Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Highway 47 and Highway 65

Blaine, Columbia Heights, Coon Rapids, Fridley, Hilltop, Spring Lake Park and Northeast Minneapolis

Study area background


The chart shows how many crashes occurred from 2015 to 2019. Of the 90 crashes, 29 led to the death or serious injury of the person walking or biking. There have also been two additional pedestrian fatalities on Central Ave. in the Summer of 2020 that are not included in this chart.

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There were 2,473 crashes involving motor vehicles, pedestrians, and bicyclists in the study area during the last four years for which MnDOT has complete data (2015-2019).

Of these crashes, 1,173 were on University Ave., and 1,300 were on Central Ave. The chart shows information about the 110 (1.4%) of all crashes that resulted in a fatality or severe life-changing injury. This crash rate is significantly greater than the state average critical crash rate of 0.4%.

For pedestrians and bicyclists, even though they were involved only in a small percentage of all crashes (about 5%), they constituted 33% of all fatal and severe crashes – more than six times the rate for auto drivers.

Since this data was compiled, there have been two more pedestrian fatalities on Central Ave., in June and August 2020.

Who lives here and how do they travel?

Out of 145,000 residents, 10% do not have access to a vehicle, and 35.8% are renters.

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About 145,000 people live in the study area.

Data show that a larger than average proportion of these residents are likely getting around without personal autos. About 1 in 10 people don’t have a car—either by choice or necessity. There is a relatively large population of seniors (who tend to drive less) along the corridor north of I-694. There are also areas where larger numbers of people rent their homes, which is also an indicator of lower auto ownership and use. And the proportion of families with children is below the regional average—another indicator of less than average auto use.

These maps show more information about population density, income, race, and language—all of which help us understand where people may have greater needs for non-auto transportation choices.

Map of population density in study area
Population density
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Map of poverty rate in study area
Poverty rate
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Map of people of color in study area
People of color
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Map of languages in study area
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Who works here?

A total of 6,997 people live and work within the study area. 53,071 people travel into the study area for work. 48,480 people live in the study area and leave for work.

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There are about 4,000 businesses in the study area, with a total of more than 60,000 jobs. This graphic shows that 53,071 of these job holders commute into the study area, and the remaining 6,997 workers already live in the study area. And 48,480 residents of the study area commute to jobs elsewhere.