Archive | April, 2013

Suburban Cyclists: Bridging the Gap

This post is an editorial recap of one of the Metropolitan Council bike study meetings focusing on outer ring suburbs to identify major bike routes. There are still opportunities for people to attend in their area: Plymouth: April 24, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Plymouth Library 15700 36th Avenue N, Plymouth Chanhassen: April 25th, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. […]

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Models for tackling climate change at the regional level

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, the next regional plan (called ThriveMSP 2040) may be one of the most significant pieces of policy that gets made in Minnesota in this decade. Every ten years, the Metropolitan Council looks at how the “systems” of our region are performing (land use, transportation, water, wastewater, […]

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Advisory Bike Lanes on Wooddale Ave to be Removed

A couple weeks ago, the City of Edina City Council voted to revise the striping on Wooddale Avenue. The plan will remove the experimental “advisory bike lanes” that were installed in 2012 and have proven to be a controversial issue for the City. In it’s place, the new design will feature a traditional bike lane […]

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Reconsidering the Nicollet Mall Redesign

There is a $20 million sum of state money that may be dedicated to redesign Nicollet Mall. While $20 million could bring some impressive changes to the pedestrian mall, these funds would represent an unfortunate misapplication of limited resources. We need to reconnect Nicollet Avenue- not redesign Nicollet Mall. Nicollet Mall, the nation’s first pedestrian transit way, […]

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Please Please Make Ellis Drive – the Future of the Republic Lies in the Balance

An article this week in Road & Track magazine entitled “Will Ellis Drive?” got me thinking. Road & Track, a magazine dedicated to all things cars, seems more than a little disturbed (frankly befuddled) that those persnickety youngsters aren’t interested in getting a drivers license, much less buying a Lamborghini. The future of the republic apparently lies in the […]

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NIMBY: Park and Ride? But Think of the Children!

Now, sure. In general, parking lots are an urban blight. Streetsblog is doing a March Madness bracket of parking craters. Streets.mn has repeatedly covered the issues of subsidizing parking over investing in responsible alternatives. Meanwhile, in the suburbs? We learn that Park-and-Ride lots make intersections less safe, and apparently invite predators to watch baseball practice. […]

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Podcast #30 – Minneapolis Ward 9 with City Council Candidate Tim Springer

The podcast this week is a conversation with Tim Springer, who is running for city council minneapolis’s Ward 9, which covers the East Phillips and Powderhorn neighborhoods in South Minneapolis. Tim was the head of the Midtown Greenway for 19 years, and is a property owner and bicycle consultant in Ward 9. He’s running for […]

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Streets.mn Voter Guide Word Cloud

In the past week Streets.mn posted eleven (and counting) candidate responses to our Voter Guide. Read the responses to the Streets.mn Voter Guide here. For your interest, we created word clouds for each response, and they are posted below. Enjoy! Lisa Bender   Ken Bradley   Elizabeth Glidden   Lisa Goodman   Diane Hofstede   […]

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Saint Paul’s Nice Ride Failure Shows Need for Downtown Bike Lanes

I saw my first NiceRider this week, an Asian student crossing the Wasington Avenue bridge on the University of Minnesota campus. It seems that, barring massive snowstorms forcing the bright green bikes to scuttle back to their hibernation caves, the Nice Ride season is upon us. They’re even expanding again, adding 24 new stations along […]

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Mis-structuring employee parking charges: An example from a local university

Parking in a structure is the quintessential private good. It is excludable (no pay, no park), and it is rivalrous (if I park in a space, you cannot). Someone at Metropolitan State University does not understand this, and is instead trying to get all employees and students to pay for a parking structure at the […]

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