Archive | November, 2015

MassDOT’s New Bikeway Guide is the Beginning of Good Things

Many in the active transportation advocacy world have waited with anticipation for the release of the 2015 MassDOT Separated Bike Lane Planning & Design Guide. It was published last week and I think is much of what people hoped it would be. Inside there is a lot of good design and perhaps best of all […]

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Northfield’s Routes to Schools Still Not Safe

246 Solutions Group is a new grassroots “group of concerned Northfield residents that came together to help change a very dangerous intersection” on MN State Highway 246 near three of Northfield’s five schools by asking MnDOT to reduce speed limits on 246, creating a school zone, and improving the intersection at 246 and Jefferson Parkway. […]

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Sensible Infill Development Blocked by Zoning in Minneapolis

My bike commute sometimes takes me past the corner of 38th Street and Park Avenue. 38th, a growing commercial corridor witnessing a huge renaissance, can shoulder more housing density for our growing city. Earlier this year, there was a house fire on the northwest corner of this intersection that destroyed a single family home. It […]

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2015 streets.fundraiser – Thursday, December 17th

Hello there, streets.community! All of you! There are many. Since our humble beginnings in 2012, we’ve grown into an organization with over a hundred writers. Those writers have produced thousands of posts, which have in turn been read by hundreds of thousands of readers across Minnesota, the United States, and even the world. Some of […]

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Chart of the Day: CO2 Emissions vs. Cycling Modeshare

Here’s a chart from a recent study by the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP), a big International thinktank, about the relationship between CO2 emissions and bicycling modeshare (i.e. the percentage of people who use one mode of travel vs. another). They ran two scenarios about how urban bicycling could affect greenhouse gas emission. […]

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In Growing Cities, Parking Challenges Require Creative Solutions

This article is provided to streets.mn by The Line, an online publication about the creative economy of the Twin Cities. Streets.mn and The Line share content to further conversations on land use and transportation in MSP. As a new wave of people flood cities to live, work and play, many arrive on four wheels — cars, which are creating massive headaches […]

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Map Monday: Treaty Lands of the Upper Midwest

Here’s a good map from a recently launched web project called The Ways, which explores the history of Native American nations, treaties, cultures and stories, put together by some folks in Wisconsin. Check out this historic map of treaty rights: Here’s the description of treaty negotiations from the site: Beginning in the early nineteenth century, […]

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Walk This Way: Lake Street and Marshall Avenue

It’s hard to believe that it has been 8 months since my last major thoroughfare walk along Lyndale Avenue. Saturday, November 7, 2015 presented my ideal walking conditions: brisk 50ºF temperature, partial sun, and blue skies. After consulting my walk wish list for ideas, I opted for a stroll along Lake Street/Marshall Avenue. My walking companion for the day was my husband […]

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The Crank’s Cartoon Shout-outs

I am hereby naming this column “The Crank.” That’s because I’m cranky, I like bicycles, and a crank is the part of a bicycle that makes it move. With this in mind, I’d like to offer the following cartoon shout-outs. This one goes out to the Mall of America and “American Boulevard” in Bloomington:   In […]

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Sunday Summary – November 15, 2015

Thursday, November 12, 2015 was Give to the Max Day, Minnesota’s 24 hour on-line philanthropic extravaganza and streets.mn was part of this collective giving frenzy for the first time this year. And you gave!  Streets.mn Treasurer Sam Newberg said it well: A big thank you to everyone who donated to us on “streets to the […]

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