Biking in Minneapolis
Bike Lane Project Moves Forward in Linden Hills
The neighborhood bike lane effort is moving ahead, with plans for bike lane striping to occur in fall of 2013. The project is being funded by LHiNC and the City of Minneapolis, with contributions from the Linden Hills Business Association, Clancey’s, the Linden Hills Co-op, and through individual donations made to Southwest Pedal Power.
Bike lanes will be applied on major bike routes as determined by the City of Minneapolis’ Bikeways Master Plan. The designated bike routes through the neighborhood will be Upton/Sheridan Aves. from 47th St. to 39th St, W. 44th St. between France and Upton Aves., and also W. 42nd St. between Sheridan Ave. and Lake Harriet.
The striping of bike lanes on these designated routes is the next step in promoting biking awareness and safety in Linden Hills, with the possibility of adding additional neighborhood bike lanes in the future.
Nice Ride Comes to Linden Hills
In May, 2013, the Nice Ride bicycle sharing project installed a station in Linden Hills at Upton & Sheridan. The program is easy to use and so convenient. Take a bike when you need one and return it to any Nice Ride station in the Twin Cities. For more information on the program and station locations, visit niceridemn.org
Stations have also recently been installed in front of The Bakken and near the Lake Harriet Bandshell.
New Bicyclist and Driver Campaign
With summer comes a growing number of people taking to the streets and trails on bikes. Whether you are biking, driving or doing both, the City of Minneapolis wants to remind everyone about bicycle safety. Four new transit shelter posters will help educate bicyclists and drivers on how to safely share the road and avoid common, preventable crashes. The posters will be up through June at 27 transit shelters around Minneapolis in areas of town where bicycle traffic is high and bicycle-related crashes are more frequent. Electronic versions of all our posters are available online.
The posters remind bicyclists and drivers that:
- Safety starts with all of us – Data shows that bicyclists and drivers are equally responsible for bicycle-vehicle crashes in Minneapolis.
- Bicyclists need to follow traffic laws and ride predictably – One in three bicycle crashes in Minneapolis involves a bicyclist running a red light, riding against traffic, or failing to yield the right of way.
- Drivers need to slow down and look for bicyclists, especially when turning – 40 percent of bicycle-vehicle crashes in Minneapolis involve a driver not seeing or yielding to a bicyclist.
- Bicycling in Minneapolis is actually getting safer – As more people use bicycles for transportation, bicycle-vehicle crashes have not increased.
Click here to view the complete Dept of Public Works report.
Funding for the campaign comes from the Non-Motorized Transportation Pilot Program, a Federal grant aimed at increasing walking and bicycling. Design Works, an in-house design firm at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, designed the poster layout. The illustrations were done by local artist, Bill Rebholz.<
More information about the campaign is online at www.minneapolismn.gov/bicycles
Register Your Bike with the MPD
Every year, thousands of bikes are lost or stolen in Minneapolis. Many are recovered but due to a lack of identification, few are returned to their owners.
The Minneapolis Police Dept (MPD) has created an free and easy, online way to register your bicycle. You will need to include your bike’s serial number, a description of the bike, including make and model, and your contact information.
Click on this link to register your bike and in the event it is lost or stolen, and recovered by the City, it can be returned to you quickly!
Biking in Minneapolis – Helpful Links
- Using Bicycle Racks on Buses & Trains
- Bicycling in Minneapolis
- Understanding Bicycle Road Markings
- Bike Lanes Video
- Shared Lanes Video
- Nice Ride Minnesota
- Minneapolis Bicycle Map
- Bike Walk Twin Cities
- Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition
- Midtown Greenway Coalition
- Bicycling Detours
- Share the Road
- MN Department of Transportation
- Minneapolis Bicycle Master Plan
- Linden Hills Bike Lanes: Upton and Sheridan Aves.
- 36th Street West Bikeway and Pedestrian Path
- Pedestrian Master Plan
- Access Minneapolis