Car-free Commute to the Suburbs

Like many Americans, I work in a traditional office. This means I commute to work every day. I also have kids. My oldest goes to daycare in downtown Minneapolis and I have drop-off and pick-up duty. Unlike the prototypical American I do not own a car, although I have access to ride share vehicles and borrow […]

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Sunday Summary – June 26, 2016

I’m pinch-hitting for Betsey this Sunday, and just for fun, I think I’ll go from youngest to oldest with regard to general topic. Before I do that, on behalf of streets.mn, I’d like to thank those of you who attended our event with this past Wednesday with Gustavo Gutierrez. We’ll start with Emily Metcalfe’s tale […]

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Chart of the Day: Walkable Urbanism vs Social Equity

Here’s a chart from a recent Citylab article called “In the U.S., Walkability is a Premium Good“, using a new analysis of the amount of “walkable urbanism”  in different US cities. (Or, as I think of it, the “sidewalk factor.”) The article goes over a number of different variables correlated with walkability, including GDP, but the chart […]

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Community of Hope

Recently, I walked past a home in southwest Minneapolis with the word “HOPE” in all caps affixed to the exterior. I’ve recently been playing with the idea of pairing photos I snap on my walks with songs. Kind of a twist on The Current’s Coffee Break, one of my favorite segments on Oake & Riley […]

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Minneapolis City Council “Outraged” Over DNR Downzoning to Benefit Elected Officials

Two members of the Minneapolis City Council have expressed serious concern over what they see as the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources pushing special land-use restrictions that would protect the proverbial backyards of certain unnamed elected officials. The comments were made during a June 9 Zoning and Planning Committee discussion about new rules for the Mississippi River Corridor Critical Area. The […]

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Map Monday: Saint Paul Streets Ranked for Road Diet Potential

I’ve been following the progress of erstwhile streets.mn commenter and cartographic wunderkind Al Davison via Twitter as he has been putting together a map project showing the road diet potential of Saint Paul’s 4-lane streets. This kind of map is a big deal given the increased conversation around pedestrian safety in Saint Paul. (See also today’s […]

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Sunday Summary – June 19, 2016

Today is Father’s Day and if you believe the marketing, fathers would like to barbecue, get gifts of neckties and tools and wear something saying “World’s Greatest Dad.” For streets.mn-related Father’s Day gifts, could I suggest taking a ride on the newly opened A Line, biking with kids, or walking around your Dad’s favorite place […]

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Building a Better Bike Community

June marks my eighth month biking in the Twin Cities. 30 Days of Biking made it part of my daily routine.  I work at the University and my daily commute involves a portion of the Greenway and Riverside.  There are beautiful days and gross days, days when I scream into the wind, days when I […]

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Meet Mexican urbanist Gustavo Gutiérrez next Wednesday, 22 June

Five years ago, Gustavo Gutiérrez was arrested for the infraction of riding his bicycle at night in his hometown of Aguascalientes, Mexico. Today, there are 25 new miles of bike lanes in Aguascalientes and a strong bicycle lobby whose members participate in local government and in the national bicycling movement. As an advocate for sustainable mobility, […]

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Chart of the Day: Shopkeepers Travel Mode Share Estimates (Bristol UK)

Alex Schieferdecker turned me onto an old Citylab article about parking perception versus parking reality called Four Reasons Retailers Don’t Need Free Parking. It cites a (hard to find) study out of the UK which charted perceived mode-share versus actual mode share for a shopping street in Bristol, UK (a medium-sized city in the Southwest, population 450K). Here’s the chart […]

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The ‘A Line’ — A Review

On Sunday June 12, I took the A-Line from Snelling and University to 46th Street Station, switched buses, took the A-Line to Rosedale, switched buses, and took the A-Line to Snelling and University Avenue again, making a full circuit on 3 buses. Smelling that new bus smell, it smells like victory. The waiting at the […]

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An Alternate Universe of Transit, Or, Explaining the Political Ideology Gap in Transit Funding

What if the Minneapolis-St Paul region chose to intentionally grow as a truly multi-modal region rather than one dominated almost entirely by private vehicles starting back in the 1950s? What would it look like? A person can dream, right? Admittedly, this post is less about wasting time dreaming of an alternate world as it is about […]

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