Rabbit Sculpture, Portland Avenue

Hoppy Easter from Streets.MN!

In honor of Easter, we bring you classic holiday knock-knocks, examined through an urbanist lens.

Easter BunnyKnock knock!
Who’s there?
Ether who?

Depending on the weather and your neighborhood, you are more likely to find a siding salesperson at your door than a bunny. If you are fortunate, you will luck out and find either a nice Girl Scout with cookies, or a local high school athlete selling fundraising discount cards that include gas discounts and BOGO ice cream treats.

Knock knock!
Who’s there?
Juan who?
Juan more ether bunny!

In some suburbs, if someone named Juan is at the door, residents are likely to call the cops. Meanwhile, on Dayton’s Bluff, this is just your next door neighbor stopping by to borrow a cup of sugar.

Minneapolis Sculpture Garden Rabbit

Knock knock!
Who’s there?
Stella who?
Stella nother ether bunny!

In most neighborhoods, there will not be nearly this much door-knocking, unless it’s election season, Halloween, or there’s a door-to-door search for a wanted fugitive on the run from the short arm of the law. You really have to hope the latter isn’t the case.

Knock knock!
Who’s there?
Cargo who?
Cargo beep beep and run over the ether bunny.

Outrage. If we designed STREETS for PEOPLE and RABBITS we would not have these problems. Where are the medians? The light timing? The traffic calming? The tunnels and overpasses for stroads? What of the children? How can we expect a poor little bunny to cross MN65 through Spring Lake Park? Bailey Road in Woodbury? Large sections of Snelling Avenue? It just isn’t realistic. This is also why Peter Cottontail was known to prefer hopping down the bunny trail. I’m sure he’d be interested in protected bunny lanes as well.

And be honest. The car isn’t going beep beep. The car is going 65mph in a 50 zone that really ought to be a 25 zone.

Rabbit Sculpture, Portland Avenue

Knock knock.
Who’s there?
Boo who?
Don’t cry. There will be more ether bunnies next year.

This is a lousy approach to safety. Traffic accidents are not a policy approach for zero population growth, y’all. Rather than counting on rabbit reproduction and immigration to create a bunny labor pool, we need to attract rabbits to our cities with good planning, accessible transit, and even a few protected bunny trails.

May your rabbit pal have crossed a pedestrian-friendly, well-designed street, well-laden with the festive carbohydrate of your preference. Happy Easter!

About Julie Kosbab

Julie Kosbab is an online marketing consultant and active transportation advocate living in Anoka County, Minnesota. She was one of Minnesota's only League of American Bicyclists Certified Instructors when certified in 2005, and is no longer lonely in that calling. A past member of the National Bicycle Tour Directors Association, she has 2 children and a garage full of bicycles. Find her on Twitter as @betweenstations, or read her (seldom updated) blog at Ride Boldly!