Sarah McKenzie

Hennepin Avenue bike lanes: unsafe?

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One of Downtown's major bicycle arteries is a two-way bike lane in the middle of Downtown's Hennepin Avenue.

While the nine-block link is a straight shot through the theater and entertainment districts, the Hennepin route poses serious challenges for even the most astute biking commuters. For one, bicyclists are sandwiched between northbound cars and southbound buses and taxis -- a unique arrangement in the city.

Also, the bike lane ends abruptly and without warning at 11th Street (its southern boundary) and Washington Avenue (its northern boundary).

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