Pedestrian Work Group November 2019 Update

At their November 2019 meeting, Pedestrian Work Group members recognized the need to prioritize winter sidewalk maintenance in the 2020 City of Minneapolis budget. We support the additional resources for maintenance in the budget. Ash and Abigail Johnson, chair of the Minneapolis Pedestrian Advisory Committee met Council Member Linnea Palmisano to deliver over 300 postcards supporting improved winter sidewalk maintenance--just a fraction of the over 1,000 postcards we collected. Increased funding for winter sidewalk maintenance will likely remain in the budget--as revealed in the budget mark-up meeting December 6th.

A selfie of Pedestrian Work Group members at the November meeting

 

We discussed the recently released Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Action Plan. Work group members had concerns including a lack of detail on specific actions or a timeline for their implementation. Our goals are for all new street infrastructure to be ADA compliant. Streets that have been “grandfathered-in” must be retrofitted to make them accessible. We are also concerned that even in the ADA Action Plan, pedestrian call “beg” buttons are being recommended for future use. These buttons are a major impediment to getting around easily and comfortably on foot or by rolling.

We discussed our turnout plan for Commissioner Marion Greene’s meeting on the future of on Lyndale Avenue S. Work group members came out in force, and supported our shared goals of reducing the number of car-lanes on Lyndale, and making it an easier street to cross. 

We plan to have a joint meeting with the Downtown Bikeways Work Group in January. Stay tuned for details on that meeting.

Our next meeting will be on Monday, December 16th from 6 - 7 PM. The location is still TBD--check the Our Streets MPLS calendar for final details. 

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