2014 St. Paul Open Streets - University Avenue

09/21/2014 - 12:00pm - 4:00pm

Open Streets events bring together families, neighbors and friends to mingle, recreate, dine, play and shop in their community in a safe, car-free environment. This is not a race. Participants can explore the street that is open only to foot, bicycle and skate traffic. In addition to bicycling, walking and skating, there are programmed recreational activities for all ages along the street. Some of these activities might include yoga, zumba, games and dance lessons. There will also be musical performances and classes on bike safety and repair.

Bike count informs Minneapolis city planning

City of Minneapolis volunteer Dave Paulson tallies bicycle and pedestrian traffic on the West Bank on Sept. 9, 2014. Counting occurs annually to monitor safety, traffic and infrastructure. Photo by Elizabeth Brumley.

Standing on the corner of Cedar and Riverside avenues Tuesday afternoon, Jacob Knight stared intently at each passing bicyclist and pedestrian.


2014 St. Paul street repairs — An opportunity for complete streets

In response to widespread public outrage about rutted, ice-clad streets, and jolting potholes throughout the City of Saint Paul in the winter and spring of 2014, Mayor Chris Coleman has proposed a plan to resurface eleven of the “Terrible Twenty” worst arterial streets before the end of the fall construction season.


Bike lanes: Balancing act or win-win?

It's urbanist dogma that you can build a city for either cars or people, but not both. Now there's evidence to question that dualistic assumption.


Bicycle infrastructure: Minneapolis vs. Saint Paul

In January this year, when the Draft Saint Paul Bikeways Plan was released to the public, people in the media called to ask me what I thought of the plan and why I thought Minneapolis was so far ahead of Saint Paul when it came to bicycle infrastructure. I couldn’t comment on the plan because I hadn’t seen it but I told them that, unlike Saint Paul, Minneapolis had the “Holy Trinity” of forces necessary to get stuff done– an eager mayor and elected officials, a willing Public Works Department, and lots of money. Minneapolis also had more bicycle culture and a public that supported cycling.


Bike lanes in the Twin Cities

Making bikers feel safe and recognized on the road has become a priority for policy makers in the Twin Cities. By implementing protected and buffered bikeways, bicyclists gain more elbow room and separation from cars. There have been a number of different changes to bikeways in the Twin Cities over the past few years with more in the works, so it's important for drivers and cyclists alike to understand these changes.


Major Taylor cycling club promotes biking in Twin Cities' African-American community

(Photos by Walter Griffin) Major Taylor Bicycling Club of Minnesota aims to increase biking participation for African-Americans in the Twin Cities.

Minneapolis’ love for cycling has in recent years drawn national attention — and those who closely watch biking activities across the country have proclaimed the city one of the best for biking in the country.


Forget about biking to the State Fair

Every year I remember the loveliness of the bike ride to get to the state fair. And then I’m reminded of the horror that is the last one tenth of one mile to the bike corral. This is particularly problematic for anyone arriving on the U of M Transitway, which is the obvious way to ride there from Downtown, Dinkytown, or most of south Minneapolis.


TC Spotlight | Bike shops in the Twin Cities

Bike shops get the spotlight this week, which may seem odd considering the typical biking season is winding down. But we’re talking about the Twin Cities, where a sizeable portion of the bike community rides 365 days of the year. Around these parts, all seasons are bike seasons.


Open Streets Minneapolis – Sustainable transportation, Seward businesses and even cute dogs

Well, the Open Streets Minneapolis Franklin Avenue event was certainly a success. It was filled with local produce, Seward businesses, bicyclists, pedestrians, Nice Rides, concessionaires, cute dogs, a puppet show and even a player piano. Rain did clear some people out but that didn’t happen until well over 4 hours into it.

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