Jan 17, 2009

RiverLake Greenway Project and Bike Sharing in MPLS

The City of Minneapolis is seeking public input on the RiverLake Greenway project, which will eventually connect Lake Harriet to the Mississippi River via 40th and 42nd streets. There will be a public meeting on Feb. 4 at 6:30 PM at Roosevelt High School to gather stakeholder input. As I recall, there was a similar proposal Across The River and the folks in Highland Park objected because they thought it would increase crime and hurt property values or something like that. Here is the link to the flyer advertising the meeting. It would be good to some cyclists to this meeting to make sure we get fairly represented.

On another note, there will be a series of public meetings in February on a proposal to establish Public Bicycle Sharing in Minneapolis. The City of Minneapolis and City of Lakes Nordic Ski Foundation will present a draft plan that describes how bike sharing (similar to the Paris Vélib) could work in the heart of Minneapolis for short trips. The meetings will take place on Wednesday, February 4th at 7:00 pm in the Calhoun Square Atrium; Tuesday, February 10th at 7:00 pm at Coffman Memorial Union; and Thursday, February 12th at 5:30 pm at the Minneapolis Central Library. Here is the BikeShare website for more information on that.

When I first heard about this I was a little skeptical - I think I recall a "Yellow Bike" project in Madison years ago where they were going to leave public bikes around and they pretty much disappeared in short order. This concept is a little different, and would entail web-based registration, locks and self-serve kiosks, so it might actually work better. For a lot more information, the business plan is also on-line. It's nice to see support from the City and Metro Transit for this project - I'll be curious to see how this works out.

That's it for bike advocacy stuff for now, but stay tuned because I am sure there will be more in the coming months...

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