Minneapolis Bicycle Advisory Committee Minutes

Wednesday, May 22, 2019, 4 PM – 6 PM

Room 319 Minneapolis City Hall


Members Present:  Richard Anderson, Mackenzie Turner Bargen, Dan Boody, Wes Durham, Matthew Dyrdahl, Paul Frenz, Janice Gepner, Matthew Hendricks, Joshua Houdek, Liz Johnston, Jordan Kocak, Nick Mason, Dan Miller, Tyler Pederson, Elissa Schufman, Aaron Shaffer, Emily Smoak, Sarah Stewart, Emily Wade

Members Absent:  Jennifer Bordon (excused), Erika Dani, Tony Drollinger, Steve Elmer (excused), Robin Garwood, Chris Linde (excused), Jaime Makepeace, Greg Sautter, Anthony Taylor, Georgianna Yantos

Others Present:  Bill Dossett, Millicent Flowers




1.  The Minneapolis Bicycle Advisory Committee supports the 2020 President’s Bike Boulevard project as presented.

2.  The Minneapolis Bicycle Advisory Committee supports the 27th Avenue NE Reconstruction project as presented and recommends adding colored concrete for a future bicycle facility.


Summaries of Discussions

 The meeting was called to order at 4:03 pm and was chaired by Nick Mason.  The Agenda and April Minutes were unanimously approved.


1.  Nice Ride Update presented by Bill Dossett

Nice Ride’s goal is to ensure that Minneapolis is a leader in personal mobility.

They want to see public sector bargaining for public right-of-way and for service providers to be treated like utilities.

They had hoped to replace 1500 docked bikes with 1800 pedal-assist e-bikes.

E-bikes have all been recalled while they are working on a fix for occasional brake failure.

Blue fleet only ¼ deployed because of delay in installing hubs.

Dry weather and warm temperatures needed for tape for hubs.

500 hubs have been licensed and they can install 30-40/day.

Discussion on need for hubs in N and NE Minneapolis.

They are still working on a design for inexpensive racks for hubs.

Top speed for e-bikes is 18 MPH.

Currently all batteries are being swapped; goal of 15% of stations as charging.

Lyft is interested in working with Twin Cities Adaptive Cycling group.

Uber wants to expand but Lyft has contracts in the big cities.


2.  BAC Appointments presented by Matthew Dyrdahl

Upcoming letter to change the wording on BAC appointments to remove the public hearing requirement.

Letter will also specify the addition of the Met Council seat on the BAC.


3.  Future Discussion of the role of Enforcement in Vision Zero led by Nick Mason

Nick asked the committee for help in creating an anonymous survey for the full BAC on the issue.

Time course:  early June survey; discuss results at June BAC meeting.

Elissa S said survey should show what enforcement means to us.

Aaron S suggested the survey could ask what percentages of enforcement should be automated vs in person.

Emily W said she was willing to do research on the results of Vision Zero enforcement changes in other cities.  She said we need to use available data to inform our decisions.

How high a priority should enforcement be?

Nick suggested we have Ethan or someone from Public Works come talk to us about enforcement in the Plan.

Elissa S volunteered to work with Emily W on a literature review and to work with Nick on creating the survey.

What kinds of enforcement would we like to see?

Would we like more information recorded after crashes and for information to be public?

Nick said that the February City Council meeting had lots of data about enforcement and that he would send us a link.


4.  5E Subcommittee Report presented by Elissa Schufman

Open Streets 2019

o First event will be on Lyndale, June 2.

o 8 routes in 2017; 7 routes in 2018 and 2019 but attendance continues to climb.

o No Downtown event this year due to logistics.

o Current contract with Our Streets goes through 2020.

o Discussion of possible car free Sundays in the future.

City & County Pedestrian Crossing Study

o Forrest Hardy spoke to the Subcommittee.

o He shared the city’s toolkit of planned changes to the worst intersections.

o Hennepin County is adopting a “Road to Zero” policy, similar to Vision Zero.

o Jordan K said the County is using the city crash study to work with the City on the County’s worst intersections.

o City and County hope to work together on next steps for funding and solutions.

Transportation Action Plan survey extended


5.  Engineering Subcommittee Report presented by Dan Miller – ACTIONS

Broadway Bridges Reconstruction

o 3 separate West Broadway bridges cross Victory Memorial Drive at an angle.

o 18-24 month project starting in July 2021.

o The bridges cross Lowry Ave N and Theodore Wirth Pkwy.

o There will be a new trail and trail bridge in Theodore Wirth Park.

o Bridge project is a regional solicitation and will be a full reconstruction.

o Jordan K said it’s a complex project but that the hope is that reconfiguring it will make it smaller and improve biking and walking.

o Project will return to the Subcommittee soon with more details.

2020 President’s Bike Blvd Project presented by Jordan K – ACTION

o This is a joint City/County repaving project on E Hennepin Ave from 5th Ave SE to Johnson St NE.

o Car traffic is fast and new businesses have increased the bike and pedestrian traffic.

o Plan to convert current 4 lanes to 2 lanes with a center pedestrian island.

o Plan adds a bi-directional bike lane.

o County also has a repaving project from 8th St SE to at least 35W which will be restriped as a 4 to 3 conversion with bike lanes.

o Neighborhood meetings and Open Houses coming up.

o Dan’s motion to support the project as presented passed unanimously with an abstention from Jordan.

27th Avenue NE Reconstruction – ACTION

o Project is from University along a long block on the north side of a future Public Works facility and ends at railroad tracks.

o Possible future bike path or multi-use trail crossing the tracks.

o MnDOT looking at upgrading the signals at University & 27th Ave NE.

o Dan presented a motion to support the project and suggest coloring the concrete.

o The motion passed unanimously


6.  Announcements

Jordan K:  A Tuesday County Board action launched the Road to Zero program.  It’s like Vision Zero with a similar goal of eliminating fatalities and serious injuries.

Tyler P:  The Park Board is installing its first Bike Park later this year in Perkins Hill Park, near 94 in N Minneapolis.  It will include an asphalt pump track, skills single track dirt trail and a balance beam.

Dan M:  Saturday, June 8 at 10 am, there will be an informational bike ride for the Great Northern Greenway.  It will be a 3-mile family ride.

Emily W:  Open Streets on Lyndale coming on Sun, June 2 and looking for volunteers.

Joshua H:  This spring, Public Works is putting up bollards at a problematic 3-way intersection in Brackett Park, near the Midtown Greenway.

Nick M:  The legislature stripped out all bicycle policy language.  Lobbyists are still working.  Distracted driving is going into effect and all MN cities can now set speed limits on city roads.

Joshua H: testify tomorrow at 9 am at the Transportation Conference Committee meeting about lost opportunities this session.


The meeting was adjourned at 5:31 pm.

Minutes respectfully submitted by Janice Gepner


Last updated Jul 3, 2019



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