Minneapolis Bicycle Advisory Committee Minutes

Wednesday, June 27, 2019, 4 PM – 6 PM

Room 319 Minneapolis City Hall

 

Members Present:  Mackenzie Turner Bargen, Dan Boody, Tony Drollinger, Wes Durham, Matthew Dyrdahl, Steve Elmer, Paul Frenz, Robin Garwood, Janice Gepner, Jordan Kocak, Chris Linde, Nick Mason, Greg Sautter, Elissa Schufman, Aaron Shaffer, Sarah Stewart, Emily Wade, Georgianna Yantos

Members Absent:  Richard Anderson, Jennifer Bordon, Erika Dani, Matthew Hendricks (excused), Joshua Houdek, Liz Johnston (excused), Jaime Makepeace, Dan Miller (excused), Tyler Pederson (excused), Emily Smoak, Anthony Taylor

Others Present:  Millicent Flowers, Chris Kartheiser, Carmela Ortiz

Actions

1.   The Minneapolis Bicycle Advisory Committee supports the 4th Street S Multi-Mobility project as proposed and suggests bollards be added between 2nd Avenue S and 3rd Avenue S.

2.  The Minneapolis Bicycle Advisory Committee supports Hennepin County’s efforts to narrow the West Broadway Bridges intersection and improve bicycle connectivity.  The BAC opposes the following:

3.  The Minneapolis Bicycle Advisory Committee supports the 2-lane section with a bicycle facility on E 46th Street and opposes a 4-lane section, particularly given the City and County’s commitment to Complete Streets, Vision Zero, and Toward Zero Deaths.  Four lane roads have been shown to be more dangerous than 2 or 3 lane roads and traffic counts do not warrant retention of a dangerous 4-lane road on E 46th Street.

4.  The Minneapolis Bicycle Advisory Committee is excited to see the City of Minneapolis moving forward on the Transportation Action Plan as a critical component in influencing how the 2040 Comprehensive Plan interacts with the needs of our built environment. As the City works to develop a draft Plan, the Minneapolis Bicycle Advisory Committee strongly recommends inclusion of the following elements in the Plan:

ALLOCATION OF RIGHT OF WAY THAT MIRRORS THE COMPLETE STREETS POLICY AND CLIMATE ACTION PLAN: The public right of way should reflect the City’s commitments to people walking and rolling first, biking and transit second, and cars last. Maintaining or growing the current allocation of space for parking and driving, and continuing to subsidize parking and driving, will prevent the City from achieving its stated goals. The majority of our public space should be allocated to people walking, rolling, biking, and using transit. This is especially important in reaching the City’s climate change goals— significantly reducing vehicle miles traveled (VMT), doubling transit ridership, and reaching 15% bicycling mode-share by 2025—to meet the Climate Action goal of reducing greenhouse gases by 80% by 2050. The current implementation of freight, like other kinds of parking and driving, should be a tertiary priority after walking/rolling and bicycling/transit. Because capitalism is persistent, small and innovative freight solutions are a logical and inevitable byproduct of constraint and should be viewed as a positive byproduct.

LOWER SPEED LIMITS: Use new statutory limits to lower the speed limit to 20 MPH as the standard across the City. 

GREENWAYS: Greenways should be prioritized. Every year that goes by without a functional network of Greenways is another year when driving is faster and more appealing than biking. The first Greenway priority should be the Northside Greenway, as it is an important equity measure and has gained considerable support thanks to the community engagement efforts of the City.

ALL-AGES, ALL ABILITIES PROTECTED BIKEWAY NETWORK: As the City works to increase the percentage of people walking, rolling, and bicycling, and as the on-street bikeway network flexes to accommodate new types of low-powered vehicles, a continuous, uninterrupted protected bikeway network that serves people of all ages and abilities is increasingly necessary.

ROBUST HIGH-FREQUENCY TRANSIT: Transit is a crucial connector for people who walk and bike. While we understand the operations of Metro Transit fall under the purview of the Metropolitan Council, City residents would benefit greatly from increased policy and funding commitments at the City level and coordination with the Metropolitan Council and Metro Transit. 

OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE THAT FOLLOWS THE COMPLETE STREETS POLICY: Maintenance, especially winter maintenance, should follow the principles of the Complete Streets Policy, and place the transportation needs of people walking, rolling, bicycling, and using transit above that of people driving. Signal timing should reflect the Complete Streets Policy. Impacts of detours on people walking, biking and taking transit should be minimized. 

ACCESSIBILITY: A renewed and explicit commitment to accessibility is crucial in ensuring the Transportation Action Plan supports vibrant living for all people in the City.

RACIAL EQUITY: The Transportation Action Plan’s outreach and engagement efforts in developing a draft Plan, as well as its efforts around implementation of policies, programs, and projects, should center on the voices and needs of marginalized communities such as people of color, Indigenous communities, and Black communities.

SOCIO ECONOMIC EQUITY: The Transportation Action Plan’s outreach and engagement efforts in developing a draft Plan, as well as its efforts around implementation of policies, programs, and projects, should include people living at or below 200% of the federal poverty guideline, immigrants, renters, older adults, and youth.

