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Saint Paul Open Streets will be closing down part of University Avenue to motor vehicle traffic on Sunday, September 15, between 11am and 6pm, between Hamline Avenue and Marion. There will be food, music, dance and other entertainment. At 11am some SPBC members will lead an easy, family-type ride of the entire route (details are yet to be determined). Cyclists should meet up by 11am at the corner or Syndicate and University. For more info on the event, go to— http://stpaulopenstreets.org/
Following the departure of Emily Erickson, the city of Saint Paul hired a new Sustainable Transportation Planner. His name is Reuben Collins and he is an engineer, cyclist, parent, homeowner and blogger. You can read his blog posts on http://www.streets.mn/ and on his own blog at http://velotraffic.com/
His primary job will be to complete the city’s comprehensive bicycle plan but he’ll be involved in other planning and implementation projects including (we hope) reviving the city’s bike rack cost-share program.
At a hearing on Wedsday evening, September 5th, the Charles Avenue Bikeway was approved by the Saint Paul City Council on a 5-2 vote. Dan Bostrom and David Thune were the only dissenting votes. The bikeway would run the entire length of Charles from Park Street on the east end to Aldine on the west end. It would have bike boulevard treatments to calm traffic and allow cyclists to cross busy north/south boulevards. Treatments include traffic circles (replacing stop signs) at a number of intersections, closing off the Snelling median at Charles to create a bike/ped refuge and similar or other treatments at Lexington, Dale, Marion and Rice streets.
The Bikeway is partly intended to help cyclists deal with the narrowing of University Avenue for the LRT project and the elimination of on-street parking from most of University, something that will make University difficult to bike on in the future. It remains to be seen what the city will do about accommodating bicycles on the University Avenue corridor west of Aldine street and east of Park street, as University itself is the only way to get across various railroad, warehouse and highway obstacles and is currently used by a lot of cyclists. We’re hoping to get space on the avenue itself if some on-street parking is restored in what is currently the outside travel lane.