Post and photos by the Hawthorne Hawkman.
I happened to notice city workers marking spots on Emerson Avenue North, in ways that looked like they were adding bike lanes. After snapping a few photos, I confirmed that's exactly what they were doing. The lanes themselves won't be fully painted until sometime this week at the absolute earliest. And from a post on the Upper Willard-Homewood listserv, it's clear that there is still public discussion happening around bike lanes along Emerson and Fremont, from Plymouth to Webber Parkway.
The announcement reads:
Emerson Avenue Bike Lane Meeting
A meeting has been scheduled to discuss a potential bike lane and traffic calming on Emerson Avenue North:
Wednesday, August 17 6:30 p.m. Webber Park Community Center, 4400 Webber Pkwy.
Minneapolis Public Works staff has created a draft list of traffic calming locations based upon the feedback of block club leaders along Emerson Avenue. They would like to present this draft list to the community for comment. Traffic calming improvements would slow down motorists, improve pedestrian safety, and add greenery to the street. These changes would also pave the way for Emerson Avenue to be designated as a north-south bicycling route, connecting the Webber Parkway bike path with future bike routes on Emerson and Fremont Avenues south of 33rd Avenue. No parking will be taken out. For more information contact Shaun Murphy, 612-333-2450 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the web page at http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/bicycles/EmersonFremont.asp