W 36th St Protected Bike Lane and Pedestrian Path 

Project Type

Protected bikeway and pedestrian path. Spring 2014 project info sheet (pdf)

Project Limits

W 36th St between East Calhoun Pkwy/Richfield Rd to Bryant Ave S

Construction Start Date

Planned for 2014

Contact Information

Simon Blenski, 612-616-7345 or simon.blenski@minneapolismn.gov

Project Details

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.

Proposed Cross Section between East Calhoun Pkwy and Dupont Ave S

W 36th St Proposed Cross Section

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)

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Project Updates

July 16, 2015

The bike lane connection between Bryant Ave S and Dupont Ave S was completed on July 8. The project is now complete.

September 25, 2014

Construction of the W 36th St project will begin on September 25, 2014. The anticipated schedule is:

This schedule is tentative and dependent on weather. Updates will be provided as they become available. Please direct any questions about the project to Simon Blenski, 612-616-7345 or simon.blenski@minneapolismn.gov.

September 4, 2014

Construction was originally anticipated for late July/early August, but has been postponed to late September/early October to accommodate City paving schedules and nearby sewer work. The planned construction sequence will be:

More detailed construction information will be posted as it becomes available.

June 9, 2014

Following community outreach in the spring of 2014, project staff have worked with the Ward 10 Office to finalize the concept and proposed changes for the W 36th St project.

Changes will include:

Other than the signed "No Parking" at Emerson Ave S, no existing on-street parking will be removed as part of this project.

Construction is tentatively planned for late July/early August of 2014.

May 29, 2014

Project staff and Council Member Bender met with business representatives from the W 36th St and Bryant Ave S business node.

May 7, 2014

Thank you to everyone who attended the May 6 public meeting. A total of 54 people attended. The meeting presentation has been posted below.

May 6 Public Meeting Presentation (pdf)

May 6, 2014

A reminder that a public meeting will be held tonight, May 6, to present a final project concept. Major changes to be discussed:

April 22, 2014

Project staff attended the following neighborhood meetings in April to share the latest project concept:

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.

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 simon.blenski@minneapolismn.gov

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.

December 2012

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.

Other Information

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 Jul 16, 2015