Bike ban lifted on Nicollet Mall

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March 15, 2010 // UPDATED 3:29 pm - March 19, 2010
By: Gregory J. Scott
Gregory J. Scott
The daytime bike ban that has kept two-wheelers off of Nicollet Mall from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. will be lifted tomorrow, according to a statement today from the city.

Starting March 20, cyclists can cruise the Mall 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

As part of the MARQ2 reconfiguration — which eliminated bike lanes on Marquette and 2nd Avenues in order to widen sidewalks and add additional bus lanes on each street — express buses have been transitioned off of the Mall. The express buses will now operate on Marquette and 2nd Avenues.

The lifting of the bike ban was intended as a concession to cyclists, many of whom voiced frustration over the MARQ2 project, which eliminated dedicated bike lanes running north and south from the heart of Downtown.

Buses serving local routes will continue to run on Nicollet Mall, many of which will be hybrid vehicles. According to the city’s statement, eventually all Nicollet Mall bus routes will use hybrids.

In addition, beginning March 20, local buses will offer free rides up and down Nicollet Mall, from Washington Avenue to the Minneapolis Convention Center.