1st Avenue North

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1st Avenue North is home to the Minneapolis’ first on-street cycle track. A cycle track is similar to a normal bike lane; however, on-street parking and a buffer are placed on the left side of the bike lane.

Hennepin Avenue & 1st Avenue North Phase 1 Evaluation

How should I ride my bike on 1st Avenue North?

Bicyclists should use the cycle track just as you ride in a normal bike lane. As you approach intersections, use caution. Watch for right turning vehicles and any pedestrians that may be crossing. Also, because parking is on your left, watch for pedestrians exiting vehicles and walk to the sidewalk. Remember that pedestrians, even when crossing a bike lane, have the right-of-way.

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How should I drive my car or truck on 1st Avenue North?

Motorists should not drive, park or idle in bike lane or the buffered area. The bike lane is restricted to bicycle traffic or pedestrians exiting parked vehicles.

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Parking & Driving Restrictions during Peak Hours

Parking on the northbound side of the street (side closest to Target Field) has full time, 2-hr parking. However, parking in the southbound right lane has peak-hour restrictions. There is no parking in the southbound right lane from 7-9 AM or 4-6 PM, as this lane serves as a travel lane during peak hours. When you do park, be sure to park to the left of the double white line. Do not park in the bike lane or in the buffered area. Note that there are several 30 minute commercial loading zones for trucks from Mondays-Friday, 9 AM – 4 PM. As always, be sure to check parking restriction signs to be sure parking is permitted.  

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Working towards a better street

After 1st Avenue North was converted to a two-way street, a large number of motorists were parking in the bike lane. To increase parking compliance and improve the facility for all users the “shy zone,” or buffer between the bike lane and parking was increased to 2 ft. This change has provided more space for bicyclists, improved accessibility for pedestrians and persons with disabilities, and increased parking compliance. From 2009 to 2011 parking compliance increased from 94% to over 98%.

Bicycle traffic has also increased with these changes. From 2009-2010, bike counts increased from 240 to 580 trips per day. With the recent refinements, Public Works is confident that this number will rise as 1st Avenue will becomes a major route for bicyclists traveling in and through downtown.

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Last updated Feb 1, 2012