Yeah, We Should Rename Lake Calhoun

Like previous mass shootings, last week’s terrorist attack in Charleston, SC left me–and the rest of the country–heartbroken. What was even worse in my mind is that in the year 2015, even with the apparent progress that this country has made on the race relations front, there are individuals out there that still hate fellow humans […]

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Map Monday: Chicago with Minneapolis’ New Parking Requirements

Via Yonah Freemark (via Councilmember Lisa Bender’s Facebook page), here’s a map of what Chicago’s minimum parking requirements would look like if they adopted the recently proposed “Minneapolis minimums” along transit lines. As Freemark explains, It is important to note that a zoning change eliminating parking requirements is not the same as a parking maximum, which is a […]

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Roadkill Bill – Tailpipe Emissions

Progress has resumed on Bicyclopolis Book 2 after a brief hiatus in which Roberta and I visited Sioux Falls, South Dakota via Jefferson Lines and Brompton bikes. Here again is a vintage Roadkill Bill comic.  Click on the comic to make it bigger: Streets.mn is a non-profit and is volunteer run. We rely on your […]

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1948: Educating Road Users in Amsterdam

1948: Educating Road Users in Amsterdam

When cities and counties in Minnesota propose to redesign a street in order to calm traffic, improve accessibility to biking, or create more inviting environments for walking, a gaggle of angry opponents often shows up to voice its objections. “We’re not like Portland! We’re not like Amsterdam!” they say. Well, neither was Amsterdam not too many […]

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Sunday Summary – June 21, 2015

It is the Summer Solstice today (or will be at 11:39 am in streets.mn’s Central time zone) and Father’s Day, too. Before you gather firewood for your Solstice bonfire to ward off your particular urbanist demons or start your Father’s Day celebrations, take a look at the week on streets.mn: Beneficial bikelash A few weeks ago, […]

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Vikings Stadium

Free Idea: Keep Branding Off Vikings Stadium, Add It With CGI for TV Broadcasts

Science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke once wrote that any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. For example, right now, there is a robot the size of a small truck driving around Mars shooting lasers at rocks. One other thing humans have figured out is the so-called “1st & Ten” line. In American football–a […]

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Transpo Convo: Kristen Biking With Her Son

[This is part of streets.mn’s “transpo convo” series, which aims to be an oral history of getting around the Twin Cities, one person at a time.]  Kristen is a health care employee who cares deeply about community health and fitness.  She wants to set a good example for her family.  She has a bicycle trailer […]

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All About Traffic Signal Controllers, Part One

As a continuation of my series on traffic signals, it’s time now to take a look at controllers. Traffic signal controllers can either be electro-mechanical (E/M), electronic, or a combination of both. Electro-mechanical Controllers. Electro-mechanical controllers date from the beginning of traffic signals up to new installations in New York City into the 2000s. I’ve […]

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Nicollet Bike Party

Transit + Bike Share = Freedom

All of a sudden: bikes everywhere. Bikes on bikes on bikes. Bikes on the beaches, bikes on the landing grounds, bikes in the fields and in the streets, bikes in the hills. there are waaay more cyclists compared to a few years ago. Every light cycle on Nicollet is like this pic.twitter.com/d3UNUHyehE — Nick Magrino […]

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Bikeway Logic

Pioneer Press columnist and Garage Logic host Joe Soucheray desires to live in a Euphorian world of cars where little gumption is required to get anywhere. The problem is, that world defies logic. He thinks that losing nine parking spaces will create a crisis for soccer moms trying to find parking. But, uh, we don’t know that. Or […]

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Looking Beyond Minnesota (But Beyond Europe, Too)

While Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Minnesota appear at the top of lists for biking, health, literacy, and other enviable qualities, we’re fortunate enough to have at least some policymakers well aware of the lessons we could still learn from our counterparts across the world. In particular, there have been many efforts to apply urban planning […]

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Skyway Connections on Nicollet Mall

A topic of conversation recently has been the need for better public connections between Nicollet Mall and the downtown Minneapolis skyway system, to meld our distressingly disparate pair of pedestrian pathways into a unified urbanist utopia. Both a Minnpost article and a discussion on the forums came to the conclusion that the Nicollet Mall project’s abandonment of its originally […]

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Map Monday: Poverty vs. Toxic Release Inventory Sites in the Philips Neighborhood

This map is old but relevant today, given the debate at City Hall about environmental justice in the Phillips neighborhood. Almost 20 years ago, a few University of Minnesota professors did a GIS-based study (back in the early days of GIS) looking at how different toxic release geographic maps compared poverty and pollution at different […]

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Hiawatha Trail and Green Line

Supposed Safety Measures Test My Patience

Green Line signal timing and Green Line safety – especially for human-powered and potentially impatient users – are old news on streets.mn. Today, I point out an as-yet unmentioned crossing design that is begging for trouble. I regularly observe the Green Line crossing of the Hiawatha bike trail as part of my daily commute. When I end up […]

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Win a Green Line Hat Winner

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Win a Green Line Hat sweepstakes. There were several charming and thought-provoking anecdotes about the Green line. There was a spontaneous sing-along, an unfortunate tale of casual intolerance, and a celebrity sighting, but one theme that emerged was people not understanding the difference between the Green and Blue […]

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Connecting North Minneapolis to LRT

There has been much discussion about how to connect north Minneapolis to the Southwest LRT, and that’s important, but even more important are the connections to the existing Blue Line and Green Line. The connections aren’t very convenient today and they could be much better. Even after Southwest is built, there will be more north siders […]

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