Help celebrate openings of new biking improvements in Minneapolis

Several long-awaited bicycle and pedestrian routes and connections, as well as a new bicycle center at the University of Minnesota, are all opening around Minneapolis in the coming days. Everyone is invited to check out these new additions at a variety of grand opening events.
Bryant Avenue South bicycle boulevard 
Grand opening and ribbon-cutting, Thursday, Sept. 22, 4-6 p.m.

At 4.5 miles long, this new north-south route connects south Minneapolis from 58th St. to downtown near Loring Park. The route parallels Lyndale Ave. S. and intersects three major east-west bicycle routes: the Midtown Greenway (at 29th St.), the RiverLake Greenway (at 40th St.) and the Minnehaha Parkway bicycle trail, which is part of the Grand Rounds.
University of Minnesota bike center
Grand opening, Thursday, Sept. 29, 12 to 2 p.m.

Housed in a former transit waiting area of the university’s Oak Street Parking Ramp, just south of Washington Ave. S.E., the center will feature 24-hour secure bicycle storage, repair services, a retail outlet, trip planning services, and showers and changing areas (some services members only). The grand opening will include free food, tours and a group bicycle ride.
New downtown Minneapolis bike routes
Grand opening, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 4:30 p.m.
Loring Park.

Several new bicycle routes are opening in downtown Minneapolis, including a long-anticipated extension of the Hiawatha Light Rail Trail onto bike lanes on 3rd Street South and 4th Street South. On the south side of downtown, there are new bike lanes on 15th Street and 16th Street. and advisory bike lanes dashed bike lanes on either side of a low volume street, leaving one central travel lane for automobiles) on 14th Street, connecting Loring Park to existing bike lanes on 11th Avenue South. The grand opening will include a group ride to show off the new bike lanes and the Hiawatha LRT Trail extension.
Northeast Minneapolis biking and walking enhancements
Group ride, Thursday, Oct. 6

A new designated bicycle route on 5th Street NE and SE extends from Dinkytown, near the University of Minnesota, to 26th Avenue NE, with an easy connection to the Grand Rounds bicycle trail. The new 22nd Avenue bicycle boulevard extends west-to-east from Marshall Street NE to New Brighton Boulevard, with connections to the Quarry Shopping Center and Minneapolis Diagonal Trail. To learn more, click here.
Emerson Avenue North and Fremont Avenue North dedicated bike lanes
Grand opening parade and bike ride, Saturday, Oct. 8, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
(From corner of Lowry Ave. N. and Fremont Ave. N. to the new Venture North Bike Walk Center, 1830 Glenwood Ave. N.)
Dedicated bike lanes have been added to Emerson Avenue North and Fremont Avenue North (parallel one-way streets) between Plymouth Avenue and 33rd Avenue North. New bike lane designations have also been added to 7th Street North, from Plymouth Avenue North into downtown Minneapolis.
1st Avenue South and Blaisdell Avenue South designated bike lanes
Grand opening, Sunday, Oct. 9, noon to 3 p.m.
Martin Luther King Park (Nicollet Ave. and 40th St.)

Bike lanes have been added along these parallel streets connecting downtown Minneapolis with south Minneapolis. These routes intersect two major east-west routes across south Minneapolis: the Midtown Greenway and the RiverLake Greenway. Along with the celebration at Martin Luther King Park, activities are planned all along the bike route.
These projects have all been supported by Bike Walk Twin Cities. The metro area is one of four U.S. communities to receive $22 million through the federal “Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program” to enhance bicycling and walking as transportation and to improve health, community livability, and air quality. Bike Walk Twin Cities, a program of Transit for Livable Communities, administers the Minneapolis-Saint Paul pilot program. By 2012, Bike Walk Twin Cities will have supported more than 75 miles of new bikeways and walkways in the Twin Cities.
For more information on bicycling in Minneapolis, go to www.minneapolismn.gov/bicycles.

Published Sep 21, 2011