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U of M Protected Bikeways

In 2019, Minneapolis Public Works is proposing to install 2.6 miles of protected bikeways connecting the University of Minnesota and the surrounding neighborhoods of Como, Marcy Holmes, and Cedar Riverside. Between 400 and 4,000 people currently bike along this corridor each day, making it the highest demand area for bicycling in the city. The project aims to improve many existing bike lanes and complete important gaps in city’s bikeway network. 

 UofM Protected Bikeways map_simple

Project Status

Project Status: Construction


Project Limits

*Proposed extension to 8th Street SE pending federal scope

Project Schedule

Duration of Construction


Traffic Impact



What is a protected bikeway?

Not everyone feels comfortable and safe riding on a busy street, even with a regular bike lane. A protected bikeway creates a more comfortable space to ride that is physically separated from motor vehicle traffic. A separated facility can attract a wider demographic of riders and the City sees protected bikeways as an important tool to increase bicycling in Minneapolis. 

Most of this project is proposed to include a protected bikeway design with short segments of bike boulevard, trail, and conventional bike lanes. 

Project Goals

Parking Changes are Proposed

To install a dedicated bikeway, existing on-street parking must be removed on three blocks in the Como neighborhood:

Public Works is in the process of gathering feedback on the proposed changes and understanding what alternative on-street or off-street parking options exist for adjacent residents. 

Project Documents

Project Fact Sheet - Updated 1/4/18

Presentation to SECIA - Updated 12/20/17

Presentation to SECIA - Updated 4/20/17

Council Approved Layout - South Segment (10th Ave SE, 19th Ave S, 4th St S, 20th Ave S) - Updated 2/13/18

Council Approved Layout - North Segment (15th Ave SE, Rollins Ave SE, 18th Ave SE) - Updated 2/13/18


Minneapolis Bicycle Advisory Committee

April 18, 2017, 4:00 p.m.

Colonial Warehouse Building, 212 3rd Avenue N, Suite 404

Marcy Holmes Neighborhood Association

April 18, 2017, 6:30 p.m.

Pillsbury A-Mill, 315 Main Street SE

Minneapolis Pedestrian Advisory Committee

April 20, 2017, 4:30 p.m. 

Minneapolis City Hall, Room 212 

Southeast Como Improvement Association 

April 20, 2017, 6:30 p.m.

Van Cleve Park Recreation Center

Seward Neighborhood Group

June 13, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

Matthews Park Recreation Center

Minneapolis Bicycle Advisory Committee

September 19, 2017 4:00 p.m.

City Hall, 350 5th St S, Room 212

U of M Pop Up Event #1

September 26, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Coffman Union (lower level by Bookstore)

U of M Pop Up Event #2

October 4, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Coffman Union (lower level by Bookstore)

Seward Neighborhood Group

October 10, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

Matthews Park Recreation Center

Southeast Como Improvement Association 

December 20, 2017, 5:30 p.m.

Van Cleve Park Recreation Center

Minneapolis Bicycle Advisory Committee

January 16, 2018, 4:00 p.m.

City Hall, 350 5th St S, Room 212

Project Updates

Week of June 10, 2019

Completed in the past week

On 20th Ave near Cedar Ave / on 19th Ave S near S 2nd St / on 19th Ave S near S 4th St:

  • Pavement saw cutting and removal
  • Grading work and forming
  • Concrete work: Protected bikeways installed

Work expected for next week

On 20th Ave near Cedar Ave / on 19th Ave S near S 2nd St / on 19th Ave S near S 4th St

  • Install sidewalk panels
  • Install South Bus Concrete pad on 19th Ave S

Current Work Areas

19th and 2nd_Photo

19th and 4th St_Photo

20th and Cedar_Photo

Completed Work

U of M Bikeways Photo 6-18-19_1

U of M Bikeways Photo 6-18-19_2

U of M Bikeways Photo 6-18-19_3

June 7, 2019 Update

U of M protected Bikeways Project construction will start the coming Monday June 10, 2019.


Simon Blenski, Project Planner, 612-673-5012 or [email protected] 

Adam Hayow, Project Planner, 612-673-21724 or [email protected] 

Ayalew Getaneh, Construction Engineer, 612-673-6055 or [email protected]


Last updated Jun 18, 2019



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