Archive | July, 2019

National Links: How to Pick an Amazon HQ

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 D.C. region. […]

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The One Answer to Every Dangerous Street Concern

Every motorist has concerns when driving: This road is too curvy, that bicyclist came out of nowhere, that pedestrian shouldn’t cross the street there. Luckily, there’s a quick & easy solution to most of these concerns: Drive more slowly. Sure, we feel pressure to get places faster, pressure from the annoying driver behind us, social […]

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5 Ways to Improve the Central Corridor for Everyone

The Metro Green Line undoubtedly has been a boon for the cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, catalyzing development throughout the Central Corridor. In a few places, however, implementation of the metro’s premier light rail route didn’t create the safe, pleasant multimodal environment that all users could enjoy. In celebration of the Green Line’s fifth […]

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Sunday Summary – July 14, 2019

Too bad, you missed it (for this year). Yesterday was the annual streets.mn picnic and, for the first time, a flash membership drive.  You can still join streets.mn anytime by clicking the big orange square on the right. Shelter C is your picnic target. pic.twitter.com/46jbquvRtZ — streets.mn 🛴🚴🚌🚃🛶 (@StreetsMN) July 13, 2019 Here’s last week […]

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Six Reasons Scooters are Good and One Reason They’re Not

So I’ve been riding scooters around lately for science. You know, to learn stuff. I don’t know what is is about the scooters, but I’ve been extra curious about them, even more than other transportation trends like UberBlack or pogo stick sharing. Maybe it’s the fact that random conversations I have with random people about […]

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#eBikeThoughts: Battling Congestion with eBikes

E-Bikes have a chance to succeed where traditional bicycles have failed. By adding the assistance of a small motor, they are starting chip away at some of the excuses why drivers haven’t switched to cycling as a primary or even supplementary means of transportation. Polls have shown, up to 40% of eBike owners bought them […]

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Who’s Filing All These Property Valuation Appeals?

Every Spring in Minneapolis, Nextdoor.com blows up when the annual property assessments went out. Many neighbors ask questions and give tips on how to convince the City of Minneapolis and Hennepin County that the real estate they own is actually less valuable than the assessor thinks. I should probably point out that there are some […]

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Flash Summer Membership Drive!

Happy summer, streets.mn readers! As the Membership Chair for the 2019 streets.mn Board of Directors, I’m excited to announce that we’re running a flash membership drive as we approach the annual picnic at Boom Island Park this Saturday. (Haven’t heard of it? Click here to learn more.) If you become a member or renew your […]

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University Ave SE and 4th St SE Restriped in “Protected Bikeway Study”

Within the last two weeks, University Ave SE and 4th St SE, both arterial one-way roads, have been restriped to reduce the lanes of vehicular traffic and to start to create a protected bike lane in each direction on the corresponding roads. The bike lanes as of June 26 are only buffered bike lanes, without […]

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Building a Network of Rapid Buses — How to Serve Northeast Minneapolis

Several weeks ago, I published a series of articles on a potential path forward for rapid bus projects in the Twin Cities. I made an inventory of possible corridors, compared their current transit performance, and finally proposed a 2035 network of twenty routes. I got phenomenal feedback from a number of people who are excited […]

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