17 Minutes, One Red Light Second At A Time

I once had a quite lengthy conversation with a traffic engineer—about seven seconds. We were discussing if an intersection should include no-turn-on-red to increase safety for bicycle riders and pedestrians using an adjacent MUP. The engineer’s concern was that this would delay drivers by an average of seven seconds each. This was fascinating, as it […]

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Charles, Churches, and Culture – Part 2

May 24, 2014 17.9 miles Macalester-Groveland, Lexington-Hamline, Frogtown, North End I spent much of the first portion of this ride in Frogtown and on Charles Avenue specifically. (It was named for Charles Rodney Rice, a merchant and brother of developer Edmund Rice.)(1) You’ll find details of that part of the ride in “Charles, Churches and […]

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Chart of the Day: Per capita VMT (commercial trucks vs. personal vehicles)

I’ve written about declining vehicle miles travelled (VMT) before over at my blog, but this recent post at Communitybuilders.net caught my eye because it disaggregated the data (looking a four states as case studies) between commercial and personal traffic.  These data make it seem that commercial trucking (think about frac sand mining or Amazon.com) is the […]

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Bicycle Infrastructure: Minneapolis vs. Saint Paul

In January this year, when the Draft Saint Paul Bikeways Plan was released to the public, people in the media called to ask me what I thought of the plan and why I thought Minneapolis was so far ahead of Saint Paul when it came to bicycle infrastructure. I couldn’t comment on the plan because […]

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Sunday Summary – September 7, 2014

Perhaps streets.mn writers are busy back at school, because it was a pretty light week.  Here’s all the news sliced, diced and summarized: Audio/visual department: MnDOT Multimodal Plan Video Asks Tough Questions asks one question – “What is multimodal transportation?” –  and the answers are illuminating although not always encouraging.  Two photos this week show us […]

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MnDOT Multimodal Plan Video Asks Tough Questions

In 2012, MnDOT produced a series of videos about its Minnesota Go State Multimodal Plan. In this installment, it asks the public what is multimodal? Streets.mn is a non-profit and is volunteer run. We rely on your support to keep the servers running. If you value what you read, please consider becoming a member.

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Chart of the Day: Additions to US Power Plant Capacity

This chart comes from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, a national policy thinktank based in Minneapolis.   Basically it shows how “residential solar” (i.e. panels on houses) has become a meaningful mix in the new additions to the US energy grid. It’s something to think about when thinking about homes, or energy, or cities, or […]

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Minneapolis Can Salvage the Hiawatha Crosswalk “Improvement” Project

The City of Minneapolis can salvage the Hiawatha Crosswalk “Improvement” project. All they have to do is send out a traffic engineer to reprogram the signals so the Walk signals automatically appear. Pedestrians deserve the right to an automatic Walk signal, particularly in a city-designated Pedestrian Overlay Zone near the Blue Line, a nearly $800 million transit investment that is […]

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Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs): A Tool for Preservation

  Minneapolis is growing. For the first time since the 1970s, the population has reached more than 400,000 people, and folks are struggling to find places to live. There’s a lot of economic pressure to demolish old homes and develop apartment buildings and condominiums to make space for these new residents. This influx of people […]

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Three Urban Design Lessons from Sweden

OK. I admit that the last thing this website needs is another post about the greatness of Europe. Surely, Minnesotan urban nerds are saturated with this stuff by now. Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Paris, blah blah blah. How fancy all that sounds from far away Saint Paul! How nice it must be to walk around and drink […]

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Strong Towns: This Is Not a Conference

streets.mn members are invited to join the Strong Towns National Gathering. It’ll be local. It’ll be educational. It’ll be September 12 – 14, 2014. This is not a conference, but a gathering. Strong Towns is hosting it’s first National Gathering in two weeks in Minneapolis, but it’s aim is entirely different than that of a “conference“. […]

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My Two Sense: Rainbow Highway

Streaking in a silver bullet, cutting stacks of water walls, moping the exterior torrent.  It’s a perfect Japanese comfort pod though my muscles tense in spite of it – anticipating an unrequited role in the heroic effort at hand. Then I enter my first rainbow.  Yes, I drive inside a rainbow.   My vision is hopeless, […]

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Sunday Summary – August 31, 2014

It’s the end of summer on streets.mn, but not too late to squeeze a little more fun out of it before it’s time for school on Tuesday. State Fair:  The Great Minnesota Get Together ends tomorrow, so streets.mn readers still have time to see Eco Experience exhibits, argue with Move.mn representatives, talk to political candidates […]

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