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Oh, Edina

Edina is back to squawking about potential improvements for bicycles, this time on W. 70th. Some readers may realize I’ve piled onto Edina at least twice previously – in one case, for focusing on bike lanes as magical, and in another case for a distracted driver complaining about kids being kids, which they are wont to do regardless of facility planning.

I really don’t have anything in for Edina. The articles covering their attempts to try to be bicycle-friendly just make it so easy.

Apparently, a bike lane is more detrimental to property values than a lot of on-street parking in front of a home:

“I just don’t know how anyone can justify having a bike trail in my front yard as an asset to my home,” she said.

Of course, as we might expect, there’s so much more to quibble about:

The street is so busy that residents sometimes have trouble backing out of their driveways.

In that case, on-street parking is likely to block the view when backing out more than a bike lane. Also, if the lane is supposed to be great encouragement to cyclists, the traffic flow of the street is likely to discourage that right back down.

The goal of most of the proposed improvements to W. 70th is to calm traffic and have it move at a more appropriate pace. Surely that helps beautify a street and improve living conditions?

As I’ve said in the past, I think the idea that bike lanes automagically create bicycle-friendliness is wrong. All you have to do is read some of the quotes of the Edina people in the articles to prove my point.

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Author: julie

Julie Kosbab is an online marketing consultant and active transportation advocate living in Anoka County, Minnesota. She was one of Minnesota's only League of American Bicyclists Certified Instructors when certified in 2005. She is a past member of the National Bicycle Tour Directors Association. She has 2 children and 4 bicycles. Find her on Twitter as @betweenstations.

One Comment

  1. Hi, Julie. Thanks for sharing your thoughts! Regarding “I think the idea that bike lanes automagically create bicycle-friendliness is wrong,” I agree but I do think that designated bike lanes when engineered the right way can be a positive factor. I work with the Bike Edina Task Force, our City leaders, and residents. I don’t think that anyone I know believes that bike lanes automagically create bicycle friendliness, but I do understand that the media sources you might have been reading may have indicated that.