See that video above? That’s our test drive of the new 2-way 36th street bikeway, at 5:30pm on a Monday. What do you think? Does it seem safe?
I rode it going west, toward Lake Calhoun, with the plan being that I’d experience the up-close odd feeling of riding the wrong way on a busy street (facing oncoming traffic). While I didn’t encounter that many vehicles on this documented ride, it wasn’t the same for other riders…
Got bumped by a car while I was riding my bike IN THE BIKE LANE on 36th and the driver had nerve to honk at me.
— masami k-m (@mamichanmakes) October 20, 2014
That was the tweet from a 36 street bicyclist regarding a vehicle actually riding IN the new protected bike lane near 36th street and Dupont Avenue.
Here’s the area in question – notice the “new” tan shading of the bike lane. Those are the condensed segments, where people and bikes are combined in one section.
While protected bike lanes are a great thing for Minneapolis as it progresses further into #1 bike city territory, keep an eye out for vehicles as they adjust to new traffic patterns and suggest any improvements for safety you think of.
Follow Meteorologist Aaron Shaffer on Twitter. Aaron is a meteorologist who lives in Minneapolis and is the digital communications and social media associate for the nonprofit Avivo in Minneapolis. He is Ward 8's representative on the Minneapolis Bicycle Advisory Committee, Deep down he's a weather geek and has a degree in Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences from UW-Madison to prove it. He's spent time working at TV stations in Wyoming, South Dakota, and Iowa prior to arriving in Minneapolis to work for WeatherNation and now forecasting for MinnyApple. His favorite weather career moment came while storm chasing for his Iowa station (he went on 40+ storm chases during that time), when he saw a mile-wide EF-4 rated tornado.