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For Immediate Release

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 "Friendly Street" Vision for
Charles Avenue in Saint Paul

Saint Paul, Minn., April 16, 2012-The public is invited to a community meeting to further develop the Central Corridor Friendly Streets concept for Charles Avenue between Aldine and Rice Streets in Saint Paul, Tuesday, May 8, 2012, from 5:00 - 6:30 pm, at the at the Hamline-Midway Library, 1558 W. Minnehaha Avenue, Saint Paul.


The friendly street concept originated from community efforts to promote changes to the design of Edmund, Charles, and Sherburne Avenues to make them attractive, safe, and accessible for all users and travel modes. The plan also is assessing opportunities to develop a travel alternative parallel to University Avenue for bicyclists going between downtown Saint Paul and Minneapolis. This project is being developed 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 May 8.


The meeting will include a brief description of existing conditions along Charles Avenue for motorized traffic and for bicycling and walking, followed by a presentation of preliminary concepts for potential multi-modal improvements along Charles Avenue between Aldine and Rice Streets. Small group discussions will follow the presentation 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.


Multiple block parties held during the summer of 2011 documented resident concerns with volumes and speeds of automotive traffic and potential increases in traffic resulting from the construction of light rail along University Avenue, as well as a desire for improved aesthetics, stronger community life and neighbor interaction, and improved neighborhood reputation.


The intent of the meeting is to gather public input for a preliminary engineering plan for the segment of Charles Avenue between Aldine and Rice Streets. Charles 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 Central Corridor Friendly Streets and/or other study locations, visit: http://www.bikewalk2012.com


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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