Chart of the Day: Lane Width vs. Crash Severity

Here’s a fascinating chart making the rounds today, from a meta-study looking at how lane width impacts speed and (thus) crashes, injuries, and safety on streets: The trough of the curve (the place with the least severe crashes) seems to be right between 10.5′ and 11′. That’s something that cities should keep in mind, because the default […]

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Going Green

Short, cute video about the romance between a bird and a traffic signal, but also apparently throwing some barbs at some urban design decisions. 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.

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Bike Saint Paul

Bike Saint Paul

As the city of Saint Paul struggles to implement its bicycle transportation plan, let’s take a moment watch a couple of guys bicycling the hills of Saint Paul. Bike Saint Paul. Fun little edit of bombing hills in Saint Paul with Morgan Pease and Andy Arkelin of fastcrusade.com. Shot in one afternoon. My first time […]

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Trimming Southwest Light Rail

Following a resounding rejection of the recent cost estimate, Metro Transit staff has offered up a menu of options to trim $341 million from the cost of the Green Line Extension in the Southwest Corridor to keep the budget at $1.653 billion. The options were evaluated against these criteria: Follow SWLRT Design Criteria, including criteria […]

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Map Monday: 1970s Minnesota Bikeways

Yeah I know it’s Tuesday… Cool old bike maps from the 70s courtesy of the Hennepin County Library: See the rest, including some cool kitschy cover art, over at their Tumblr. 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, […]

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Roadkill Bill – The Sacrifice

The struggle to complete the Bicyclopolis saga continues unabated. In the interim, Streets.mn will reprise a colorized Roadkill Bill comic strip every Sunday. This week’s comic strip from 2001 serves to remind us just how far we’ve come in the intervening years to make streets safe for children and other living things.  Click on the comic to […]

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Sunday Summary – May 24, 2015

It’s been a very quiet week here on streets.mn; perhaps we’re hung over from the busy end to the legislative session or anticipating the Memorial Day/Commencement weekend. Holiday weekend ideas For a holiday weekend, what better than a critique of CHS Field, a Perfect Cap for Lowertown, home of the Saint Paul Saints (where you could […]

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Portland: Beyond the Hubbub

All across America, cities are rebounding. Locally, cranes and temporary fencing have created new jungles in parts of Minneapolis and St. Paul, as thousands of new units push our inner city populations to levels not seen in decades. A new generation of so-called “Millennials” is moving back to the places their parents and grandparents forsook, […]

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Rail Is Safe–What About Our Roads?

Last week’s train crash in Philadelphia was horrific. Fortunately, crashes like this and the associated deaths and injuries are quite rare; despite the horrific nature of these crashes, rail and air are exceptionally safe modes of transportation on the whole.   Note: While the data above are accurate it is important to provide some context. […]

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The Importance of Floating Bus Stops

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 […]

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The Return of Roadkill Bill

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 […]

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Sunday Summary – May 17, 2015

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 […]

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Access to Jobs by Walking in Minneapolis-St. Paul region. Source: Accessibility Observatory

Map of the Day: Walk Access to Jobs 2014

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. […]

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Walking in Saint Paul — What Will It Take to Make It Safe and Pleasant?

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 […]

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