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A nice spring day people activating space at Bde Maka Ska skate popup

Bde Maka Ska popup

When we did outreach for Hennepin Avenue at Bde Maka Ska, we had great support from the skateboarding community. It was so obvious how they activated this otherwise unused space where the pavilion used to be. We even met teens that came from other cities to use this spot. We support efforts to bring a permanent skate park to the area for those currently using the Bde Maka Ska Popup. Our vision for Hennepin includes skateboarders. A safe, separated bike path welcomes skateboarders.

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612 bus at Uptown Transit Station. Transit riders waiting at station. Uptown sign in background.

We continue on

The work is not finished just because we passed the city’s comment deadline on April 16th. As we prepare for what comes next, we’re energized by your support! The opposition is working to prevent Hennepin Avenue from being reconstructed in a way that’s consistent with the city’s existing, adopted policies. But we’re growing and gaining momentum every single day. Our message is resonating. Any design for Hennepin Avenue must include dedicated 24/7 transit lanes and a safe, separated bike path.

This isn’t just about one street in Uptown; this is precedent-setting for how we shift the transportation system and how we design other streets. The design choices made for this city-controlled street will shape future decisions for county-owned streets (Franklin, Lowry Ave NE, Lake, Lyndale, West Broadway) that threaten the health and safety of Minneapolis residents. This is a racial equity issue. BIPOC residents are disproportionately represented among transit riders and those killed and injured in pedestrian and bicycle crashes.

Now is a critical moment. Will the city follow their ambitious policy goals found in adopted city policies like the Transportation Action Plan, Vision Zero, and Complete Streets? Will we use this opportunity to meet our climate goals by reducing car trips and associated emissions? Will we reduce injuries and lower car pollution in marginalized communities? Now is the time to shift the system.

Join us as we continue to hold the City of Minneapolis accountable. Stay tuned!   

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Thank you!

Hennepin friends,

We are so grateful you showed up for Hennepin Avenue: for sending a comment, for signing our letter, making a call to the project team, for filling out the city survey and interactive map, for spreading our message, and so much more. Your show of support matters!

💛Be kind to yourself. You are our community. We are all in this together! 💛

Hennepin Avenue community members. Graphic of people involved. All backgrounds and ages. Families and single people. Diversity of people from different backgrounds.

New way to help: become a delegate!

This is a Municipal election year in Minneapolis. We’ll vote for Mayor, City Council, Park Board, Board of Estimate and Taxation. We’ll also have the opportunity to vote on charter amendmentspublic safety, the ability to have rent control, giving the Mayor more control of city departments. This latter one means a big change in our government structure. There’s a lot at stake this year in local politics. You should get involved.

We encourage you to make Hennepin Avenue one of your top issues in whichever party you are affiliated with. Help us make Hennepin Avenue a place for people. When candidates reach out to you for their support tell them why Hennepin Avenue is one of your issues and its importance to you. A good outcome is not guaranteed and we need to push hard for change.

We can shape the city we want to live in, from the design of our streets to our system of public safety. We can imagine something better than currently exists.

Graphic of people and different mobility uses. Image starts with a Black dad with a child in stroller, an old man with a walker, a brown woman with teal glasses walking, a visually impaired person with a cane, a lady in a wheelchair, a girl in a hijab skateboarding, a blonde girl with a scooter, two black kids biking, a bus, bus driver and riders, route says yellow heart Hennepin, a man in a car, black kids on bike, blonde girl on scooter, girl in hijab skateboarding, lady in wheelchair, visually impaired person with cane, brown lady walking, older man with walker, and black dad with kid in stroller.
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Man walking across street surrounded by cars.

A day in the life of Hennepin Avenue

Thank you to our volunteer Derek Bauer for capturing the feeling of Hennepin Avenue. Drowning in a sea of cars. Chaotic, loud, and hard to track where the next danger will come from.

What makes a place?

What makes a place? It’s the people.

Yet, we have signs of life and what could be. We enjoy a stroll with ice cream, we cross the street to visit businesses, we shop for groceries, we wait for the bus, we bike. The people make this place. They bring it to life and make us imagine what it could be instead of what it isinstead of all the ways it fails us. Let’s make Hennepin work for people! Join us in letting the City of Minneapolis know we want a place for people: Option 1 is the only inclusive choice. Send a message in support to [email protected] or call 612-673-3594

We allied with some of our most forward-thinking local organizations to write a letter in support of Option 1, including Our Streets Minneapolis, the Midtown Greenway Coalition, Move Minnesota, the Sierra Club, and the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota

Read the letter here and add yourself to the list of people signing here include your ward info under Affiliation. Sign by April 15th!

Girl in hijab with skateboard, girl with scooter, kids biking, a bus filled with riders and a nice bus driver.

Our support only continues to grow

We’ve allied with some of our most forward-thinking local organizations to write a letter in support of Option 1:

💛Midtown Greenway Coalition
💛Sierra Club North Star Chapter
💛Move Minnesota
💛Our Streets Minneapolis
💛Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota

Join us: Read the letter here and add yourself to the list of people signing here. Sign by April 15th!

