The walkable, tree-lined multi-way boulevard is a road design standard for reconfiguring strip mall parking to keep in front while adding trees and a continuous, inviting walkable environment with resulting benefits in retail sales.
Engaging community members is essential in identifying gaps and in helping make a place more welcoming and livable with pedestrian-friendly street changes. A walking audit (a simple, lightly structured amble of 60-90-minutes with a group of 5-35 people) unlocks many insights and inspires problem-solving that is both creative and grounded in real life. Contact the Mobility Options best practice advisor for assistance in doing a walking audit.
The Dakota County Office of Planning did a gap analysis for the county in 2009, and scored each gap using the following categories: housing density-40 points, employment density-10, shopping density-10, distance to schools-10, density of households in poverty-5, traffic volume-5, average speed-5, number of lanes-5, connectivity (density of intersections)-5, transit access-5.
Hold a walkability/bikability workshop; remedy at least one complete street gap, including using alleys. Report green alley interventions under action 17.5
Inspect, evaluate, inventory and map your roadway network for complete streets insufficiencies and develop a prioritized transition plan and timeline for remedying the insufficiencies and gaps. Pay particular attention to multimodal conflict areas and transit connections to serve users and destinations.
Routinely budget complete streets improvements through roadway & bridge capital improvement & maintenance projects; show project cost-savings through innovative/collaborative efforts with other jurisdictions/stakeholders; address street corridor issues by infill, adding bridge liner (retail on a bridge to be rebuilt in a walkable corridor), etc.
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On November 5, 2015 and again on December 3, 2015, the Planning & Zoning Committee met with the Streets Committee to participate in a discussion of complete streets. Everyone participated in an activity to create a concept plan (map) for complete streets within the city. Some of the concepts considered were lighting, safety, trails, both pedestrian and bicycle, sidewalks, boulevard enhancements, etc. The information will be consolidated and shared with the groups as well as at a future City Council meeting.
The hope is to present a policy (with a request for formal action) at a future City Council Meeting.
With the creation of Maplewoods complete streets program, titled the Living Streets program, road connectivity has greatly increased. The Living Streets program has increased the amount of trails in the city as well as increasing the access to those trails. The Bartelmy/Meyer area as well as the Arkwright Sunrise area were renovated under the living streets policy. This created areas of greatly improved traffic for all modes of transportation including linking sidewalks to existing sidewalks and trails. Within the living streets program, road shoulders are created to be as wide as bike lanes located in other areas. This allows for safer bike travel and trail connectivity.
The Public Works Department and Parks department are also surveying the city as a whole to identify problem areas and identify priority corridors, such as the County Road B corridor.
There were also many cost savings included with the implementation of these living streets policies including decreased maintenance costs with narrower roads and increased alternative vehicle travel which helps these types of projects to be regularly budgeted for.
Repairing broken trail gaps allows for greater safety and mobility for residents.
In an effort to improve connectivity and safety for bicyclists and pedestrians, the City of Marshall has solicited public input and formed new partnerships to increase the number of bike lanes, miles off-street paved trails, and make connections between the other cites and regional parks. With assistance from the Southwest Regional Development Commission a Health Impact Assessment was conducted in 2015 which provided information about sidewalk and trail gas as well as problem intersections.
Main Street Reconstruction of twelve blocks of sidewalks 2016 – replacing deteriorated pedestrian sidewalks after MNDOT improvements of ADA ramps at all intersections in 2015.
12.73 miles of painted bike lanes with signs to improve drivers awareness of cyclists and provide designated cycling lanes.
14.34 miles of paved off-street bike trails to connect all major areas of the city.
Reconstruction of Trails – Holy Redeemer & Avera.
Unprecedented partnership between the City of Marshall, Lyon County, City of Lynd and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to share financial resources and in-kind staff contributions to construct a paved off-highway trail to connect Marshall, Lynd and Camden State Park (14 miles completed in fall of 2015).
Safe Routes to School Planning Grant 2016 application with the following partners: Marshall Middle School, West Side School, Marshall Area Christian School, Holy Redeemer, Park Side School.
