W 36th St Protected Bike Lane and Pedestrian Path
A public meeting will be held on May 6, 6-7pm at Saint Mary's Greek Orthodox Church. Event details are below under Project Updates.
Protected bikeway and pedestrian path
W 36th St between East Calhoun Pkwy/Richfield Rd to Bryant Ave S
Construction Start Date
Planned for 2014
Simon Blenski, 612-616-7345 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The goal of the W 36th St project is to provide bicycle and pedestrian accommodations between East Calhoun Pkwy and Bryant Ave S. There is currently no sidewalk on the southern side of 36th Street. This poses potential safety ricks to individuals walking on that side of the street, primarily transit passengers accessing Metro Transit eastbound bus stops.
Several alternatives were proposed in January 2013. Following public feedback and feedback from the Ward 10 Council Office, the preferred alternative was Layout A. The preferred layout includes a two-way protected bikeway and pedestrian path at street level. The facility would run along the southern curb of W 36th St adjacent to Lakewood Cemetery.
What is a protected bike lane?
A protected bike lane is an exclusive bicycle facility that combines the user experience of a separated path with the on-street infrastructure of a bike lane. A protected bike lane is physically separated from motor vehicle traffic and distinct from the sidewalk. By separating bicycles from motor traffic, protected bike lanes can offer a higher level of comfort than bike lanes and are attractive to a wider spectrum of the public.
Why build protected bikeways in Minneapolis?
Currently, thousands of people utilize our world-class trail system every day. However, the same individuals hesitate to ride a bicycle on most city streets. Many bicyclists have a very low degree of comfort about sharing the street with motor vehicles, and standard bike lanes do not alleviate this fear. While some future opportunities exist to expand the trail network and fill important gaps, providing comfortable bicycle connections to everyday destinations will largely happen on our streets in coming decades. Protected bikeways bring the experience and security of riding on a trail to the street.
Examples from other cities
From left to right: 15th St, Washington, D.C.; Bluebonnet Lane, Austin; Prospect Park West, New York (Credit: People for Bikes)
April 11, 2014
A public meeting will be held on May 6 to present a final project concept before moving into final project design and construction in summer 2014.
- Public Meeting for: W 36th St Protected Bike Lane and Pedestrian Path
- May 6, 6-7pm
- Saint Mary's Greek Orthodox Church (3450 Irving Ave S)
- Terrace Room (north side of building)
March 31, 2014
Construction is planned for summer 2014. Before plans can be finalized, design challenges must resolved at the east and west end of the project. On the east end, options for a bicycle connection between Bryant Ave S and Dupont Ave S are being explored. On the west end, a safe bicycle and pedestrian connection across the intersection of W 36th St and Richfield Rd is still being determined.
Project staff will be meeting with adjacent neighborhoods and businesses throughout April and May to discuss these issues.
January 24, 2014
Please note the new project contact: Simon Blenski, 612-616-7345 or email@example.com
February 7, 2013
The City of Minneapolis held a public meeting about the 36th Street West Bicycle & Pedestrian Project at St. Mary's Greek Orthodox Church. Several alternatives (pdf) were presented. Seventeen people attended. Click here for a summary of written feedback from the meeting.
January 29, 2013
Hennepin County Board of Commissioners pending.
Hennepin County staff recommended that the County contribute funding for the 36th Street West project. The recommendation was forwarded to the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners. The Board will vote on the recommendation at their January 29, 2013 meeting.
November 14, 2012
The project was shared with representatives of businesses on 36th Street West.
October 23, 2012
Public Works presented this project to the Transportation & Public Works Committee (City Council sub-committee). The Committee and City Council subsequently granted approval of a request for Public Works to apply for competitive matching grant funding from Hennepin County for 36th Street West
October 17, 2012
The project has been shared with the Nicollet East Harriet Business Association (NEHBA). NEHBA has requested that the city set up a meeting to talk directly to businesses along 36th Street.
October 15, 2012
The project has been shared with a joint meeting of individuals representing CARAG, ECCO, and East Harriet Farmstead neighborhoods, neighborhood associations and local business associations.
September 17, 2012
The project has been shared with the East Harriet Farmstead Neighborhood Association (EHFNA) Crime, Safety, Transportation & Noise Committee.
September 6, 2012
The project has been shared with the East Calhoun Community Organization (ECCO) Board of Directors.
August 21, 2012
The project has been shared with the Calhoun Area Residents Action Group (CARAG) Board of Directors.
W 36th St is included in the Minneapolis Bicycle Master Plan, adopted by City Council in 2011.
The estimated cost for this project is $190,000. The City of Minneapolis, Hennepin County, the East Calhoun Community Organization (ECCO), and the Calhoun Area Residents Action Group (CARAG) are providing funding for the project.
Last updated Apr. 11, 2014