Preliminary bikeway options: One-way vs. two-way

This survey is focused on gathering input from people biking or interested in biking in the corridor.  There will be other efforts to get feedback from other perspectives as well. Your input on this survey will help define the Coalition's position and approach to this project. Your input will also be shared (without identifying information) with the City and County staff.

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University Avenue currently has three lanes and bike lane. It carries a lot of people on bikes, and the UMN area has the highest bike traffic in the city.

The City's Master Bike Plan shows a protected bikeway on University
, between 10th and Oak.

Protected bikeways can make people feel safer and more comfortable on the road,
and whether the City narrows or removes a lane on University, car traffic will be calmer. These proposed bikeways will also connect to future protected bikeways on 10th, and Oak St.


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There are two preliminary options for the protected bikeway on University.  We won’t know the full impacts of these two options until the parking study is done in September, but we hope that you will give us your input on these options:
  1. One-way protected bikeways on 4th and University
  2. A two-way protected bikeway on University

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A pair of one-way protected bikeways on 4th, and University between Oak St and 10th
  • A better network of protected bikeways on both University and 4th, between Oak and 10th, could support businesses on 4th with extra bike traffic
  • To add a protected bikeway on University and 4th, lanes would have to be narrowed a little, which would add traffic calming
  • This option would not alleviate wrong-way biking on University
  • The physical separation between bikes and cars would likely be white plastic posts, which are inexpensive to implement, but not as robust.

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Two-way protected bikeways on University, between Oak St and 10th
By either narrowing or removing lanes, traffic would be calmed on University Ave. It's possible this option could include a curb instead of plastic posts for the protected bikeway, but that is not confirmed.

Two lanes on University
If the traffic study shows that there would be minimal back ups, a reduction to two lanes of traffic would be an option
  • The protected bike lane could be wider
  • A full lane of parking could be added in some areas
Three lanes on University
If the city decides lanes should be narrowed, three lanes of traffic may be preserved

  • People ride the wrong way on University right now, a two-way would alleviate that behavior
  • With three lanes of traffic, there would be a narrower protected bikeway
  • In areas where University narrows there would be some parking removal

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* 1. Overall, which protected bikeway option do you prefer?

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* 2. Why is this your preference?

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* 3. How often do you ride your bike on University and 4th?

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* 4. What is your experience riding on University and 4th?

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* 5. How often WOULD you ride your bike on University and 4th if there were safe and comfortable protected bikeways?

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* 6. Rank what is most important to you: 1 is most important, 9 is least important

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