I’m writing this from Oslo (streets.no?) where I am enjoying good things about Norwegian transit without the concerns in this post and the very lively streets in my neighborhood. Coming from car-centric small town Minnesota, I’m delighted to have a transit pass and some time to explore the city one tram, train, bus and ferry line at […]
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One of the biggest challenges in our current transportation system is the way our streets are designed. In many parts of our communities, the only safe option for people to get around town is to drive a car, raising costs and limiting options for businesses, families, and the community as a whole. Last year, St […]
August 14, 2015 Macalester-Groveland, Merriam Park, Lexington-Hamline, Como Park 16.2 Miles Cleveland Avenue, because of its proximity to my house, is the north-south street on which I ride most often. Despite that, I am still surprised by a sight or two on or near Cleveland. On Selby Avenue, three houses east of Cleveland, […]
I’ve gone to Open Streets Minneapolis events since the beginning – my favorite memory from the first one was watching then Mayor R.T. Rybak ride the Nice Ride ice cream tricycle down Lyndale Avenue, churning ice cream the whole way! The events have evolved a lot since then, and have become more than just celebrations […]
Bicycling in Saint Paul can feel like a meeting of a secret society, filled with special handshakes and meaningful nods. While other cities have well-signed routes and infrastructure clearly marked on the road, many things that make biking in Saint Paul easier feel like big secrets. For example, did you know that Saint Paul has […]
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 […]
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 […]