On March 2, 2021 the City of Minneapolis presented us with two options for the Hennepin Avenue reconstruction project from Lake Street to Douglas Avenue. Unfortunately, Option 2 does not meet the real needs of a street like Hennepin Avenue. It would not include any way for people to safely bike to and between the homes, parks, schools, and businesses along Hennepin Avenue. This would be replicating the current design problems of the street. People either bike on the sidewalks (encroaching on those walking and using wheelchairs) or in the street with buses and trucks (risking themselves). Some people feel so unsafe they avoid the street altogether, weakening our local businesses, or they drive instead, causing congestion and worsening air and noise pollution.
Option 1 best aligns with the vision we share for this important corridor, lined with hundreds of homes and dozens of businesses, ferrying thousands of people each day by foot, wheelchair, scooter, bike, skateboard, bus, and car. Option 1 creates one of the best main streets in our region, a pleasant, safe, and vibrant place for our community. It welcomes and is safe for everyone, no matter how we travel. For the sake of the corridor’s long-term vitality, Option 1 is the choice for our community and local businesses.