Category: Carfree

Play Streets Promote Equity, Community for All Ages

Lisa Nelson is looking forward to celebrating National Night Out (NNO) this evening with her husband and two children, 3 and 6 years old. Her block on Herschel Street in St. Paul’s Midway neighborhood is an ideal place to barricade off traffic while kids run and play, giving parents a reprieve and a rare chance […]

Raise Your Voice on the Future of Bike Share in Minneapolis

The City of Minneapolis is set to renew their bike share contract sometime in the next year. In this contract, I think the City should require bike share providers to more equitably distribute bikes, and provide some public funding for the system. I also created a survey to gather what other folks thought.

What are the Pros and Cons of Parkway Lane Closures in St. Paul? Ask, and Be Inundated!

Months before St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter announced in April that the city would close one lane of four city parkways to vehicular traffic this spring and summer — giving cyclists, pedestrians, people in wheelchairs and people pushing strollers a rare opportunity to spread out on the street — Union Park District Council (UPDC) was […]

Click here to save $83 a month on car insurance

There’s a narrative people like to spin about car storage spots being necessary for local businesses to thrive. As someone who doesn’t own a car, it annoys me every time I come across this argument. What not owning a car does is free up so much money to not throw down the car ownership drain. […]

National Links: New Cities for Cascadia

Every day at The Overhead Wire, we collect news about cities and send the links to our email list. At the end of the week we take some of the most popular stories and post them to Greater Greater Washington, a group blog similar to streets.mn that focuses on urban issues in the D.C. region. […]

METRO C Line bus running through downtown Minneapolis

Accessibility of the B, D, and E Lines

Transit enthusiasts got some much needed good news last October as the B and D Lines received funding from the State to begin construction. These lines are the most recent additions to Metro Transit’s Arterial Bus Rapid Transit (ABRT) program that offers enhanced bus services with higher frequencies and faster travel times on some of […]

The League of American Bicyclists rates Minneapolis with a Gold.

Bicycle-Friendliness

The League of American Cyclists is responsible for putting out report cards that assign Bicycle Friendly rankings to communities, businesses, universities, and states. To receive a report card, all you have to do is fill out a 42-page application and await their review. Reviews are good for 4 years. There are a number of interesting […]

Once in a Lifetime: A Fantasy Transit Adventure

It’s extremely unfortunate when parties break previous agreements and derail transit projects, as is the case for the Blue Line Extension, aka the Bottineau Line. Since we’re going back to the drawing board, I am hopeful that the collective “we” can begin to right previous wrongs and finally create good transit that will serve communities […]

A Street Not for People

Like many transit riders, I have been riding much less since the pandemic, mostly because I have been sticking closer to my home and neighborhood. (Though note: there is starting to be evidence that transit-riding is not a big contributor to COVID-19 rates.) That decrease is a personal sadness because of the lost human connections […]