Stop lights have a big impact on the safety and ease of walking, but pedestrians are mostly an afterthought in stop light design. Here are five problems with traffic lights for people walking. We understand that the City is starting to think about how stop lights work for people walking, and we hope to be able to report on progress soon.
You can apply to serve on Minneapolis Pedestrian Advisory Committee through May 12. Here are some of my experiences as a member and how you can join and make a difference!Read more
Here is our first-ever list of walking advocacy priorities! We're excited to be working on these with our volunteer Pedestrian Work Group and partners.Read more
Exciting new priorities are beginning to take shape with the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition’s new Pedestrian Work Group. The group continues to welcome new members and build upon themes identified in previous meetings to hone an agenda for the coming year. Through reviewing the priorities discussed at the last meeting as well as introducing city-wide street overhaul projects, group members had a chance to take in the range of options at hand.Read more
On a recent Friday morning, 30 people attended “Minneapolis, a City for Walkers? A Conversation About Prioritizing Pedestrians” at The Turtle Bread Company in South Minneapolis. Hosted by Minneapolis Council Member Elizabeth Glidden (Ward 8), this program featured guest speakers Robin Hutcheson, Minneapolis Public Works Director; Mary McGovern, Chair of the resident High Rise Council of the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority; and Kenya McKnight, a transportation activist and thought leader who serves on the Transportation Advisory Board to the Metropolitan Council.
A few days after I shoveled; lots of footprints!
As someone who walks a lot in winter, how we maintain (or oftentimes don’t) our sidewalks has been an issue of great interest to me. Last weekend was the last straw - after getting off a bus with my toddler and desperately scrambling up a snow mountain to press the pedestrian crossing button to get across Lake Street, I decided to throw a shovel in my cargo bike and clear some paths to beg buttons by myself. It’s obviously not realistic to expect local residents to clear paths to crossing buttons on major thoroughfares, but it oftentimes feels like pedestrians are an afterthought in a city that prides itself on being able to remove mountains of snow off our streets in almost no time after major snowfalls.Read more
In the midst of the holiday season, the Pedestrian Work Group met on December 21 to narrow down a list of actionable priorities for 2017. Here's a recap of the meeting. Our next meeting is Monday, January 23 at 6pm at Central Library Room N-202. Email email@example.com to sign-up for updates or just join us!Read more
The Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition took a big step into the realm of pedestrian issues at the end of November by holding their Pedestrian Work Group kick-off meeting! Here's a recap. The next meeting is Dec. 21, and all are welcome!Read more