EDUCATION: The Transportation Action Plan should explicitly include Universal Bicycle Education as expressed in the Minneapolis Public Schools Safe Routes to School Action Plan.

FUNDING: The City should study congestion pricing or a similar system to generate revenue for transit, walking and biking, incentivize mode shift, and decrease congestion. The study should consider impacts to racial and economic equity.

To achieve the kind of vision the City has committed to in the 2040 Comprehensive Plan, we must move beyond incremental change to radically re-envision our transportation system. The Minneapolis BAC is excited that the Transportation Action Plan is supported by frameworks like the Complete Streets Policy, Climate Action Plan, and Vision Zero to help us achieve a more sustainable, equitable, and just future for our City.

 

Summaries of Discussions

 The meeting was called to order at 4:03 pm and was chaired by Nick Mason.  The Agenda and May Minutes were unanimously approved.

 

1.  Engineering Subcommittee Report presented by Chris Linde 

4th Street S Multi-Mobility Project – ACTION

Project extends from 2nd Ave S to 5th Ave S.

“Multi-Mobility” is meant to encompass bikes and scooters.  Project includes on-street scooter parking.

This project is moving fast and only includes paint and bollards.

Protected bike lane expected in a year or two when reconstruction is scheduled.

Project involves adding one- and two-way bike lanes for sections with bollards.

Matthew D says it is an experiment and will be monitored.

Chris presented a motion to support the project as presented with bollards throughout.

The motion passed unanimously.

West Broadway Bridges – ACTION

Project provides much needed improvement to the area under the bridges where Theodore Wirth Pkwy, Broadway and Lowry Ave meet.

Chris presented a motion that supported the project and suggested narrowing the traffic lanes as much as possible.

Emily W pointed out that the PAC passed a longer more strongly worded motion.

Discussion on how the area is more like a suburban interchange than one in a city.

Robin presented a revised motion that makes clear what we support and oppose.

Robin’s motion passed unanimously with abstentions from Jordan K, Steve E and Mackenzie TB.

46th Street Transportation Study  – ACTION

This is a Hennepin County project for the area near the Ford Parkway Bridge.

It involves restriping and repaving, but Jordan said it’s just a “Study.”

Project will form the basis for a regional solicitation in the future.

Jordan said the County is not supporting a 5 to 3 conversion.

Matthew D said it’s a County road with low volumes and 4 to 3 conversions will only get harder.

It is near the Ford site so traffic volumes may change in the future.

Nick pointed out that it is currently not a safe crossing.  Safety should be considered.

Robin presented a motion supporting a road diet to improve safety.

The motion passed unanimously with abstentions from Jordan K and Steve E.

Queen Avenue N Bicycle Boulevard:  Stay tuned for further details.

 

2.  5E Subcommittee Report presented by Elissa Schufman

Air Quality Monitoring Project

The Minneapolis Health Department is looking for volunteers to attach air monitors to their bikes.

To volunteer, email Ahmed Hashi at [email protected]

There is a website compiling crowd-sourced information.

Broadway Street NE Study/Repaving

A large section will be repaved later this year as part of a joint City/County project.

Study involves the whole corridor and 7 neighborhoods in a possible 4 to 3 conversion.

Project will go to Engineering soon.

TAP Survey/Resolution  – ACTION

Elissa used the results from the survey to create the motion she presented.

Robin suggested adding wording on Congestion Pricing.

The motion was revised and passed unanimously.

 

3.  Vision Zero (VZ) Enforcement Literature Review presented by Elissa Schufman and Emily Wade

They presented Vision Zero enforcement results from other cities to inform our discussion next month.

Their survey included around 50 sources of information, included at the end of their PowerPoint presentation.

The goal of enforcement should be to improve safety and security for everyone.

They pointed out that blacks and whites perceive increased policing differently.

Vision Zero (VZ) originated in Sweden.

In Europe, the main focus of VZ was Engineering and goal was longer term, 50 years.

Other US cities: NY City adopted VZ in 2014; San Francisco in 2014; Chicago informally in 2012, formally in 2017; Washington, DC in 2015.

In St Paul’s “Stop for Me” campaign, infrastructure changes were more effective than enforcement changes.

They presented data showing racial disparities in traffic enforcement of safety violations and investigatory traffic stops.

While there is no racial disparity in police response to traffic injury crashes, there are disparities in penalties.

Increasing traffic safety policing in NY City had mixed results.

Increased bike tickets in Chicago were concentrated in black neighborhoods.

In Washington, DC, traffic violations were concentrated in black neighborhoods.

In Minneapolis, black folks are disproportionately cited for moving violations.

Studies have shown that vehicle speeds depend on street design.

Ethan Fawley is coming to discuss VZ at next month’s BAC meeting.

 

4.  Bicycle Friendly Community Application: 

Matthew D will be reapplying and it will be discussed at the next 5E Subcommittee meeting.

 

5.  Announcement:

Emily W: August will be her last BAC meeting since she is moving out of Ward 10.

 

The meeting was adjourned at 6:06 pm.

Minutes respectfully submitted by Janice Gepner

 

Last updated Jul 25, 2019

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