University needs more bike protections on 15th Avenue Southeast and Pleasant Street Southeast

by Karl Carter — University student

The University of MinnesotaâÄôs lack of bike and pedestrian infrastructure is placing studentsâÄô lives at risk. The death of three walking or biking students in the last year is unacceptable.

Painted bike lanes are a good first step, but on Pleasant Street and 15th Avenue, high volumes of bicycle traffic warrant better infrastructure.

Physical barriers between bicycles and vehicles âÄî as well as dedicated signals âÄî are needed. How many more students need to die before the University implements a permanent, safe solution?

Around much of campus, traffic speeds are too high for the number of cyclists and pedestrians. Traffic speeds must be reduced to 20 mph or lower for the streets to be safe for cyclists and pedestrians.

Getting to class should not be deadly.