Minneapolis Bicycle Advisory Committee Minutes

Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 4 PM – 6 PM
Room 319 Minneapolis City Hall
 

Members Present:  Richard Anderson, Mackenzie Turner Bargen, Jenny Bordon, Wes Durham, Matthew Dyrdahl, Paul Frenz, Robin Garwood, Janice Gepner, Matthew Hendricks, Joshua Houdek, Chris Linde, Nick Mason, Dan Miller, Elissa Schufman, Aaron Shaffer, Emily Smoak, Sarah Stewart, Georgianna Yantos

Members Absent:  Erika Dani, Tony Drollinger, Steve Elmer, Liz Johnston, Jordan Kocak, Jaime Makepeace, Tyler Pederson, Greg Sautter, Anthony Taylor, Emily Wade

Others Present:  Eric Bower, Bill Dossett, Millicent Flowers, Liz Heyman, Chris Kartheiser, Ashley Lotzer, Claire Repp, Antonio Rosell, Melissa Summers

 

 Actions

1. The Minneapolis Bicycle Advisory Committee supports the Nice Ride E-bike proposal for 2019.  We request that they return to the BAC to discuss speed limits.
 
2. The Minneapolis Bicycle Advisory Committee moves that our first choice for Girard Avenue S is options #4 or #5, our second choice is option #3, which could work if well-designed, and our last choice is option #1.  We don’t think option #2 is workable.
 
3.  The Minneapolis Bicycle Advisory Committee supports the Webber Parkway and 44th Avenue N project as presented with the following recommendations:
increase the sidewalk to at least 6 feet with a preference for removing the additional width from the travel lane or parking lane, and
reduce the pedestrian crossing distance on 44th Avenue N across all north/south intersections in addition to other areas.
The BAC would like to see the plan when it includes the signals at Lyndale & 42nd Avenue and Lyndale & Webber Parkway.
 
4.  The Minneapolis Bicycle Advisory Committee supports the Blaisdell Avenue Protected Bikeway project as presented.
 

Summaries of Discussions

 
The meeting was called to order at 4:00 pm and was chaired by Nick Mason.  The Agenda and December Minutes were unanimously approved.
 

1.  Nice Ride Update presented by Bill Dossett, Antonio Rosell, Melissa Summers and Claire Repp

Bill Dossett spoke first, providing background and an introduction.
The Motivate pilot of 1500 dockless bikes in 2018 will be increased to 3000 bikes.
 Nice Ride is proposing to gradually replace their docked bikes with electric-assist bikes.
Nice Ride has a flexible contract with the city so that revisions can be approved by Public Works without requiring approval from the City Council.
Dockless hubs may have bike racks instead of just paint.
 
The non-profit, Nice Ride, still exists, with Bill as sole employee.
Nice Ride has contracted with Motivate, a national for-profit company to operate the system and the dockless bike pilot.  
All the other former Nice Ride employees now work for Motivate.
Motivate was acquired by Lyft.
Melissa Summers is the general manager of Motivate MN (formerly with Nice Ride, now working for Motivate) and presented an update on docked and dockless bikes.
 
In 2018, there were 1800 green bikes at 200 stations.
In 2018, only a fraction of the permitted virtual hubs were built because of weather limitations: the paint doesn’t stick if pavement is wet or too cold.
For 2019, St Paul docks will be removed and added to Minneapolis.
Goal to increase coverage of city in 2019 and cover the entire city in 2020.
Goal to replace 500 green bikes with e-bikes in April, and to replace the remaining 1300 docked green bikes with e-bikes by the end of the season.
 
Advantages of e-bikes: attract more people to biking, riders get less sweaty on their way to work, and can be ridden further and uphill with less effort.
Motivate currently has bikes in Montreal, San Francisco, New York and Washington, DC.
Bikes will be pedal-assist and maximum speed can be limited.
Single ride will go up from $1 to $2 and there will be a $1 unlocking fee for hourly use of e-bikes, but otherwise pricing and annual subscription the same as last year.
Claire Repp presented on update on their priorities concerning equity.
 
There will be a new program starting in May that will provide an inexpensive annual membership for folks satisfying an income requirement.
Goal to have an easy online sign up and verification system.
2 ambassadors will be hired to facilitate sign ups in low income neighborhoods.
Only adults 18 years and older can currently sign up for memberships.
There was discussion about allowing 16 year olds to sign up in the future.
 
Melissa talked about putting light-weight bike racks in dockless hubs.
Would the PAC have problems with such bike racks?
They said they would seek our input on bike rack design.
Bill said there will be a public meeting about e-bikes in February and the issue will come before Transportation & Public Works in early March.
 
