Transpo convo: George at the bus stop

“I love MTC!”George stands at a bus stop on University Avenue on a blustery, 50 degree day, finishing his cigarette. He had been shopping at Wal-Mart.


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.


Group files Suit over Southwest LRT

A group of Minneapolis environmental activists, concerned residents, and lawyers gathered at the Hennepin County Government Center to unveil a lawsuit against the city of Minneapolis and the Federal Transit Administration.


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.


Light rail safety efforts rev up, officers may start ticketing to curb unlawful crossing

(Photo by Alex Tuthill-Preu) University police officer Jason Printz observes pedestrians crossing Washington Avenue Southeast on the East Bank on Sept. 2, 2014, assuring they abide by the walk signals.

As crowds of students crossed the Green Line light rail for the first time last week, University of Minnesota and city officials upped safety measures to prevent accidents this year.


Up to speed in Minnesota

Our culture loves speed. How else to explain the popularity of NASCAR, a spectator sport in which advertising-festooned motor vehicles circle an oval track at ear-shattering intensity, over and over again?

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