Minneapolis Bicycle Advisory Committee Minutes
Wednesday, November 28, 2018, 4 PM – 6 PM
Room 333 Minneapolis City Hall
Members Present: Richard Anderson, Jenny Bordon, Tony Drollinger, Wes Durham, Matthew Dyrdahl, Paul Frenz, Robin Garwood, Janice Gepner, Matthew Hendricks, Jordan Kocak, Chris Linde, Nick Mason, Dan Miller, Greg Sautter, Elissa Schufman, Sarah Stewart, Georgianna Yantos
Members Absent: Mackenzie Turner Bargen, Erika Dani, Steve Elmer, Joshua Houdek (excused), Liz Johnston, Jaime Makepeace, Tyler Pederson (excused), Aaron Shaffer (excused), Emily Smoak (excused), Emily Wade (excused), Anthony Taylor
Others Present: Abdullahi Abdulle, Simon Blenski, Millicent Flowers, Liz Heyman, Phil Longenecker, Kate Matusinec
The Minneapolis Bicycle Advisory Committee supports the 18th Ave NE project as presented with the following suggestions:
1) consideration for a conjoined separated bike/walk trail next to the roadway similar to west of Johnson Street paying attention to the clear zones; and
2) consideration for an improved bicycle connection from the 18th Avenue trail to the Arthur Street bicycle boulevard.
Summaries of Discussions
The meeting was called to order at 4:03 pm and was chaired by Nick Mason. The Agenda and October Minutes were unanimously approved.
1. CIP Overview presented by Abdullahi Abdulle, Minneapolis Public Works
- CIP (Capital Improvement Projects) are identified and funded in a yearlong cycle.
- Projects are developed in Jan – Mar, presented to CLIC in April – May, and in the Mayor’s budget in Aug – Sept.
- Factors in prioritizing projects include data, opportunities to collaborate or coordinate with other projects, and equity.
- Abdullahi highlighted bike and ped projects in this fall’s Mayor’s budget (2019-2023 CIP) including expanding the protected bikeway network, Safe Routes to Schools, resurfacing a segment of the Midtown Greenway, Bridge 9 rehabilitation, the Queen Ave N Bike Boulevard, and the 18th Ave NE trail gap.
- The public can provide input online or by attending CLIC public hearings.
2. Walking and Biking in Numbers presented by Phil Longenecker
- Annual bike and pedestrian count data is on the city website.
- Phil analyzed the data over several years to see what factors are common to sites where bicycling and walking are increasing or decreasing.
- He looked at 380 sites which had been counted at least twice.
- He looked for characteristics of sites in the top 50th percentile for growth or decline.
- Top sites seeing growth in walking and biking had narrower roadways (32 vs 40 ft.) and wider sidewalks (14 vs 12 ft.).
- This study is on the web: http://www.minneapolismn.gov/bicycles/res/WCMS1P-135614
- Bicycling is increasing fastest where there are protected bicycle facilities.
3. 5E Subcommittee Report presented by Elissa Schufman
- Grand Rounds Missing Link Master Plan update
o Carrie Christiansen provided an update to the 20-year plan to the Subcommittee.
o There is now a survey online.
o Preferred and alternate routes are out for feedback.
o Dan and Chris are on the Citizen Advisory Committee.
o Key problem is obtaining right of way on railways.
- Transportation Action Plan
o The TAP will facilitate implementation of the transportation portion of the Comprehensive Plan.
o Simon Blenski asked the Subcommittee for input on the E’s related to bicycling.
o The Subcommittee provided comments for Equity, Engineering, Evaluation, and Enforcement but ran out of time for Education and Encouragement.
o Elissa asked the BAC for input on Education themes.
o Should the plan support bicycle curriculum or bicycle education in schools?
o Robin asked if Simon needs the input on the remaining 2 E’s before the Subcommittee meeting next month.
o Robin also said that equity should refer to modes as well as demographics.
- Strategic planning (BAC Work Plan)
o Subcommittee ran out of time before discussing this.
o This will be on the Agenda for half of the Subcommittee meeting next month.
4. Engineering Subcommittee Report presented by Chris Linde– ACTION
o Don Pflaum presented this project to the Subcommittee.
o The project is currently at 30%.
o The project is a total reconstruction from Johnson to Stinson, the section north of the Quarry Shopping Center.
o There is currently a trail behind a berm along the south/Quarry side.
o Suggested changes include major improvements on the north side and making the trail on the south side more accessible.
o Dan pointed out that the street is an important bicycle connection to the Diagonal Trail.
o Chris presented a motion to support the project with a few suggestions.
o The wording on the second bullet was revised to make it clearer.
o The revised motion was approved unanimously.
o Don will return to the Subcommittee as the project develops.
- CIP Recommendations Work Session presented by Matthew Dyrdahl
o Matthew presented a Draft of BAC recommendations for the 2020-2024 CIP.
o Under New Programs: develop a program to fund neighborhood greenways, continue funding for ongoing bike-related programs and add a program to update signaling to be consistent with the Complete Streets Policy.
o Discussion on lighting improvements: more policy than capital improvement, since there is funding for lighting. The issue is which corridors are prioritized.
o Under Protected Bike Lanes: ask for improvements and to construct all of the unprogrammed protected bike lanes identified in the Protected Bikeway Plan.
o The list included 4 Safe Routes to Schools segments.
o The list included 4 Stand Alone Connections which are mostly trails.
o The list will be discussed further at the next Engineering Subcommittee meeting.
o We requested that Matthew email an updated list to BAC members for further comments. A map would be great, too.
- Nick M: BAC Members were reminded that our meeting schedule for December is different.
- Robin G: Budget meeting is currently underway.
- Nick M: received a message from Tyler P with the alignment of the detour for Minnehaha Pkwy between 34th and the Bridge. Look for the details soon.
- Robin G: around 1 week remaining in the Comprehensive Plan process. Reach out to your Council Members to keep the bicycle improvements.
- Jennifer B: Let’s Go!!! The Minneapolis Public Schools Walking and Biking Field Trip Guide is out.
The meeting was adjourned at 5:54 pm.
Last updated Jan 3, 2019