Minneapolis streets to get more protected bikeways
More protected bikeways are coming to Minneapolis streets. The City Council has amended its Bicycle Master Plan to address protected bikeways and recommend streets that would be good candidates for them.
There’s growing interest in Minneapolis and throughout the country to create more protected bikeways, which are areas for bicycles physically separated from motor vehicle traffic. Off-street bike trails are the most common type of protected bikeways. Protected bikeways may also be located along street corridors as long as they are separated from traffic lanes. This can be done with parked cars, curbs, medians, flexible traffic posts, planters or other vertical features.
The Minneapolis Bicycle Master Plan approved in 2011 addressed a broad range of bikeway types, but it did not specifically address on-street protected bikeways. This amendment updates the plan to specifically include a near-term network of protected bikeways while also laying out a plan to achieve the creation of 30 miles of new on-street protected bikeways by 2020, as recommended in the City’s Climate Action Plan.
The revised Bicycle Master Plan now identifies streets and corridors recommended for protected bikeways in the near future. This includes projects slated to get protected bikeways this construction season.
Published Jul 14, 2015