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Make the 3rd Avenue Bikeway pedestrian-friendly too!

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Minneapolis has a stated commitment to being a walk-friendly city. We want to see that commitment demonstrated through improved pedestrian safety and atmosphere along 3rd Avenue.

3rd Avenue between 1st Street and 16th Street, basically from the Convention Center to the river, is being redesigned in 2016 to provide a north-south protected bike route through downtown. The project provides a rare opportunity to reconfigure the street landscape and layout. There is consensus that four lanes of auto traffic are needed north of 8th Street, but the project consultants’ engineering report determined that car traffic south of 8th Street only merits two lanes plus a center turn lane. That leaves room in the original project plan for additional greening and planters, a great thing for pedestrians! However, some property owners and city officials are now pushing to maintain four lanes of car traffic throughout the entire route, significantly reducing both greening along 3rd and safety for those crossing the street on foot.

We’re glad to have improved facilities for bicycles, but, as pedestrians, this is what we particularly want to see from the 3rd Avenue project:

1. Keep the current plan’s greening, planters, and two-lane portion.

  • Greening would make this street the kind of place that people want to be, an inviting centerpiece of the city.
  • Fewer lanes lead to greater safety for all users, especially pedestrians, but including even drivers.
  • The extra travel lanes south of 8th Street were shown to be unnecessary!

2. Update the current plan to widen the sidewalk adjacent to City Hall.

  • The unobstructed width of the sidewalk is currently only 56 inches, barely meeting Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements, and falling far short of the City’s own Sidewalk Design Guidelines.
  • City Hall of all places should be accessible to all, a symbol of the city’s priorities.

We do thank Mayor Betsy Hodges for funding this project--including greening--in the 2016 budget and the City Council for supporting that. With the details listed here, the project will go a long way toward making Minneapolis the pedestrian-friendly city it strives to be.

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