The Bryant Avenue Bike Boulevard had its official ribbon cutting on Thursday, September 22nd. Its completion was nearly done but not all of the pavement markings and most of the route’s signs aren’t in place. The 4.5 mile bike route features two formal bike boulevard sections and one bike “advisory” section. The bike boulevards are on quiet neighborhood streets and include safety enhancements to create a street where hopefully everyone from eight to eighty would feel safe to travel.
The route runs from Loring Park from the bridge at Lyndale-94 down Bryant to 58th Street. The sections from Franklin to Lake Street and from 50th to 58th are true bike boulevards and the section in between is an advisory lane. The advisory lane will feature green latex paint that indicate where bikers should travel and large sharrows inset into the road that include a bike symbol and arrows indicating the path of travel. According to Shaun Murphy, a project coordinator with the City of Minneapolis, said the green paint will be reapplied yearly while the sharrows should hold up for a number of years.
Other improvements along the route include a new center median at Franklin Avenue to allow bikers to only cross one lane in each direction and take shelter in the center. At 26th Street and 28th Street, new curb bump outs on the on-coming traffic parking lane side allow for better sight lines for drivers and bikers alike. A new raised crosswalk and curb bump outs at 29th Street is intended to slow traffic that was racing between Lake Street and 28th Street. A new access ramp to Minnehaha Creek trail was installed at Aldrich Avenue to help connect those making that connection. New signs are going up to indicate that the road is a major bike route and for people to use additional caution.