A proposal to turn the southbound lane of Mississippi River Boulevard into a bike and pedestrian trail is being studied by the Union Park District Council (UPDC) Transportation Committee. The committee is flyering affected neighbors and doing additional outreach to get public comments.

A virtual committee meeting is planned for 6:30 p.m. Monday, February 8. To access the link, contact interim executive director Abdulrahman Wako at wako@unionparkdc.org.

Last spring, the city closed the southbound lane for a time to allow more space for walkers and bikers during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. That closing renewed discussion over the need for more bike and pedestrian space there.

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Mississippi River Boulevard has a southbound bike lane and a shared bike-pedestrian trail along the bluff edge. The shared trail gets very crowded at times, and cyclists and pedestrians have raised safety concerns.

The idea of a permanent street closure has been floated for several months with local district councils. Last year, the Macalester-Groveland Community Council voted to recommend the lane conversion. The Highland District Council has looked at the idea, but has taken no position.

— Jane McClure

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