Hennepin Avenue/1st Avenue North (Phase 1)
In 2009, Hennepin Avenue and 1st Avenue North in Downtown underwent a one-way to two-way conversion. As part of the project, bicycle facilities on Hennepin Avenue were changed from center-running bike lanes to shared bus-bike-right turn lanes. A cycle track was added to 1st Avenue North. To determine the effectives of the changes, Public Works monitored the streets during the first year after implementation. The results are documented in the Phase 1 Evaluation.
Hennepin Avenue Green Shared Lanes (Phase 2)
After evaluating the one-way to two-way conversion, the shared bus-bike-right turn lanes on Hennepin Avenue were enhanced to include green shared lane markings. Public Works had to receive approval from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to install the markings as colored bicycle markings were considered an experimental design at the time of implementation. To fulfill the conditions of the FHWA approval, Public Works monitored bicyclist and motorist behavior, the safety of bicyclists, and user perception. The results are documented in the Phase 2 Evaluation.
Non-Motorized Transportation Pilot Program Experiments and Design Exceptions
Several projects funded by the Non-Motorized Transportation Pilot Program (NTP) are using innovative treatments as a means to improve the safety of bicyclists and pedestrians. The innovations received experimental approval from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Before data was collected prior to installation and follow up evaluations will continue for two years. The treatments being evaluated are:
- Colored conflict zones
- Colored crosswalks
- Intermittent colored background for shared lane markings
- Continuous colored background for shared lane marking (see Hennepin Phase 2 Evaluation)
- Advisory bike lanes
- Enhanced shared lane markings
- Bicycle signal indications
Seven additional treatments received design exception approval from the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) and are also being evaluated.
Last updated Feb. 27, 2013