Pedestrians and transportation
Pedestrian planning at MnDOT
The Minnesota Department of Transportation oversees a statewide transportation system, which also includes people who walk and roll. MnDOT’s bicycle and pedestrian section provides goals, direction and programs related to the pedestrian system. Key legislation in Minnesota includes goals related to active transportation and the Safe Routes to School Program. There is not currently one unifying, state-level, direction-setting document specific to the pedestrian system as there is for other transportation systems through the Minnesota GO Family of Plans, however, from a transportation perspective, this is the primary reason for the development of Minnesota Walks, formerly known as the Statewide Pedestrian System Plan.
News and updates
- The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has released two guides to help communities carry out Minnesota Walks' recommendations. The guides focus on two common challenges that can make it difficult to provide safe, convenient, and desirable places to walk:
- Minnesota Walks: Current & Future Steps Towards a Walkable Minnesota. This document sets the stage for Minnesota Walks by addressing the importance of walking, why it should be easier, the difficulties that some people face when walking, and how Minnesota is on track to improve the pedestrian environment.
- In 2016, MnDOT and MDH released the findings from the Pedestrian Plan Community Engagement Report. Further information about Minnesota Walks can be found on the Minnesota Walks home page.