Southern Bike ConnectorSouthern Bike Connector

Project Jurisdiction: 
Minneapolis
Grant Amount: 
$400,000
Date of Funding Approval: 
March 2009
Expected Completion Date: 
Summer 2012
Contact the Project Manager 

Shaun Murphy
612-333-2450

Southern bike route connection to Richfield via Bloomington Ave/17th/18thSouthern Bike Connection


Project Type

Bicycle boulevard and on-street bike lanes

Project Limits

17th Avenue, between 24th Street and 47th Street;
47th Street, between 17th Avenue and Bloomington Avenue;
Bloomington Avenue, between 47th Street and 54th Street;
54th Street, between 12th Avenue and Lake Nokomis Parkway;
12th Avenue, between 54th Street and 60th Street;
60th Street, between 12th Avenue and Bloomington Avenue;
Bloomington Avenue, between 60th Street and 62nd Street (Minneapolis City limits).

This project connects with planned bike lanes in the city of Richfield.

Project Details

This will be a bicycle boulevard connecting with a Richfield/Bloomington project that will bring cyclists all the way to existing bike lanes on 11th Ave and then into downtown Mpls.  Corridor will be mostly on 17th Ave S but will begin on Bloomington Ave. just south of Hwy 62.  It also includes bike lanes on 24th St E to connect to 11th Ave .  In order to place bike lanes on 24th, the City will be narrowing the travel lanes to 10 feet which should help reduce crashes as narrower widths result in more cautious driving.

 

Bicycle boulevards are proposed on 17th Avenue S (between 24th Street and 47th Street) and 12th Avenue S (between 54th Street and 60th Street). Bicycle boulevards improve local, residential streets for bicycling, including features such as traffic calming, safer crossings at busy streets, large bicycle pavement markings, and way finding signs. Bicyclists and motorists share the same lanes. A bicycle boulevard does not use bike lanes, and it does not remove on-street parking.

Lane changes are proposed on Bloomington Avenue S, 54th Street E, and 60th Street E. Bloomington Avenue S. Bike lanes are proposed in both directions on Bloomington Avenue (between 47th and 54th Street) and 54th Street (between Nokomis Parkway and 12th Avenue). Shared lanes are proposed on both sides of 60th Street between 12th Avenue and Bloomington Avenue. On Bloomington Avenue (between 60th and 62nd Street) bike lanes are proposed on the east side of the street and shared lanes are proposed on the west side of the street.

Parking changes are proposed on 54th Street (between Nokomis Parkway and 12th Avenue) and Bloomington Avenue (between 60th and 62nd Streets). Parking removal is proposed on the south side of 54th Street. On Bloomington Avenue, parking removal is proposed on the east side of the street, between 61st and 62nd Streets.

Bike racks will be installed along the project corridor.

http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/bicycles/SouthernBikeConnection.asp