Idea: Bike Lanes

Cassandra x about 5 years ago

As someone who works in Edina and loves spending time exploring the city, I'd love to see more bike lanes! For example, Cahill Road around the area of 70th to 78th is a really wide road. There would be plenty of space to add a bike lane. It'd be wonderful to have some bike lanes incorporated, as I work in the area. I'd bike to work every day and enjoy the beauty of Edina if I had the opportunity to use more bike lanes.

Thank you for this chance to voice my opinion!!

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Tracy Holtan about 5 years ago

I agree! When looking at bike routes around the twin cities and the suburbs, most come to an abrupt halt at the Edina borders.  For many reason, health, building a stronger interactive commmunity, reduce carbon footprint to name a few - bike paths are overdue and much needed throughout Edina.

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Beverlykumar x about 5 years ago

I not only agree with bike lanes, but sidewalks please! In the winter it would be nice to be able to walk in the neighborhood (on a sidewalk for safety without fearing of ice or cars losing control). In addition, when you have children, the street is the last place you really want to be walking or teaching them to ride their little bikes. Sidewalks and bike trails not only connect a city, but they connect a community. comment...

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Jennifer Bennerotte admin about 5 years ago

According to City Engineer Wayne Houle, the City of Edina is planning to restripe this roadway, along with a number of other roadways, this summer to include bike lanes and or bike sharrows.  Sharrows are pavement markings and signage that indicates to cyclists and vehicles to “Share the Road” where we cannot fit in bike lanes.  The roadways to be striped for this summer are West 70th Street from Antrim Road to Normandale Road, Antrim Road from West 70th Street to Valley View Road, Valley View Road from Antrim Road to TH62/Tracy Avenue, Cahill Road from West 78th Street to West 70th Street.  These roadways are the identified in the Edina Bike Plan, which is part of the most current Comprehensive Plan.  These restriping projects are the first part of building a bike system within the City of Edina.  Other roadways will be identified for restriping in future years.  Please contact the Engineering Department if you have any questions. Thanks!

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Kris x about 5 years ago

Bike lanes are wonderful, but today I saw THREE drivers in front of me meandering in and out of the lanes. Someone is going to get killed. Residents need an education about this!

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Kimberli R almost 5 years ago

Agreed, now that we see the lanes in action and several drivers unsure and baffled by the new lanes it seems as though the lack of conversation or heads up is being answered with 2 traffic readers at either end of the stretch of road. This in itself is not enough, people are not able to stop and read the signage and May or may not have time to comprehend what is being said; we have many elderly drivers. These new lanes also pose a danger with the many "entitled" drivers out there that feel they have the right away. I am not in favor of the new lane and since it appears to have little discussion or advanced warning I am left feeling frustrated and on edge as I drive that stretch of road. I realize I have a choice to use it and right now until more people can get use to it I will be trying alternative routes.

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Matt Tourangeau over 4 years ago

comment...  @ Kris & Kimberli, you saw cars meandering in and out ofthe bkie lanes, I would ask where, remember these are shared lanes, not exclusive to bkies, just a reminder for cars that bikers use them too.
Kimberli, you suggest that drivers are "entitled", by installing shared lanes that is what happened to bikers, they thought they were entitle to that lane.  Thye are all shared unless exclusively marked for bikes only and even then at stop signs and intersections they are again shared as turn lanes with vehicles.  You suggest cars have the right away or assume right away, I have experianced the complete opposite, bikers THINK the are pedestrians on their bikes when they ride on the road assuming right away, yet by riding on the road they must obey all the same laws as vehicles, unfortuately, they don't.

I would ask Chief Long for his opinion and the Attorney for Edina opinion also.  We have a statute on the books requiring all bikers to ride as close to the right hand side of the road as they can.  How do bike lanes alter that statute?

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Mark Epple about 4 years ago

Why on earth do people need to have a line painted to show them they need to stay on the right side of the road? Motorists and bicyclists "share" the road...motorists yield to bicyclists, bicyclists yield to pedestrians, etc. It's not rocket science!

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Mark Epple about 4 years ago

Dedicating 25%-33% of the road to a segment (bikers) that bikes half the year is extremely wasteful. Cars who use roads are taxed (gas) and have to pay tabs each year to help pay for roads...how are the bicyclists helping out? More asphalt helps to create more water runoff, as well. Learn how to ride a bicycle on a street. Bike Trails are great...Minnehaha, Southwest Regional Trail, etc...but you can't realistically create that scenario throughout every road. Wide roads destroy the beauty you are searching for, not to mention the quality of life of the people who actually live on those roads!

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Elizabeth x over 3 years ago

I am glad to see headway with bike lanes but the lack of SIDEWALKS in Edina is ridiculous. Especially on Benton Avenue - a super busy road that has plenty of residential feeder streets and is the main thoroughfare between Countryside Elementary, Normandale Elementary, Concord Elementary, The Community Center, SouthView Middle School and the Football field. Not to mention numerous Metro Bus stops. Whenever I see the children, parents with strollers or people walking dogs on that street I cringe. Why on earth are there no safe places for children to walk along that street to get to the schools that are no more than a mile apart? Sidewalks from Tracy Avenue to Highway 100 should be demanded!!

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Lisa Nelson over 3 years ago

It is also challenging for kids to bike or walk across Hwy 62 on Tracy or Gleason to the middle school or high school. I imagine dealing with that involves more agencies than just Edina, but I wish there would be some movement to begin to address that.

