Bryant Avenue S
Bicycle boulevard and shared lane markings (aka sharrows)
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
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.
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:
- At Aldrich Avenue and Minnehaha Parkway, the curb between the Minnehaha Creek bike path and Aldrich Avenue (on the south leg of the intersection) will be altered to allow bicyclists to pass through.
- At Bryant Avenue S and 29th Street W
- At Bryant Avenue S and 28th Street W th Street on the northwest corner.
- At Bryant Avenue S and 26th Street W th Street on the southeast corner.
- At Bryant Avenue S and Franklin Avenue W, a landscaped median will be constructed to provide a refuge for bicyclists and pedestrians crossing Franklin Avenue. Some asphalt surface flush to the street will be replaced with concrete in order to extend the visual impact of the median.
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).
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.
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Last updated Mar. 16, 2012