We’d love to have more people and organizations sign on, so please share this with any and all of your networks and organizations, favorite businesses, whomever! And remind them to act on Hennepin in other ways as well!

Pile of comment cards supporting Option 1

Hennepin Week!

Now is a critical moment in the Hennepin Avenue reconstruction project. The City of Minneapolis comment deadline closes this Friday, April 16th.

We’re getting everything ready to submit from our outreach. You can be a huge factor in the outcome for Hennepin Avenue. Join our efforts!

Three ways you can help support Option 1:

Streets.mn posts!
We’ve got a half dozen Hennepin Avenue posts in the works for this week. Please read, comment, and share with your networks so others understand how critical Hennepin Avenue is and how to support Option 1. 

Social media! 
Make sure you’re following us on social media Twitter and Instagram. Please like, boost, and share our posts to your networks. And tag us in your own posts on the topic.

City input!
Don’t forget to do the basics, too! Fill out the city survey. Share your personal experiences and observations on the interactive map. And don’t underestimate the power of sending emails to city staff ([email protected]) or giving them a call at 612-673-3594. 

We’re growing our support every single day. Remember, what happens on Hennepin Avenue at this moment can shape other streets including county owned streets. What will our future look like? A street for everyone? Will it reflect adopted city policies* and the action this moment requires? We can shape the outcome, so lets push as hard as we can through Friday.

*City policies:

  • Transportation Action Plan (2020)
  • Minneapolis 2040 (2019)
  • Climate Emergency declaration (2019)
  • Social Cost of Carbon (2019)
  • Vision Zero (2017
  • Complete Streets (2015)

Clipboard with Hennepin for People outreach materials. Image of future street, map of project area, and buttons. Smiley bus face, Streetscape, Kids on wheels (biking, skateboarding, scooter), bike with yellow heart above, and our logo our people involved with Hennepin for People.

A weekend of outreach

We gathered comments at two more volunteer shifts this past weekend. On Friday, we were on the Mall in Uptown, at Humboldt & The Greenway. On Easter Sunday April 4th, we were set up at Bde Maka Ska. We also have friends and neighbors collecting comments as they go about their day. Every comment counts! If you’d like to learn more contact us [email protected] 

Thanks to our volunteer team—we couldn’t do any of this without you. Both events were hugely successful. We met and spoke with over 160 new supporters who would not have normally engaged in the city’s process to redesign Hennepin Avenue. On Friday, given our proximity to the Uptown Transit Station we were able to do outreach to rush hour transit riders. We also got to pet many good dogs. Can’t beat these locations to meet neighborhood dogs.  

That’s not to say we didn’t meet with some opposition. We know change can be difficult for some, but a safer, more vibrant, more livable street makes our community stronger—and ultimately draws more people to live, work, and shop here. The enthusiasm from people who didn’t know this was happening, newly engaged residents and visitors—that made this weekend’s volunteer shifts incredibly rewarding, even for those of us who aren’t comfortable asking strangers to take time to support a cause. 

Our positive vision for a street that works for people walking, rolling, biking, busing, and driving is the only inclusive choice. Please keep the comments “I like Option 1” coming to [email protected] or call 612-673-3594 and help us continue building momentum!  

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Bike with heart button. Kids on wheels buttons. Hennepin for People streetscape. Smiley face bus with yellow heart and Hennepin as route sign. Hennepin for People graphics of peoople.

Kick off event

On Sunday, we took to the streets to collect comments in support of a Hennepin Avenue for people, no matter how they travel. Thanks to the volunteer team who helped with outreach. It felt good to be outside, talking to neighbors, and seeing the enthusiasm for streets built for people. People from different backgrounds, a range of ages, all across our city, and even visitors from outside Minneapolis realize Hennepin Avenue doesn’t work well for anyone in its current form. People are looking forward to dedicated transit lanes, pedestrian improvements and bike lanes. Option 1 is the only inclusive design choice.

An observation from this event, held at the intersection of the Greenway and Bryant Avenue: this is a destination. People come to Uptown from St. Paul to the east, and from Hopkins and Minnetonka to the west. Even as a resident of the neighborhood, I was surprised at how many people I met from outside Minneapolis had arrived in Uptown by bike.  

Building safe biking infrastructure draws people to our city. The Greenway is a bike highway — and it can feed into a local bike route on Hennepin Avenue, bringing visitors and customers to the neighborhood. People who bike within our city and those who bike into our city. On Sunday, we met a group of three on a bike tour checking out all the protected biking infrastructure in our city. We’re not all comfortable riding in traffic with cars. Imagine what a destination Hennepin Avenue could be. If you build safe and well-connected bike routes, not only will it serve those of us who live here — people will be drawn to them. The Bryant bike boulevard and the Greenway prove this. Bike lanes on Hennepin Avenue will be an asset to our growing community.  

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