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Pedestrians and transportation

students and parents walking home from school
Walking is the most common and accessible form of transportation and physical activity. Even when people drive or take public transportation, walking to a vehicle is part of that trip.

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 walking, a State Nonmotorized Transportation Committee (SNTC) 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 a Statewide Pedestrian System Plan.

News and Updates

MnDOT and the Minnesota Department of Health have released Minnesota Walks: Current & Future Steps Towards a Walkable Minnesota. This document sets the stage for the upcoming Statewide Pedestrian System Plan 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.

Further information about the Statewide Pedestrian System Plan is also available on Minnesota Walks. The planning team is currently working on a public participation plan and community engagement events will be announced on the Pedestrian Plan site when they are finalized.