streets.mn Blogger Featured on WCCO

It’s been quite a week — first, one of our contributors appeared on KARE to talk about disappearing sidewalks.

Yesterday, another contributor was cited in the StarTribune re: that Vikings pedestrian bridge and its $6 million price tag.

Today? WCCO featured Nick Magrino’s perspective on that bridge.

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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!

8 thoughts on “streets.mn Blogger Featured on WCCO

  1. Adam DuininckAdam Duininck

    As a regular reader of StreetsMN, I am glad to see you getting picked up and pleased with how much everyone in this forum contributes to the civic dialogue in our region. Keep up the great work!

    1. Nick MagrinoNick Magrino

      Also, we are very happy that you are the person who has what is probably the hardest job in the metro that isn’t mostly dishwashing (unless the nature of the position has been badly misrepresented in the media).

  2. Mike Hicks

    I still don’t have a clear idea of whether Chicago Avenue will be closed to car traffic on game days or not. Last I checked, the street still has gates installed at each end to expand the plaza area that was used during events at the Metrodome.

    The new stadium is set back from Chicago a bit more than the Dome was, but I would still expect the street to be given over to pedestrians on game days, which really cuts away at the main reason for having this bridge.

    If the street is always going to be used for car traffic, then the renderings are missing the typical pedestrian barriers that get set up to keep crowds penned in.

    1. Alex CecchiniAlex Cecchini

      Even if Chicago is closed, the logic is that folks will need to cross the tracks to access the WB platform. With a train every 2.5 minutes, I agree there is a safety concern. But pre-event WB transit riders will be a much slower trickle, and post-game there won’t be many WB transit riders until Bottineau and SWLRT open. I’d say maybe 10-15% of total users will be heading west after a game in the near-term.

      1. Mike Hicks

        Right. And in my experience, many people leaving events from the old Metrodome would just choose to walk westward rather than wait for a train (and the crowd of people ahead of them). There will probably be more people choosing to wait for a rider rather than walk now that the Green Line has doubled frequency on that segment of track, but in many cases it’s just better to walk 15 minutes rather than wait an indeterminate period of time.

        1. Adam FroehligAdam Froehlig

          If I’m reading you right, the existing case is that some folks will wait for a Blue Line train to head back to the garages (especially if they parked closer to 394), but that most still walked.

      2. Bill LindekeBill LindekeModerator  

        In other words, the vast majority of pedestrians leaving the stadium won’t even use the bridge?

        Another thing people haven’t mentioned is that the bridge will be ugly, particularly placed next to the existing public art (which was built using how much public tax dollars also?)

        Maybe nobody has mentioned this because the stadium itself will be even more ugly, and 1000X the size…

        (Geez, this issue really turns me into a crank.)

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