Oak St SE Bikeway

Project Type

Two-way protected bike lane

Project Limits

Oak St SE between East River Pkwy and Washington Ave SE

Construction Start Date

Summer 2015

Contact Information

Simon Blenski, 612-673-5012 or simon.blenski@minneapolismn.gov

Project Background

In 2015, Minneapolis Public Works is planning to install a two-way protected bike lane on Oak St SE between East River Pkwy and Washington Ave SE. Oak St SE is a high-demand corridor for bicycling, carrying over 1,100 bicyclists per day. The 2015 City Budget has identified funding for protected bikeways and Oak St SE is one of the projects planned for this year.

Oak St SE Bikeway Summary (pdf)

What is a protected bikeway?

Not everyone feels comfortable and safe riding on a busy street, even with a regular bike lane. A protected bikeway creates a more comfortable space to ride that is physically separated from motor vehicle traffic. A separated facility can attract a wider demographic of riders and the City sees protected bikeways as an important tool to increase bicycling in Minneapolis.

Oak St SE Example

An example of a two-way protected bike lane in Washington, DC

What is being proposed?

The Oak St SE project would establish a two-way protected bike lane along the west side of Oak St SE. The bike lane would be separated from motor vehicle traffic by a painted buffer, delineator posts, and on-street parking in some areas. The project would resemble a trail-like facility with enhancements at intersections to manage interactions between bicyclists and drivers.

Parking changes are proposed

There is currently parking on both sides of Oak St SE between East River Pkwy and Washington Ave SE. Most parking can be maintained, but some parking on the west side of Oak St SE must be removed to install the protected bike lane.

Public Works is currently working on the details of the protected bike lane design and there may be the need to remove additional parking or the ability maintain more existing parking. Nearby locations for new metered parking are also being explored.

Last updated Mar 19, 2015