2019 update: The third Reduced Conflict Intersection project on Highway 23 in Marshall is complete and open to traffic.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation constructed a Reduced Conflict Intersection (RCI), also referred to as a J-turn, at Highway 23 and Lyon County Road 7. This type of intersection decreases fatalities and injuries caused by broadside crashes (also known as T-bones) on four-lane divided highways because drivers only have to be concerned with one direction of traffic on the highway at a time. The first RCI in Marshall was installed at Highway 23 and Saratoga Street in 2015. In 2018, the second RCI was constructed at Highway 23 and Lyon Street and completed earlier this summer.
Benefits of the project include enhanced safety. The project cost $2.1 million and Midwest Contracting, LLC, was the contractor.
For information on navigating Reduced Conflict Intersections, visit www.mndot.gov/RCI.
The City has adopted the Richfield Bicycle Master Plan and Pedestrian Master Plan, in addition to the Transportation chapter of the City's Comprehensive Plan, all of which inventories and maps existing facilities, infrastructure gaps, and details a capital improvements program.
The City's Capital Improvement Budget/Plan programs funding for improvements consistent with the Comprehensive Plan, the Bicycle Master Plan, and the safe routes to school plan. Although the four freeways in the City pose significant challenges, the City built the following: A pedestrian bridge at 73rd St. over I-35W, 76 St. trail on north side of I-35W, and a pedestrian underpass of I-35W at 66 St.
The City’s current draft Bikeways Plan and the Complete Street Plans both identify where transportation connectivity gaps are in the City’s streets, road network, bikeways and walkways. In October 2014, the Mayor and City Council of Saint Paul has approved the dedicated of $42.5 million in investments to jumpstart key projects across the city, known as the 8-80 Vitality Fund. A significant portion of this funding is going to improve roads, bikeways and green spaces.
More information on the Complete Streets can be found at http://www.stpaul.gov/completestreets
More information on the draft Bikeways Plan can be found at: www.stpaul.gov/bikeplan
The City has mapped existing trails and sidewalks, evaluated deficiencies and mapped future sidewalk and trail routes. A map of existing and future trails and sidewalks is available for review.The attached map is included in the 2040 Comp Plan update which analyzes walkability and system gaps. The transportation plan element of the comprehensive plan illustrates points of congestion and roadway gaps. The City, Scott County, TCMC, and MnDOT joined forces to design, plan, and construct Enterprise Drive overpass which functions as a second grade separated interchange with Hwy 169 and CSAH 3. Post construction analysis points to a decrease of miles traveled by local a local bussing company of 100 miles per school day and an estimated reduction of nearly 13 metric tons of CO2 per year.
Through pavement management the city adds both transportation and recreational trails to street corridors and open space. The city also enhances walk-ability and accessibility to neighborhoods through pavement management by adding sidewalk sections and segments in gap areas.
The City of Fergus Falls has been addressing gaps in the road networks in a number of areas throughout the city. Almost one mile of a walking/biking path has been added along Cleveland Avenue to the end of the city limits. When Fir Avenue was being reconstructed, the driving lanes were narrowed to provide a wider area for pedestrians and bicycles. One of our residents donated land to the city and it was converted to Noyes Park and a walking/biking path was incorporated into this area. When the Tower Road and Bridge project was completed, a trail connection across the river and a truck route was established in this area.
The City has remedied certain street gaps in accordance with its complete streets policy. A Bicycle and Pedestrian Task Force was assembled to assess routes and connectivity in Golden Valley and a bicycle and pedestrian section will be incorporated to the 2040 Comprehensive Plan expressing the City’s intent to facilitate multi-modal transportation. The City’s 2017-2021 Capital Improvement Plan budgets for $400,000 in sidewalk and trail system upgrades (Project # S-030). These upgrades will be identified in the Transportation Chapter of the 2040 Comprehensive Plan in order to provide greater mobility for non-motorized transportation within the City that is fully accessible for users of all physical abilities.
