Hennepin County Transit leaders would like the suggestions of Brooklyn Park residents who bike or walk near the areas where the Bottineau Extention of the Blue Line Light Rail will stop. Attendees who attended the March Think Again Brooklyns forum shared their suggestions for biking and walking routes to LRT Stations and you can too. If you are a biker or walker near any of the future LRT stops, you are likely to have insight into how access to a station can be improved for bikers or walkers.
Before you begin, let me ask you, have you ever seen a bike path along a busy street that rarely has a biker?
Let me give you an example. When we go to doctors' appointments in Abbott Northwestern Hospital or the Phillips Eye Clinic, we park on Portland or Park Avenues. I'm usually careful to check if there is a bicyclist coming along the bike path right next to the parked cars, but I have never seen a bicyclist on either of the avenues. Why is that? Jay Wallsjasper, who has bicycled in cities across the U.S. has answered that in an excellent short article.
Jay Walljasper, November 9, 2017
Jay emphasizes that bike routes need to be safe, and if they aren’t, people won’t use them. Most bikers know that they might not fare so well if someone knocks them over by opening their car door on their right when traffic is going by to their left. Jay includes photos that show how the bike lane should be separated from traffic by a barrier and gives suggestions for making intersections safer for bikers. Read his short article that will give you insight and inspiration for your suggestions and will remind you of the joys of biking around town.