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February 2017 Newsletter

 Since 1991, Move Minneapolis Transportation Management Organization (TMO) has been advocating for a sustainable transit and transportation system that supports a growing and vital downtown Minneapolis.

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The TMO promotes sustainable transportation – mass transit, carpooling, car-sharing, biking and walking – through an outreach and education program that targets downtown workers, residents, and visitors.

 

 Move Minneapolis Makes A Difference

Over 160,000 employees work and 40,000 people live in downtown Minneapolis. The high concentration of people adds to traffic congestion, long commutes, scarcity of parking and episodes of poor air quality. Move Minneapolis’ mission statement is to advocate for and promote a sustainable transit and transportation system that supports a vital and growing downtown Minneapolis. To achieve this, Move Minneapolis has a multi-modal approach for reducing the number of SOVs (single occupancy vehicles). Education and promotion of carpooling, transit, car-sharing, biking and walking helped take over 5 million traffic miles off our city streets and prevented almost 2,400 metric tons of CO2 emissions from choking local air in 2016. Our efforts demonstrated that commuting into Minneapolis can often be faster, less expense, more pleasant and environmentally friendly than driving alone through the morning gridlock.

Awareness campaigns such as Breathe Easy and World Car Free Day encourage commuters and employers to take simple steps in using sustainable transportation for improving the quality of life in Minneapolis. Thousands of commuters have learned about the advantages of using transit, efficiency of carpooling and health benefits of bicycle commuting. The achievements of 2016 help set the stage for even more results in 2017. Please join us!

As our abbreviated winter winds down, transformations of Minneapolis begin to ramp up. Bulldozers are poised to pounce on major road projects leading into and across downtown. Several bikeways are in planned, half-built or nearly complete. Metro Transit is in the engineering stages of light rail and bus rapid transit (BRT) line expansions. And, finally, transportation legislation is illuminated in a white hot spotlight down at the State Capitol. Get the complete scoop at the 2017 Transportation Summit taking place on Wednesday, March 15th, 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. US Bank Plaza, North Tower, 31st Floor, 200 South 6th Street, Minneapolis

The 2017 Move Minneapolis Transportation Summit focuses on major transportation initiatives and projects. Speakers include:

  • Welcome by CEO Meet Minneapolis Melvin Tennant
  • Metro Transit Public Relations Manager Howie Padilla: Metro Transit Update
  • Transit for Livable Communities Executive Director Jessica Treat: MN Legislation Update
  • Minneapolis Bike Coalition Executive Director Ethan Fowley: Mpls Bike Plan
  • MnDOT West Area Manager April Crockett: I-94 & I-35W Projects Update

The event is open to downtown Minneapolis residents, employers and property managers. A box lunch will be provided. Please register by Monday, March 13th. Questions? Contact Bill Andre: 612.859-0656 / bill@moveminneapolis.org

April is “30 Days Of Biking”

30 Days of Biking is a pledge to ride your bike every day in April, any distance, any destination, and share your adventures online. Hashtag #30daysofbiking. For every 2 pledges, they donate $1 to World Bicycle Relief.

This April tradition started seven years ago when Patrick Stephenson of Minneapolis challenged friends and fellow bicycle enthusiasts to pledge to ride their bikes everyday for 30 days. It did not matter if the ride was 50 miles or just around the block, the challenge was to do it everyday for 30 days.  The idea was to get people comfortable riding bikes for regular transportation and provide encouragement to make it a daily habit. Stephenson wanted to get everyone hooked on cycling. The month of April was chosen to keep the momentum going into spring and summer. 30 Days of Biking movement was born!
By riding 30 days in a row, many hesitations associated with bicycle commuting melt away. The extensive trails network in the Twin Cities provide safe and quick routes to get where you need to go. Riding for a month prepares you to dress for the weather – good or bad. It is also a long enough time to realize just how much money is saved on parking and gas expenses. Daily traffic jams become just a bad memory. Perhaps the greatest benefit comes from the daily physical exercise in the fresh air.
Globally, the concept of 30 Days of Biking caught fire on social media. Today cyclists from around the world are pledging to ride and tweet from Finland, Brazil, Belarus, Canada – more than 80 countries are represented. Some 9,000 people joined 30 Days of Biking last year. In 2017, Stephenson and his crew hope to enroll 15,000.
Stephenson and his team of 15 volunteers, want to make biking accessible to all. In 2014, they started working with Free Bikes 4 Kidz. For every 30 pledges, they would donate a bike to the organization, which provides bicycles to kids in need. They ended up donating about 500 bikes.  Stephenson has also worked with World Bicycle Relief, which provides  hearty commuter bikes used by adults — to people in Third World countries. They ended up raising $5,000.
Pledges start on March 1, 2017: Make the Pledge

Spread the word about 30 Days of Biking with a Captain’s Kit and earn a 2017 Spoke Card.

4th Street Reconstruction Project

The City of Minneapolis proposes to reconstruct 4th Street between 2nd Avenue North and 4th Avenue South through the heart of downtown. The poor and worn condition of the existing street requires replacement.

Construction of the 0.6-mile long project is scheduled to begin in 2018 and will consist of improvements to the roadway, sidewalk, and utilities. The scope of the project will encompass the entire right-of-way and include full removal of the existing street, sub-grade correction, new pavement, curb and gutter, driveways, curb extensions, sidewalks, utility work as needed, pavement markings, signals, and signage. The project will also include streetscape improvements including trees planted in the boulevard, where feasible, and pedestrian-level lighting.

City staff is currently in the preliminary stages of planning and design for the project, which will be accompanied by community outreach activities that will help inform and guide design concepts.

4th Street is a busy corridor for walking. Sections of the existing sidewalk do not meet minimum width requirements. Most pedestrian crossings along the corridor are very wide and could be shortened. Public Works aims to design a street that responds to existing pedestrian volumes, and ensures safety along the corridor. Nearly 6,000 people travel on or access transit along 4th Street on an average weekday.

4th Street is identified on the Minneapolis Bicycle Master Plan as an on-street bikeway. As an important connection in the bicycling network, the design and feasibility of a protected bikeway merits further evaluation and community input. 4th Street’s bikeway connects to many destinations including the Warehouse District, City Hall, and the Commons Park, and provides connections to a larger downtown bicycle network.

Project Limits:
4th Street North and South between 2nd Avenue North and 4th Avenue South

Construction Start Date:
2018 and the project will last up to two years

Traffic Impact:
Parking and lane restrictions, temporary closures

Project team will develop concept alternatives for the corridor based on planning guidance and community feedback.The concepts will be shared at a open house in March (date TBD) and posted on the project website for additional community feedback. Public Works plans to recommend a preferred concept layout to City Council in spring 2017.

For comments on the redesign of 4th Street: minneapolismn.gov Or contact one of the Minneapolis Project Managers:

Kelsey Fogt 612-673-3885, kelsey.fogt@minneapolismn.gov

Bill Fellows 612-673-5661, bill.fellows@minneapolismn.gov

Move Minneapolis is made possible by a federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) grant in partnership with the United States Department of Transportation, the Metropolitan Council, the City of Minneapolis and the Downtown community.