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Emerson/Fremont Avenue N

Emerson Ave N Bicycle Boulevard

Project Type

On-street bike lanes and bicycle boulevard

Project Limits

Fremont Avenue N – Plymouth Avenue to 33rd Avenue N

Emerson Avenue N – Plymouth Avenue to Webber Parkway

33rd Avenue N - Emerson Avenue N to Fremont Avenue N

Construction Start Date


Contact Information

Shaun Murphy, (612) 333-2450 or [email protected]. Feedback can also be entered using our online form.

Project Details

A bicycle boulevard is planned for Emerson Avenue between 33rd Avenue and Webber Parkway. A bicycle boulevard improves a local, residential street for bicycling, including features such as traffic calming, safer crossings at busy streets, and large bicycle pavement markings. Bicyclists and motorists share the same lanes. A bicycle boulevard does not use bike lanes and it does not remove on-street parking.

Information about Miniature Traffic Circles
Current traffic calming and stop sign changes planned include:

Lane changes will include a bike lane on Emerson Avenue in the northbound direction and a bike lane on Fremont Avenue in the southbound direction. One of two travel lanes will be removed on Fremont Avenue between Plymouth Avenue and Lowry Avenue. One of three travel lanes will be removed on Fremont Avenue between 33rd Avenue and Lowry Avenue.

Parking changes will not occur.

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

Innovation will include a buffered bike lane on Fremont Avenue between Plymouth Avenue and Lowry Avenue. Bicycle detection at a stoplight will be added for Emerson Avenue at the intersection of Lowry Avenue. Innovation will also include a bike lane in lieu of a travel lane on Fremont Avenue between Plymouth Avenue and Lowry Avenue. This treatment was granted a federal aid design exception (pdf).

Bike racks will be installed at approximately nine locations (pdf).

Project Updates

August 7, 2012

A community meeting will be held on Monday, August 20th at 6:00pm at Webber Park Recreation Center (4400 Dupont Avenue N).  Information will be provided about the installation of traffic calming and a bicycle boulevard on Emerson Avenue N between 33rd Avenue and Webber Parkway.  If you cannot attend the meeting please contact Council President Barb Johnson at 612-673-2204 or Shaun Murphy in Public Works at 612-333-2450 with questions or feedback.

October 4, 2011

Construction on the project began in August. Lane line striping is now complete between Plymouth and 33rd Avenues. Bike symbols on Emerson Avenue will be added shortly. Most signing changes will take place over the coming months.

A grand opening and ribbon cutting will take place Saturday, October 8th at 11am. Meet at the corner of Fremont & Lowry Avenue. For more details visit the project opening website.

Final Project Layout


August 10, 2011

A community meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 17th at 6:30pm at the Webber Park Recreation Center (4400 Dupont Avenue N). The meeting will address the Emerson Avenue portion of the project between 33rd Avenue and Webber Parkway. Minneapolis Public Works staff has created a draft list of traffic calming locations (pdf) based upon the feedback of block club leaders along Emerson Avenue. Traffic calming improvements would slow down motorists, improve pedestrian safety, and add greenery to the street. These changes would also and pave the way for Emerson Avenue to be designated as a north-south bicycle boulevard in 2012, connecting bike lanes that are currently under construction on Emerson and Fremont Avenues south of 33rd Avenue (see project details above) with the Webber Parkway bike path.

August 30, 2010

The final detailed plans (pdf) between Plymouth Avenue and Lowry Avenue have been approved by City, County, Transit for Livable Communities, and MnDOT staff. The Federal Highway Administration has given approval for the project to move forward. The project is now being advertised to contractors for their bids. Construction is expected to begin in 2011, with a slight possibility that the bike lane on Emerson Avenue could be striped yet this fall.

Between Lowry Avenue and Webber Parkway alternatives to the draft proposal are being explored.

June 10, 2010

A summary of public feedback (pdf) is available for review.

May 20, 2010

On Thursday, May 27th, Public Works will host a public meeting to present a draft proposal for bike lanes on Emerson and Fremont Avenues N. This project is intended to provide bike lanes between Plymouth Avenue and Webber Parkway (pdf). The meeting will be held at 6:30 pm at the North Regional Library (1315 Lowry Avenue).

On Fremont Avenue north of Lowry Avenue, parking would be removed on one side of the street. On Fremont Avenue south of Lowry Avenue, one of the two travel lanes would be replaced with a bike lane. No parking or lane reductions would take place on Emerson Avenue. View the project summary (pdf) for more details.

Two public meeting flyers will be distributed to properties along Fremont Avenue, one north of Lowry Avenue (pdf) and the other south of Lowry Avenue (pdf).

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 Aug 7, 2012



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