Federal grant to help Minneapolis bike share program and bike-walk corridors
Just in time for spring comes news that a federal grant will help Minneapolis become even more bike-friendly. Already a national leader when it comes to bicycle commuting, Minneapolis is receiving $1.75 million grant from Bike Walk Twin Cities, a federal source of funding to increase biking and walking and decrease driving, to help fund the Minneapolis Bike Share Program. The infusion of funding brings the program closer to the $3.3 million needed to become operational.
The Minneapolis Bike Share Program will create the nation’s largest municipal bike-share system right here in Minneapolis. Plans call for a thousand bikes to be available in the areas of Downtown, Uptown, and the University of Minnesota campus. Bikers would either purchase a season pass for around $50 or pay $5 for one-day use. At the end of their bike trips, riders could then return their bikes to any one of 75 kiosks. When completed, the bike share program will be run by the nonprofit organization Nice Ride Minnesota. Some kiosks could begin operations by the end of 2009, with a full launch expected in 2010.
Two other Minneapolis bike/walk projects also received funding from Bike Walk Twin Cities:
- $400,000 for construction of biking improvements along portions of 17th and Bloomington Avenues. This bike walk corridor would stretch all the way from 24th Street to the City's border with Richfield.
- $350,000 for pedestrian enhancements along 5th Street NE and 7th Street N.
According to the U.S Census, Minneapolis is the No. 2 bicycling city in the country. Bicycle commuters help keep down traffic congestion in Minneapolis. Bicycling is a great workout and an environmentally friendly alternative to driving, reducing our dependence on oil and our production of greenhouse gases.
Bike Walk Twin Cities is run by Transit for Livable Communities, a metro-area nonprofit organization that promotes a more balanced transportation system. TLC is designated by federal law to administer Bike Walk Twin Cities, a $21.5 million initiative to increase biking and walking, and reduce driving. For more information, go to www.tlcminnesota.org.
March 10, 2009
Published Mar. 10, 2009