Archive | May, 2019

Alan Grahn Memorial Ride: May 16, 2018 (Video)

May there be bicycles in heaven. Summit & Snelling Ave – Alan Grahn Memorial Ride The Alan Grahn Memorial ride, hosted by Hilary Louise Hancy and Rob Stepaniak, took place at 6:30PM on May 16, 2018 to celebrate the 75-year life of a husband, father, grandfather and outdoor enthusiast. He also inspired the #SafetyOnSummit movement. […]

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Chart of the Day: Typical Distances By Transportation Mode, Log Scale

Here’s a chart that caught my eye, from a post on Why Is This Interesting about micromobility. First let’s look at the chart, which, with its log-scale and comprehensive scope, is the kind of chart that makes me excited about charts. Check it out: (See also these other great comprehensive charts: Operating Speeds by Mode […]

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It’s Impossible to Afford Rent on the Minimum Wage

Minneapolis and St. Paul both recently passed municipal minimum wage ordinances that were intended to lift up the working poor. In Minneapolis, the current minimum wage is $11.25 for large businesses, and that is scheduled to increase to $15.00 by July 1, 2022. The current minimum wage in St. Paul is the state minimum of […]

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When Quality of Life Initiatives Make Places Worse

  Metro Transit has stepped up a previously ill-defined “anti-harassment” initiative to promote “respect, kindness and inclusion among our riders.” This has manifested in station announcements, signage, and scrolling messages on buses that a lot of people probably find innocuous, or even welcome. However, the way it has chosen to go about this campaign is […]

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Chart of the Day: Overnight Green Line Rider Trip Purpose

You may have read the rumors that Metro Transit is going to cut overnight service on the Green Line, due in part to to too many people using the trains as shelter. It’s a tough situation, to say the least, pitting public transit against the basic human right to security and a roof over one’s […]

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National Links: Atlanta to Woonerf and the Importance of Shade

Every day at The Overhead Wire we collect news about cities and send the links to our email list.  At the end of the week we take some of the most popular stories and post them to Greater Greater Washington, a group blog similar to streets.mn that focuses on urban issues in the DC region. […]

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It’s Spring! Plant a Boulevard Garden

Walking and bicycling through my neighborhood has given me a deeper appreciation of the many gardeners who work to add beauty and resiliency to our world. I started noticing the strips of curbside gardens, and occasionally stopped to chat with folks while they were out planting. I enjoyed watching the plants sprout, bloom, feed bees, […]

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Map Monday: Minnesota Plant Hardiness Zones

It’s May! Hooray! But don’t get ahead of yourselves with the excitement of planting green things. Today’s map is the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map, updated in 2012 with data through 2005. Plant hardiness indicates which plants are most likely to thrive. The map is based on the average annual minimum winter temperature, divided into […]

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What’s in a Bicycle?

I recently purchased my first-ever Brand New Bike. This is a really big deal for me! Despite always choosing The Bicycle as my primary mode of transportation, I had also been very frugal (cheap) and preferred to tinker with the frames and components I had in my parents’ garage. Over those years — with a […]

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Sunday Summary – May 5, 2019

Welcome to May!  Go outside!  Go to what might be the last Heart of the Beast Puppet Theater May Day Parade in Powderhorn Park. Ride your bike (it’s Bike Month!)! Policy problems and solutions Janne Flisrand follows her TIF explainer post last week with How TIF Can Solve a Market Failure in Minneapolis.  This defense […]

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