You may have noticed some changes in the Uptown area relating to bikes recently. The City is in the process of completing four projects in the area: resurfacing, adding lighting, and changing up access to the Midtown Greenway trail and painting the Bryant Avenue Bike Boulevard.
This week, sections of the Midtown Greenway were closed and will continue to be closed until sometime in the next week or two to allow crews to resurface the trail. This means that a new asphalt topping will be applied. New lane paint and recessed reflective tape symbols will be installed as well.
Concurrently, electricians are in the process of adding lighting to the Midtown Greenway in the East Isles neighborhood (west of Hennepin and east of the dog park) as this area never had lighting and the neighborhood has been advocating it. Either some or all of the funding is coming through the neighborhood, from what I understand. This has not been confirmed.
In addition, Public Works is finishing up changing access to the trail in East Isles at James, Irving, and Humboldt by adding new signs, removing a few signs, and making it legal to bike from The Mall to the Midtown Greenway trail at Humbodlt. New directional and stop signs were added to make it clearer what bikers are supposed to do. The stop signs at James aimed at trail users were removed due to the trail having more traffic than James Avenue. The other two intersections will continue to have stop signs for all traffic.
A contra-flow bike lane was added for the 15 feet or so between The Mall and the Midtown Greenway to provide a legal and safe way to access the trail. Apparently there was a cop who was ticketing bikers for failing to stop at this intersection and there was concern that cops may ticket people for going in the street to access the trail, so they decided that since they were already there, Public Works would create a legal access point.
Bryant Avenue Bike boulevard got a new coating of paint using a brighter green that doesn’t blend in to the street as much and should be more visible as it fades. No comment from the City about the quality of the paint job, as at first I thought it was done by stealth bikers in the night since it looks like it was rolled on and they missed the edges. But fresh paint is fresh paint.