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Cindy Stanton almost 3 years ago

The Plan looks just fine. I don't want to over due it on sidewalks throughout all of the neighborhoods. In regards, to the comment about sidewalks adding value to your property. You are correct, but sidewalks also add an extra expense (higher home taxes as well as the assessment that we will be charged for these sidewalks.) I am pretty sure that these sidewalks won't be covered in our home tax prices just like the curbs we didn't need, somehow weren't covered in our high home taxes. We only need sidewalks in the useable/needed spaces. As for walking on the street with your children and or pets...isn't that what the side neighborhood streets are for, to be used?

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Cindy Stanton almost 3 years ago

The Plan looks just fine. I don't want to over due it on sidewalks throughout all of the neighborhoods. In regards, to the comment about sidewalks adding value to your property. You are correct, but sidewalks also add an extra expense (higher home taxes as well as the assessment that we will be charged for these sidewalks.) I am pretty sure that these sidewalks won't be covered in our home tax prices just like the curbs we didn't need, somehow weren't covered in our high home taxes. We only need sidewalks in the useable/needed spaces. As for walking on the street with your children and or pets...isn't that what the side neighborhood streets are for, to be used?

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Cindy Stanton almost 3 years ago

The Plan looks just fine. I don't want to over due it on sidewalks throughout all of the neighborhoods. In regards, to the comment about sidewalks adding value to your property. You are correct, but sidewalks also add an extra expense (higher home taxes as well as the assessment that we will be charged for these sidewalks.) I am pretty sure that these sidewalks won't be covered in our home tax prices just like the curbs we didn't need, somehow weren't covered in our high home taxes. We only need sidewalks in the useable/needed spaces. As for walking on the street with your children and or pets...isn't that what the side neighborhood streets are for, to be used?

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Cindy Stanton almost 3 years ago

The Plan looks just fine. I don't want to over due it on sidewalks throughout all of the neighborhoods. In regards, to the comment about sidewalks adding value to your property. You are correct, but sidewalks also add an extra expense (higher home taxes as well as the assessment that we will be charged for these sidewalks.) I am pretty sure that these sidewalks won't be covered in our home tax prices just like the curbs we didn't need, somehow weren't covered in our high home taxes. We only need sidewalks in the useable/needed spaces. As for walking on the street with your children and or pets...isn't that what the side neighborhood streets are for, to be used?

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Cindy Stanton almost 3 years ago

The Plan looks just fine. I don't want to over due it on sidewalks throughout all of the neighborhoods. In regards, to the comment about sidewalks adding value to your property. You are correct, but sidewalks also add an extra expense (higher home taxes as well as the assessment that we will be charged for these sidewalks.) I am pretty sure that these sidewalks won't be covered in our home tax prices just like the curbs we didn't need, somehow weren't covered in our high home taxes. We only need sidewalks in the useable/needed spaces. As for walking on the street with your children and or pets...isn't that what the side neighborhood streets are for, to be used?

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Cindy Stanton almost 3 years ago

The Plan looks just fine. I don't want to over due it on sidewalks throughout all of the neighborhoods. In regards, to the comment about sidewalks adding value to your property. You are correct, but sidewalks also add an extra expense (higher home taxes as well as the assessment that we will be charged for these sidewalks.) I am pretty sure that these sidewalks won't be covered in our home tax prices just like the curbs we didn't need, somehow weren't covered in our high home taxes. We only need sidewalks in the useable/needed spaces. As for walking on the street with your children and or pets...isn't that what the side neighborhood streets are for, to be used?

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Mark Nolan, Transportation Planner admin almost 3 years ago

Thanks for your comments Cindy! I wanted to clarify how sidewalks are paid for in Edina. Since 2013, property owners are no longer assessed for sidewalks anywhere in the City, nor are those costs covered by the property tax levy. Sidewalks and other non-motorized transportation facilities are paid for by the Pedestrian and Cyclist Safety (PACS) Fund, which is funded by utility franchise fees, and less often by State Aid funds we receive from the state. For more information on the PACS Fund, please follow this link: http://edinamn.gov/pacs_fund. For a discussion on the Sidewalk Facilities Plan, please go here: http://speakupedina.org/discussions/sidewalk-plan

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Ellen Schousboe almost 3 years ago

Edina definitely needs more bike lanes and sidewalks. We also need intersections to have crosswalks and fuctional walk lights. It is very difficult to get anywhere safely without driving a car, but I would prefer to be able to bike and walk safely during the warm months, to save gas, reduce pollution, and get some exercise. Some residents of Edina cannot drive because of their age or disability -- right now places with neither sidewalks nor bus access are not really accessible. I know some streets were built too narrow and won't have room for anything, but I fully support making space for biking and walking wherever possible. The only thing I oppose is the weird "sharrows" system that Wooddale had before we all complained about it... that was NOT safe and I doubt it was much help for bikers.

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Ellen Schousboe almost 3 years ago

As an example of intersections without crosswalks, look at the area around Valley View & 66th. There are businesses and parks in that area, but two intersections not only have no crosswalks or walk lights, they have No Pedestrian signs.

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Lauren x over 2 years ago

Sidewalk along 58th and 60th going from Concord elementary all the way to Pamela park please! I've seen children walking in the street in the winter and it seems so unsafe!

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Jennifer Hennemuth over 1 year ago

With regard to the cost of sidewalk in the above comments, there is also an additional cost to the homeowner for maintaining the sidewalk i.e. snow removal, ice, etc.

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John Spanhake 11 months ago

It's unfortunate that the City moved forward with the bike lanes without exploring all of the options to make them safe. Where are the protected bike lanes? Nice lines painted on the streets but they aren't going to protect and/or get the attention of anyone driving a car.

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