Antonio Rosell talked about the public dashboard he is creating as part of their contract with the City.
The city was promised public information on distribution and use of these bikes to be updated daily.
Robin made a motion to support the e-bike proposal with a request for them to come back to discuss speed limits.
 
The motion passed unanimously.
 

2.  Girard Avenue S Reconstruction presented by Liz Heyman

This 2020 Reconstruction project extends one block from Lagoon to Lake St.
Goals: prioritize walking comfortably, bike connection between Greenway and Calhoun Square and deliveries to businesses.
Budget does not include enhancements like trees and benches.
5 design options were presented:
#1: 2-way Slow Street: improve the pedestrian space and reduce travel lanes to 10 ft.
#2: 1-way Slow Street: northbound travel lane only, 15 ft sidewalk, 2-way buffered bikeway.
#3: Shared Street: 18 ft sidewalk, 18-20 ft shared road space and close one McDonald’s driveway entrance.
#4: Pedestrians, Bicycles and Deliveries only: 20 ft sidewalk zone, 10-12 ft shared space for bikes and deliveries.
#5: Pedestrians and Bicycles only.  Closed to traffic.  Street converted to a Mall.
All 5 options would minimize impact on the east side of the street.
Restricting cars on the street would change their entry to both big parking garages.
Robin made a motion that we prefer Options #4 & 5, #3 could work if properly designed and #2 wouldn’t work.
 
The motion passed unanimously.
 
 

3.  5E Subcommittee Report presented by Elissa Schufman and Emily Smoak

Winter Maintenance Report/Proactive Sidewalk Inspection:  Lisa Cerney is open to comments and discussion on winter maintenance.
 
Presentation Guide
o The Subcommittee reviewed a draft from the PAC.
o The Guide would provide consistency in staff presentations to the subcommittees.
o See the Subcommittee minutes for details and send comments to Elissa or Chris K.
 
Annual Report:  the Subcommittee brainstormed on the presentation for Transportation & Public Works in February.
 
BAC Work Plan
o A copy of the Work Plan was distributed and is included in the APPENDIX.
o The aim of the Plan is to guide our work; future discussions will focus on implementation.
o Equity statements were added to each other “E” based on the Safe Routes to Schools approach.
o Discussion on wording of Enforcement plan and role of Vision Zero.
o Nick said motorists need to be included in Education.
o People were encouraged to bring comments to the next Subcommittee meeting.
 

4.  Engineering Subcommittee Report presented by Chris Linde

 
Webber Parkway/44th Avenue N
o Hennepin County project; they are working with the City on this.
o Project extends from Washington/41st Av N, along Webber pkwy, and along 44th Ave N to Penn Ave N.
o Previous Subcommittee resolution supported an off-street bike facility along Webber, an on-street facility on 44th , and attention to intersections.
o Current plan includes the facility on Webber but no facility on 44th, since it is a block away from bicycle facility on Victory Memorial Pkwy.
o Plan increases green space on 44th and notes it is a major bus route.
o Plan provides a comfortable bicycle connection to Victory Memorial Pkwy.
o Chris L presented a motion to support the plan and increase sidewalk width on 44th.
o The motion passed unanimously.
 
Blaisdell Avenue Protected Bikeway
o Chris K presented this project which originally went from 26th to 29th but now goes from Franklin to 29th.
o Project adds flexible delineators and paint; no lane or parking removal.
o 2ft buffer added from Franklin to 26th; 5 ft buffer from 26th to 29th.
o Plan does not include protected intersections which could be added later.
Chris L’s motion to support the project as presented passed unanimously.
 

5.  2018 Year End Review presented by Matthew Dyrdahl

Matthew D shared the slide show he is presenting to the City Council.
There were 14.5 miles of new or modified bicycle segments in 2018.
 

6.  Announcements

Nick M:  Minnesota Bike Summit coming up on Thursday, February 28.
Bill D:  The North American Bike Share Foundation will be expanding their scope to include all “micromobility,” every vehicle that uses bike lanes.
 
The meeting was adjourned at 6:08 pm.
Minutes respectfully submitted by Janice Gepner
 
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APPENDIX:  Minneapolis Bicycle Advisory Committee 2018-2020 Work Plan

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The City of Minneapolis defines equity as “fair and just opportunities and outcomes for all people,” and defines racial equity as “the development of policies, practices and strategic investment to reverse racial disparity trends, eliminate institutional racism, and ensure that outcomes and opportunities for all people are no longer predictable by race.”
 
