Midtown Exchange responds to bicylists’ criticism

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A while back, I reported the sorry state of bike parking along the Midtown Greenway at the Midtown Exchange in Minneapolis. I’m happy to report that there are new bike hitches installed and a concrete path is being constructed from the Greenway.

Another improvement is a wider Loring Bikeway. The bikeway connects the new bike bridge over Lyndale Avenue with Loring Park. More information at the City’s Loring Bikeway page.

The third Phase of the Midtown Greenway (Hiawatha to West River Parkway) has recently been paved. Donald Pflaum from the City’s Department of Public Works expects to have this project completed by the end of the month so that the trail can be opened on or around September 1. The City engineer however, cautions cyclists to resist the urge to go around the plastic orange fences, “Although most tasks have been completed I want to remind everyone that this is still a construction zone and that bicycles and pedestrians should not be using the corridor during the month of August. With construction activities still occurring this is not a safe place to be.”

“In the coming weeks crews will be installing signs, pavement markings, fencing, and will be seeding/sodding. In addition, crews are working to get the surveillance system up and running.”

Hennepin County and the City of Minneapolis will be working with members of the community to plan a grand opening date. More information on this will follow as it becomes available.