Bicycles allowed on Nicollet Mall 24/7

Beginning Saturday, March 20, bicycles will be allowed on Nicollet Mall any time of the day, every day of the week. Previously, bicycles could not be on the street weekdays from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The change is being made now that transit improvements along Marquette and 2nd avenues are complete. Dual bus lanes make it possible for those two streets to handle more bus traffic. As a result, express buses are moving off of Nicollet Mall to Marquette and 2nd.

The only buses that will remain on Nicollet Mall will be serving local routes, and most of those buses will be cleaner, quieter hybrid buses. Eventually, all Nicollet Mall bus routes will use hybrids. Also, starting on March 20, local buses will offer free rides along Nicollet Mall. You’ll be able to jump on any bus that has a "free ride" marquee displayed and ride it from Washington Avenue to the Minneapolis Convention Center, and anywhere in between.

The changes to Nicollet Mall and the reconstruction of Marquette and 2nd avenues have been key pieces in a transportation transformation that’s going on Downtown. Hennepin and 1st avenues have been converted to two-way streets, a move that has helped revitalize business districts in other cities. In addition to City of Minneapolis improvements, Metro Transit, Hennepin County, and others have also completed exciting projects including the Northstar Commuter Rail and an extension of the Hiawatha Light Rail. For more information on these changes, visit http://www.transformingminneapolis.org.

Published Mar 19, 2010