Hey, Minneapolis! How are those winter sidewalks treating you these days?
With a whole lot of recent snow and ice, it’s been hard to get around on our sidewalks. Whether we’re walking, rolling, or using transit, we need our sidewalks to be better cleared of snow and ice, and in a much more timely way.
Our systems and norms are still prioritizing the movement of cars and trucks over people. We’re still clearing streets ahead of clearing sidewalks.Read more
Vision Zero is an international effort to eliminate traffic related deaths and serious injuries. Vision Zero was founded in Sweden over 20 years ago and has since spread to cities across the globe.
The City of Minneapolis passed a City Council Resolution committing to reducing traffic related deaths and serious injuries in September 2017. This summer, the City hired a Vision Zero Coordinator* and began to work out the details around how Vision Zero will work in Minneapolis.Read more
At our December meeting, members of the Pedestrian Work Group reflected on 2018 and identified some of our successes over the past year. These included:
Making Minneapolis Winters Walkable!
After adding pedestrian advocacy to our mission in 2017, the Our Streets Minneapolis board chose winter sidewalk maintenance as our first campaign focused on walking and rolling. We’re working to make Minneapolis winters accessible for everyone.
Sidewalks and crossing areas are not cleared of snow and ice promptly, and are not maintained in a consistent manner for people who are walking or rolling.
Snow and ice are cleared promptly from sidewalks, corners, and crossing areas so people can get around in the ways that work best for them.
Tim Springer wrote this meeting update, and photos by Chrissy Leitz
The Downtown Bikeways committee met December 3 at 6 p.m. at Dunn Brothers on Loring Park. This committee began meeting monthly in March 2018 with the help of Janne Flisrand as a contractor to Our Streets Minneapolis to bootstrap advocacy work for protected bike lanes in downtown Minneapolis. Janne’s formal role is ending so the group needed to decide whether to continue. Arm wrestling was critical to the decisions, so click through to see what's next...
Here at Our Streets Minneapolis, we continue to advocate for a city where biking, walking, and rolling is easy and comfortable for everyone.
We thought this was a good time for an update on what’s happening with our advocacy work at Our Streets Minneapolis. We’d love for you to get involved with whatever is most motivating to you, so here are some options:Read more
After almost three years, Minneapolis’ comprehensive planning process is nearing an end.
A couple weeks ago, I compared the current draft with the first draft. Your comments made a difference! Thank you! In this blog, I shared information about the Planning Commission hearing. This hearing happened last week. At the hearing, Sarah Tschida, an Our Streets Minneapolis board member, testified along with many other folks who care about the future of our city.
We’re creating some momentum around making Minneapolis winters walkable and you can help keep it going!
We’ve got some exciting news to report and some advocacy actions for folks to take.
Here’s a little background information and a previous blog post on this topic if you’re just now joining us on our journey to make Minneapolis winters walkable for everyone.Read more
This summer, we worked on the Minneapolis 2040 comprehensive plan. We shared why you might care about the plan. (tl;dr it shapes everything the City of Minneapolis does for the next 20 years). We shared why Our Streets Minneapolis cares about the plan. (tl;dr it guides how we build our communities, which determines whether Minneapolis is a city where biking, walking and rolling are easy and comfortable for everyone). We shared Our Streets’ priorities and asked you to comment on the draft plan.
The City received more than 10,000 comments on Version 1 of the plan, and you provided hundreds of the comments. So, what happened?
All images from https://minneapolis2040.com unless otherwise noted
The Long Range Planning staff at Community Planning and Economic Development (CPED) heard your comments. On four of Our Streets Minneapolis’ five priorities, they strengthened the plan in Version 2. Thank you!
Here are the details of what changed for each of our five priorities:Read more