Curbing Metro Mobility’s Growth

In order to accommodate riders with disabilities, transit agencies are required to make fixed route vehicles (buses and trains) accessible. They are also required to provide a demand responsive service (dial-a-ride) in the same geographic area and during the same time periods as the fixed route service. In the Twin Cities, that service is largely […]

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Map Monday: Transit-to-Jobs Accessibility for Twin Cities Case Study Areas

Here’s a complicated but important map from the recent University of Minnesota Center for Transportation Studies report on the relationship of jobs to transit in the Twin Cities metro area. This study was reported on in a few places, including Citylab, but I thought I’d zoom in on one of their analyses here. First, check […]

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The Rules of the Road

It can be hard to figure out what the hell you should be doing out there in the vast wilderness of traffic. People get angry about pretty much every behavior. Someone will get mad at you for following the law precisely, while someone else gets mad that you harmlessly break the law. Car-driving commenters love to rail about […]

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East Side Freedom Library, 1105 Greenbrier Street

Sunday Summary – July 17, 2016

It has been a busy week on streets.mn as our writers have begun to respond to recent events from the the horrifying to the fun, plus the usual assortment of posts about our cities. Streets.mn welcomes new writers and would very much like to publish posts about current events (or any other transportation and land […]

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Joyful Bike Commuting

Last fall, my wife and I decided to move away from our downtown condo and bought a house in South Minneapolis. This was kind of a big deal for me, as I always viewed being able to walk to work as an important part of my physical and psychological well-being. Indeed, I bought a condo downtown […]

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Peter Rachleff leading our tour

Walking Tour of Saint Paul’s East Side

On Saturday, July 9, Scott and I attended “From Then To Now: Immigration and the (Re)Making of Saint Paul’s East Side.” This half-day event was co-organized by the University of Minnesota’s Immigration Research History Center and the East Side Freedom Library and was made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. After a week […]

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Metro Transit and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Weekend Light Rail Shutdown

I am what transit professionals would call a choice rider. I have a well paying job and a rather new car at home. However, I choose transit and biking to commute to work, rather than driving. Because of this preference I’ve arranged my life so that transit and biking are more convenient for many of […]

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Is Tesla Autopilot Safe?

There’s been a lot of news (and misinformation) over the past few days about Tesla Autopilot (AP). Primarily about the NHTSA opening a Preliminary Evaluation of AP performance in relation to a crash on May 7 in Florida that resulted in a man losing his life. More recently there was a crash in Pennsylvania with […]

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Chart of the Day: Traffic Stop Pretexts by Race

Via Quartz, here’s a chart showing the pretexts given for traffic stops broken down by race. The data is from 2011. David Levinson, former chair of the streets.mn board, has written a few terrific posts this week about the problem with traffic stops as a safety tool for US roads. In the first, he talks about how traffic stops contribute to the high rate of […]

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Pokemon GO

Pokemon GO: 10 Streets Etiquette Tips for Pokemon Trainers

Perhaps you have seen people wandering around with their face in a phone, more than usual? Perhaps you have heard them exclaim that they have found a “Pokestop!” or a “wild Charmander?” Perhaps you have even heard of the new craze, which is a mobile game called Pokemon GO. In it, mobile phone users become […]

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National Links! Hockey, Bike Highways, and More!

Every day at The Direct Transfer we collect news about cities and send the links to our email list.  At the end of the week we take some of the most popular stories and post them to Greater Greater Washington, a group blog similar to streets.mn that focuses on urban issues in the DC region.  […]

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Map Monday: Northern Twin Cities Suburbs Race Maps 1980-2010

Here are a pair of maps from the Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity report called “Why Are the Twin Cities So Segregated?” They shows the Northern first-ring Twin Cities’ suburbs along the borders of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, and the change in time over the thirty-year period when the Twin Cities’ percentage of people of color, in general, increased from roughly […]

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Sunday Summary – July 10, 2016

We’re in those post-Independence Day doldrums with a rather light week here on streets.mn, so you can read everything and still have plenty of time to enjoy summer on your street wherever it may be. Many thanks to Sam Newberg and Jeb Rach for summarizing the last two Sundays while I was enjoying a variety […]

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