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01/01
2010

City of Minneapolis Drafting Pedestrian Master Plan

The goal of the plan, which is partially funded by a grant from the Bike Walk Twin Cities initiative, is to create "a great walking city where people choose to walk for transportation, recreation, and health."

12/08
2009

Big Cities Urge Bike Friendly Streets

Greetings,
I see that a couple of folks have posted a note about the new Cities for Cycling Project of NACTO, the National Association of City Transportation Officials. I'm pleased to share with you that this project represents an exciting collaboration between seven cities - Portland, NY, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Seattle, and Boston - as well as Bike Belong, the SRAM Cycling Fund, Alta Planning + Design, and Portland State University's Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation.

Many APBP members have been in a starring role in hatching this new collaboration, including your 2009 Professional of the Year: City of Portland Traffic Engineer Rob Burchfield. We are most grateful for the leadership and support of Portland Mayor Sam Adams and NYC DOT Director Janette Sadik-Khan, along with a whole host of other fantastic leaders and bicycle and pedestrian professionals. We are all very excited to bring together and share information about the best worldwide practices in urban cycling policies, programs, and practice.

More information below.

Mia Birk
Principal, Alta Planning + Design
503 230 9862
cell 503 880 8615
www.altaplanning.com
www.miabirk.com

10/30
2009

Recap of the Annual Non-Motorized Transporation Pilot Program All-Pilot Meeting

The annual meeting of the four pilot communities in the Non-Motorized Transportation Pilot (NTP) program, of which Bike Walk Twin Cities is a part, was held in late October in Columbia, MO.

10/04
2009

Biking Walking & Blogging - Google Biking vs. Cyclopath

BWTC Staffer, Jamez Smith, takes a look at Google's new bike mapping option and local mapping wiki, Cyclopath.

09/30
2009

Interview with University of Minnesota Campus Bicycle Coordinator Steve Sanders

Steve Sanders is the Campus Bicycle Coordinator at the University of Minnesota. Recently, he met with Joan Pasiuk, Bike Walk Twin Cities Program Director, to talk about biking and walking on the University of Minnesota's Twin Cities campus.

09/30
2009

Transit for Livable Communities Funds Bike Library at Sibley Bike Depot

Transit for Livable Communities, through Bike Walk Twin Cities, is excited to award $193,200 for the Sibley Bike Depot's new Community Partners Bike Library. This program will enable patrons to check out a bicycle at no cost for an extended period of time from a fleet of 220 refurbished bikes. The program will launch in April 2010.

09/30
2009

Ambassadors Update: How to Teach a Downtown Biking Skills Class

The Bike Walk Ambassadors teach many different kinds of classes. Sometimes the best classes are the ones that the students design themselves. Ambassador David Peterson takes us through his day teaching one such course.

09/30
2009

We Count: Bike Walk Twin Cities Conducts Yearly Bicycle and Pedestrian Counts

As part of the Non-Motorized Pilot Program, Bike Walk Twin Cities is measuring the amount of bicycling and walking within our program area to evaluate if increased investments in planning, education, and infrastructure result in more people walking and bicycling for transportation.

08/31
2009

Interview with the Minnesota Department of Health's Chris Kimber

Chris Kimber is the Physical Activity Coordinator at the Minnesota Department of Health. She has worked at the Department of Health for twenty years and in her current position for the past five. Recently, she met with Joan Pasiuk, Bike Walk Twin Cities Program Director, to talk about her vision for healthier communities.

 

07/31
2009

Transit for Livable Communities Awards Over $2 Million in Bike Walk Infrastructure Funding

On July 20, the TLC board funded three pedestrian and bicycle capital projects totaling over $2 million. All three projects resulted from planning studies previously funded by Bike Walk Twin Cities, received the recommendation of the Bike Walk Advisory Committee (BWAC), and involved consultation by the Bike Walk Twin Cities technical advisory team. All have a completion timeline of 2010.

07/31
2009

Interview with Hennepin County Commissioner Gail Dorfman

Gail Dorfman is a Hennepin County Commissioner from the third district. Her local government service started in St. Louis Park – as a city council member from 1991 to 1995, and as mayor from 1996 to 1999. Recently, she met with Joan Pasiuk, BWTC Program Director, to talk about her vision for healthier communities.

07/28
2009
06/01
2009

Ambassadors Update: In Two Years, Nearly 3000 Students and Adults Served!

We at the Minneapolis Bike Walk Ambassadors program are a busy bunch! In our two years so far, the Bike Walk Ambassadors have worked with nearly 2000 students and nearly 1000 adults to help them start bicycling and walking more often-with safety and style. And when we show up, it's not some stuffy lecture in a cramped conference room. We get outside and we move around.

06/01
2009

Interview with Mn/DOT's Tim Mitchell

We recently sat down with MnDOT's Tim Mitchell and asked him a few questions about his job. For an hour we discussed topics ranging from Mitchell's ideal-world bicycle and pedestrian project priorities, the obstacles and encouraging signs in Minnesota's cultural landscape for bicycling and walking issues, and his strategic priorities for bicycle and pedestrian projects in the future. Tim Mitchell is the Bicycle and Pedestrian Section Director in the Office of Transit at the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

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