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Minneapolis Pedestrian Advisory Committee Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Present: Phillip Ailiff, Neal Baxter, Donna Hemp, Julia Curran, Abigail Johnson, Christian Huelsman, Peter Vader, Paul St. Martin, Julia Tabbut; Matthew Dyrdahl, Steve Mahowald, Emily Kettell, Suzanne Murphy, Heidi Schallberg, Sarah Stewart, Millicent Flowers; Luís Dax, pedestrian


Resolution--Edison Safe Routes to School project            

The Pedestrian Advisory Committee supports the Edison Safe Routes to School project. We especially appreciate the focus on green infrastructure in cooperation with the existing Edison programs. The PAC would appreciate all legs of all intersections having marked crosswalks. We would also encourage a clearly delineated pavement marking at the complex intersection at 22nd, to ensure pedestrian safety.

Chair Julia called the meeting to order at 4:04 PM and asked all present to introduce themselves.

Sarah announced that the Minnesota Dept. of Health is accepting applications for hosting a Walkable Community Workshop in fall 2019. Anyone interested in promoting walking is eligible. Up to $5000 is available to support priorities developed during the workshop. 


Approval of the Minutes

Donna moved the minutes; Paul seconded. Approved.


Discussion of the CIP Program—Nathan Koster & Trey Joiner, Public Works

The department has submitted the CIP list to the Capital Long-Range Improvement Committee (CLIC) which starts to analyze the proposals this week. Nathan gave the PAC a brief overview of the city's budget process. He then enumerated considerations that went into the CIP list for 2020-2024. These include: 

the 20-year streets funding plan, with the objective of upgrading city streets by mid-century, which is a high priority. Public Works also aligns new projects with current nearby ones and with City priorities. Taking advantage of the projects of our partner agencies, and of ways to leverage large funds efficiently, also figures in. Other factors include how to implement the goals of the 2040 Plan and Vision Zero. Community input, and the advice of the PAC and the BAC, also help determine the final list of CIPs.

The list for the 2020-2024 capital budget includes 23 miles of pedestrian improvements and 29 miles of bicycle improvements. This capital budget brings in $28 million of federal funding. Nathan mentioned the following projects:

SWK02 Sidewalk Gaps ($150,000 annually): projects include work near Folwell and Pearl Parks, and Richfield Road.

BIK028 Protected Bikeways ($1 million annually).

BP001 Safe Routes to School ($400,000 annually): includes work along East Hennepin, near Whittier School, 16th Ave. N., 21st Avenue South and Green Central School.

BP003 Midtown Greenway repaving

BP004 Pedestrian Safety: on Lyndale Ave. N., West 31st Street, Northrop School, and around Loring Park.

BP005 Queen Ave. N. Bike Blvd.: from Glenwood to Osseo Road.

BP006 18th Ave. NE Trail Gap: filling in a small gap between California and Marshall Streets.

Questions for Nathan included the following:

Luis: Uptown is very dangerous when the bars close. Any projects there that will amend that?

NK: Not this time, but it's a priority, esp. with the County.

Paul: Did funding levels for pedestrian spending go up?

NK: Base funding is the same. Leveraging made more money available.

Abigail: How many miles of streets are being paved?

NK: About 30 miles annually: 25 miles of new asphalt, 1-2 miles of new concrete, and 4-5 miles of reconstruction.


Infrastructure & Engineering Subcommittee Report—Abigail Johnson

We had a busy meeting, with most projects at the 0% planning stage. 

First, the Johnson Street NE reconstruction, from 18th to Lowry. The project is meant to improve pedestrian access and safety. Private retaining walls border the sidewalk hard by in many places and limit the right of way. We discussed relocating these and shrinking the lanes somewhat in anticipation of decreasing traffic.

Next, Downtown East, which involves repaving 3rd Street from 10th to 12th Street. There are sidewalk gaps to fill in, and aging pavement to replace here.

Christian: the old paving bricks slow traffic. Can we keep them to do just that?

Abigail: we suggested as much, with no reply from staff.

Plymouth Avenue reconstruction for 2021. Improvements include a sidewalk gap, and a safe crossing for the Queen Avenue Bike Boulevard. Also, Plymouth runs between the Penn Avenue Bus Rapid Transit and the Blue Line LRT.

The Edison High Safe Routes to School project, came back to us at 30%. Improving pedestrian safety around Edison is a priority, as is re-working the double T intersections at Monroe & 22nd Street.

Abigail read the resolution; Neal seconded. Approved.

Finally, we looked at the Windom Residential Area redesign. This is in a small closed in area between Lyndale and Dupont, and from 61st to 62nd Street. The project is planned for 2020 and will include filling a sidewalk gap.


Programs & Policies Subcommittee Meeting—Peter Vader

The committee did not meet last month. Peter will send out to all members a survey, which will collect the thoughts of PAC members on the issues raised during the community engagement sessions for the Transportation Action Plan. Out of the collected responses to the survey, the P & P will craft a resolution at our May 20 meeting. 

Matthew acquainted PAC members with the contents of the survey; the deadline for submitting the survey is May 15. 


PAC Member Reports Back

Southwest Area Master Plan: Peter Vader attended this meeting, sponsored by the Park Board. The discussion was limited to neighborhood parks, and to sports other than the team sports played there. The needs of people walking in the winter came up (water, toilets, etc.) as did the desire for access to the parks from all approaches. See more about the Park Improvement Master Plans on the Park Board's website.

CEAC Meeting: Abigail & Curran met with members of the Community Environmental Advisory Commission on April 27. The Commission advises the City Council on matters related to climate change and sustainable development. Both Curran & Abigail felt the meeting was valuable and showed a community of interests between the PAC & CEAC.



Emily: Hennepin County will hold an open house for the County's Broadway project in Northeast. The meeting is at Able Brewing on May 14 at 5:30 PM.

Suzanne: Bike to Work Day is coming!

MD: Open Streets starts again on June 2 with the Lyndale event. Also, no applicants from the North Side have applied for the PAC. Therefore, the deadline has been extended to May 15. 



Neal moved to adjourn; Christian seconded. Approved, and adjourned at 5:32 PM.


Last updated Jun 13, 2019



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