streets.mn’s 3rd annual Writers’ Workshop is coming up fast. Saturday – yes, this coming Saturday – streets.mn is calling all writers – current writers, former writers, readers who might like to be writers — to the 3rd Writers Workshop on Saturday, March 25th from 11:30 am -2:30 pm in Room 445 in Blegen Hall on […]
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Tank’s a fan of biking. He was a bike commuter (in addition to walking, running, and transit) starting in the 1940s, riding even when coworkers mocked him and family teased him. My earliest foggy memories are of being on the back of my mother’s bike while she cycled to meet up with him as he […]
Passion for bicycling can take one on unexpected journeys. What began for Lars Christiansen as a desire to make it easier to ride bicycles in one’s community led to commitments to addressing broader sets of issues and problems through work with Friendly Streets Initiative and the Rondo Land Bridge. From the street in front of your house to communities throughout the Twin Cities, the bicycle is a means of movement, literally and metaphorically. From your riding partners to community partnerships, the bicycle can take you there. Come hear the story of one such journey. In addition to numerous bike-related civic commitments, Lars is chair of the Sociology Department at Augsburg College and has travelled internationally and throughout the U.S. studying urban infrastructure and biking.
ars was Director of the Friendly Streets Initiative (FSI) since its creation in 2009 to 2016. FSI began when he and six other residents of Frogtown and Hamline-Midway led an effort to involve the public in the planning process of Charles Avenue. Thanks to a community effort, Charles Avenue is now the most developed bicycle and pedestrian boulevard in Saint Paul (and more remains to be constructed). Since then FSI has worked with multiple communities in St. Paul to vision and advocate for improvements to public spaces. Currently Lars is working on the Rondo Land Bridge project, which grew out of FSI’s “Better Bridges for Stronger Communities” project. With Mr. Marvin Anderson and Mr. Melvin Giles, he is currently forming ReConnectRondo, an organization whose sole purpose is to see the Rondo Land Bridge become a reality to serve community needs and interests.
After the talk, join us in The Vault to view our collection and connect with fellow cycling enthusiasts. The Vault and talks are at Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, 519 Oak St., Minneapolis. Enter via the blue “Welcome” awning on the east side of the church. Free parking available by the entrance. Light refreshments will be available after the talk.
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The streets.mn board held its regular meeting yesterday, February 25, 2017. On the agenda: electing new board members (we’ll announce their names very soon), discussing how to change our policy and practice at streets.mn to make the comment section a place where you all help carry out our mission to expand the conversation on transportation […]
When I was in law school, I lived in a furnished apartment two blocks from school. Basically all I owned was my clothes, a desktop computer, some CDs and my textbooks. I definitely owned zero tools. Then I graduated and moved to a fancier apartment (the deck of a swimming pool is a great place to […]
Almost every time a bikeway is proposed along an urban street we hear wailing about parking. This was the case with Cleveland Avenue in St Paul, with projects I’ve traded tweets with Bill Schultheiss on, and before you can even get the word ‘bike’ out of your mouth in Westminster (the rest of London doing […]
In honor of International Winter Bike To Work Day on February 10th, state agencies within Lafayette Park hosted a “Winter Bike to Work” panel. Set to inspire fellow colleagues to consider biking in the winter time, three panelists provided tips and suggestions on how to bike safely and have fun biking in the winter. The […]
This week perhaps you can take your Valentine for a walk (see a couple of options below or more here) or revisit some of our older posts about What I Love About Minnesota. We are also still looking for people who love us; the deadline for submitting an application to join the streets.mn board is […]
Rice Street, the main drag of Saint Paul’s polyglot, working-class North End, has long been seen as a street that primarily serves suburban commuters. Despite the narrow (66′) right-of-way, Rice has four lanes of high-speed traffic all the way from downtown to a block short of Wheelock Parkway, where it switches to a three-lane layout […]
We hear frequent calls for more funding for bicycling — for painted bike lanes, door zone bike lanes, sharrows, protected bikeways, bicycle parking, giant motor traffic intersections for Trader Joe’s, programs to encourage people to ride and any number of things. We don’t need all of that special funding. We may specifically not want that special […]