Walking in Minneapolis
The Minneapolis Pedestrian Program helps those who live and work in the city to use their feet as a low polluting, cost-effective and healthy way to travel. Over 92% of streets in Minneapolis have sidewalks on both sides, resulting in nearly 1,800 miles of sidewalks in the city.
Minneapolis is home to popular walking destinations such as Nicollet Mall, the Stone Arch Bridge, the Grand Rounds, and Milwaukee Avenue. In October, 2009, the Minneapolis City Council adopted the city’s first Pedestrian Master Plan. Minneapolis has an active Sidewalk Inspections Office, which inspects sidewalk conditions on a 10-year cycle.
The City’s Pedestrian Advisory Committee consists of 15 community members, as well as staff from city departments and partner agencies, who advise the Mayor and City Council.
The Minneapolis Public Works Safe Routes program prioritizes pedestrian safety enhancements around schools. This program also focuses on encouraging greater rates of walking in Minneapolis youth through efforts like the recently released Walking Routes for Youth Map.
Parklets are an innovative and cost effective way to add public gathering space to public streets. Parklets are streetscape enhancements, providing and economical solution for increased public open space. The goal of the Parklet program is to make the City more livable, walkable and beautiful.
The 2018 Parklet Application Manual is now available and site proposals are being accepted.
Walk Friendly Community Recognition
The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) has announced that Minneapolis is designated as a Gold-level Walk Friendly Community. A Walk Friendly Community is a city or town that has shown a commitment to improving and sustaining walkability and pedestrian safety through comprehensive programs, plans and policies. Communities can apply to the program to receive recognition in the form of a Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum designation. PBIC cited Minneapolis’ excellent planning policies, high level of staff commitment to pedestrian safety, and pedestrian campaigns and events as reasons for the Gold-level recognition.
Last updated Mar 2, 2020