Walk the Talk: Minneapolis Projects; Bike and Art Tours

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.

New Nicollet Redevelopment Community Workshop — Tuesday, July 25, 5-7:30 p.m.

Image by City of Minneapolis.  

Late last year, the City of Minneapolis launched an effort to determine the future of the defunct Kmart site at Nicollet Avenue, hoping to reopen the thoroughfare severed by the big box behemoth and its immense parking lot. The city continues its public engagement campaign with a community workshop this Tuesday at the Sabathani Community Center, where project staff will share ideas with the public for the design of the “New Nicollet” and additional developments set to replace the former retail site. Details on the redevelopment may be found here, in addition to information about other upcoming meetings – and be sure to complete the project’s online survey by August 4.

Additionally: Nicollet Avenue is not the only site along the Lake Street corridor currently under redevelopment. To keep the neighborhood thriving, check out how the Lake Street Council is highlighting ways to support local businesses during the construction of the B Line along Lake Street.

Northside Ramble – Saturday, August 5, 1 p.m.

Image by Rotary Club of North Minneapolis.

Following the success of last year’s bike tour, the Northside Ramble has returned for another round! Hosted by the Rotary Club of North Minneapolis, the Northside Ramble is an opportunity to support the North Minneapolis community while learning about the rich history of the neighborhood’s parks and landmarks – including several brewery stops along the way. Learn more about the event and the organization – and check out a comprehensive writeup on last year’s Northside Ramble!

Meet the Bike & Scooter Share Providers Webinar – Thursday, July 27, 10 a.m.

Image by Move Minneapolis.

It can be easy to get overwhelmed by the plethora of new electric bike and scooter services cropping up across the Twin Cities. Move Minneapolis has you covered: on July 27, shared electric vehicle providers Lime, Veo and Spin, as well as the City of Minneapolis Public Works, will gather with Move Minneapolis for an online webinar to cover everything you need to know about electric bikes and scooters. Topics covered will include the role of electric bikes and scooters in sustainability, personal costs for the services, road rules and more. Sign up and learn more about the event!

Olson Memorial Highway Study Community Workshop – Monday, July 24, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Image by Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Work continues apace on the development of a new plan for the Olson Memorial Highway corridor, with another public meeting slated for this Monday evening. The workshop will be hosted at the Sumner Library, with Minnesota Department of Transportation officials providing information on the multimodal study and an opportunity for community members to address hopes and concerns for the project. The study comes at a time when MnDOT is wrapping up work on temporary pedestrian safety improvements in the corridor, in addition to calls for the removal of the highway altogether. More information on the project and upcoming meetings can be found on the project’s webpage.

More: In addition to MnDOT’s Monday workshop, the Bring Back 6th campaign – which promotes restoring the street that once occupied the highway corridor – will be hosting its own virtual public forum on July 25 at 6:30 p.m. covering recent safety improvements. Sign up here, and find out more ways to get involved with the campaign.

Metro Transit Public Art Tours – August 10, 13 and 17

“Crossroads Again” by Seitu Ken Jones at Dale Street Station. Photo by Eric Wheeler, Metro Transit, under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

Ever stop to gaze at some of the many intriguing works of public art along the Twin Cities’ two light rail lines? Now is the chance to learn more: Metro Transit is hosting free, guided tours of public art along the Blue and Green Lines on select dates through the rest of August.

  • Thursday, August 10 and 17 the tour will take a trip along the Blue Line, from Target Field to 38th Street.
  • Sunday, August 13 will highlight art along the Green Line from Union Depot to Victoria Street.

Spots are limited, so be sure to RSVP here, where you can also find more details about the tour.

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!