The City has adopted a Pavement Management Plan to assess transportation corridors and also sidewalk and trails to open space. The City actively manages repairs to keep sidewalks in good condition for continued accessibility. The City has mapped out all of the City’s sidewalks, trails and bicycle lanes and have opened discussion on where more need to be planned for. This map is included in the comprehensive park plan.
The MetroCOG Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee created a plan in 2016 to remedy gaps and insufficiencies in the bike and pedestrian network. In 2019, the city of Moorhead will remedy one of these gaps with a complete streets project on Center Avenue. This project will improve safety for all modes of transportation and will improve the aesthetics of the corridor. It will also increase connectivity and provide a route for riders from Fargo and the Red River trails to Highway 75 in Moorhead. The 2016 plan includes other projects that will remedy gaps in the future in Table 6.3 in the attached PDF.
The city has maps which depict all existing sidewalks and bike paths. The city uses these maps along with plans (Comprehensive Plan, Strategic Plan, Safe-Routes-To-School Plan-SRTS,) to plan for and connect gaps in the network. The city also has in its subdivision requirements (11-5-4) a sidewalk/trail must be provided on at least one side of every public or private street. As a growing city this requirement is crucial in preventing future gaps in the network.
The city was recently awarded grant money through the Transportation Alternatives Program. Gaps in the sidewalk network were identified in the city's SRTS plan. These gaps formed the basis for the grant request. The city was successful in obtaining grant money for the request as a result over 1200feet of sidewalk will be created in an area adjacent to the Middle and Elementary Schools. This connection will result in increased safety for pedestrians and encourage students in the area to walk to and from school.
Increased number of trips for non-motorized users.
Certain complete street gaps have been rememedied. The City has mapped out all sidewalks, bicycle lanes, and trails located in the City and has evaluated where they are needed. This map/plan is included in the Comprehensive Plan.
The Walkability Walkshop was made possible by a grant from the National Association of REALTORS, local funding from Greater Lakes Association of REALTORS and partnership with the City of Crosslake and the volunteer citizens group called “The Crosslakers.” The Workshop facilitation and report was developed by Blue Zones.
Eagan approved a Community Transportation Trail System Policy December 13, 2004. The City also adopted a Trail Connection Policy in January 2011, which assists with remedying non complete trail segments. The City has also completed
Eden Prairie and Hennepin County are working to develop a new Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan for the city. The goal of this plan is to make walking and biking for transportation and recreation in Eden Prairie safer, more inviting, and more comfortable, convenient and fun.
In 2013, the City received funding through the Hennepin County CIP Sidewalk Participation Program which is an effort by Hennepin County to fund sidewalk improvement projects that provide pedestrian safety at intersections, provide ADA
compliant facilities, support local plans, and support the implementation of the Hennepin County
Transportation Systems Plan including the Hennepin County Complete Streets Policy. Due to
the high priority of the sidewalk improvement connecting existing sidewalks along Mitchell
Road/Baker Road. The project was successful in receiving a grant award, and it was used to help fund the Mitchell Road/Baker Road (CSAH 60) Sidewalk Improvement. This improvement was needed to complete the sidewalk system along the west side of Mitchell Road/Baker Road between Martin Drive on the south and the westerly extension of Roberts Drive on the north. As a test project the City included 2 pervious sections of sidewalk along Mitchell Road. The City will determine how to utilize these segments as testing for future sidewalk improvements.
The City continually plans for and funds a variety of bike lane and trail connections to further the goal of having an integrated bike and trail network. In 2012 the City began counting bikes and pedestrians to better plan and prioritize safety and network improvements.
The PACS fund was approved by City Council in December of 2012 to fund projects that makes the community more walkable and bikeable, including improvements proposed in the City’s Comprehensive Plan, the City’s comprehensive Bicycle Transportation Plan and the City’s Active Routes to School Comprehensive Plan.
Revenue for the PACS fund will be generated by a franchise fee ordinance that imposes a fee of $1.45/month on residential customers of Xcel Energy and $1.45/month on residential customers of CenterPoint Energy. There are higher franchise fees for commercial customers of both utilities. Those fees are $2.90/month, $9/month and $40/month, depending on the size of the customer.
