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Morningside Edina Passes the Trick-or-Treat Walkability Test

How can you tell if a neighborhood is safe, friendly, walkable, & successful? Advocates for great streets & neighborhoods look for clues as to what makes neighborhoods great, so what are some clues? Kids are often used as an “indicator species”–meaning, if kids use it, it must be great–and a common test is the Trick-or-Treat […]

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A New Vision Zero for St. Paul: Part 3 – Engineering

Part two of “A New Vision Zero for St. Paul” was about the first of the “Five E’s”: Evaluation, which very quickly led to rudimentary Engineering solutions simply to gather data and attain target goals for a transportation plan. Engineering is the second of the “Five E’s”, and often the most contentious, as it often controls […]

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I Love the Traveling Tap, and You Should Too

I rode the Traveling Tap and it was incredible. The Traveling Tap is one of those beer bikes that Minnesotans love to hate. I myself was a card carrying member of the “I hate the Pedal Pub” Facebook group for some time.  No longer. Never has a finer vehicle been created than the Bar Bicycle. […]

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Preventing Future Fatalities on Glenwood and Nicollet

Last Sunday, as Barbara Ann Mahigel crossed Nicollet Avenue to meet her husband for their 52nd anniversary dinner celebration, a car fatally struck her. Her death raises important policy questions for the City of Minneapolis. How will the City’s elected officials and staff honor the memory of Barbara by doing all they can to prevent […]

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Capital City Bikeway: Making St. Paul Great Again

On Thursday afternoon, October 6, people gathered at the corner of Kellogg and Jackson to see a glimpse of the first dedicated off-street bike path in downtown St. Paul. Bike advocates, city officials, and even two Twin Cities Marathon runners originally from Florida just passing by joined in the fun and excitement. They saw the Nice […]

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The Rules of the Road

It can be hard to figure out what the hell you should be doing out there in the vast wilderness of traffic. People get angry about pretty much every behavior. Someone will get mad at you for following the law precisely, while someone else gets mad that you harmlessly break the law. Car-driving commenters love to rail about […]

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Image from the documentary from 1972. The streets are dominated by cars and there is not a tree in sight.

De Pijp, Amsterdam 1972

Here’s a very inspirational clip from a TV documentary film about a group of children in Amsterdam organizing to create a car-free play street in their neighborhood. More info here. Can you imagine children doing this in a Minnesota city or town?

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Junctions with History

Rondo, Downtown, West Side (West Side Flats) July 19, 2014 29 Miles Traces of history are all around us. Finding them can be a matter of unintentionally stumbling upon something or by consciously searching out plaques or markers. One can also be in the right place when a significant event occurs. The most deliberate and […]

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Main Street - St. Peter (looking west)

Main Street – St. Peter, Minnesota

St. Peter, Minnesota is the county seat of Nicollet County, and home to over 11,000 people. While a bit less than twice the size of Glencoe, more than twice the size of Le Sueur and five times as large as Gaylord, that understates its significance. Unlike Le Sueur, Highway 169, which north of town is […]

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What’s In a Brick?

Many progressive U.S. cities, Minneapolis included, spend a bit extra to spruce up intersections, medians or sidewalks through detailed brick treatments. I am talking about ADA crosswalks that are brick-laid as opposed to a pre-formed single plastic piece. Cycling intersections that have different concrete treatments to signal an intersection. Medians or shoulders with brick landscaping […]

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