In my Northeast Minneapolis neighborhood, I’ve spotted a few interventions by and for bicyclists.
My favorite is the simplest: Under Broadway Avenue — the neighborhood’s busiest thoroughfare, a four-lane that takes cars over the Mississippi — someone poured a concrete ramp, just the right width for bike tires, up the curb to take bikers through a sidewalk gate and beyond an often-locked chain-link fence across the road.
Farther afield, less bike-centric and more symbolic are British artist Pete Dungey’s pothole gardens. While the plantings will quickly get destroyed, Dungey’s site says the project’s aim is to highlight “the problem of surface imperfections on Britain’s roads,” something we in the Twin Cities ought to consider highlighting.
Got tips on similar urban interventions in Minneapolis or elsewhere? Send them my way!