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Minneapolis Parking Reform: The Cart, the Horse, or Something Else?

This Friday, the Minneapolis City Council will likely adopt new ordinance language that reduces or eliminates minimum parking requirements for multi-family development near high-frequency transit stops. I won’t provide a full summary of the new policy here, or the controversy surrounding a potential exemption for North Minneapolis, but if you’re not familiar with the changes, […]

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Cleveland Avenue Bike Lanes

This coming Wednesday, June 17, at 5:30pm, the Saint Paul City Council faces its first test for implementing the city’s Bikeways Plan. The plan calls for bike lanes on Cleveland Avenue. The question is: Will they vote to implement the plan, or will they listen to claims of bike lane opponents and scrap a major […]

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Map of Green Line job accessibility

Green Line LRT: Job Accessibility Impacts in Minneapolis and Saint Paul

(This article is cross-posted at the Center for Transportation Studies’ Conversations blog) Sunday, June 14, marks the one-year anniversary of the start of service on the Twin Cities’ Green Line LRT route. At the Accessibility Observatory, we like to celebrate transportation anniversaries the way we wish everyone would: with a detailed evaluation of access to destinations. […]

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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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Enabling the Disabled: A View From the UK

I have been asked a few times why I so frequently mention disabled folk in the same breath as bicycle folk. It’s quite simple. I’ve seen how difficult getting about is for disabled people in the U.S. and how well disabled and bicycle folk share Dutch bikeways. Actually, I get exceptionally frustrated seeing how poorly […]

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Green Line Tragedy a Wake-up Call

When I first heard about the fatal Green Line crash at Snelling Avenue Station last Thursday morning, I was shocked and dismayed. And as additional reports gave the name of the victim–Lynne Thomas–and focused on how highly she was valued for the role she played as receptionist at the Minnesota Senate research department, I became even more upset and saddened. Finally, I […]

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Alexandria’s New High School: An Upgrade?

The new high school in Alexandria, MN was highlighted as a model of innovation in a piece by Jenna Ross in Sunday’s StarTribune. This $73.2 million high school, recently heralded “the Googleplex of Schools” by technology magazine Fast Company, reflects a broader shift in education and is already becoming a template. Students have given more […]

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The Disability Community is “Making Strides” Toward Better Transit Access

The recently released Making Strides 2014 Accessibility Survey provides a wealth of data about the challenges faced by members of the disability community as they seek to access the Green Line. The report also makes clear why it’s so important to make sure that people with disabilities can get to the station safely and easily. Background data drawn from Minnesota Compass research […]

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