Minneapolis Bicycle Advisory Committee Minutes
Wednesday, March 27, 2019, 4 PM – 6 PM
Room 319 Minneapolis City Hall
Members Present: Jenny Bordon, Tony Drollinger, Wes Durham, Matthew Dyrdahl, Steve Elmer, Paul Frenz, Robin Garwood, Janice Gepner, Matthew Hendricks, Joshua Houdek, Liz Johnston, Chris Linde, Nick Mason, Dan Miller, Emily Smoak, Aaron Shaffer, Sarah Stewart, Emily Wade, Georgianna Yantos
Members Absent: Richard Anderson, Mackenzie Turner Bargen, Erika Dani, Jordan Kocak, Jaime Makepeace, Tyler Pederson, Greg Sautter, Elissa Schufman, Anthony Taylor
Others Present: Bob Byers, Simon Blenski, Ethan Fawley, Millicent Flowers, Chris Kartheiser, and others
1. Whereas Don Pflaum recently concluded employment as a Transportation Planner at the City of Minneapolis after 19 years of service, and
whereas Don played a significant role in developing and planning Minneapolis bicycle facilities and infrastructure, and
whereas Don chaired and staffed the Minneapolis Bicycle Advisory Committee from 2001 to 2010, and
whereas Don’s contributions included a wide variety of program and project management, transportation planning, regional transit projects, and community engagement, and
whereas Don was the project manager and primary author for the 2011 Minneapolis Bicycle Master Plan and the Bicycle Facility Design Guide, and
whereas Don’s work led to the installation of a significant number of miles of bicycle lanes, trails, and helped build one of the best bicycling cities in the country, and
whereas some of Don’s major projects include:
• Cedar Lake Trail
• Midtown Greenway
• Hiawatha LRT Trail
• 18th Ave NE Bikeway
• Loring Bikeway Bridge
• Martin Olav Sabo Bridge
• Midtown Greenway Bicycle Center
• NE Diagonal Trail
• River Lake Greenway
• Non-Motorized Transportation Pilot Program (NTP)
• And many more bikeway projects and reconstruction projects, and
whereas Don’s straightforward, honest communication and friendship will be deeply missed,
now, therefore, be it resolved that the Minneapolis Bicycle Advisory Committee wishes to thank Don for 19 years of service and his outstanding contributions to bicycling in Minneapolis.
2. The Minneapolis Bicycle Advisory Committee recommends that the Transportation Action Plan explicitly include Universal Bicycle Education as expressed in the Minneapolis Public Schools Safe Routes to School Action Plan.
3. The Minneapolis Bicycle Advisory Committee thanks Columbia Heights for the 37th Avenue NE Multi-use Trail, and supports the off-street portion of this trail. We would like to see it continue to University Avenue NE, instead of the proposed on-street bike lane, where it would connect to the off-street trail. We recommend the following:
• Shared use signage on the trail,
• Plan for trail winter maintenance, and
• Look at lighting of the trail, especially at intersections.
4. The Minneapolis Bicycle Advisory Committee supports the Girard Avenue S Reconstruction Project as presented.
5. The Minneapolis Bicycle Advisory Committee requests that Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board and City of Minneapolis staff return to the BAC with further details on the Father Hennepin Bluffs Park Improvements project before the concept is finalized.
Summaries of Discussions
The meeting was called to order at 4:03 pm and was chaired by Nick Mason. The Agenda and February Minutes were unanimously approved.
1. Honoring Don Pflaum
• Nick read a plaque that the BAC signed and presented to Don (see Motion #1).
• Don spoke briefly about the beginnings of the BAC and why he left for St. Paul.
• Several people spoke about Don’s contributions to the BAC and PAC in Minneapolis.
• There was a video from Peter Wagenius and a note from Lisa Bender.
• The BAC presented its first ever distinguished service award to Don.
