The City of Minneapolis Public Works Department is looking into the feasibility of adding a “cycle track” along 36th Street from at least Dupont Avenue to East Lake Calhoun Parkway. A cycle track is often considered a separated bike lane that is on or adjacent the roadway but generally is located between the sidewalk and the drive lane or parking lane. The closest thing to one in Minneapolis is the First Avenue North bike lanes.
Currently, the City is just in a conceptual stage and has no definitive plans or funding to make any improvements. Public Works is engaging the community to identify the appropriate improvements, if any, and will then do final designs and seek funding.
One option being considered would have a two-way bike path on the south side of 36th Street from Dupont Avenue to Lake Calhoun. The two-way path (shown above) would have 5′ lanes in each direction with a 3′ buffer from the traffic lane with plastic delineators (reflective plastic flexible bollards) to reduce the risk of cars driving in the bike lane (intentionally or unintentionally).
Several options include adding a walking space adjacent the cycle track on the south side of 36th Street, as currently there is not a sidewalk there. Other options include bike lanes with and without protection zones.
It is unclear as of right now how the bus stops on 36th Street would be impacted by this project. Also unclear is how far east the improvements could extend. A one pager from the City (linked below) discusses how 36th Street was recently seal coated, which provides an opportunity to restripe without much effort from the City. The map also shows a map that extends east all the way to Chicago Avenue. From what I gather, the first section would likely extend from Lake Calhoun to Dupont in part because one of the adjacent neighborhoods (CARAG) has encouraged it as well as being adjacent to the Lakewood Cemetery, which provides a nice unobstructed route.
Next steps is public feedback, then projecting costs and finding funding.