What? Two new bicycle boulevards open soon in Northeast Minneapolis—along 5th Street and 22nd Avenue. The new bike route along 5th St. N.E. and S.E. extends from Dinkytown, near the University of Minnesota, to 26th Avenue Northeast, with nearby connections to the Grand Rounds bicycle trail. Much of the route parallels University Avenue. Making it easier for cyclists to cross busy streets, the 5th Street route includes a bicycle-detection stop light at the intersection of 5th Street and Hennepin and Central Avenues and the state’s first bicycle traffic signal at the Broadway Avenue crossing. The route also includes traffic circles and sidewalk improvements for pedestrians. Another new bicycle boulevard extends west-to-east across Northeast Minneapolis, from Marshall St. N.E. to New Brighton Boulevard., with nearby connections to the Quarry shopping center and the Minneapolis Diagonal Trail. The 22nd Ave. N.E. route features numerous speed humps and other traffic calming elements.
When? A group ride celebration of the new Northeast Minneapolis bike routes will be held on Thursday, Oct. 6, as part of October’s Bike Walk Week.
Stops along the Northeast group ride include:
- Northeast Social, 359 13th Avenue Northeast. 612-877-8111. http://northeastsocial.com/Happy hour specials. Complimentary appetizers to cyclists with helmets, while supplies last. (Bicycles heading north on 5th St NE should turn left on 13th Ave NE and go 1 block to corner of 4th St NE & 13th Ave)
- Grumpy’s , 2200 4th St Northeast. 612-789-7429. http://www.grumpys-bar.com/nordeast/ Northeast Bikeway Event Special: $2.50 PBR Tallboys for those who arrive on two-wheels plus regular Happy Hour specials. (Bicycles heading north on 5th St NE should turn left onto 22nd Avenue Northeast—also a bicycle boulevard—and go 1 block to corner of 4th St NE and 22nd Ave.
- Behind Bars Bicycle Shop (208 13th Ave NE : http://behind-bars.com/). Stop by the shop between 4:30-6 p.m. and put your name in a drawing to win a Complete Tune-up ($60 value) ]
- Jackson Square Park (22nd Ave. between Quincy and Jackson). Sculptor Jim Brenner will be working on welding some of his works at Jackson Square Park during our event!
Why? The new route along 5th St. NE connects the University of Minnesota campus with the Grand Rounds bicycle trail, making it easier for students and faculty around the University to explore Minneapolis via our outstanding trail system. The trail also makes for a safer ride, as cyclists can avoid busy University Ave. The 22nd Ave. NE trail allows cyclists in Northeast Minneapolis easier access to top destinations like the Quarry Shopping Center, and also other main bike trail thoroughfares like the Minneapolis Diagonal Trail.
More details about the project: http://bikewalktwincities.org/projects/northeast-minneapolis/22nd-avenue-ne