The revenue in the PACS fund will be used exclusively for specific improvements to the City’s non-motorized transportation network. The non-motorized transportation network includes sidewalks, trails, and other bicyclist-related facilities. Other possible costs the PACS fund would pay for include maintenance of current sidewalks, signage, lighting, pedestrian crossing signals and street striping.
Additionally, Edina maintains updated Bicycle Facilities and Pedestrian Facilities maps and a Sidewalk Priority Plan. These plans were created to identify gaps in our non-motorized transportation system and to help plan their construction.
Over the last five years, the City has made alternative modes of transportation a more viable choice by significantly expanding our sidewalk network and by adding over 58 miles of bike lanes (27.2 miles in 2012 alone) throughout the City and making connections to other regional bike lanes and trails. Our new work plan states that our goal is to construct 2 miles of sidewalk and 5 miles of bike lanes annually for the next few years.
There are no gaps in the City's paved trail system at this time. This system connects cycling and pedestrian trails throughout the city and the Park Plan dictates that these connections continue to be made as trails are developed around area parks and lakes and as general property development occurs.
Remedied a street –trail gap by constructing an 11 ft trail, that is one mile long to accommodate pedestrian and bike traffic. The trail was constructed to provide connectivity to the larger Mesabi Trail system.
Constructed a sidewalk to accommodate wheel chairs which leads to newly purchased handicapped playground equipment.1/8/2016
On Larpenteur Avenue (north side), between downtown Minneapolis and I-35E, there were two sections of missing sidewalks. One of the "missing links" was a four section block in Lauderdale. The City took advantage of the ~eight feet of right-of-way purchased from the adjacent homeowners by Ramsey County in the mid-1990's to design and install a sidewalk. The goal was to include plantings and lighting for aesthetics and traffic calming. The final design included pervious pavers, LED lighting, and plantings using the “Swedish Soil” concept to improve their survivability. This was accomplished by intense attention to detail during the engineering phase (Stantec) and cooperation from adjacent homeowners, who approved the necessary temporary construction easements.
The city adopted a Complete Streets resolution in January of 2011 and applies the policy to reconstruction projects, when appropriate. Examples of streets that have been altered or will be altered to follow the complete streets philosophy include Boone Ave N & 49th Ave N, Xylon Ave N & 45th Ave N (2015), and 49th Ave N between Winnetka Ave and Boone Ave (2016).
In 2018, the city received $16,052 from Hennepin County to fund a feasibility study on bike lanes along Boone Avenue North between 27th and 42nd avenues as well as $55,275 for the installation of the bike lanes. Additionally, three pedestrian bump-outs were installed at Northwood Park, Sonnesyn Elementary, and Robbinsdale Spanish Immersion as part of the project. The bump-outs are intended to improve safety for pedestrians crossing the street.
The City of St. Anthony has adopted a sidewalk plan. As part of ongoing street reconstruction programs, this plan is being implemented. This includes improving pedestrian access to Silverwood Park, the Northeast Diagonal Regional Trail,and the Minneapolis Grand Rounds.
The City is improving the safety of students who walk to and from school.
Implementing the City's mission statement of being a walkable community.
Each year the City of St. Cloud targets specific areas in the core neighborhoods to reconstruct and/or rehabilitate streets, curb and gutter, install/repair sidewalks, sanitary sewer, as well as water main and storm drain facilities. The total cost of Neighborhood Revitalization Projects ranges from approximately $2,000,000 to $4,000,000 every year. These projects are programmed in the Capital Improvement Program and comply with the Citys Sidewalk and Boulevard Use Policy.
The City’s Environmental Advisory Commission is currently studying this issue. Along with doing research on what other cities have done, they have also created a survey intended to get public input on perceived bike/pedestrian gaps and connectivity regarding our roadway network. The survey is actively being promoted at various public events. A final report will be developed with a priority list of needed improvements.