Minneapolis Bicycle Advisory Committee Minutes

Wednesday, April 24, 2019, 4 PM – 6 PM
Room 319 Minneapolis City Hall

Members Present:  Mackenzie Turner Bargen, Jennifer Bordon, Tony Drollinger, Wes Durham, Matthew Dyrdahl, Steve Elmer, Paul Frenz, Robin Garwood, Janice Gepner, Matthew Hendricks, Joshua Houdek, Liz Johnston, Jordan Kocak, Chris Linde, Dan Miller, Tyler Pederson, Greg Sautter, Elissa Schufman, Aaron Shaffer, Emily Smoak, Sarah Stewart, Emily Wade, Georgianna Yantos

Members Absent:  Richard Anderson (excused), Erika Dani, Jaime Makepeace, Nick Mason (excused), Anthony Taylor

Others Present:  Caito Bowles-Roth, Millicent Flowers, Nathan Koster


1.   In recognition and appreciation of her work to grow accessible, inclusive, and quality bicycling for students in Minneapolis, the Minneapolis Bicycle Advisory Committee is thrilled to support the nomination of Jenny Bordon for 2019 Hubsmith Safe Routes Champion Award.

2.  The Minneapolis Bicycle Advisory Committee recommends that the Downtown East Reconstruction project maximize greenspace, maximize the sidewalk clear zone, minimize travel lanes and include functional connections to the existing bicycle facilities between 10th Avenue S & Washington Avenue S and the LRT Trail.

3.  The Minneapolis Bicycle Advisory Committee recommends the inclusion of a protected bicycle facility in the Plymouth Avenue N Reconstruction project.  The BAC requests that city staff explore extending the protected bikeway to connect to existing protected facilities in Theodore Wirth Park. 

Summaries of Discussions

The meeting was called to order at 4:03 pm and was chaired by Elissa Schufman.  The March Minutes were unanimously approved.


1.  Twin Cities Adaptive Cycling presented by Caito Bowles-Roth.

Caito is the co-founder and Executive Director of Twin Cities Adaptive Cycling (TCAC).
TCAC is a community-based organization that provides recreational bicycling opportunities for disabled adults and youth.
For a small cost, people can sign up to use a bike from their fleet or to ride a tandem with a volunteer.
They are located at 5th Ave S & the Midtown Greenway.
They are open from April until the first snow, 3 days a week for riding and once/week for 1-on-1 bike fitting.
They have a fleet of over 35 bicycles in many styles, including recumbents, hand cycles and tandems.
New customers sign up for an initial adaptive bike fitting and have a chance to get comfortable on their bike.  The first ride is with a volunteer.
Bikes can be reserved for up to 90 minutes.
Costs:  $20 for initial fitting; $10/ride or $50 for an annual pass.  Scholarships are available.
TCAC was launched in June, 2017 and they have grown from 4 bikes at the outset.  Last year they had 120 participants and 430 bike rides by Aug 1.
They rely heavily on volunteers; she is the only full time staff person.
They can’t keep up with demand and have a waiting list of people wanting to ride.
They are a non-profit and rely on private donations and grants.
Cato outlined some adaptive cycling programs in other cities, including a San Francisco/Oakland program operated by Motivate.
Discussion of the possibility of partnering with an existing organization.
Tyler P suggested she talk with the Park Board about locating in their space.

2.  Bicycle and Pedestrian CIP Program Overview presented by Nathan Koster.

This is a follow-up from Liz’ presentation on the 2020-2024 CIP.
Nathan shared the background slide show that we had seen before.
The CIP includes 29 miles of new and improved bike facilities.
He provided details on the following projects which were included:
o 5-year Sidewalk Gap Program
o Protected Bikeways Program
o Safe Routes to School Program
o Midtown Greenway Resurfacing Project (W Lake LRT to 5th Ave S)
o Pedestrian Safety Program
o Queen Ave N Bike Boulevard
o 18th Ave NE Trail Gap
Nathan said he’d give this presentation to Matthew D to send to the BAC.
Matthew H said it would have been helpful for us to see more of the process for why projects were selected or omitted from our recommendations.
Discussion on why more info on the vetting process would have been useful and we asked for earlier feedback next time.
Emily W pointed out the funding for neighborhood greenways was omitted.
Dan M, Elissa S and Joshua H are on CLIC.

3.  5E Subcommittee Report presented by Elissa Schufman – ACTION

BAC Input on Transportation Action Plan
o Matthew D led a Subcommittee discussion on how best for the BAC to provide input.
o People are encouraged to go to the Open Houses.
o Look for the upcoming survey for BAC and PAC members for a resolution in May.
Priority Work Plan Items: Discussed how to take action on enforcement, equity and policing.
Award to honor Jennifer Bordon – ACTION
o Jennifer excused herself for this discussion.
o The City is nominating Jennifer for the 2019 Hubsmith Champion Award.
o Letters of support from teachers, students and the Health Department will be added.
o The BAC unanimously voted to support the nomination.

4.  Engineering Subcommittee Report presented by Chris Linde – ACTIONS

Downtown East Reconstruction – ACTION 
o Project is a full reconstruction of a small U-shaped block including 3rd St S from 10th to the Hiawatha Trail.
o Street is wide.  It’s not on Bike Master Plan but could be made better for biking.
o Emily W said it would be helpful for us to see 2040 zoning with a project.
o Chris L presented a motion to support the project with suggestions.
o Elissa proposed we change “suggests” to “recommends.”
o The amended motion passed unanimously.
Plymouth Avenue N Reconstruction – ACTION 
o Total reconstruction currently at 0%.
o 80 foot right-of-way.
o Subcommittee discussed where project would end and type of bicycle facility.
o Chris presented a motion to support a protected bike facility in the project.
o The motion was amended to include a request to extend the facility.
o The amended motion was unanimously approved.
Johnson Street NE Reconstruction
o Project extends from Lowry Ave SE to the Quarry.
o It’s a busy, narrow street on the Bike Master Plan that connects to the interstate.
o Subcommittee said that any bike facility needs to be protected; or else no facility.
o Nearby streets are also possibilities for bike facilities.
o The City will return with several options; we asked for options that remove parking on one side and also on both sides.

5.  Announcements

Elissa S:  CLIC public hearings coming up on May 8 and May 16, 6:30 – 8:00 pm.
Jennifer B:  May 8 is National Bike to School Day.  Join the ride from the Culinary Center and/or volunteer.
Emily W:  May is Minneapolis Bike Month, including May 17 Bike to Work Day.  Sign up for “Role Model” packets to bring to work.
Emily W:  upcoming Meet and Greet with new Our Streets Executive Director, May 21 on Milwaukee Ave.
Chris L:  May 14 meeting about a 4 to 3 conversion on Broadway St NE.  Meeting is at Abel Brewing from 5:30 – 7 pm.  Come and show your support.
Matthew D:  the next 2 Engineering Subcommittee meetings will include discussion of Broadway bridges.  Hennepin County is reconstructing bridges where Broadway &        Lowry meet in at Theodore Wirth Pkwy.
Matthew D: there’s a TAP meeting after this meeting at Farview Park until 7.
The meeting was adjourned at 5:54 pm.
Minutes respectfully submitted by Janice Gepner


Last updated May 28, 2019



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