It’s been a very hot week here in Minnesota, but not too hot for our writers with posts encouraging taking action on issues, looking at Pokestops in the Twin Cities, and some thoughts on getting around by following the rules of the road (and some common sense). We welcome new writers and new perspectives to […]
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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 […]
Larger version of map (24×36 PDF) Preface Since Bill did a phone interview with me about this map and wrote about it last Monday, I figured I should explain this map in greater detail, such as my reasoning behind creating it. This article contains my motives, the process of creating the map, the limitations of […]
June 23: FIRESIDE CHAT with James Longhurst: Get out of the Road!
The Legal Battle Over the High Wheel in America, 1870-1900
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
In the 1870s, cycling in Great Britain and the US triggered a fight over the legal rights of the highwheeled bicycle; a fight that shaped the rights of later bicycles and motor vehicles. James Longhurst will expand on this topic, explored in his 2015 book, “Bike Battles: A History of Sharing the American Road”. Books will be available for sale and for signing.
James Longhurst is an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin — La Crosse and a historian of urban and environmental policy.
Included with museum admission ($5 adults, $3 seniors/students, free for HHM members and children under 6).
Visiting the museum at this time does require the use of stairs.
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I spent much of this spring exploring the system of bike lanes and trails that South Minneapolis has to offer, as well as the state and county lands here in Sherburne County. Both are relatively new to me despite being a lifelong Minnesota resident. I spent my childhood in Becker, which meant our family made many […]
Happy May Day! Today you can celebrate Spring with maypole dancing for a traditional (European) celebration, or you could observe (simultaneously, perhaps) International Workers’ Day commemorating the Haymarket uprising in Chicago in 1886 (and struggles to establish an 8-hour workday) before becoming an international holiday. Minneapolis area folks reading this early enough can hit the […]
Since using MapMyWalk in 2009 to log a dog walk, I’ve been hooked on mapping my movement. I like knowing the number of miles I’ve clocked and looking back on all of the neighborhoods I’ve explored on the map. Over the years, I’ve used various iPhone apps and one by one they’ve fallen out of […]
Check out this fabulous chart! It’s from a UK bike blog by Joe Dunckley called “At War With the Motorist,” and outlines what the author calls the “is it worth asking for” metric. Here you go: Obviously this is a subjective thing dealing with politics and opinions about systems change. Also, this particular chart relates […]
I like the Pioneer Press. They do a lot of good work, and I’ve read a lot of quality articles there over the years. But over the last month or so, a narrative keeps popping up about cost over-runs for infrastructure projects. Mirroring the “fiscal hawk” critique at city hall, they tend to frame infrastructure news […]
Minneapolis has the opportunity to transform Third Avenue downtown into a landmark street. The proposed redesign would offer environmental and aesthetic benefits through adding 10 percent more green space in the form of landscaped medians and planters, improve safety for all users by removing a lane of traffic and feature the first planter-protected bike lane […]