Minneapolis Bicycle Advisory Committee Minutes
Wednesday, February 27, 2019, 4 PM – 6 PM
Room 319 Minneapolis City Hall
Members Present: Mackenzie Turner Bargen, Jenny Bordon, Tony Drollinger, Wes Durham, Matthew Dyrdahl, Paul Frenz, Robin Garwood, Janice Gepner, Matthew Hendricks, Liz Johnston, Jordan Kocak, Nick Mason, Dan Miller, Tyler Pederson, Elissa Schufman, Aaron Shaffer, Sarah Stewart, Emily Wade, Georgianna Yantos
Members Absent: Richard Anderson, Erika Dani, Steve Elmer, Joshua Houdek, Chris Linde (excused), Jaime Makepeace, Greg Sautter, Emily Smoak, Anthony Taylor
Others Present: Mason Cho, Millicent Flowers, Ashley Lotzer
Summaries of Discussions
The meeting was called to order at 4:03 pm and was chaired by Nick Mason. The Agenda and January Minutes were unanimously approved.
1. 5E Subcommittee Report presented by Elissa Schufman
• Annual Report Recap
o Several BAC and PAC members attended.
o The Council Members appreciated our work.
o Nick thanked everyone who worked on the presentation ahead of time.
o Report, presentation and video are available on the web.
• Scooter Share in Minneapolis
o Josh Johnson shared an analysis of the past season with the Subcommittee.
o Each scooter had 6 riders/day which is more than for bikeshare.
o Scooter users were surveyed and nearly 1000 folks responded.
o Most uses were for transportation rather than recreation.
o There was discussion about scooter use on bike trails.
o How to think about scooters: not active transportation but they are low-powered.
o The subcommittee would like Josh to return as the city plans for this summer.
• Implementation of the Workplan
o The Subcommittee is taking the time to identify goals to accomplish.
o They will be getting more specific at the next few meetings.
• Transportation Action Plan Update
o Kathleen Mayell provided an update on the Transportation Action Plan (TAP).
o The TAP replaces Access Minneapolis and is the implementation part of Mpls2040.
o Goals include climate, safety, equity, and mobility.
o BAC members are in some of the work groups.
o Would incentives to buy local affect needs for freight?
o There are ongoing workshops open for feedback: check the website.
• Nick M: We should plan to honor Don Pflaum next month. He was the city’s first “bicycle coordinator” and important in starting the BAC. We should recognize his work since he left Minneapolis Public Works.
• Matthew D: the Final Four is coming to Minneapolis April 5-8. He outlined some street closures and detours around the stadium and also on Nicollet Ave. These should eventually be online.
• Sarah S: They evaluated the Minneapolis Bikes program (to encourage City employees to bike more) and found that people were interested in winter biking. There have already been two well attended winter biking classes (on dressing and riding safely).
• Nick M: Minnesota Bike Summit is tomorrow at Christ Lutheran Church. Over 100 people have pre-registered. Key issues will be funding for active transportation including Safe Routes to Schools, the wording in statues on where bicycles can ride, not eliminating liability wavers for events, and keeping bicycle facilities eligible for trunk highway funding.
• Nick M: National Bike Summit will be the following week. Let him know if there’s something you’d like him to share with our legislators.
• Emily W: Open Streets has an open RFP (Request for Proposals) for up to 5 projects. See their website for details.
• Tyler P: The Concepts for the Minnehaha Regional Trail Plan are now out and input is being solicited.
The meeting was adjourned at 5:06 pm.
Minutes respectfully submitted by Janice Gepner
Last updated Apr 2, 2019