The City of Minneapolis Division of Race & Equity notes that despite Minneapolis’ reputation as one of the most progressive, thriving cities in the country, we cannot escape the present legacy of past discrimination.
 
Given these realities, the Bicycle Advisory Committee should be extremely thoughtful in how it approaches equity. Past goals have conflated mode equity (work to advance bicycling in a cars-first culture) with other types of equity (such as racial equity work to advance outcomes for people of color in a white supremacist culture). Using the above definitions, the Bicycle Advisory Committee has drafted equity advancement statements that should guide decision-making around each work plan goal.

 

Enforcement:

1.   Advise that Vision Zero does not prioritize standard traffic enforcement.
2.   De-escalate/reduce police involvement in traffic enforcement.
3.   Implement automated enforcement.
4.   Vehicles that park or stop in bike lanes are subject to enforcement.
5.   Lower speed limits and design for lower speed capacity on roadways.
 
Equity Advancement of Enforcement:
Enforcement is a tool to reduce the dangerous behavior of drivers. Police as enforcement is problematic because it trades one kind of danger (driver behavior toward people on bikes) for another kind of danger (police behavior towards people of color). People of color, particularly the black community in North Minneapolis, are routinely targeted by police, both on bicycles and as they go about their daily lives. While systemic disparities and racial bias exist in the institution of policing, we cannot promote policing as an effective or desired enforcement solution. Trading one kind of harm for another is unacceptable. Instead, we look to tools like automated enforcement or infrastructure changes, which are less likely to perpetuate life-threatening bias, to shift the way people in cars interact with our streets.
 

Encouragement

1.   Pilot car-free Sundays and incorporate large routes with less resources that happen weekly.
2.   Audit existing system wayfinding and fill the gaps.
3.   Provide business and retail bike parking in proximity to entrances.
4.   Target encouragement to use new infrastructure.
Equity Advancement of Encouragement: 
Addressing equity in encouragement means that decisions about activities should prioritize access in under-resourced communities, including low-income communities, communities of color, and the disability community. Encouragement events and activities should consider and prioritize geographies where people of color and low-income people live, and should involve the affected communities in all stages of planning. Encouragement activities should effectively support people from different backgrounds in embracing bicycling.
 

Education

1.   Universal bike education in all Minneapolis Public Schools and opportunities for private schools to share in learning and resources.
2.   Update the City’s Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Ordinance to include education requirements.
Equity Advancement of Education:
Education opportunities for youth (under 18) should ensure that low-income students, students with disabilities, and students of color have access. Programming should be culturally-responsive and acknowledge that students’ lived experience can impact their experience on a bicycle. These include things like racism and racial profiling, physical or cognitive disability, and access to expendable income to purchase a bike. Education efforts for adults should similarly recognize these circumstances and should have content that is engaging and useful for a diverse group of people. When appropriate, multilingual education should be explored.
 

Engineering:

1.   Improved bike detours during construction by addressing policy and compliance.
2.   Include bike parking as a project cost for all projects.
3.   Support and promote bike facilities as a tool for traffic calming.
4.   Apply the principles in the complete streets policy to signalization and other traffic control devices to improve travel experience for people biking.
Equity Advancement of Engineering:
Physical improvements to the streetscape and built environment should decrease the risk of injury from motor vehicles for people on bikes, and support walking and accessibility. Decisions about infrastructure should actively combat the City’s decades-long disinvestment in low-income communities and communities of color by soliciting community involvement and prioritizing projects in these areas. 
 

Evaluation:

1.   Support efforts to consistently evaluate bicycle infrastructure projects.
2.   Engagement with and support of city staff in the analysis and communication of bicycle count data and methods.
3.   Broaden the way in which the city approaches evaluation.
4.   Determine areas of evaluation that can be expanded or improved.
5.   Seek out new means of engaging resident feedback.
Equity Advancement of Evaluation:
Evaluation should employ a wide range of culturally-appropriate methods, articulate reporting-back strategies as part of the data collection process, and acknowledge community members as experts of their own experience. Surveys, as a culturally white evaluation method, provide a limited picture of success, and should be used with caution and engaged with critically.
 

Equity

1. The Bicycle Advisory Committee champions the City’s equity goals through ongoing work.
Advancement of Modal Equity:
As we align our work with the City’s Complete Streets policy and ensure that people have widespread access to bicycling, it is important to address disparities and modal equity. We need to specifically consider disparities around affordability, access, safety, environmental impacts, and health outcomes, and how these disparities contribute to a bicycling landscape that is dominated by middle and upper-class white, cis, able-bodied men.

 

Last updated Mar 19, 2019

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