2017 Midtown Greenway Coalition Accomplishments

  • Took a leadership role in calling for safety enhancements and more community art for a new ramp that will be installed in the Greenway at 35W, leading to/from the new transit center at Lake Street.  As a result of our advocacy, a grant of $250,000 for public art has been awarded for the ramp, and additional safety measures have been added to the design.
  • Partcipated in a charette to visualize a future transit station area at Bloomington Avenue and the Greenway.  The study helps advance our vision for a low-impact streetcar line in the Greenway.
  • Provided bike safety education to 100 kids from Andersen school and took them on bike rides in the Greenway.
  • Celebrated the planting of the 5,000th tree in the Greenway as part of our annual Arbor Day efforts with the Midtown Community Works Partnership.
  • Organized one of the largest outdoor arts festivals in Minneapolis – the Greenway Glow.   Along with the arts festival, we organized a bike ride and 5K run that raised more than $17,000 for the Greenway.
  • Installed a temporary "woonerf" or shared street in the East Phillips neighborhood, designed to help make East 29th street safer for biking and walking and improve connections to the Greenway and the 17th Avenue Bicycle Boulevard.  Results of the test will be used to advocate for making the street safer and more accessible for cyclists and pedestrians, and for better connections to the Greenway and the 17th Ave. Bike Boulevard.
  • Installed two new murals in the Greenway, created by local artists of color.  For the first one, we brought together MCAD and Little Earth of United Tribes to create the mural.  For the second, we applied for an received a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, then hired a local artist of color to paint the mural.  In addition to creating vibrancy and advancing our vision for a cultural corridor, the murals help enhance racial equity in the Greenway.
  • Coordinated the Trail Watch bike patrol, led by dedicated volunteers who bike the corridor at night to help keep it safe.
  • Participated in a charette to design a wayfinding system for the Greenway.
  • Coordinated 45 Adopt-A-Greenway organizations who organized 65 clean-ups.
  • Installed a series of wayfinding signs and banners in the Greenway, informing Greenway users where to exit to get to Lake Street and Eat Street (Nicollet Ave.).
  • Launched the Extend the Greenway Partnership, to work on our long-held goal to extend the Greenway over the river.   We have recruited 24 nonprofit organizations and businesses to join the Partnership so far.

 

29th Street Shared Street Demonstration Project

In 2017 the Midtown Greenway Coalition received funding to install a temporary “shared street” or “woonerf” along East 29th Street, between Bloomington Avenue and 18th Avenue.

A shared street (also called a woonerf) is a street that prioritizes pedestrians and cyclists, while also allowing cars (usually at slower speeds).  

The longterm goal is to improve E 29th Street to make it a safer street, one that enhances the neighborhood and creates better connections to the Greenway and the 17th Avenue Bike Boulevard so that more people bike and walk and engage in active lifestyles.  

By investing in the street, we also hope to help prevent crime, by showing that people are engaged and active in trying to make it better and bringing more neighbors to the area.  The demonstration also inlcudes new a new parklet for residents to gather.

The demonstration focused on a 3-block segment between Bloomington Avenue and 18th Avenue.  It was up for several weeks and removed on October 15.   Community members were invited to experience the shared street and provide feedback.  To comment on the project, call 311 or take our short survey:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/P6YZHH9

If community members like the efforts to help prevent crime and make the street safer for biking and walking, we will work with the City and elected officials to try to make the changes permanent and extend them along East 29th Street betweeen the Midtown Global Market and Cedar Avenue.

Safer Street Crossings

We're happy to announce that Hennepin County has secured federal funding for key safety improvements in the Midtown Greenway. The majority of the improvements are part of the "Making the Connection: Midtown Greenway to Lake Street" plan, which we created in partnership with Hennepin County, the City of Minneapolis, and the Lake Street Council.

You'll see improvements to crossings that will include James Avenue, Irving Avenue, Humboldt Avenue, 5th Street, 28th Street East, and Minnehaha Avenue. 

Hiawatha Avenue, one of the Greenway's crossings that has the most potential for danger to cyclists and pedestrians, will also see important safety improvements!

Proposed improvements range from installing new durable high-visibility crosswalk markings and enhanced traffic signal technology, to connecting sidewalk gaps and installing raised medians and curb extensions. These improvements will be implemented over the next several years.

Cedar and Portland to be Reconstructed in 2017

This spring, Hennepin County will begin the process of reconstructing both the Cedar Avenue and the Portland Avenue bridges. 

These bridges are more than a century old and will be reconstructed in the same style to preserve the historic nature. Work is expected to be completed by the Fall of this year. 

While the roadways will be closed during construction, impacts to the Greenway is expected to be minimal but a few closures and/or detours may occur. 

New Public Art in the Greenway

In 2017, two new murals will be placed in the Midtown Greenway! 

The first mural, thanks to a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, will focus on our diverse community and will be created with the help of community input.  We are pleased to announce that we have selected Jordan Hamilton as the artist who will construct the mural.  More information will be available soon.

The other mural will be created by Little Earth of United Tribes and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD). This project will provide Little Earth youth the opportunity to work with mentors from MCAD in every facet of the project to not only build real world skills, but create something they can be proud of in the Greenway. 

29th Avenue Success!

Where 29th Avenue meets the Midtown Greenway has been closed to motor traffic since 2015. This test closure was part of a city plan to turn that area into a bicycle boulevard. The closure has created a safe crossing for all Greenway users for the past two years. 

It has been supported by community members who also cite its ability to provided students from Seward a safe way to get to school. 

A Minneapolis City Council committee recently voted unanimously to keep the closure permanent. 

This closure will entail installing low barriers on the North and South sides of the trail. These barriers will be low enough to allow emergency vehicles to pass through. 

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About the Coalition

Our founders had the idea for the Greenway, then formed the Midtown Greenway Coalition to get it built.   

The corridor used to be a trash-filled trench that people avoided.  Now, it contains a world-class biking and walking trail that's the envy of cities across the nation.  In fact, the Midtown Greenway trail has been named the best urban bike trail in the USA!

Now, we work to protect and enhance it.

We fought to keep high-voltage overhead power lines out of the Greenway – and we won!

We encourage developers to create "Greenway-friendly" buildings along the corridor that don't block sunlight from the trail and create new access ramps and stairs.   

We operate a Trail Watch patrol, which bikes the Greenway at night to help keep it safe.

We encourage government agencies to repair the trail when needed, and are currently advocating that the entire trail get on a schedule for repaving.

We work to install more lighting and create safer street crossings.

We operate greening and cleaning programs that help keep the Greenway green.

We're a coalition of individuals and organizations that love the Midtown Greenway and want to protect and enhance it.  

We raise all of our own funds and receive no operational funding from the government.

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