Community input needed for planned northside bikeway

The City of Minneapolis is working to develop plans to convert a low-traffic street in north Minneapolis to a beautiful, safe, accessible route for bicyclists and pedestrians. Community members may drop in to give input on the bikeway’s route, design and amenities at an open house Oct. 16. Now in the earliest planning stages, the bikeway can become a bike boulevard (shared between bikes and cars but with traffic calming features), a full greenway with no motorized traffic, or a “half and half” with both a trail and car traffic. The bikeway could increase green space and allow for amenities such as community gardens, playgrounds, barbecues and public art.

The open house is scheduled for 6-8 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 16, at Folwell Park Recreation Center, 1615 Dowling Ave. N.

The bikeway will be the second of its kind in north Minneapolis. Examples for comparison include 37th Avenue North between Queen and Knox avenues, Milwaukee Avenue in Seward neighborhood and the Midtown Greenway.

The greenway would be a north-south route starting at Victory Memorial Parkway on the north and passing the Crystal Lake Cemetery, Folwell Park and North Commons Park. The community open house will feature the different route options and take feedback.

The community may also give feedback at www.surveymonkey.com/s/NMplsGreenway from Oct. 1-30.

This project is a response to community interest in a greenway and is supported by the City of Minneapolis through the Statewide Health Improvement Program, funded by the Minnesota Department of Health. This is part of a larger Minneapolis initiative called Healthy Living Minneapolis. Previous efforts in north Minneapolis include Venture North Bike Walk & Coffee, the Nice Ride expansion, the installation of bike and pedestrian wayfinding signs, and the Bike Walk Move campaign. The City has also continued to improve the bike infrastructure in north Minneapolis by adding the greenway on 37th Avenue North and bike lanes on Emerson and Fremont avenues last year and by maintaining bike lanes on Plymouth, 26th and Lowry avenues.

Published Oct 15, 2012