Working with local governments, Bike Walk Twin Cities is adding nearly 90 miles of new bike ways and sidewalks in the Twin Cities and investing in innovative programs (such as Nice Ride Minnesota bike sharing and the Sibley Community Partners Bike Library) community outreach (through the Bike Walk Ambassadors and St. Paul Smart-Trips’ neighborhood marketing), […]
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The area around the Metrodome oscillates between two lousy poles: it’s either packed with cars and football fans, or it’s deserted. On Sunday evening, catching a ride back into town after visiting family, I had my first experience with the former. We made the mistake of taking the Washington exit off of 35W, and immediately […]
Minnesota Department of Transportation Commissioner Charlie Zelle and Metropolitan Council Chair Sue Haigh will be hosting a series of metro-area town halls to discuss transportation — including bicycle transport and transit — on several upcoming dates. Dates include: Tuesday, Dec. 10 – St. Paul Union Depot, Veterans Gallery, 214 E. 4th Street., St. Paul Thursday, […]
The podcast this week is the first of a series I’ve been wanting to do for a while, where I gather expatriates living in the Twin Cities to talk about their former homes. This episode is a group of three people who grew up in Detroit, but now live in the Minneapolis Saint Paul area, […]
If the Streets.MN Best of awards had included a category for Loveliest Neighborhood Business Node in Saint Paul, Selby and Western would’ve won that hands down. But Selby and Western didn’t need the lovely qualifier to win this category with 32.1% of the vote (26 votes out of 81). The runners up were: 2. Snelling […]
I just learned about  although the general concept is much older. Betteridge explained the concept in a February 2009 article, regarding a TechCrunch article with the headline “Did Last.fm Just Hand Over User Listening Data To the RIAA?”: “This story is a great demonstration of my maxim that any headline which ends in a question mark can […]
Bus stops are making the big time. Metro transit is launching an Enhanced Transit Information Signage Survey (The ETISS). All are encouraged to participate. Metro Transit wants to enhance information at bus stops. Please answer a few quick questions to help us identify new improvements. Also, Eric Roper has a nice article in today’s Strib: Building a Better […]
Don’t get me wrong, Grand Marais is probably my favorite town in Minnesota, even beating out my ancestral homeland, New Ulm. I wrote a fairly extensive piece about this gem of the North Shore on my personal blog (full disclosure: my personal blog is written by me personally). But I gotta wonder about the perversity […]
When writing my post praising Northfield last summer, someone (probably from Faribault) said “what about Faribault? I had never been to Faribault so I had no opinion. Recently we did a short road trip to some towns in Southern Minnesota, and here is what I saw. Caveat: This is at best drive-by urbanism, I didn’t […]
Goofy stars as a Jekyll and Hyde character, Mr. Walker/Mr. Wheeler. When he’s a pedestrian he’s mild-mannered and rational; when he’s a driver he’s mad and bad.
Originally published on Mar 4, 2013 [As seen on www.Streets.MN] – One of our writers, Nate Hood, attempts to park on Mears Park in Lowertown, St. Paul on Monday thru Thursday evenings. The song playing is Nighttiming (West Coast) by Coconut Records. Here’s the YouTube video: http://youtu.be/mTzEp4CeWT8
Summit-University, Ramsey Hill, Cathedral Hill August 17, 2013 13.7 miles My August 17th ride of nearly 14 miles focused upon portions of the Summit-University, Ramsey Hill and Cathedral Hill neighborhoods. Here are my reflections on the first portion of the ride. Marshall Avenue from Chatsworth eastward is one of the most mottled thoroughfares I’ve ridden […]
Today’s Star Tribune confirms the plan brought to light a week ago, that the City of Minneapolis is summoning a hibernating secret agent with bond-issuing superpowers to issue $65 million in debt to support the Ryan project. The Star Tribune (which, of course, will benefit handsomely from the sale of four blocks of Downtown East real […]
There has been a lot of coverage of Block E lately, given the recent announcement of renovations and new tenants. It is way too early to really comment, but I hope the current owners add some doors and windows to better engage the street. In the meantime, in case you missed it, Bill Lindeke wrote yesterday an excellent piece about […]
More photos from the Borchert Aerial Map Archive at the University of Minnesota, this one a bit closer to the actual archive itself. The West Bank neighborhood of Minneapolis fascinates me because you can find so many different eras of the city juxtaposed with each other. Here’s one of those: the old intersection of 5th […]
The characteristics of a city’s off-street cycling network vary widely by culture. Expectations are adjusted accordingly. The most progressive cycling communities in the U.S. have set high standards for what they consider to be suitable bicycle facilities. Many towns avoid paths that track along sharp turns (i.e., 90 angles), swerve around trees, mix with transit […]
Several weekends ago, there was a streets.mn Board Meeting on the East Side of St. Paul. Deep, deep on the East Side of St. Paul. I took a Route 17 bus from my neighborhood into Downtown Minneapolis, transferred to a Route 94 bus to Downtown St. Paul, transferred to the Route 74 bus to my […]
Today, Streets.MN’s very own William Lindeke — board member, writer-wrangler, and geographer — was featured on MPR’s Morning Circuit to discuss the future of Block E and the new vision for its use. His appearance is summed up on the MPR site. But Bill’s had a lot to say about Block E right here on […]
Just like with contraception, the pull-out method doesn’t work for transit. When a bus is required to exit a through lane to make a stop, then to reenter the through lane, there is inherent delay in the additional movement required. Then more delay when the bus has to yield to vehicles in the through lane […]
Pedestrian actuators call for a pedestrian signal at an intersection which is semi-actuated (where the green-time goes to the mainline except when a vehicle is on the side street, subject to a maximum cycle length and a minimum green time for the side street) or fully-actuated (where the green time is allocated to approaches which […]