New Downtown Bicycle Routes Opening
What? Bicycling in downtown Minneapolis will soon be easier, with the installation of a long-anticipated extension of the Hiawatha Light Rail Trail into downtown via a new bike path adjacent to the Valspar parking lot and bike lanes on 3rd and 4th Streets South. On the south side of downtown, new bike lanes on 15th and 16th Streets, and “advisory bike lanes” on East 14th St (near the Minneapolis Convention Center) directly connect Loring Park to existing bike lanes on 11th Ave. S.
When? A grand opening for the new downtown bicycle routes will be held Wednesday, October 5, at 4:30 p.m.
Where? Loring Park, near the corner of Willow and 15th St. A group ride will take you on the advisory bike lanes and new connection from the Hiawatha LRT Trail. The ride will end at the Minneapolis Central Library. Don’t have a bicycle? There’s a Nice Ride Minnesota bike-share station at Loring Park and one at the Central Library—and many more downtown.
Sign up to participate in the group ride (or register for a Nice Ride bike) here: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/JF9HSQK
Why? The bike lanes on 3rd and 4th Streets South will finally connect the Hiawatha Light Rail Trail with downtown–making commuting easier for folks living in the Seward, Longfellow and other south Minneapolis neighborhoods. The advisory bike lanes on 14th, 15th and 16th Streets will make getting around downtown a bit easier–especially with the large number of Nice Ride stations in the area.
More details about the projects: http://bikewalktwincities.org/projects/minneapolis-downtown/lrt-hiawatha-trail-downtown-connection and http://bikewalktwincities.org/projects/minneapolis-downtown/14th/15th/16th-street-s