Hey, its Wednesday, which means it’s time for us to catch up on all of the week’s cycling news that you haven’t been reading about on Cycle Twin Cities.
Wow, quality posters just keep coming. Last week we showed you the new offering from Adam Turman and Hiawatha Cyclery, this week, Alexandra Doffing has created the beauty you see to the left. You can pick the poster up here on her Etsy page.
The Jefferson Avenue Bikeway in St. Paul is continuing to stay on track with another approval last friday by the St. Paul Planning commission. This time, they added a fifth traffic circle at Mount Curve Boulevard. The whole project goes before the St. Paul City Council on April 4th, and all signs point to this thing finally passing. Do you wonder why we are seeing so much activity after a few years of meeting and general sitting on hands? This might have something to do with it; “Though an official construction date has not been scheduled, city officials are eager to see the project move forward this year, rather than risk losing $750,000 in federal grant money. ‘Federal funding would require construction in 2012,’ city planner Emily Erickson said.” That would be a lotta moola to lose out on.
Hopefully once the Bikeway is finished it will fare better than the “Worst Bike Lane in the Midwest“ as dubbed by Bill Lindeke at Twin City Sidewalks. Bill says that you don’t have to look far to find it because it is smack dab in the middle of the U of MN Campus. Anyone who has ridden this particular block and a half section coming off of the Washington Ave pedestrian bridge knows exactly what Bill is talking about, but he actually has a formula to back it up: [total # of riders] + [quality of bike lane] = [total bike lane quality impact]. Check out his article, you might just agree with him.
Ever wonder why bikes tend to get stolen a little more often in city? Susan Perry at MinnPost takes a look at it, and after a pretty in-depth psychological discussion, it pretty much comes down to this, people mind their own business but the people most likely to help? “He has a ranking at the ready: first, the elderly, followed by other disabled people, then African-Americans and Hispanics, and finally, blue-collar workers, ‘like construction workers, though maybe that’s because they’re just standing around.’ Least likely? ‘Yuppies and young people,’ who he believes might be too preoccupied with their phones.”
Some travel website that we have never heard of before just named Minneapolis the 5th best cycling city in the US. Ahead of us? 1. Austin, 2. Boston, 3. Chicago, 4. Denver. Those suckers in Portland? 7th, we can live with that.
If you recently bought a bike in the Twin Cities, or are thinking about it, you aren’t alone. According to Bicycle Retailer and Industry News, shops in the Twin Cities are killing it this year, much earlier than last year. Last year was a pretty down year for shops due to the crappy weather so hopefully this is making up for it.
As always we wrap it up with a video. This comes from the recent Videotect 2 project, which seems to be the gift that keeps on giving for us. This is called Over/Under and was awarded a Judge’s Honorable Mention. Despite how it starts out the video is more than just watching someone’s butt, who knows it might become a memorial for the Sabo Bridge.
Special thanks to Kevin Kirsch for suggesting some links for us this week!
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