In 2021, the Minneapolis Public Works Department will enhance the bike connections between several neighborhoods in South Minneapolis and downtown. The project will improve existing bikeways on portions of 1st Avenue South, Blaisdell Avenue South, and 28th Street. Proposed enhancements include a two-way bikeway with curb and bollard protection and crossing improvements for pedestrians.
Recommended conceptual design
Public Works is recommending a two-way bikeway and pedestrian improvements on portions of 1st Avenue South, 28th Street, and Blaisdell Avenue. The recommended design has been developed to calm traffic, improve traffic safety, enhance comfort and predictability of all users, and improve the bicycle network connectivity. This recommendation will also maintain vehicle and commercial access throughout the corridor. See the recommended design at the link below.
Construction on the 28th Street and Blaisdell Avenue portions of the project will include concrete curbs and pedestrian medians. Construction on the 1st Avenue portion of the project will include bollards and other quick-build treatments, in anticipation of the upcoming street reconstruction projects on 1st Avenue between Grant Street and Lake Street, which are planned to begin in 2023. Learn more about those street reconstruction projects, which will provide further opportunities for more bikeway and street safety upgrades, on the 1st Ave S (Franklin to Lake) and 1st Ave S (Franklin to Grant) project pages.
Virtual open house
On August 27, 2020, Public Works held a virtual open house to share information about the Whittier/Lyndale bikeway project which includes portions of 1st Avenue S, 28th Street, and Blaisdell Avenue S. Staff presented on the draft project layout and held a question and answer section with attendees.
The project team chose to hold this meeting virtually rather than in-person to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 per guidelines from the Minnesota Department of Health.
Summary of project engagement
From August to October of 2020, Public Works staff collected comments on the project via calls, emails, an online survey and map, and meetings with local stakeholders. Public Works is incorporating many of the comments into a recommended design for the project. Below is a summary of themes heard during this round of engagement and responses to questions.
In early 2020, Public Works presented the project and received comments at neighborhood associations along the project corridor. These conversations, and comments received from an online survey, are summarized here:
The goal of the project is to create a low-stress bikeway that meets the City's All Ages and Abilities standard. Such a bikeway will:
- Enhance comfort and predictability of all users
- Support existing and future bicycle demand
- Improve bicycle network connectivity
The project will also look for opportunities to improve pedestrian safety along the corridors.
Develop project layout and seek input on bikeway design
Present design to City Council for approval
Construction and opening
Public Works has collected detailed information on existing pedestrian, bicycle and vehicles uses along the project corridor. See this information in the document below.
Mike Samuelson, Transportation Planner, 612-709-3130 or [email protected]
Nathan Kemmer, Project Engineer, 612-673-3274 or [email protected]
Last updated Jan 21, 2021