Nicollet Mall Reopens for Bicycling
As of Monday, March 22nd, Nicollet Mall has reopened for bicycling 24/7. Since 1997 the Mall has been restricted to bicyclists Monday through Friday, 6am to 6pm. As part of the City’s effort to transform downtown transportation, express buses are moving off Nicollet Mall to the new bus lanes on Marquette and 2nd Avenues. This paves the way for elimination of the Nicollet Mall bicycle restriction.
Here’s what you should know about the new Nicollet Mall:
- Bicycling is now allowed any time of the day, any day of the week
- Local buses (such as the 10, 11, 17, 18, 25) and taxis will remain on the Mall
- Ride on the street – it’s illegal to ride your bicycle on the Nicollet Mall sidewalk
- Follow stoplights and stop at white, painted lines before the crosswalk
- Turning onto and off of Nicollet Mall is allowed by bicyclists
- Bike racks are located at Central Library, Downtown Auto Park, Xcel, the IDS Tower, Target, and the YWCA. You can also attach your bicycle to sign posts on all streets that cross the Mall.
- The new bus lanes on Marquette and 2nd Avenues are open to bicycling except during peak bus periods (Monday – Friday, 6am to 9am and 3pm to 7pm). Also, an extra wide lane was constructed in the opposite direction of bus lanes along the curb, to make bicycling easier.
For more information on downtown bicycle routes, view the downtown bicycling map (pdf).
Also, on Wednesday, April 7th Public Works will host a project presentation of the 35W Detour Route Rehabilitation Project from 11am to 1pm in the main lobby of Central Library (300 Nicollet Mall). The project proposes the addition of bike lanes in downtown on 4th Avenue (10th Street to Washington Avenue), 5th Avenue (10th Street to Washington Avenue), and 6th Street (1st Avenue N to 5th Avenue S). If you cannot attend the meeting but have feedback or questions about the project, please contact Chris Engelmann at firstname.lastname@example.org or (612) 673-3274.
Published Mar. 24, 2010