Queen Avenue North Bicycle Boulevard
(44th Ave N to Bassett's Creek)
In 2021, the Minneapolis Public Works Department will build a bicycle boulevard along 4 miles of Queen Avenue North between 44th Ave N and Bassett’s Creek Trail.
The goal of the project is to create a low-stress bikeway on Queen Avenue North, make the street safer and more comfortable for all people, and make connections to destinations along the Penn Avenue North corridor.
The project is funded by the City of Minneapolis, Hennepin County, and a Federal grant. Public Works staff are collaborating with staff from Hennepin County, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, Minneapolis Public Schools, and Minnesota Department of Transportation to determine routes near schools and parks and to ensure safe crossings at state and county streets.
Recommended conceptual design
City Council approved the Public Works recommended project layout for the Queen Avenue Bike Boulevard in May 2020. The recommended project layout includes traffic calming treatments, enhanced bicycle/pedestrian crossings at major streets, and improved wayfinding. This design aligns with the City’s goal to improve safety for all users, with a focus on pedestrian and bicyclist experience. The project also adds space for plantings and improved stormwater treatment.
What is a bicycle boulevard?
A bicycle boulevard is a low-stress bikeway for people of all ages and abilities. Bicycle boulevards make local streets safer and calmer for people walking, biking, driving, and living along the street.
Typical features include:
- Traffic calming keeps driver speeds low
- Crossings improvements to help cross busy streets
- Traffic circles to calm traffic at intersections
- Trail connections through parks
- Bikes and cars share the same space
- Signs and markings to help people find their way
- Summer-Fall 2019: Develop project layout and seek input on traffic calming locations, crossing improvements, and bikeway designs
- Winter 2020: Present design to City Council for approval
- 2021: Construction and opening
Public Works will be hosting an open house to provide an opportunity to discuss the project and receive feedback from community members. Attendees are welcome to come and go at any time. Public Works staff will be available to answer questions and receive comments on the design.
- February 11, 6:30 - 8:00 PM at Northside Achievement Zone (2123 W Broadway Ave #100)
Public Works staff will be presenting and receiving comments on the project at the following neighborhood association meetings in January 2020:
- Northside Residents Redevelopment Council (NRRC): January 13 at 6:30 PM at Emerge Community Development (1834 Emerson Ave N)
- Harrison Neighborhood Association: January 13 at 7:00 PM at Harrison Recreation Center (503 Irving Ave N)
- Jordan Area Community Council: January 16 at 6:00 PM at John B. Davis Education Service Center (1250 W Broadway Ave)
- Victory Neighborhood Association: January 22 at 7:00 PM at The Robbins Urban Wellness Retreat (3900 Thomas Ave N)
- Cleveland Neighborhood Association: February 4 at 6:30 PM at Lucy Laney Elementary School (3333 Penn Ave N)
In addition, Public Works staff will be on-site at recreation centers to share updates, answer questions, and collect feedback on concepts for the Queen Avenue Bike Boulevard:
- Folwell Recreation Center: January 14 from 4:30 -6:30 PM (1615 N Dowling Ave)
Mike Samuelson, Project Planner; 612-673-3884 or [email protected]
Bill Fellows, Project Engineer; 612-673-5661 or [email protected]
Last updated May 28, 2020