Author Archive | Alicia Valenti

Tips for Biking in Bad Weather: Snow, Ice — and Winter Generally

Now that winter is coming, and Daylight Saving Time has ended, it feels appropriate to share information about biking in the winter (a companion piece to my earlier article with tips for biking in the rain): Cover up. This one is easy. Although a lot of people view winter biking and its practitioners as extreme, […]

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streets.mn Board Priorities Survey

Hello! As the end of 2019 draws near, the streets.mn board is reflecting on our goals for 2019 and looking forward to the work ahead of us in 2020. If you’re interested in offering your feedback on the work we’ve done this year and how we can improve next year, please take a few minutes […]

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3 Ideas to Create Better Summer Cities

Summer’s recent resurgence has bummed me out since I’m not exactly a fan of hot weather, but the bright side is that it means this post (which I procrastinated on writing for about two months) can be published and still be somewhat timely even as the first signs of autumn appear. As global warming continues […]

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Post-a-Palooza – Thursday, August 22!

Do you have an idea for a post that you’ve been sitting on for a while but haven’t brought yourself to actually write, or maybe a half-written post that you’re not sure how to finish? Have you wanted to write for streets.mn but aren’t quite sure what to write about? Join streets.mn contributors for a […]

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Transit-Oriented Dating: Snelling-Midway

If you’re an urban planner or someone curious about the field, you’ve probably heard of transit-oriented development (TOD). It’s an important consideration for transitway projects like Metro Transit’s Green Line and Blue Line, but probably isn’t of much interest to most people. Several other TODs may have more appeal, such as Tangerine-Orange Daiquiris, Tacos on […]

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Tips for Biking in Bad Weather: Summer Edition

The recent smattering of afternoon thunderstorms has served as a reminder that even at the high point of summer in Minnesota, outdoor activities are beholden to the whims of Mother Nature. Being prepared for the weather makes life a whole lot easier when you have places to be (though I recommend against biking during severe […]

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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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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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How the 2019 Snowmageddon Showed That Cars Remain King

February 2019 was a record-breaking month for snow in Minnesota with 39 inches of snowfall in just four weeks, an amount shattering the previous record of 26.5 inches in February 1962. Students have missed several days of school and some workers have shifted their commute mode to cross-country skiing, but the snow has been less […]

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