Category: Accessibility

Hennepin For People – Mass Fun Ride Delivers

Joy.  Pure joy.  Community.  Safety.  Relaxation.  Riding down the middle of Hennepin Ave S, surrounded by 100 of my closest and/or newest friends.  All ages, abilities, and an incredible array of bike types.  We even had the first zero emission E Line bus join us on a bike trailer!  Honestly, I haven’t felt this outside […]

Merriam Park Public Library

By Seth Buikema Editor’s note: streets.mn is once again presenting essays on Twin Cities’ public space from students at Macalester College. Read through all the essays from this and previous years here. Discussion of public libraries in the mainstream media is often grim and uncertain. Taken for granted, these public spaces are often seen as […]

Hennepin Avenue: A Parable of Road Design in America

It’s possible you’ve heard this joke before: A motorist, a pedestrian, and a bicyclist are sitting at a table that has a dozen cookies on it. The motorist grabs 11 of the cookies and when the other two are reaching for what they each assumed was their cookie, the motorist exclaims: “Watch out! The bicyclist […]

Barbed Wire and Barricades

We saw the streets of Minneapolis, and the whole country, become militarized last summer as peaceful protests were met with weapons of war by police. Now militarization is occurring again, this time through fences, concrete barriers, and barbed wire that seek to cut residents off from street spaces. For the community to heal and stay […]

The Cold Never Bothered Me Anyway: Embracing Winter Biking

In 2020, I turned away from my car and became a bike commuter. In 2021, I’m tackling my first winter as a biker, and I’m doing it by riding every day in January. Flurries whistle past me, only a cotton mask standing between my face and the biting wind.  Through the blowing snow I take […]