Beauty, vitality and safety to Summit Avenue

anthony desnick
by anthony desnick | Feb 23, 2013
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Summary:

A Dedicated, Separate and Separately Controlled Cycle Track Along Summit Avenue

What will we do with a million dollars?
We will make Summit Avenue into the premier street in the country offering beauty and innovative, safe, and beautiful ways of going from one end of the corridor to the other.

Summit Ave is arguably the most beautiful street in the Twin Cities. It’s a tourist destination for most visitors touring with residents. It's home to St. Thomas University, numerous religious institutions, and stately homes and it has become a great corridor for walking and biking as well.

Currently the bike infrastructure on Summit Ave. is woefully dangerous and inadequate. In the warmer weather, cyclists are in constant danger from opening doors and right-turning vehicles across the painted bike lanes. During the snowy season, the bike lanes are covered with ice and snow and remain virtually impassable.

We propose a dedicated, separate and separately controlled cycle track from the Mississippi River to the Cathedral.

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anthony

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desnick

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St. Paul

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Ramsey

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United States, MN

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Bob Close, Landscape Architect

How did you hear about the Forever Saint Paul Challenge?

Star Tribune

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Minneapolize Design

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Title of your idea

Beauty, vitality and safety to Summit Avenue

Give us the highlights of your idea for making Saint Paul great (2,000 characters maximum or approx. 250 words)

A Dedicated, Separate and Separately Controlled Cycle Track Along Summit Avenue
What will we do with a million dollars?
We will make Summit Avenue into the premier street in the country offering beauty and innovative, safe, and beautiful ways of going from one end of the corridor to the other.
Summit Ave is arguably the most beautiful street in the Twin Cities. It’s a tourist destination for most visitors touring with residents. It's home to St. Thomas University, numerous religious institutions, and stately homes and it has become a great corridor for walking and biking as well.
Currently the bike infrastructure on Summit Ave. is woefully dangerous and inadequate. In the warmer weather, cyclists are in constant danger from opening doors and right-turning vehicles across the painted bike lanes. During the snowy season, the bike lanes are covered with ice and snow and remain virtually impassable.
We propose a dedicated, separate and separately controlled cycle track from the Mississippi River to the Cathedral.

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Innovation

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What makes your idea different or unexpected? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

Why is this idea innovative and what it will look like?
The project involves “switching” the painted bike lane and parked cars so that the sequence from car traffic is: Cars, parking, cycle track, Boulevard, sidewalk. Between the roadway and the cycle track we propose installing a barrier (curb?) and raising the cycle track to the level of the boulevard. The cycle traffic would be controlled to stop bicycles at intersections to allow cars to safely turn right and it would prevent right turns when cycles had the right of way controlled by traffic lights. These signalling systems, widely used in Northern European cities, have made the use of dedicated cycle tracks safer. They will also serve as a traffic calming measure, also increasing safety.

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How will your idea make a difference in Saint Paul? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

Impact
The model is based on designs used throughout Northern European cities with much success. Copenhagen (another northern “winter city”) enjoys an almost 37% mode share for cyclist commuters while the Twin Cities struggles to reach 4%.

The new design will allow cars, pedestrians and cyclists the opportunity to enjoy this beautiful street safely. This idea can make Summit a prototype for safe, elegant design all over the Twin Cites. It will put St. Paul on the map for “doing cycle tracks right”, making them attractive and safe.

It will also allow cyclists on Summit Avenue to connect directly with the Mississippi River network of separated cycle paths.

This is not done elsewhere in the U.S. with any great frequency. Only a few disparate examples exist.

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Why do you think people will recognize or remember your idea after it comes to life? How might it inspire others to do something similar in their community? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

Sustainability
The ultimate goal with this project is to allow Summit Avenue to be a major artery for bicycle commuting. The benefits to health, our environment and general enjoyment of it's users will be apparent. In the bigger picture, by increasing the mode share of cycling as a method of the daily commute,we can insure a more sustainable twin cities. It's a classic case of, "if we build it, they will come"

How will this be remembered?
Every time a resident or visitor traverses Summit Avenue or any part of it by foot or bike, they will undeniable perceive their trip as safe and beautiful. And St. Paul will become a leader in understanding how to safely promote cycling on one of the most beautiful streets in America.

Help us make Summit safe for all.

Graceh Hulleca said: I think it would not really important that si why we could actually learn anything in to time. - Adam LaFavre about this Competition Entry. - 2530 days ago read more >
apolinario sasam said: This seems really nice. I wish this will win. I think people would really appreciate this stuff especially what it actually aims to do. ... about this Competition Entry. - 2684 days ago read more >

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Robert Corrick said: Great idea Tony. I hope that it wins. about this Competition Entry. - 2888 days ago read more >
Melissa G said: I'm all in favor of this idea. As someone who both rides a bike and drives a car, I think a separate bike lane would be ideal. Drivers ... about this Competition Entry. - 2889 days ago read more >
Jukka Kukkonen said: This is exactly what St Paul needs! about this Competition Entry. - 2890 days ago read more >

anthony desnick updated this Competition Entry. - 2890 days ago

anthony desnick submitted this idea. - 2890 days ago