04/24/12

Franklin Avenue Public MeetingFranklin Avenue Public Meeting

For Immediate Release

Contact:
Hilary Reeves, Communications Director, Transit for Livable Communities

651-767-0298 x115 (office) 612-554-1795 (cell), hilaryr@tlcminnesota.org

Steve Clark, Bicycling and Walking Program Manager, Transit for Livable Communities

651-789-1419, stevec@tlcminnesota.org

 

 

Public Invited to Shape Vision for a Better Franklin Avenue

The public is invited to a community meeting about improving conditions for bicycling and walking on Franklin Avenue between Minnehaha and Hennepin Avenues, Monday, May 7, 2012, from 7:30 - 9:00 pm, at the Phillips Community Center, 2323 11th Ave S in Minneapolis.

 

A plan for new or improved amenities is being created with funding from the Bike Walk Twin Cities federal nonmotorized transportation pilot program, administered by Transit for Livable Communities (TLC). Toole Design Group and its subcontractors are helping TLC with facility design and will lead the public meeting on May 7.

 

The meeting will include a brief description of existing conditions along Franklin for motorized traffic and for bicycling and walking, followed by a presentation of preliminary concepts for potential multi-modal improvements and then small group discussions to develop a shared vision for the corridor and to discuss specific ideas for the consulting team to explore in the next phase of the planning effort.

 

Franklin Avenue is an important east-west transportation corridor south of downtown Minneapolis, providing one of the few routes in the area across I-35W and Hiawatha Avenue. Based on 2011 counts at multiple locations, Franklin Avenue serves 500 or more cyclists per day. On streets such as Franklin Avenue, where there are no bicycle facilities and a lot of bicycle traffic, many bicyclists ride on the sidewalk. On Franklin Avenue, nearly a third of the cyclists are riding on sidewalks. Better accommodation for bicycling will give cyclists a safer place to ride and also will improve conditions for pedestrians. This project also hopes to identify potential treatments to improve pedestrian safety and comfort crossing Franklin Avenue.

 

The intent of the meeting is to gather public input for a preliminary engineering plan for this segment of Franklin Avenue. Franklin Avenue is one of twelve corridors in Minneapolis and Saint Paul for which Bike Walk Twin Cities/TLC is funding preliminary engineering designs to improve conditions and encourage more people to walk or bike for transportation purposes and to support neighborhood retail. The intent is to build public and jurisdictional support for preliminary "plan sets" to more quickly implement projects as funding becomes available. To follow progress on design work for Franklin Avenue in particular, visit: http://www.bikewalk2012.com/projects/franklin-avenue.

 

About Bike Walk Twin Cities

 

The Twin Cities is one of four U.S. communities to receive $28 million through the federal "Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program" to enhance bicycling and walking as transportation and to improve health, community livability, and air quality. Bike Walk Twin Cities (BWTC), a program of Transit for Livable Communities, administers the Minneapolis-area pilot program. BWTC has funded more than 75 miles of new bike ways and sidewalks to greatly expand the network of routes in the Twin Cities. BWTC also has funded innovative programs, such as Nice Ride Minnesota bike sharing and the Community Partners Bike Library, community outreach, planning, and measurement. To learn more about BWTC, go to www.bikewalktwincities.org.

 

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