Category: Infrastructure

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 […]

How Much are North Loop’s 4th Street Onramps Costing Minneapolis?

Like most freeways, I long took the 4th Street viaducts for granted. They just loomed there at the edge of downtown taking up space, hoisted 30’ in the air like a helium whale. A grey meaningless concrete backdrop generating constant noise and microscopic particles of plastic, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide, and other subtle poison. These […]

No Time to Spare: Minnesota Needs a Green New Deal

The most contentious election season in living memory has come to a close as the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage across the US. Thanks to the Biden administration’s Covid Relief package and the approval of new coronavirus vaccines, an end to the pandemic is finally in sight. Biden’s administration will certainly have its hands full […]

Time to Press Pause on the Gold Line

I’ve tried to keep an open mind to the Gold Line/Gateway Corridor between St. Paul and Woodbury ever since bus rapid transit (BRT) was the chosen mode. Transit improvements in the East Metro are just as needed as in the West Metro. However, the more the project has progressed, the more I see flaws with […]

The BRT/Local Service Dilemma

Thanks to new funding, Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) is picking up steam. Work on the B, D and E lines is underway with others soon to follow. Based on the available pre-Covid data for the A and C Lines, total ridership in those two corridors increased by about a third. On the surface, that’s wonderful. […]

Don’t Be “That” Minnesotan

Minnesotans are proud of our ability to withstand snow, ice, and extremely cold temperatures. I’m not immune – I would have been disappointed if we made it an entire winter without below zero temps. But, what I wish we WOULDN’T do is express that pride by making fun of the winter weather in other parts […]

Non-separated bike lane on a two lane road, snow blocks some of the bike lane, red bike/coffee shop to the left of the photo.

The Status of Biking in North Minneapolis in 2021

I thought streets.mn could use an update on what’s new with bike infrastructure in Near North Minneapolis and some thoughts on the status of biking in Near North from someone who lives and works in Willard-Hay and bikes to work year-round.