Walk the Talk: St. Paul’s River Balcony, TCBC Fall Rides

Editor’s note: Walk the Talk is Streets.mn’s carefully curated, highly partisan collection of both serious and fun-loving events, community meetings and opportunities for engagement that we think will interest our readers. Email your ideas to Hawken Habig, one of our daily editors, at hawkenhabig@gmail.com.

Twin Cities Bicycling Club Ride Calendar – ongoing dates

This will be the last warm weekend in a while! Cyclists may want to check out the Twin Cities Bicycling Club’s Ride Calendar. The TCBC, a 501c3 nonprofit, focuses on all things bike related, including cycling advice, promotion and meetings.

The organization hosts a bountiful number of group rides, ranked from relaxed to very strenuous. You may join one ride as a guest, after which rides are reserved for members. Click here to learn more about the group.

Metro Transit Info and Engagement – Monday, October 24

Attention North Metro transit users: Metro Transit is now seeking feedback on the Metro F Line, a bus rapid transit route that would largely replace the Number 10 along Central and University avenues. A draft corridor plan is slated to be released on October 24, and Metro Transit will be continuing with public engagement until this December. Click here to find out more and let Metro Transit know what you think.

More immediately: The public is welcome to join Metropolitan Council transportation committee members on Monday, October 24, 2:30 p.m. for a tour of the new Metro Transit garage, across from the existing Fred T. Heywood Garage at North 7th Street and Olson Memorial Highway.

River Balcony Community Design Celebration – Thursday, November 3, 5-7 p.m.

Rendering of St. Paul river balcony
A rendering of how the River Balcony project could look and feel during warm weather months. Photo: Great River Passage Conservancy

A design reveal and celebration for the River Balcony in downtown St. Paul will commence Thursday, November 3, 5-7 p.m. at Union Depot. The project, headed by the City of St. Paul and the Great River Passage Conservancy, will revamp the downtown riverfront, creating a new network of parks and developments. The event will include food and drink, as well as live music and an unveiling of the final schematic design. Learn more here!

Minneapolis Lock & Dam Public Engagement Event – Tuesday, October 25, 6-8 p.m.

Map of the Upper St. Anthony Falls, Lower St. Anthony Falls and Ford Lock and Dams.
Lock & Dam 1 and Lower St. Anthony Fall Lock & Dam are under review. Image courtesy of the Army Corps of Engineers.

The Army Corps of Engineers is currently studying the future of two Twin Cities dams: Lower St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam and Lock and Dam No. 1 (Ford Dam). Since all three of the Twin Cities’ locks stopped serving commercial traffic in 2015, the Corps has been looking to evaluate its relationship with the structures. The Corps is now seeking input for its disposition study, which may result in the Corps relinquishing ownership or even demolishing both locks, which carries its own costs and benefits. The Corps is hosting the last of its four engagement sessions on October 25, 6-8 p.m., at Dowland Elementary School.

Learn more about the study from the Friends of the Mississippi River and from Dan Gjelten’s excellent piece for Streets.mn.

Photo at top courtesy of Ramsey County