Minnesota Walks: A pathway to safe, convenient and desirable walking and rolling for all
Thank you for taking the time to submit feedback on Minnesota’s first statewide effort, Minnesota Walks, a tool for creating safe, desirable and convenient walking and rolling environments for all. We appreciate all the comments and were inspired by reading some of your stories of how walking enlightens and contributes to your everyday experiences and the reiteration of how important it is to have safe walking places, especially for kids and persons with disabilities.
Our next step is to make appropriate changes to the document and start the work of implementing short term strategies identified in Minnesota Walks. MnDOT is committed to also creating a state specific plan in the near future that addresses walking on state trunk highways. We appreciate the time it took to submit feedback and the support in creating a more walkable Minnesota.
About Minnesota Walks
Minnesota Walks (PDF), formerly known as the Statewide Pedestrian System Plan, is a collaborative effort between MnDOT and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) designed to be a shared roadmap for how all Minnesotans can have safe, desirable and convenient places to walk and roll where they live, work, learn and play.
Developed through a community engagement process and guidance from a project advisory committee, Minnesota Walks will guide planning, decision-making and collaboration for agencies, organizations, policy-makers, and public and private entities across the state. Gain a better understanding of pedestrian needs and challenges in Minnesota from public and external stakeholders to help MnDOT and MDH better address pedestrian needs.
How Minnesota Walks was developed
A project advisory committee that consisted of 25 stakeholder members representing groups and interests from throughout the state provided input and guidance for pedestrian environment improvements. In addition, from July to December 2015, MnDOT and MDH undertook an extensive community engagement process to gather input on walking in communities across the state. Over the course of six months, the project team and its partners engaged with over 6,000 people across Minnesota.