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Minneapolis Air Quality Study - Fine Particles

Environmental Services conducts research on air quality within the City. Our studies aim to understand levels of particulate matter in the City and assess potential health risks associated with air pollution. 

2018 Study

Bike Study

Airbream on bicycle handle bar 2

In this study, AirBeam monitors are attached to bicycles that ride four different routes to collect air samples. The air samples measure extremely small particles that we breathe in but are too small to see. 

  1. Control routes: include 22 routes throughout the City of Minneapolis.
  2. Commuter routes:  allow two volunteers to collect air data that regularly commute to and from work on their bikes.
  3. Occupational routes: follow MPD Bike Patrol officers and Traffic Control Officers to collect air data while on their shifts.
  4. Freestyle routes: allow a volunteer to collect air data on their own time and locations.

Technology Used

Airbream on bicycle

This study uses AirBeam technology to collect air quality data to better understand personal exposure to fine particulate pollution. 

Route Map

 Interact with the route map below or, if you prefer, view the route map on its on own web page.


2013-2015 Study

Our 2013-2015 study monitored neighborhood levels of VOCs in the City. For information on this study, contact Jenni Lansing at [email protected].



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Last updated Jan 30, 2019



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