Minneapolis Public Works - Safe Routes Program
For general information on the City's Safe Routes to School capital program, contact:
Virginie Nadimi, Associate Transportation Planner, Transportation Planning & Programming, 612-673-5011
For information on signing, striping and traffic operations surrounding schools please contact City of Minneapolis 311, who will be able to forward your request to the appropriate City contact.
Mobile Version (English) - Track your location on the map with your smart phone or other GPS enabled mobile device
Step 1. Download the FREE Avenza PDF Maps app on your phone or mobile device
Step 2. Download the FREE "Minneapolis Walking Routes for Youth Map" from the Avenza app store
The City's Walking Routes for Youth Map will help students and families navigate their neighborhoods in a new way! The paper maps can now be found at schools, park recreation centers, and libraries within Minneapolis. All of these destinations are found on the map, along with a network of routes that connect them all. The maps show the location of traffic signals, pedestrian short cuts, and other improvements that help users cross barriers and get to where they need to go. The mobile version can be accessed using the instructions on this webpage. It allows you to track your current location on the map using a smart phone or other GPS enabled mobile device. It also allows you to add placemarks on the map so that you may set reminders or other notes (ie. "Pick up dry cleaning on Thursday").
Minneapolis Walking Routes for Youth Map is a collaboration between Minneapolis Public Works and Minneapolis Public Schools. Funding for this effort was received from the Federal Highway Administration through the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
School Pedestrian & Bicycle Safety Projects (updated December 22, 2017)
Southwest High School Safe Routes – Pedestrian improvements at two intersections.
Andersen School Safe Routes - Pedestrian improvements at four intersections and a bikeway connection linking the Midtown Greenway with Andersen School and Stewart Park.
Seward Bicycle Boulevards - Bicycle Boulevard markings and traffic calming improvements along 29th Ave S and 24th St E in the Seward and Longfellow neighborhoods. Bicycle boulevards operate with bicyclists riding in mixed traffic on lower volume residential streets. Crossing improvements are made at higher volume collector and arterial streets in order to provide continuity along bicycle boulevard route. This project will connect three major trails (West River Parkway, Midtown Greenway and Hiawatha LRT Trail) with Seward Montessori School and Stewart Park. Nearby Sullivan and Anishinabe schools might also benefit from these new bicycle facilities.
Lyndale School Crossings - Crossing improvements at three intersections serving Lyndale School were schedule for the summer of 2016 as part of a City-led and MNDOT grant funded project. These improvements have been delayed until the summer of 2017, and are scheduled to be completed by the beginning of the fall semester 2017. The improvements include curb extensions, pedestrian crossing flashers, improved curb ramps, and crosswalk markings. The improvements are located along two well-utilized walking routes to school that also connect to nearby community destinations.
Curb Extension at Diamond Lake Rd and Pleasant Ave S - A curb extension was installed at this location to aid with pedestrian crossings at this location along a "Walking Route for Youth". The curb extension was tested with plastic posts for a 30-day period to monitor any potential impacts to traffic operations. The curb extension shortens the crossing distance for pedestrians and improves sight lines along Pleasant Ave S, an important pedestrian and bicycle connection that also crosses Minnehaha Creek one block to the north.
Lucy Laney School Safe Routes Grant - Pedestrian shelter median at Lowry Ave N & Russell Ave N; decorative traffic calming median on Penn Ave N from 33rd - 34th Ave N; bike racks; updated pedestrian ramps at Queen Ave N & 34th Ave N
29th Ave S Test Closure at Midtown Greenway - Test street closure performed for a Safe Routes to School plan at Seward Montessori
Johnson Street Curb Extensions - Waite Park School
4th Ave South Curb Extensions - Green Central School
North/NE Minneapolis Crossing Improvements Grant - Speed Bumps at Lucy Laney; Enhanced Crosswalks & Signage at Loring, Lind, NE Middle, and Pillsbury
Enhanced Crosswalk Markings - Lake Harriet Upper, Green Central, Cityview, Waite Park, Sojourner Truth
Enhanced Crosswalk Markings - Hale, Lake Harriet Upper, Field & Lyndale Schools
Included the installation of pedestrian flashers at 6 schools, a school review program initiated and carried out at all Minneapolis schools, and many signing, striping, and signal timing treatments across the city.
For more info about these past efforts see this document.
Safe Routes to School Gets Kids Walking and Biking
Students participate in a Walking School Bus at Lyndale Elementary School
DID YOU KNOW?
- An average of 18% of MPS students live within the MPS-defined "walk zone" - that's within a distance considered easily walkable.
- There are many ways to make it easier for kids to bike and walk to school! Learn more about The 5 E's of Safe Routes to School.
In 2006, Mayor R.T. Rybak initiated a Safe Routes strategic planning process with various City departments (Public Works, Health and Police) and Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS). The corresponding report, Minneapolis Safe Routes to School: Helping Minneapolis Youth be Lean and Green, generated recommendations for increasing biking and walking to school and established a strong foundation for City and school district collaboration.
The City and MPS have worked at various levels to support Safe Routes to School. With CPPW funding, MPS provided intensive technical assistance to ten schools (8 elementary, 1 middle, and 1 high school) to help them assess their existing Safe Routes practices and policies and develop a customized plan for increasing biking and walking opportunities for students during the 2011-2012 school year. Through CPPW funding, MPS was also able to purchase two "bike fleets" (a set of 15 bikes, helmets, and locks) plus safety vests, stop paddles, and other supplies to support the newly adopted Safe Routes activities at various school sites.
Schools participating in the CPPW Safe Routes intervention included:
- Bethune Community School
- Kenny Community School
- Northeast Middle School
- Andersen United Community School
- Waite Park Community School
- Armatage Montessori School
- Edison High School
- Nellie Stone Johnson Community School
- Lucy Laney School
- Green Central School
Accomplishments and Results:
All ten schools participated in an interview with MPS staff in order to complete an initial assessment of their Safe Routes to School policies, programs and practices. Staff worked with each school to develop a customized Safe Routes to School Travel Plan with specific goals, action steps, and outcomes related to the 5E's of Safe Routes to School. Schools have worked to implement at least one goal from their Travel Plans during the second half of the 2011-2012 school year including:
- Starting a walking school bus
- Planning a bike/walk to school day
- Starting or expanding a school safety patrol
- Increasing the network of parents and staff championing Safe Routes to School Activities
- Developing primary walking route maps
- Connecting with existing Safe Routes to School resources
- Planning a bike safety event
- Assessing school arrival and dismissals to identify ways to improve safety and incorporate Safe Routes to School principles
CPPW funded the purchase of two "bike fleets" (each including a set of 15 bikes, helmets, locks, and basic maintenance tools). These bike fleets were awarded to a group of 3 collaborating schools in North Minneapolis (Lucy Laney, Nellie Stone Johnson, and Loring schools) as well as 2 collaborating schools in Northeast Minneapolis (Waite Park and Northeast). These schools will use the bike fleets as part of the school day as a non-food reward, for bike safety trainings, and as part of after-school programs and field trips. During the 2012-2013 school year, these schools will also use the bikes to support their participation in a bike/pedestrian curriculum pilot run by the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
- Safe Routes to School Program Summary
- CPPW Safe Routes to School Accomplishments
- Making it Better - Lyndale Walking School Bus video
- Travel Plan
- Assessment Tool: This tool can help schools assess where they stand on implementing the core components of a Safe Routes to School program.
- Arrival and Dismissal Observation Tool: This tool can help schools identify ways to make arrival and dismissal safer for students who arrive by foot, by bike, by bus, and by car.
Last updated May 2, 2018