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Minneapolis Pedestrian Advisory Committee Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Present: Julia Tabbut, Neal Baxter, Abigail Johnson, Paul St. Martin, Phil Ailiff, Donna Hemp Julia Curran, Barbara Olson, Christopher Hoffer, Tamir Ali Mohamud, Peter Vader, Aaron Berger; Matthew Dyrdahl, Rattana Sengsoulichanh, Suzanne Murphy, Steve Mahowald, Mackenzie Turner Bargen, Emily Kettell, Emma Pachuta; Millicent Flowers, Chris Kartheiser; Luís Dax, pedestrian

Resolutions approved by the PAC: 

1.Glen Gale Pedestrian Safety Project

The PAC supports the Glen Gale Pedestrian Safety Project proposed layout. We particularly like to see the addition of a mid-block crossing, reduced crossing distances, and elimination of a sidewalk gap.                 

2.Broadway Bridge Reconstruction

The Pedestrian Advisory Committee feels the current direction of the Broadway Bridge Reconstruction is incompatible with the City's commitments to Vision Zero, Complete Streets, and addressing climate change by aggressively reducing greenhouse gas emissions caused by vehicles.   Although the PAC appreciates the attention given to improving geometry for pedestrians underneath the bridges, we feel strongly that the centerpiece of the project perpetuates hostility to pedestrians, bicyclists and transit users. Building new high-speed automobile infrastructure to move four lanes of cars and trucks at 40 miles per hour through the city, especially in a part of the city with a long history of inequity, perpetuates violence against the city. We request in the strongest possible terms that this project be reconceptualized to reduce the number and speed of vehicles entering the city.

Chair Julia Tabbut called the meeting to order at 4:00 PM, and asked for introductions from all present.

Approval of the Minutes from the May Meeting

Tamir moved to approve the minutes; Donna seconded. Approved.

Honoring Departing PAC Members—Matthew Dyrdahl

Today's meeting is the final full meeting of the PAC for the year; a new year starts in July. Three members will be leaving the PAC after this month, including Olivia Hovland, Rachel Bell and Julia Tabbut. Matthew handed Julia a certificate honoring her service on the PAC, and praised her leadership and commitment to pedestrian issues. Julia Curran, Peter Vader and Barb Olson also praised Julia's service, and Curran gave Julia a book; Abigail gave Julia a potted plant. 

Infrastructure & Engineering Subcommittee Meeting—Aaron Berger & Barb Olson

We heard about 3 projects. The first was the Glen Gale Pedestrian Safety Project, along Irving Avenue North. The plan means to encourage safe speeds for cars, shorten the crossing distance, and  improve the visibility of pedestrians crossing Irving at 24th & 25th Avenues. The safety of children crossing Irving to reach the Boys and Girls Club is a priority. 

Aaron read resolution #1 (above); Neal seconded. Approved.

The second project is the Broadway Bridges Reconstruction. The 3 bridges that carry through traffic over the intersection between Robbinsdale & Minneapolis have aged and need to be replaced. The county would like to re-use the piers. We dislike the idea of maintaining traffic at 40 mph speeding into town on 12-foot lanes. Aaron read resolution #2 (above); Curran seconded. Approved.

The President's Bike Boulevard was our third project. The basic work is mill and overlay. In the area where streets are named after U.S. presidents, East Hennepin will be converted to 3 lanes of traffic. Bike lanes will be added to create a bike boulevard. This project is at 0%, so we'll see more about it later. 

Emily: The County will ask for community feedback in July.

Programs & Policies Subcommittee Meeting—Peter Vader & Julia Curran

At our meeting in May, Forrest Hardy looked at a few of the city's most dangerous intersections. The City and the County are working together to improve pedestrian safety at these crossroads. Forrest showed us the various solutions for safer corners, which include some combination of bollards along the center line, curb extensions and reducing traffic lanes from 4 lanes to 3. 

Next, Caroline Miller & Robert Byers of Hennepin County told us about the proposals for Broadway Street NE. This project is a mill and overlay, and the work will begin sooner than originally planned. A task force created in 2018 looked at safety concerns on this street, and 1000 neighbors responded to a survey. The responses included: removing a traffic lane, zebra crosswalk markings, wider sidewalks, and APS at all signals. The work is scheduled for late summer or fall 2019; the shortened development period will probably mean more smaller changes than big ones. ADA upgrades are a priority here. 

Robert also mentioned that the County is using a data collection technology called StreetLight. StreetLight uses cell phones to collect data on speed and distance traveled from users of all modes.

Finally, the committee gathered the responses of PAC members who commented on the community meetings for the Transportation Action Plan. We present our resolution collating PAC's suggestions for the Transportation Action Plan. Curran moved to approve the resolution; Neal seconded. Approved.

 

#WeWalkMpls Walk Promotion Campaign—Emily Wade, Our Streets

#WeWalk is a joint project of the City and Our Streets. Not many people are using the hash tag. We have developed a mobile photo booth, and started asking participants at Open Streets to post their photo on their social media pages using the hash tag. Thirteen did so. Incentives include $100 free groceries. 

Announcements

Luis: please tell the City about graffiti you see. It scares people.

Suzanne: 311 is a great way to do that.

Steve: the C-line Bus Rapid Transit line opens on June 8.

MTB: the 35W North Gateway Study is coming.

Curran: MnDoT is doing a survey on sustainability.

MD: the report on the sidewalk snow removal pilot will be presented to the City Council on June 11, at 10 AM.

 

Neal moved to adjourn; Aaron seconded. Approved, and adjourned at 4:48 PM.

 

Last updated Jul 11, 2019

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