Archive | August, 2016

Preferred Redesign for Saint Paul’s High Bridge Includes Protected Sidewalks, Calmer Traffic

If current plans move forward, the new High Bridge will feature calmer car traffic, bike lanes, and a separated sidewalk after reconstruction in 2018. Members of the MnDOT community advisory committee for the project were presented with two concepts at a recent meeting with project manager Tara McBride. One concept keeps basically the existing design […]

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A Broader Look At Passenger Rail Opportunities in Minnesota

I’ve spent a lot of time on mapping projects over the past several years, focusing in particular on rail lines through Minnesota and nearby regions. Since the state and national rail networks peaked in the 1920s, and have been shrinking ever since, a lot of that mapping has been a bit depressing. There have been […]

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Chart of the Day: Time and Space Required for Movement of Modes

Anyone who’s led a tour probably knows the rule: the bigger the group, the slower you go. This is true for bicycling or walking, that it will generally take more time to cover the distances, to get through the intersections. While not technically a chart, this animation from a German logistics company called PTV has some chart-like […]

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Magical Moments on Wheels with “I Can Shine”

“The wheels on the bike go round and round, all through the town…” What parent hasn’t sung something like that to a child who is proudly or reluctantly or fearfully mastering the complex feat of bike riding? I experienced all those emotions simultaneously while relearning to ride a bike in my retirement years, as well […]

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The Quarterly Transit Report–August 2016

Service Improvements As funding is available, Metro Transit is implementing the Service Improvement Plan (SIP) that was approved last year. Looking beyond the high profile improvements like LRT and Arterial BRT, the plan calls for increasing frequencies on the urban local bus routes that have always been the backbone of the system. This recognizes the reality that regular […]

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Sunday Summary – August 21, 2016

Summer is winding down and along with the back-to-school sales, streets.mn has some back-to-school inspiration from a new column featuring Macalester College student writers. Features like these are developed by readers like you and we welcome your posts, suggestions for new content, and other ideas for expanding the conversation on transportation and land use. New […]

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The Importance of Bicycling Infrastructure in American Cities

Tuesday February 2, 2016, the Winter Cycling Congress began in Minneapolis, with 275 people from all over the world coming to the Congress. The Winter Cycling Congress adopted its name due to the issue at hand. There are both real and perceived barriers to biking in the wintertime, but as one panelist wittily noted, “There is […]

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Downtown is Not a Place for Cars

Yesterday, I made plans with friends to go out for dinner in downtown Minneapolis. Although one of my friends has a car, she didn’t want to drive because “there’s never anywhere to park”. This seems to be a common sentiment towards driving downtown in Minneapolis and many other cities, so why is so much space […]

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Reflections on the Grand Opening of the Northside Greenway Demo

It’s been over a month since the grand opening of the Northside Greenway Demonstration segment, on the 3000 – 3500 blocks of Irving Avenue North. As someone who has been volunteering on this proposal since 2008, the event was an exciting milestone. It was also incredibly daunting, because it was the most contentious public event […]

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We Should Incentivize Alternative Transportation for a More Livable City

More car parking means more business, and taking away parking means taking away profits. Parking brings in customers to stores and downtown areas, and makes it more convenient for people to shop and buy more  when they do. Free parking is guaranteed to promote business, sales and thriving downtowns, despite the overhead costs. But is […]

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