As one of the top-ranked cities for bicycling in the US, Minneapolis is committed to making streets safer for all modes of transportation. When 26th and 28th Street were up for maintenance in 2015, the City decided it was the perfect time to address the need for dedicated bike lanes. The right time to help make these one-way thoroughfares better for all modes of travel.
The City of Minneapolis asked us to perform community outreach and explore design concepts based on identified needs, community input, and the City’s budget. This included managing three open house sessions and creating a project website where members of the community could voice their opinions and view different design options. Our community engagement specialists worked directly with stakeholders to help them understand the benefits and trade-offs of different bikeway designs.
Following this outreach, we recommended one-way, protected bike lanes, with medians and curb extensions to improve safety for pedestrians. This design concept balanced community input, political realities, and project costs while creating a designated space for bicyclists and traffic calming benefits for all users along these busy routes.