Minneapolis Pedestrian Advisory Committee Meeting

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

 Present: Phillip Ailiff, Neal Baxter, Donna Hemp, Julia Curran, Abigail Johnson, Christian Huelsman, Barbara Olson, Julia Tabbut; Matthew Dyrdahl, Steve Mahowald, Emily Kettell, Julie Danzl, Rattana Sengsoulichanh, Suzanne Murphy, Heidi Schallberg, Sarah Stewart, Steve Bauer, Millicent Flowers; Luís Dax, Roy & Kathy Williams, Lindsay Kaplan, pedestrians


#1: 33rd/35th St E Railroad Crossing & Reconstruction     

Resolution: The PAC supports the proposed layout for reconstruction of 33rd Street East between Hiawatha and Minnehaha. We particularly appreciate the narrowed lanes and tightened turn radius at Hiawatha Avenue. The PAC requests that vehicle lanes be narrowed to 10 feet in order to widen the sidewalks to a minimum of six feet and slow motor vehicle traffic. Approved.

 #2: 35th Street reconstruction   

Resolution: The PAC is concerned that the proposed 35th Street reconstruction does not sufficiently address the needs of pedestrians at a vital crossing of Hiawatha Avenue. While we understand that tightening the turn radius at Hiawatha Avenue is outside the scope of the project, it should be addressed. We would like clear visual and tactile demarcation of the pedestrian space at the railroad crossing and a narrowed roadway since no parking is allowed. Approved.

Chair Julia called the meeting to order at 4:04 PM, and asked all present to introduce themselves.


Approval of the October Minutes



CIP Overview—Liz Heyman, Public Works

The City's capital process begins in October each year. A schedule of projects over 5 years is prepared, which goes to the CLIC committee in the spring, before approval by the City Council in the fall.

The City currently spends $9.6 million on bike & pedestrian infrastructure projects, and $14.3 million on bike & pedestrian programs. In addition, $229 million worth of road projects contains bike and pedestrian work totaling $105 million. Altogether, this work improves 29 miles of pedestrian facilities and 28 miles of bike facilities per year.

Next, Liz described the projects listed on the latest 5-year CIP list.

SWK01 Defective Hazardous Sidewalks $345,000 in 2019

SWK02 Sidewalk Gaps $150,000 per year

PV104 ADA Ramps $500,000 in 2019

BIK28 Protected Bikeways $1,000,000 each year (at least)

BP001 Safe Routes to School $400,000 each year

BP004 Pedestrian Safety $600,000 each year

BP003 Midtown Greenway Resurfacing $1.1 million in 2021

BR134 Bridge #9 Repair $8.5 million for 2019-2023

BP005 Queen Avenue Bike Boulevard, North Side $1 million in 2020

BP006 18th Avenue Trail Gap, in Northeast $605,000 in 2022

Questions included:

Christian: any way to ascertain whether the idea for these projects came from the PAC?

Kathy: do the 311 operators direct the calls about problems we see to the appropriate party?

MD: 311 documents the complaint and the problem. And e-mail me about the problem, too, if you will.

Suzanne: also, call your council member's office for context and suggestions.

Abigail: how do we get more support from the County? They seem to drag their feet on pedestrian issues.

MD: it's hard to coordinate with them well, though the City and the County talk constantly with each other.

Christian: where can we find more on the County's upcoming projects?

Emily: The County has no map of them, but I can send you the list.


Infrastructure & Engineering Subcommittee Report—Barbara Olson

We looked at 5 projects at our last meeting. First, a reconstruction of Girard, from Lagoon to Lake. Emphasis is on improving the walk along Girard, while accommodating deliveries and adding a bike link to the Midtown Greenway.

Next, we looked at the work scheduled for 2019 on 33rd & 35th Streets, between Minnehaha and Hiawatha Avenues. Focus is on improving the rail crossing, and narrowing the street by 6 feet, with shorter crossings at Minnehaha and Hiawatha, too.

The stretch of 28th Avenue along Roosevelt High School will get pedestrian upgrades, possibly curb extensions. This is a dangerous roadway for pedestrians, where cars travel too fast.

Medians are planned for Bloomington Avenue, at 22nd & 27th Streets.

Safety improvements are scheduled for Blaisdell between 26th & 29th Streets.

Barb read a resolution (#1 above); which Christian seconded. Approved.

Barb read a second resolution (#2 above); Donna seconded. Approved.

Suzanne: the problems recently detailed by the ad hoc Northrop School committee (which a few PAC members helped with) may be fixed by this Roosevelt school project.


Programs & Policy Subcommittee Report—Julia Curran

We looked at the document, and interactive map, that Phil Longenecker developed from the data collected during bike & pedestrian counts. The information shows walking and biking up; the rise increases where the sidewalks are widest and the traffic lanes narrowest.

We heard a report about the new Miovision traffic counters. These can count non-motorized traffic in ways we haven't been able to before. The 900 cameras the City is using will count traffic in all quarters of town, for 24 hours in each sector.

The committee also worked on visioning proposals. Next meeting we'll take time to respond to the latest climate change report. Also, the City Council will hold a hearing on the 2040 Plan on November 14 at 4:30 PM. Please suggest specific changes to the Plan in person, or in writing.


PAC CIP Recommendations: An Introduction to the Process—Matthew Dyrdahl

On November 15, the I & E Committee will begin working on a list of pedestrian projects to add to the 5-year CIP list. At the December meeting, the PAC will review the proposals, and write a resolution urging adoption of our choices. In late winter, Matthew will tell us which projects have been included in the capital budget for review by the CLIC.

Matthew detailed for the PAC the ideas we proposed last year:

Freeway ramp improvements, a CIP for funding greenways, a complete sidewalk inventory, a formal program for installing temporary pedestrian improvements, improved crossings along 26th & 28th Streets, a bumpout at Glenwood & Dupont—no funding yet.

NE Mpls bike boulevard enhancements and trail gaps, bumpouts along 31st Street—some funding received.

The Safe Routes project on 16th Ave. N. was sent in with the Regional Solicitation application, and the Central/Hennepin/5th St. redesign may get its own CIP soon.

Comments included:

Suzanne: what data can we use to promote these projects?

Steve: Olson Highway needs more pedestrian work.

Lindsay: how does the City evaluate pedestrian-activated buttons, to discern whether they work as intended?



Julia Tabbut: The Vision Zero group wants to add a member of the PAC. Write me if interested.

MD: Let's welcome our new University of Minnesota representative, Eric Bauer.


Neal moved to adjourn; Christian seconded. Approved, and adjourned at 6:03 PM.


Last updated Nov 20, 2018



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