Hennepin County says "no" to cycle tracks

After multiple community meetings, Hennepin County has decided not to install cycle tracks along Minnehaha Avenue.

A cycle track is a protected bike lane that is separate from vehicle traffic. In the Minnehaha Ave design, the cycle track would have been protected by a curb and parking spots.

Bike Lane Plans

Instead, the County has voted to move ahead with on-street bike lanes that will be built as part of the Minnehaha Avenue reconstruction project scheduled to start in 2015.

According to the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition, the County has committed to installing a bike lane that follows national best practices, including a two foot painted buffer that will separate vehicle traffic from cyclists along much of the roadway. Specific details about the bike lane design will be presented at two community meetings next week.

Cycle Track Support

The Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition was vocal in it’s support of the cycle track throughout the entire design process. Executive director Ethan Fawley told MPR, “We were supportive of a protected bike lane on Minnehaha, very supportive, but we wanted it to be designed right so it would be a good asset for the community for the next 50-60 years. We really wanted a protected bike lane design that would have no impacts on trees, no impacts on parking, no impacts on traffic.”

The Coalition reported that of the 130 people who filled out comment cards at the July public meetings, 89 were in support of cycle tracks. Additionally, 900 people signed postcards in support of the protected bikeway.

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  • Bike Lanes might be obsolete. I've got a Digital Camera on my Bike. 99% of drivers give me seven to ten feet of clearance. It's only one driver out of 8,300 that comes too close . Bicyclers are supposed to move as far right as possible, when a car is passing? In theory , yes, but the assumption is that motorists need to move as far *Left* as possible when passing a bicycle! Common Sense. But it needs to be iterated in the Law, apparently. Motorists, when passing a bicycle, move as far Left as possible, please. - by James Donohue on Mon, 09/30/2013 - 11:55am