Bicycle Advisory Committee Resolution

To:        Minneapolis City Council, Minneapolis Public Works

From:     Minneapolis Bicycle Advisory Committee

Date:      September 25, 2019

Subject:  Vision Zero Action Plan 2020-2022

 

Vision Zero Action Plan 2020-2022

 

The Minneapolis Bicycle Advisory Committee supports the Vision Zero Action Plan 2020-2022 overall, commends the City of Minneapolis and especially the Public Works department for this important work, and supports the Plan’s emphasis on safe street design. 

We also have the following recommendations for changes to the draft Plan (please note: Strategy 4 of the “Safe People” section will be the subject of a different BAC motion):

The Safe Streets work emphasized by this plan must be funded for the plan to be a success. Budget that is being put towards, or significantly impacted by, the Vision Zero Safe Streets section should be tracked, evaluated, and     compared to past investments, as a Performance Metric in the “Monitoring Progress” section.

Building on the Guiding Principle “Safety and human life first,” make explicit that the safety of all road users is more important than:

o maintaining vehicular traffic flow and reducing delays for drivers,

o accommodating the turning movements of all sizes of commercial vehicles.

Add some bicycle-specific safety treatments to the list on page 14, including:

o Include protected intersections in the “Bicycle lanes and protected bike lanes” bullet.

o Include bicycles in the “Leading pedestrian intervals” bullet.

“Safe Streets” Action 1.3: remove “as appropriate” and replace with something more specific. Lowering speed limits is appropriate on all Hennepin County and MnDOT streets that have pedestrian and bicycle facilities.

“Safe Streets” Action 5.1: clearly articulate that signal actuation should be used rarely, and only within well-defined parameters. 

“Safety Data” Strategy 1: add a new bullet to evaluate traffic stops by race and geography, similar to one of the performance metrics in the “Monitoring Progress” section.

“Safe People” Strategy 3.2: make more explicit that this message toolkit is to be used by the Minneapolis Police Department in media interactions around crashes.

Consider future inclusion of strategies to reduce blocking of bike lanes and implantation of no turn on red in more locations.

 

 

Last updated Oct 7, 2019

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