Bryant Ave. Bicycle Boulevard Opening

What? At 4.5 miles long, this new north-south route connects south Minneapolis (from 58th St.) to downtown, near Loring Park. The route parallels Lyndale Ave. S. and intersects three major east-west bicycle routes: the Midtown Greenway (at 29th St.), the RiverLake Greenway (at 40th St.) and the Minnehaha Parkway bicycle trail, which is part of the Grand Rounds. The route includes “bike boulevard” features (e.g., a median at Franklin intersection, speed bumps, and curb extensions) in areas along Bryant Ave. where traffic volume is low (north of Lake St. and south of 50th St.). Where traffic volumes are higher (between 50th and Lake Sts.), there are sharrows (shared-lane markings) reinforced with green paint at regular intervals.

When? A grand opening and ribbon-cutting will be held Thursday, Sept. 22, between 4-6 p.m. Join us on your commute home or your afternoon recreational ride to celebrate this bike route from Franklin Avenue to west 58th Street.

Where? Meet on Bryant Ave South one block north of Franklin Avenue. There will be a few short comments at 4:15 p.m. Then we will have a leisurely ride on the Bryant Ave. Bike Boulevard to allow for plenty of time to stop at area businesses. Between 4-6 p.m., bring your bike helmet in to Jackson’s Coffee and Gelato (Bryant & Lake) and receive 50% off any purchase or Urban Bean (Bryant & 33rd) and receive half-off on your coffee. Ride the whole route and stop at The Malt Shop (West 50th Street) for some free snacks as a reward (while supplies last)!

Why? The Bryant Ave. Bicycle Boulevard, the Twin Cities’ longest bicycle boulevard, will allow bike commuters in south Minneapolis (as far south as Edina/southwest Minneapolis) to commute to downtown locations more safely and efficiently.

More details about the project: http://bikewalktwincities.org/projects/south-minneapolis/bryant-avenue-s

 

 

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