Contact: Matt Laible, 612-673-2786

Community input needed for planned northside bikeway

Second community open house Feb. 12

Jan. 15, 2013 (MINNEAPOLIS) The City of Minneapolis is continuing with plans to convert a low-traffic street in north Minneapolis to a beautiful, safe, accessible route for bicyclists and pedestrians. A second open house Feb. 12 (and a series of small neighborhood meetings) will gather more input about the north Minneapolis greenway project. Based on feedback from the first open house, staff has selected a route and has specific designs along the route to propose. Community members may drop in to give input.

6-7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 12
North Commons Park Recreation Center, 1801 James Ave. N.

The City is proposing to make most of the greenway a full “linear park” greenway or a “half-and-half” greenway. The greenway could increase green space and allow for amenities such as community gardens, playgrounds, barbecues and public art.

The greenway would be a north-south route starting at the Shingle Creek Trail in the north and ending at approximately Plymouth Avenue North in the south. It would primarily follow Humboldt and Irving avenues North and connect the Crystal Lake Cemetery, three schools and four parks. A map of the preferred route and proposed designs is available at the project website. 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 community may also give feedback at www.surveymonkey.com/s/NorthMplsGreenway Jan. 22-Feb. 22.

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.

More information about the greenway project is at www.minneapolismn.gov/health/ship/northminneapolisgreenway. 

 

 

Published Jan. 15, 2013