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Minneapolis Public Works is beginning the process of creating preliminary designs for the Fillmore Street NE/6th Avenue SE bicycle boulevard (aka “bike walk street”). The City would like to continue gathering feedback from interested stakeholders by hosting a “bicycle boulevard planning tour” early in November. The tour will take place on Saturday, November 7th from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm, and will begin at the entrance to the Northeast Park Recreation Center (1615 Pierce Street NE).
If you or someone you know is interested in attending, please contact Shaun Murphy at email@example.com or 612.333.2450 to RSVP. The City invites residents, neighborhood organizers, bicyclists, and motorists to participate. Those who support and oppose these projects are both welcome.
In 2008, the City of Minneapolis received a $325,000 grant for this project from the Non-Motorized Transportation Pilot Program (NTP), a federal source of funding to increase biking and walking and decrease driving. While the precise route of the project has not been completely determined, 6th Avenue SE and Fillmore Street NE will be the primary streets. North of 29th Avenue NE, alternatives to Fillmore Street (such as Polk Street NE) will be explored.
A bicycle boulevard is a local residential street which is designated for shared bicycle and auto use (with an emphasis on bicycling). To read more about NTP and bicycle boulevards, please visit: http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/bicycles/ntp.asp. To see a map of this project, please visit: http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/bicycles/MinneapolisBikewaysExistingFundedPlanned.pdf.
Feedback from neighborhood groups and residents was gathered at several neighborhood meetings late in 2008 and early in 2009. The bicycle boulevard planning tour being held on November 7th will help to further inform preliminary designs. After preliminary designs are complete, they will be presented to the public for review. The planned construction of the project is 2010.