NORTH MINNEAPOLIS GREENWAY
Exploring the idea of a north Minneapolis greenway, providing a safe, accessible route for bicyclists and pedestrians.
This image shows a street converted into a full greenway, with a trail in the center and no motorized traffic.
Image developed by Community Design Group, funded by Bike Walk Twin Cities/Transit for Livable Communities, and provided courtesy of Twin Cities Greenways.
The City of Minneapolis is exploring converting low-traffic streets to a greenway in north Minneapolis. A "greenway" is a park-like biking and walking trail that people can use for transportation and recreation. The greenway is intended to create a new amenity for families in north Minneapolis. It could also create space for community gardens and public art. Learn more about the proposed greenway route and designs.
The greenway would improve residents' access to a place to be physically active. Studies show that the closer people live to parks, the more likely they are to get exercise.
The project is in the community engagement phase, and is focused on informing residents about the project and collecting input to help define a new transportation and recreation corridor. The City and its partners completed a round of engagement activities in July 2014, and a report summarizing the results is coming soon.
No final decisions have been made about the proposed greenway, and this phase of gathering community input is important because it will inform future decisions. The City is also conducting a feasibility study, which will also help inform future decisions. A Community Outreach Steering Committee is leading outreach efforts, and a Technical Advisory Committee is overseeing the feasibility study. The Departments of Public Works and Health are collaborating on this project.
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The Alliance for Metropolitan Stability (AMS) is the City’s lead partner in community outreach for this project. AMS is collaborating with the City to convene the Community Outreach Steering Committee and to coordinate community engagement activities with 12 neighborhood and community groups. Each group has received a microgrant to conduct outreach activities: events, bike rides, and door-knocking. Learn more about the outreach partners, including a calendar of events.
The City is contracting with SRF Consulting Group, Inc. to assist with the feasibility study.
- New! 2014 Community Engagment Report: The City, in partnership with many community organizations, conducted a community engagement process in 2014 to gather additional input on a proposed greenway route and greenway types, and a report is now available summarizing that process. Download the two-page executive summary (PDF or Word) or the full report (PDF).
- New! Greenway Technical Investigation Report: In 2014, the City hired SRF Consulting, Inc. to conduct a technical investigation of the greenway. View the full report and appendices summarizing the results of the investigation.
- Winter 2013 Community Engagement Report: The City conducted a community engagement process in January and February of 2013 to gather input on a proposed greenway route and greenway types, and a report is now available summarizing that process. Download the two-page executive summary (PDF or Word) or the full report (PDF or Word).
- Fall 2012 Community Engagement Report: The City conducted a community engagement process in the fall of 2012 to gather input from community members on the greenway project. Download the two-page executive summary (PDF or Word) or the full report (PDF or Word).
- New! Read a summary of research exploring crime, safety and greenways. Research shows that safety and crime most often improve after greenways are built.
- You can download frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the project here.
- You can download a one-page description of the project in PDF or Word format here.
- For more information about bicycling and walking in Minneapolis, visit Bicycling in Minneapolis (www.minneapolismn.gov/bicycles) and Walking in Minneapolis (www.minneapolismn.gov/pedestrian).
This project is a response to community interest in a greenway. Funding for this project is provided in part by the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, as part of Blue Cross' long-term commitment to tackling the leading root causes of preventable disease: tobacco use, lack of physical activity and unhealthy eating.
Last updated Jan 16, 2015