2. 5E Subcommittee Report presented by Emily Smoak
• Work Plan Action Items
o This took up the bulk of the meeting.
o The Work Plan is being seen as a “living document.”
o 2 E’s were discussed; they will work with the Engineering Subcommittee on its E.
• Universal Bicycle Education
o Jenny Borden did a presentation for the Subcommittee that she will share with the full BAC at a later date.
o Biggest challenge is funding.
o 30% of 4th and 5th graders have bike education now; hope is for 100%.
o Nick said that Universal Bike Education should be in the Transportation Action Plan and presented a motion to that effect.
o The motion passed unanimously.
• BAC Member from the Police Department
o The BAC slot for a member from the Police Department has long been empty.
o Emily S knows someone she could ask to join the BAC; he works in the police department but is not an officer.
o Emily W said that some people might be uncomfortable attending BAC meetings with someone from the police department present.
o Emily S was encouraged to reach out to her person about joining the BAC.
3. Engineering Subcommittee Report presented by Chris Linde
• 37th Avenue NE Multi-use Trail
o This project is joint between Minneapolis and Columbia Heights as it’s on the border.
o Original plan included a 10-foot off-street shared-use trail on the north side of the street, which is in Columbia Heights.
o Plan now includes the trail, except for one long block where a recently built apartment building built a sidewalk; plan has an on-street bike lane for that block.
o This facility connects to an off-street trail on University.
o The Subcommittee wanted to see signage on the trail to show it is shared use.
o Chris presented a motion supporting an off-street trail with suggestions.
o The motion passed unanimously.
• Girard Avenue S Reconstruction
o We’ve seen this project before when there were 5 options.
o Now down to one option: a shared slow-street with no curb.
o The sidewalk on the west will be widened and the travel lane narrowed.
o McDonald’s and Stella’s will still be able to use the street for loading.
o Street should be easy to close down to car traffic for events or in the future.
o Dan M pointed out that the street will be slightly raised for pedestrian crossings.
o Chris’ motion to support the project passed unanimously.
• Father Hennepin Bluffs Park Improvements
o This is a Park Board project on the east side of the Stone Arch Bridge.
o The area is a problem for cyclists because of the tight pinch point and cobblestones.
o Plan included an 8-ft 2-way bike path; that doesn’t meet code.
o Matthew D had a problem with the project from a process perspective.
o Bike path in plan just ended at end of the park.
o There was discussion on whether to pass a motion.
o Joshua H said that the Park Board should use its BAC reps for suggestions.
o In place of the motion passed by the Subcommittee, Robin presented a simpler motion, asking the Park Board and City to return to the BAC.
o The motion passed unanimously.
• Emily S: Twin Cities Adaptive Cycling will speak to the full BAC in April. Meanwhile come to their Kickoff Party and Fundraiser at Indeed Brewery on April 17 from 4-8 pm. They are a non-profit that does adaptive bike share.
• Dan M: Let’s make sure we continue to discuss supporting our Park Board citizen members. Joshua said he’d talk to Tyler P.
• Jenny B: National Bike to School Day is May 8. Bike along with the Minneapolis Public Schools starting at 3 pm at the Culinary Center.
• Emily W: May is Bike Month. Add your event to the Open Streets web page.
• Joshua H: Contact your legislators about funding active transportation.
• Joshua H: “30 days of Biking” is coming up in a month.
• Matthew D: Scooters and e-bikes will be rolling out soon.
• Nick M: Update from the National Bike Summit: Scooters are coming everywhere. Main concerns are safety, data sharing and the fact that private companies are running public transportation. Over 400 people attended. They met with the entire MN delegation. Good policy asks included the following: new bicycle commuter act, a pilot program to look at bicycle & pedestrian data, and use of highway safety improvement program dollars for bicycles and pedestrians.
The meeting was adjourned at 5:52 pm.
Minutes respectfully submitted by Janice Gepner
Last updated Apr 26, 2019