Here’s a great video from TC Streets For People on how Portland does buffered bike lanes. I’ve previously complained about how Minneapolis’ first buffered bike lanes were poorly designed. This video shows that successful buffered lanes (they call them cycletracks) have a good door buffer zone (hence, the word buffer). Currently, the Minneapolis lanes on First have no buffer zone.
Now that Minneapolis is supposedly America’s most bike-friendly city, we need to work to keep our crown. Let’s take a page from Portland and adjust the First Ave lanes so they have a chance of being safe and successful.