with Minnesota, zooming in to the Minneapolis/St Paul metro area and then Minneapolis. Focusing by […]
Registration is now open for 30 Days of Biking! 30 Days of Biking, whose fifth year begins April 1, has one rule: Bike somewhere every day for 30 days—around the block, 20 miles to work, whatever suits you—then share your adventures online. We advocate daily bicycling because we believe it enriches lives and preserves the […]
Two weeks ago I posted about the importance of considering where in time a development occurs. Another key consideration is the overall rate at which development occurs. In the Death and Life of Great American Cities, Jane Jacobs wrote about the necessity of varied building ages for a healthy neighborhood. The basis of her argument […]
This chart is actually a map. It’s a map of average weekday ridership by transit route, as of April 2009. MetroGIS Data Finder used to keep this data, but I haven’t been able to find an update. If anyone knows where I can get an updated version of this data, let me know in the […]
In my previous blog post, Minneapolis’ Secret to Enticing Residents to Bike in the Tundra, I investigated the means by which Minneapolis has become infamous for its large biking community. Sitting inside my drafty room five months later, with the weather indicator on my computer indicating a grueling -10 outside, I think it best to […]
On December 3, 1920, the Secretary of the Minneapolis branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People penned a letter to her organization’s headquarters in New York City. She was writing to request any literature available on “residential segregation. Especially court decisions.” Two weeks earlier, this small chapter of the national civil […]