Last Friday I wrote about walking in Saint Paul with a focus on safety. Today, I want to share some thoughts on the pleasures and benefits of walking as I have experienced it. I’ll also talk briefly about how a Saint Paul Pedestrian Plan might help get more people walking. Until recently, most of my explorations have been […]
This week, Walker wrote an excellent post comparing crash statistics and the structural responses to incidents ...
Lowertown, Saint Paul, the heart of the old city. Warehouses and factories, built long before ...
All across America, cities are rebounding. Locally, cranes and temporary fencing have created new jungles ...
Last week’s train crash in Philadelphia was horrific. Fortunately, crashes like this and the associated ...
Fellow Minneapolites, let’s stop being our northern humble selves for just a quick second and truly boast a fact that we’ve known for a while now: we live in the best biking city in America. Bicycling Magazine crowned us champs in 2010. WalkScore’s Bike Score doesn’t list us because we don’t have a large enough “population”, but […]
Antonio Rosell talked about cities in the parking lot next to Intermedia Arts way back in 2008. It is a great presentation. 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.
Recently a comment posted a link that claimed “Snelling and University is the busiest intersection in the state”. To several writers, this didn’t pass the smell test. The source from Google comes from Wikipedia, which in turn comes from a book by Larry Millett, where he uses the phrase “This is believed to be the […]
As Bicyclopolis Book II takes shape on my drawing table, there will be a brief intermission during which Streets.mn will reprise a colorized Roadkill Bill comic strip every Sunday. This week, Angerman returns to protest the expansion of a road. Click on the comic to make it bigger: Streets.mn is a non-profit and is volunteer run. We rely on your […]
Here in Minnesota, we are holding our breath for another 24 hours or so, The state legislature must conclude its session by midnight tomorrow, May 18 and although the DFL-controlled Senate and Republican House have reached agreements on many issues, a transportation bill is not (yet?) one of them. We hope legislators (or their staff) are […]
From the newly released Access Across America: Walk 2014, this map shows the number of jobs that can be reached within 30 minutes in the Minneapolis-St. Paul region. Similar maps are available for the top 50 metropolitan areas. [Full Disclosure: I am a co-author of the report.] Streets.mn is a non-profit and is volunteer run. […]
In the last couple of years, I have begun walking pretty much every day. I walk to go to nearby meetings or to buy fresh produce, bread or fish. I walk to the bus or the Green Line to reach more distant destinations. I walk for exercise aiming to reach 10,000 steps a day, and […]
It appears that Minneapolis Public Works has decided against putting a protected bike lane on 9th Street in downtown. I found this out in a reply to an email I sent asking about the design of the new protected bikeway: Public Works has decided not to pursue the 9th St protected bikeway project in 2015. […]
I wanted to piggy-back off of Bill’s great piece on Lowertown’s perceived parking problem, where he notes that people walked nearly a mile from their parking spot on Energy Park Drive to Midway Stadium and were completely okay with that but parking a couple blocks away from CHS Field and walking through a vibrant downtown is somehow asking too […]
Here’s an interesting chart from People for Bikes that brings together some research on how protected bike lanes affect “sidewalk riding” in a few cities. It’s important to keep this in mind, that a good bike project isn’t just about bicyclists, but also about improving the pedestrian and sidewalk experience. Nobody on foot or on […]
Back in 2011, I coined the term “infrastructure cult,” not to be bombastic but to highlight a destructive mindset that has crept deep into the cultural narrative of America. The notion, fully captured by fellow Minnesotan Tom Friedman in his book, That Used to Be Us, is simple: investments in infrastructure create growth, jobs and prosperity. […]
This summer, Minneapolis will be losing a longtime advocate when Thatcher Imboden moves to Seattle to take a job with Sound Transit. Thatcher currently works for Hennepin County doing transit oriented development work, and he will be working in a similar capacity out in Seattle. Thinking it would be kind of fun to pick the […]
Completed in March 2015, this walk is one of many I have planned along major Twin Cities thoroughfares. On the day of the walk, I tweeted my adventures using #LyndaleWalk. Walk stats Distance: 20.2 miles Elapsed time: 7:21:41 Moving time: 5:41:32 Average pace: 16:52/mile FitBit step total for the day: 45,012 steps The route After reading A midday escape on Lyndale […]
In Saint Paul, parking remains one of life’s great mysteries. The longer I live here, the less I seem to understand the things people say about parking and walking. Logic seems to twist and transform like hallucinated dragons. For example, last month’s spate of articles on the “Saint Paul parking problem” were full of interesting […]
In the May 11 issue of Finance and Commerce, Matt Kramer, a local Chamber of Commerce representative lobbying for additional public transit and transportation spending (currently being debated at the Minnesota Legislature) is quoted as saying “Every person who is riding transit is one less person in the car in front of us.” This is a fascinating […]
A couple weeks ago, I posted a map showing average jobs+population density along the planned Southwest LRT corridor. By request, I have created a similar map for Hennepin County as a whole: This map was created in the same way as my previous map, taking 2010 Census population data and 2011 jobs data (also available […]
Minneapolis Bike Week is here! It’s all about inspiring new people to try biking (or biking more). I hope you can help inspire new bicyclists this week by being a Bike Buddy (& get free goodies!), sharing Bike Week events with your friends, or more (here are 5 easy ways you can help!). Monday, May 11: […]
The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) released a report last Thursday noting a slight year-over-year increase in Twin Cities freeway congestion. It’s a report and has lots of numbers, but it’s a fairly easy thing to skim through if you are interested. Lots of good stuff in there, and also in this newspaper version of […]
After having invented the modern American shopping mall with his design of Southdale in Edina, Victor Gruen spent much of his career working to reverse the population movement from core cities to sprawling suburbs across the U.S. This short film covers his work in Fresno which includes many parallels to Minneapolis-Saint Paul in that freeways were […]