NEIGHBORHOOD NOTES | Northeast bike debate heats up


Everyone knows Minneapolis is the Numero Uno biking city – and from the talk around Northeast one might conclude that this neighborhood is the #1 biking community. Last week there was a mega-summit at the Ritz Theater where over 50 residents of St. Anthony West discussed bike lines with elected officials and reps of biking organizations. (report on the Minnesota Bike Coalition blog)

This coming week it’s what promises to be a heated discussion of plans for bike paths on Central Avenue. For Northeasters biking is not a leisurely pastime but an essential mode of transit to work along narrow streets crammed with cars, buses, and intrepid pedestrians.

And so the vocal public will be out on Tuesday, August 9, 6:15-7:45 p.m. at the Northeast Library, 2200 Central Avenue NE. Members of the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition and Steve Clark, program manager for Bike Walk Twin Cities will be on hand to discuss the future infrastructure possible for the Central Avenue Corridor. Because Central Avenue is a state highway (Highway 65) the Minnesota Department of Transportation is a major player in the discussions. Members of the Minneapolis Bicycle Advisory Committee who have been studying options will speak to the process and prospects.

Bikers, motorists, walkers and stay-at-homes are welcome to participate. Newbies will have a chance to become familiar with the insider term word-of-the-day “sharrows.”

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