Bike Walk Champion
Mayor Betsy Hodges

Betsy Hodges

Left photo courtesy of Go MN

During her time as Mayor and Council Member, Betsy Hodges has been strong and consistent supporter of biking and walking for everyone in Minneapolis. She also consistently put racial equity front and center. Some of the bike/walk accomplishments she has played an important role in include:

  • Nation-leading Complete Streets policy, protected bikeway plan, and Vision Zero commitment to eliminate traffic deaths in the city;
  • Landmark 20-year funding plan to support the repaid of streets (to be implemented with Complete Streets);
  • First-ever dedicated City funding for protected bike lanes, pedestrian crossing improvements, and Safe Routes to Schools; 
  • Funding for improved winter maintenance of bikeways and at bus stops; 
  • 3rd Avenue protected bikeway in downtown among 12 miles of new protected bikeways installed in her tenure as Mayor; 
  • Expanding Open Streets Minneapolis; and
  • Appointing the talented and visionary Robin Hutcheson as Public Works Director and supporting a new division within Public Works focused on transportation planning.