Bryant Avenue S

Project Photos (pdf)


 

Project Type

Bicycle boulevard and shared lane markings (aka sharrows)

Project Limits

Bryant Avenue S – 58th Street W to the Loring Bikeway Bridge

51st Street W

Aldrich Avenue S – 51st Street W to Minnehaha Parkway

Loring Bikeway Bridge – Bryant Avenue to Lyndale Avenue

Construction Start Date

June 2011

Contact Information

Shaun Murphy, (612) 333-2450 or shaun.murphy@minneapolismn.gov. Feedback can also be entered using our online form.

Project Details

Lane changes th Street and Lake Street. Green background will be added to the shared lane markings between 50th and 49th Streets, as well as 40th and Lake Streets. Bicycle boulevard pavement markings and signs will be added to the street between 58th Street and 50th Street, as well as between Lake Street and the Loring Bikeway Bridge. The short segments of 51st Street W and Aldrich Avenue S will have bicycle way finding signs only.

Two travel lanes on Franklin Avenue at Bryant Avenue will be removed, although the remaining lanes will be wide enough for two motor vehicles to pass side-by-side during rush hour when parking restrictions are in place.

Final project layout (pdf)


 

Striping on the bicycle boulevard segments will be in epoxy paint. Striping between 50th Street and Lake Street will be in latex paint.

Parking changes will take place on street corners to improve visibility. Currently adopted ordinances which ban parking within twenty feet of a corner will be signed on Bryant Avenue at the Loring Bikeway Bridge and 29th Street. The cross streets of Franklin Avenue, 24th Street, 26th Street, and 28th Street will also be signed.

Curb and pavement changes will take place at five locations:

Innovation will include intermittent colored green background for sharrows th and 49th Streets, as well as 40th to Lake Streets. This treatment was granted experimental approval from the FHWA (pdf). For more details read the City’s request to experiment (pdf).

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

Project Updates

September 19, 2011

Construction on the project began in June. Curb and pavement changes are now complete at Franklin Avenue, 26th Street, 28th Street, and 29th Street. Landscaping will be placed in the medians this week. Pavement markings are also being installed beginning this week along the length of the route. Signing changes will take place over the coming months.

A grand opening and ribbon cutting will take place Thursday, September 22nd at 4:15pm on Bryant Avenue one block north of Franklin Avenue. For more details visit the project opening website.

Wedge story "Bryant Avenue Bike Boulevard near Completion" (pdf)


 

August 29, 2010

The project layout for the Bryant Avenue project was approved by the Minneapolis City Council on May 28th. A map of the project (pdf) illustrates the major changes which were approved.

Prior to the City Council meeting, several presentations were made to the LHENA neighborhood organization to discuss the details of a potential median on Franklin Avenue. A test median was installed this in June and July for thirty days to examine the effects of the median on Franklin Avenue auto traffic queues, bicyclist and pedestrian crossings, and public perceptions. As a result of the positive results, the Franklin Avenue median will be constructed.

The final detailed plans (pdf) have been approved by City, County, 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.

March 31, 2010

Current staff recommendations (pdf) are available.

February 26, 2010

The presentation (pdf) given at the public meeting and a public feedback summary (pdf) are both available.

January 29, 2010

Public Works is hosting a public meeting (pdf) on Tuesday, February 9th to present the draft proposal for the Bryant Avenue Bicycle Boulevard (pdf). Click on the orange and blue circles in the pdf to navigate forward and backward in the document. Bryant Avenue between Lake Street and 50th Street will not gain official "bike boulevard" status, but a colored "sharrow" lane (pdf) is being recommended in this section.

A ballot (pdf) will be distributed at the meeting. Flyers are being left at properties between 58th and 50th Streets, as well as between Lake Street and the Loring Bikeway Bridge.

Southwest Journal story on Bryant Avenue tour


 

October 23, 2009

Minneapolis Public Works is beginning the process of creating preliminary designs for the Bryant Avenue project.  A bicycle boulevard planning tour will be held on Saturday, November 14th between 10:00 am 12:00 noon.

If you are interested in attending, please contact Shaun Murphy at shaun.murphy@minneapolismn.gov or 612.333.2450 to receive more details. Please leave your e-mail address and a phone number.  Residents, neighborhood organizers, bicyclists, and motorists are all invited to participate.

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 Mar. 16, 2012