City seeks public input on draft pedestrian master plan

Minneapolis, already an active, walkable community, is seeking the public’s input to making the city a better place to walk to work, to enjoy street life, and to stay active.

Help the City improve walking in Minneapolis by providing feedback on a draft pedestrian master plan to improve the City's pedestrian infrastructure and get people walking more. Attend an open house to learn about the draft plan and give your feedback. The master plan is being prepared at the direction of the Minneapolis City Council and includes recommendations on policies, projects and procedures related to pedestrian facilities and programs.

Pedestrian master plan walking workshops and public meeting
6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, July 16
Minneapolis Central Library
300 Nicollet Mall

(Master plan presentations at 6:30 p.m. and 7:15 p.m.)

Two walking workshops on neighborhood walkability audit and on staying safe as a pedestrian will be conducted at 5:30 p.m. by Bike Walk Ambassadors.

  • Assessing Your Neighborhood Walkability - Take a walk through downtown with our Bike Walk Youth Ambassadors and learn about what enhances or detracts from the pedestrian experience. Learn how to assess your own neighborhood and get tips on how to work to improve your walking experience.
  • Staying Safe as a Pedestrian –What are the typical safety errors pedestrians and motorists make?  Take a walk around downtown to learn more about your safety and our laws.  We’ll talk about the most common crashes, crosswalk rules, and other tips to improve your well-being on foot.

The draft pedestrian master plan is the outcome of public input previously gathered by City staff. The plan addresses a broad range of pedestrian issues beyond simply providing sidewalks. It includes ways for Minneapolis to foster a culture of walking and street life. It addresses trees and boulevards, crosswalks and intersections, street lighting, bridge design, street furniture, accessibility, snow and ice clearance, sidewalk cafes, construction zones, and funding pedestrian improvements.

If you are unable to attend, or wish to learn more about the plan, visit the City's anna.flintoft@minneapolismn.gov.

July 14, 2009

Published Jul 6, 2009