Connecting South Minneapolis from Hennepin to Hiawatha, 26th and 28th Streets are due for a full resurfacing in 2015 and 2016. This is an exciting opportunity to start with a blank slate and end with streets that enhance the surrounding communities.
28th Street has the highest bicycle crash rate in Minneapolis and 26th Street has the fourth highest bicycle crash rate. Both have averaged more than 10 bicycle crashes a year since 2000, despite the fact that most people avoid these streets as much as possible.
The streets are also very challenging to cross for pedestrians. A four-year-old boy, Jose Parra Hernandez, was tragically killed on 26th Street in 2012. Speeding is common on both streets, especially east of Blaisdell and they impact the quality of life and attractiveness of the neighborhoods.
A protected bike lane is a real possibility on both streets--at least in the wider sections from Hiawatha to Blaisdell. Come to this meeting to share your perspectives and support improvements that will make these streets better for everyone.
Notice from the City:
Do you walk, bicycle, drive, or catch the bus on 26th Street or 28th Street? Minneapolis Public Works is planning bicycle and pedestrian improvements in 2015. Community members are invited to tell us what’s important about these streets and comment on the design concepts. The first of three open houses will take place on July 14, 2014. Details are listed below and a meeting flyer is attached.
What: 26th & 28th Streets Bicycle and Pedestrian Improvements Open House
When: July 14, 2014, 6-8 pm
Where: American Swedish Institute, 2600 Park Ave. S, Mpls.
The meeting location is wheelchair accessible. If you have questions or need other accommodations, please call 311.
Can’t make the meeting?
Share comments starting July 7 at http://bikeandwalkmpls.mindmixer.com
Additional open houses will occur as part of this project:
July 14: Learn about the project and share your ideas and concerns
Aug. 6: Review concept designs of bicycle and pedestrian improvements
Aug. 27: Final input on concept designs
The Project Area
See some ideas that could make sense for 26th and 28th, including protected bike lanes, bump outs, and narrowed lanes.
Read our take on why bikeways on 26th and 28th make sense--even with the Midtown Greenway nearby.