CARAG bikeway, garden workshop set

CARAG residents and workers are invited to a community workshop to discuss bus-stop gardens and a designated north-south bike route through the

neighborhood.

The workshop is Wednesday, March 5, 6:30 p.m., at Bryant Square Neighborhood Center, 3101 Bryant Ave. S. The CARAG neighborhood is defined by Lake Street, Lyndale Avenue, West 36th Street and

Hennepin Avenue.

CARAG dedicated $50,000 of its Neighborhood Revitalization Program money for the bikeway and $50,000 for bus-stop gardens, said Scott Engel, neighborhood staff member.

The neighborhood hired the Hoisington Koegler Group Inc. (HKGI) to develop a dedicated bikeway plan and a bus-stop beautification program.

HKGI will present concepts for the bikeway and bus-stop gardens at the March 5 meeting and ask for community feedback, Engel said.

The city has designated Bryant Avenue as a bike route, and initial neighborhood discussions focused there, Engel said, but the north-south route could change. However, CARAG’s bike lane needs to eventually get to Bryant Avenue to connect with the Midtown Greenway, Engel said.

The CARAG neighborhood could mark a bikeway using signs only or have a dedicated bike-only lane, Engel said. Those decisions could affect on-street parking. The consultants have reviewed street widths and traffic patterns to help residents evaluate different options.