1st/Blaisdell Avenue

Final project layout (pdf) 

Project Type

On-street bike lanes and shared lane markings (aka sharrows)

Project Limits

1st Avenue S th Street to 15th Street

Blaisdell Avenue – 40th Street to Franklin Avenue

LaSalle Avenue – Franklin Avenue to 15th Street

Construction Start Date

June 2011

Contact Information

Shaun Murphy, (612) 333-2450 or shaun.murphy@minneapolismn.gov. Feedback can also be entered using our online form.

Project Details

Lane changes will include bike lanes in each direction on every block of the project, with the exception of the LaSalle Avenue section. One of two travel lanes will be removed on 1st Avenue between 40th Street and 33rd Street. Two of three travel lanes will be removed on 1st Avenue between 31st and 28th Streets, as well as between 17th and 15th Streets, and on Blaisdell Avenue between 31st and 29th Streets.

Parking changes will take place on Blaisdell Avenue between Lake and 29th Streets. Parking is currently restricted on the west side, and will be added. No parking changes will be made to 1st Avenue as originally proposed. Motorists will be allowed to park in the bike lane on 1st Avenue between 40th and 33rd Streets on Sunday or Saturday/Sunday only.

Striping will be in permanent tape, which will be ground into the existing surface.

Innovation will be included in three ways on the project. A buffered bike lane will be striped on 1st Avenue between 40th and 33rd Streets, as well as between 31st Street and the Midtown Greenway Bridge. Colored green conflict zones will be striped in two locations where motorists must cross over the bike lane to enter a right turn lane. These locations are 1st Avenue at 28th Street and Blaisdell Avenue at Lake Street. Enhanced shared lane markings will be added on LaSalle Avenue between Franklin Avenue and 15th Street. The two latter treatments were granted experimental approval from the FHWA (pdf). For more details read the City’s request to experiment (pdf).

Bike racks will be installed at six locations.

Project Updates

October 4, 2011

Construction on the project began in June. All striping changes have been completed, with the exception of the green conflict zone on 1st Avenue at 28th Street. Most signing changes will take place over the coming months.

A grand opening and ribbon cutting will take place Sunday, October 9th at noon. Meet in Martin Luther King Park at Nicollet Avenue & 40th Street. For more details visit the project opening website.

July 28, 2010

The final striping and signing plans have been approved by City, County, and MnDOT staff. Final approval is anticipated from FHWA this week, with the project being anticipated for advertisement to contractors for their bids in August.

May 26, 2010

Four documents are available for review following the public involvement process:

March 12, 2010

On Wednesday, March 17th, Public Works will host a public meeting (pdf) to present the draft proposal of bike lanes on 1st and Blaisdell Avenue S, between 15th and 40th Streets. The meeting will be held at 6:30 pm at the Lyndale Neighborhood Building (3537 Nicollet Avenue).

For more detail about the proposed layout, view the draft proposal (pdf). As part of this project, note that parking changes are being explored on 1st Avenue between 33rd and 40th Streets.

Other Information

This project is part of the larger Bicycle Operations project, and was funded by the federal Non-Motorized Transportation Pilot Program.

Last updated Mar. 16, 2012