Pedestrian Work Group April 2019 Update
This April, the Pedestrian Work Group (PWG) met up once again at the Central Library to discuss all things walking and rolling and to start planning engagement efforts for Our Streets. Several new volunteers shared a lot of knowledge and expertise from careers in transit and car-free lives. Thank you so much!Read more
Our priorities for the Transportation Action Plan
As a follow up to Minneapolis 2040, the City’s comprehensive plan, a Transportation Action Plan is being drafted to guide the planning and implementation of transportation projects over the next ten years. Our Streets Minneapolis supports many parts of Minneapolis 2040 and we welcome the emphasis on building a transportation system that puts people first.
The upcoming action plan is an opportunity to design a new transportation system—one that is cleaner, more comfortable and allows people to get around our city in a variety of ways.Read more
Pedestrian Work Group March 2019 update
The Our Streets Pedestrian Work Group (PWG) had a cozy meeting on March 18 at the Hennepin Central Library. Cozy as in our original room was taken, although we all fit in nicely in a smaller, nearby room. The library staff even provided some extra chairs.Read more
Pedestrian Work Group February 2019 Update
A mid-February evening—in all of its snowy, frozen winter glory—found the Our Streets Pedestrian Work Group (PWG) once again at the Lakes and Legends Brewery in Loring Park. After kicking off 2019 with a rousing discussion of our new top priorities, group members built on that momentum with a meeting that centered around winter sidewalk maintenance.Read more
Pedestrian Work Group January Update
The Our Streets Minneapolis Pedestrian Work Group kicked off 2019 with a conversation about this year’s priorities, activities, and pedestrian issues.Read more
Tell Mayor Frey: We need better winter sidewalk maintenance!
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
What is proactive sidewalk inspection?
Making Minneapolis Winters Walkable
At Our Streets Minneapolis, our volunteers, board, and staff have been hard at work making Minneapolis winters walkable.
In September we announced our top three advocacy priorities to improve winter sidewalk maintenance in Minneapolis. At that time, our priorities were:
- Implementation of the City’s planned winter sidewalk maintenance pilot
- Demonstrated improvement in corner clearing during this winter season
- Increased assistance for folks who aren’t able to clear their walks & further education on what the sidewalk clearance rules are
The next month our advocacy led to the Minneapolis City Council Transportation and Public Works Committee discussing winter sidewalk maintenance for 90 minutes--an unprecedented focus on this issue.
Pedestrian Work Group December 2018 Update
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:
Statement on Enforcement as a Sidewalk Clearing Strategy
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.
November 2018 Advocacy Update
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