Category: Walking

National Links: Build a Better Lego Bike Lane

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. […]

Move It!: A Case Study of Mississippi River Boulevard and Trail

By Maura Haas 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. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has brought about a transitional period for public spaces. In the last year, we have shifted how we engage […]

Minnesota’s Deadly Pedestrian Refuge Islands

The way St. Paul Public Works and the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) design pedestrian refuge islands is awful. It’s symbolic of how oblivious and uncaring they are about pedestrian and bicycle crashes. It’s also one of many indicators that little has changed in this state during the past 20 years. Consider these pedestrian refuge […]

City Waterworks (1898), 9th St. SE at 5th Ave. SE

Walking All the Streets of Upstream Marcy-Holmes

My final walk in the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood brought it together: Marcy and Holmes, electricity and water, flower and bee, art and industry. Less grandly, I walked around in circles looking at stuff. My first walk had covered the downstream section between 10th and 15th Avenues SE, my second the middle section between 5th and 10th Avenues SE, so now […]

I Was Wrong about Ayd Mill Road

It could have happened sooner, but the Ayd Mill Road bike lane and road diet was a start.

Walking All the Streets of Central Marcy-Holmes

The central portion of Minneapolis’s Marcy-Holmes neighborhood contains everything from industry to residences, ranging from the 19th to the 21st century. Moreover, the residences span the range from owner-occupied single-family houses to mid-rise apartment buildings.

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 […]

Walking All the Streets of Downstream Marcy-Holmes, Dinkytown

I walked this portion of the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood on May 25, 2021, using a route map I drew on March 10, 2020. So yes, a pandemic did happen. I had public health reasons to pause the All of Minneapolis project and restroom access reasons. And I also wasn’t sure I could live up to my […]

The M.U.T.C.D. Revisited

From the FHWA website:“The Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Streets and Highways or MUTCD defines the standards used by road managers nationwide to install and maintain traffic control devices on all public streets, highways, bikeways and private roads open to public travel”. It is “a compilation of national standards for all traffic control […]