Archive | October, 2013

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Proposed Keystone XL Bike Path Shows Disconnect Between Causes

It’s not, in fact, April Fools Day. It’s Halloween. And it’s definitely a trick, not a treat, that the designers of the Keystone XL Pipeline — proposed to go through several states near to Minnesota, and a sign of things to come if it passes — have forwarded a “tongue-in-cheek” proposal to turn 5,000 miles […]

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Updating peak travel

For the last few years, I’ve posted about the phenomenon of “peak travel“, or, more accurately, peak auto travel.  Recent news about the Met Council’s decennial Travel Behavior Inventory reminded me, it’s VMT data release time at MNDOT!  Time to update the peak travel meme!  Before we get to that, a quote from Minnpost on […]

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National Night (Rain) Out 2013

Three summers ago I started biking the streets of Saint Paul with the ultimate goal of riding each block of every street. This post is about my ride on National Night Out, August 6, 2013.   August 6, 2013; Macalester-Groveland, Merriam Park, Frogtown 10.4 Miles It was a delightful start to National Night Out, mostly […]

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Podcast #48 – Potluck Minneapolis with Andy Sturdevant

The podcast this week is conversation with Andy Sturdevant, an artist and writer from Minneapolis. Andy has for years been the host of Saloon Saloon, the Twin Cities’ finest live arts and culture-themed witty magazine show and writes a weekly column about arts and urbanism for Minnpost. He has also just released a new book […]

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Encourage Bicycling? Really?

My recent statement “Here are the keys that, in my opinion, need to happen to get people bicycling” raised a quite logical question in comments and on twitter: “why do we want to get people riding bicycles?” Why, as a society, would we want to encourage this? One person added: “if people want to ride […]

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Perpetuating the ghostly tale of Annie Mary Twente

Even if I tried, I doubt I could make up the true ending to my recent query in to the ghostly story of Annie Mary Twente. First some background. Annie Mary, *according to her official Brown County, Minnesota, death certificate, died on October 25, 1886, of “lung fever.” But legend says otherwise. As one story […]

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Eyeing two unintended outcomes of the bicycle facilities arms race

In less than a decade, the Minneapolis Midtown Greenway (Minnesota) has quickly risen to one of America’s most beloved darlings of a bike path[1]. Similarly, the short stretch of the Cedar Lake Trail to the Twins Stadium provides much needed closure over an important stretch for cyclists in downtown Minneapolis. Both are critical assets for […]

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Streets.mn Voter Guide – Dan Cohen

Our latest Streets.mn Voter Guide response is from mayoral candidate Dan Cohen. Rather than answer our questions sequentially, Mr. Cohen has submitted his responses by topic. 1. Transit. a. SWLT [Southwest Light Rail]. The governor’s call for a 90 day hiatus puts the decision on hold. We have to get thorough groundwater analysis before we […]

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An In-Person Review of Cycletracks

I recently had a chance to test out a contentious type of bike infrastructure, one much-discussed on this site. One of my volunteer gigs is as the volunteer who coordinates volunteers for the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition. I don’t decide what the Coalition might advocate for, but I do end up telling people about protected bikeways. […]

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Target Center Renovations, by the numbers

Dear Residents of the City of Minneapolis – The Minnesota Timberwolves and out-going Minneapolis Mayor RT Rybak are looking to rehab the 23 year old Target Center Arena. The arena has been a thorn in the side of the municipality’s finances for over a decade despite being one of the nation’s busiest arenas. Here’s a quick […]

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