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Bicycle Routes


Downtown East / North Loop Master Plan

Downtown East / North Loop Master Plan

  • Continue to build extensions to the bicycle network within the Project Area, especially east/west along 4th Street from Downtown East to Hennepin Avenue, and on North 7th Street from Hennepin Avenue into the North Loop and beyond. (55)
  • Continue to build extensions to the bicycle network that help connect the Project Area to the Central Riverfront, Elliot Park, Loring Park, and neighborhoods surrounding the CBD. (55)
  • Provide convenient connections from the bicycle network to new and existing features of the public realm including parks, plazas, skyway stair towers, and rail transit stations. (55)
  • Ensure adequate, evenly distributed supply of bike racks, lock points, and rental storage lockers for bicycle commuters. (55)

North Loop Small Area Plan

North Loop Small Area Plan

  • Create “Loop” Route. Create a connection through the neighborhood along 10th Ave N and Border Ave, including more pedestrian and bicycle accommodations, a two-way Border Ave, and a new street connection from Border Ave to Glenwood Ave. (62)
  • Emphasize 7th Street North as a major pedestrian, bicycle, and automobile route that safely connects the Downtown office core, the North Loop neighborhood, and neighborhoods in North Minneapolis. (62)
  • Create a southbound automobile, bicycle, and pedestrian route through the Lower North Loop that connects with 16th Street North through the neighborhood to the southern end of downtown. Consider preserving space for an extension of the “Loop” road through the Xcel Energy site if there is a reconfiguration of their campus. (64)
  • Better connect the neighborhood to the river through a combination of a pedestrian, bicycle, and automobile connection that extends 8th Avenue North under the viaducts from 5th Street North to and through the north portion of the neighborhood. A public/private partnership should be developed to make this opportunity a reality. (65)
  • Enhance the pedestrian and bicycle experience on Glenwood Avenue by incorporating bike lanes, on street parking, and street plantings where possible. (62)

Bicycle Facility Manual Chapter 4: On-Street Facilities

Detailed description of designs considerations for:

  • Bikeway types such as: bicycle boulevard, bicycle lane, paved shoulder, shared lane, shared lane with signage, shared use pavement markings, and wide outside lane.
  • Signage, pavement markings, rumble strips
  • Intersection designs
  • Road and bridge design
  • Traffic calming treatments

Bicycle Master Plan

Bicycle Master Plan


  • The current Minneapolis Bicycle Master Plan was adopted by City Council in 2011. The purpose of the plan is to establish goals, objectives, and benchmarks that improve safety and mobility for bicyclists and increase the number of trips taken by bicycle. The Bicycle Master Plan includes bicycle policy, existing conditions, a needs analysis, a list of projects and initiatives, and funding strategies to be implemented to complete the plan.


Zoning Code: Plaza Standards

Zoning Code: Plaza Standards

535.810. - Development standards for all permitted plazas.

2) Access.

a. All plazas shall be designed to allow for pedestrian and bicycle access through and/or around the plaza.
b. Multiple access points shall be provided for each plaza, with one (1) access point being connected to a public street, public sidewalk or public pathway.
c. All plazas shall be designed in accordance with the accessibility requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
d. Unobstructed walkways a minimum of four (4) feet in width shall connect the plaza to an entrance of any building on the same zoning lot.
e. When adjacent to a transit stop, said transit stop shall be integrated into the design of the plaza.



Last updated Nov 30, 2018



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