24th Street Bikeway
24th Street from Hennepin Avenue to 3rd Avenue South
In 2018, the Minneapolis Public Works Department plans to resurface one mile of 24th Street West between Hennepin Avenue and 3rd Avenue South. The resurfacing project provides an opportunity to implement a bikeway on this segment of 24th Street, as identified in the Minneapolis Bicycle Master Plan. The proposed bikeway project is being coordinated with the 2018 resurfacing project, but includes independent funding sources and planning processes. More information about the resurfacing project can be found on the resurfacing project webpage.
24th Street is a high demand corridor for biking today. Currently buses, motorists, and bicyclists all share the same space along 24th Street. Even without an existing bikeway, an average of 230-290 people bicycle on the corridor daily and 1 out of 5 observed bicyclists on 24th Street were riding on the sidewalk in 2017 (Minneapolis Bicycle & Pedestrian Counts). A dedicated bikeway on 24th Street will allow people who bike to ride more safely and predictably and benefit all users of the corridor regardless of travel mode.
The goals of the 24th Street bikeway project include:
- Promote traffic calming
- Enhance comfort and predictability for all users
- Support existing and future bicycle demand with improved infrastructure
- Improve bicycle network connectivity
- Provide bicycle access to destinations
Proposed Bikeway Layout
The proposed bikeway layout aims to balance the needs and priorities of different users along the corridor including people walking, taking transit, bicycling, and driving. Public Works considered the following factors to develop the proposed 24th Street Bikeway layout:
- Roadway widths: the varying roadway widths along the corridor require different bikeway designs.
- Surrounding uses: the corridor includes a mix of residential, commercial, and institutional uses that change the context along the corridor. Parking usage was also observed in July and December 2017 on weekdays and weekends, including several parking observations at midnight.
- Vehicle volumes and speeds: the number of motor vehicles, vehicle speeds, and number of buses vary along the corridor.
- Feedback from stakeholders: Public Works conducted extensive consultation with stakeholders and attended 40+ meetings with stakeholders including neighborhood groups, residents, landlords, businesses, schools, and other institutions.
Proposed bikeway layout:
From summer 2017 through spring 2018, Public Works collected data and feedback about the bikeway project. The resurfacing of 24th Street will occur the week of August 20-27, 2018. The proposed bikeway will be installed following the 24th Street resurfacing project in the September 2018.
From summer 2017- spring 2018, Public Works staff listened and collected feedback about the bikeway project at 40+ meetings with individual stakeholders and neighborhood groups. In spring 2018, Public Works provided a staff recommendation regarding the 24th Street bikeway design to City Council for its consideration and approval.
Public Works collected public feedback about the 24th Street Bikeway at the following public meetings:
- Pre-assessment hearing: April 24, 2018
- Pre-assessment hearing: April 3, 2018
- LHENA/Whittier Alliance: March 14, 2018
- Whittier Alliance: November 13, 2017
- Lowry Hill East Neighborhood Association (LHENA): September 13, 2017
Questions about the 24th Street bikeway? Contact: Virginie Nadimi, [email protected], 612-673-5011
Last updated Jul 31, 2018