Minneapolis officials to make driving cars more difficult along two new bike boulevards [MAPS]

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In an effort to keep bicyclists safe, Minneapolis officials will make driving harder along the soon-to-be-constructed Presidents and and Southern Bike Connection bike boulevards.

SEE ALSO: New Dinkytown bike highway set to open in June [MAPS]

Both boulevards, the former in Northeast and the latter in South, will feature miniature traffic circles, concrete medians, and curb extensions designed to slow down automobile traffic. The Southern Bike Connection with also have speed bumps like the ones adorning the Bryant Avenue bike boulevard in the Uptown area.

Shaun Murphy, bicycle and pedestrian coordinator for Minneapolis, explained to MinnPost that "Bicycling is prioritized on these streets."

"Motorists are still welcome, but the traffic calming is in place to keep motorists going slow," Murphy continued, adding that the 20-feet-in-diameter traffic circles will "have landscaping in them maintained by local residents. They should be a neighborhood amenity."

Meanwhile, the concrete medians will run down the center of the road with the idea being that they'll help bikers and on-feet pedestrians cross automobile traffic safely.

According to MinnPost, the $985,000 needed to fund the total cost of both of the new bike boulevards comes from federal Non-Motorized Transportation Pilot Program funds awarded to Minneapolis in 2008 and '09.

Together, the boulevards will add about seven miles of bikeways to the current 190-mile system. Construction is expected to begin in September and be completed by October.

To see maps of the Presidents and Southern Bike Connection boulevards, click to page two.


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digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

people who identify themselves with a stupid machine are the worst

its just a bike, everyone can ride one 

you are not special because your some biker... also, these biker #&@* act like they're doing some extreme sport

like its a rush

fkn posers


Alex Browne
Alex Browne

I can't drive through downtown without seeing multiple moving violations from cyclist. The animosity toward bikers could be prevented if there was not the sense of entitlement that comes from most people on two wheels. My god! Even cart pushers who have more close calls with cars everyday don't whine as much.

shorthandrprjm
shorthandrprjm

how about get the bicyclists off the sidewalks downtown

Marcus Nielson
Marcus Nielson

I'm as polite as I can be on my bike. I move over to the left at stops for right turning cars, I move over to the right when there is not enough room to pass me even when that puts me in the door zone of parking cars. Do I get the same from cars. 95% yes. Of course though there is the car(s) I see EVERYDAY parked in the bike lane and yesterday I was passing a bus that was stopped In the bike lane (it was a bus stop) on a two lane one-way and a car honks at me even thou he had a open lane to pass me. Some people are jerks if they walk, bike or drive so get a grip anti-bike people. Rant over

Reid Diebel
Reid Diebel

That's great that they are doing this. I lived and biked DT for 2 years and I got to say, I've come across some cyclist that don't use common sense and get mad like they do "own the road". If it's super busy (rush hour), some still go flying by cars, although in the bike lane, they don't take caution that one car could or might accidentally move towards the bike lane and when it happens they usually would yell, "See me!!" . Take it slow and caution to the surroundings like I did. Common sense.

Alex Browne
Alex Browne

Cyclists do own the road? Start paying road taxes then princess.

Branden Strot
Branden Strot

Cyclists never have priority. They lose every time.

Alex Browne
Alex Browne

Cyclists already act like they own the road.

ludwitr
ludwitr

How about, will make riding bikes safer?  ...just a suggestion.  Unless you want to sound like a sensationalist rag trying to get a rise out of people, cause if that was the goal, congrats.

M__H
M__H

@Alex Browne Roads are funded out of the general tax revenues that everyone pays, idiot.  There's no additional road tax.

T.S.Moody
T.S.Moody

Was I replying to every CityPages article, or just this one headline, Nate?  To be perfectly honest, I think CityPages mostly tries to grab attention by bating one side of an issue, just to get clicks/views, regardless of the publication's actual stance on a given issue.  I point it out whenever I see it, and this is one opportunity to do so.

T.S.Moody
T.S.Moody

I sence the sarcasm.  I think it is.  CityPages has had so many outrageously leading online headlines over the past year.

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