Walk the Talk: Cargo Bikes and Road Dieting

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.

Perennial Cycle Cargo Bike Info Sessions — January 12, 30; February 26

Cargo Bike Webinars with Perennial Cycle

For cyclists curious about the function and operation of cargo bikes, look no further than Perennial Cycle, a cycling shop in Minneapolis, which is offering informational sessions on the subject. They will be hosting three 45-minute webinars on cargo bikes during January and February. The first session is on January 12 at 6 p.m., followed by sessions on January 30 at 5:30 p.m. and February 26 at 2 p.m. The events will be free, and you may register and learn more here.

MVTA BRT Study — Comments Due by January 31

A map of the MVTA's proposed BRT route

The Minnesota Valley Transit Authority (MVTA), which operates public transit in the south Twin Cities metro, is currently studying the possibility of implementing a bus rapid transit (BRT) route along County Road 42, from Shakopee to Rosemount. This project would share many similarities with the BRT system operated by Metro Transit, including off-board fare payment, fewer stops and improved amenities. MVTA is seeking public comment on the feasibility of the project through an online survey and an interactive map; comments are due by January 31! Learn more about the project on MVTA’s site, where you may also view a recording of an info session hosted last month.

Racial Equity Framework for Transportation Draft — Open House on Wednesday, January 11, 4 p.m.

City of Minneapolis
Draft Racial Equity Framework for Transportation

The City of Minneapolis has worked to construct the Racial Equity Framework for Transportation (REF), which will guide future transportation planning in the city. Public comment and community engagement are now sought after the city released a draft of the document late last year. Feedback may be submitted online through this form until January 20; the city will also host a virtual open house on January 11 at 4 p.m. with a presentation and question-and-answer session; learn more about the event here. Also consider exploring the Draft Transportation Equity Dashboard, which contains info on the background, motives and goals of the plan. 

Dale Street Conversion Open House — Tuesday, January 10, 4 p.m.

Dale Street Safety Conversion Open House

As part of Ramsey County’s push to improve road safety through future construction projects, the county is collaborating with local governments to plan a four-to-three-lane conversion of Dale Street north of Como Avenue. The project is currently in its public engagement phase, but planners hope to settle on a final design by the end of the year. Consider making your thoughts on the conversion known by attending an open house on Tuesday, January 10, at 4 p.m., at Como High School in St. Paul. Learn more about the project and the event here!

Image at top courtesy of the City of Minneapolis.

About Hawken Habig

Hawken is a student of Urban Studies at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and a copy editor at Streets.mn. He also composes Streets.mn's bi-weekly event listing "Walk the Talk;" email any ideas for events or opportunities to hawkenhabig@gmail.com!